AURA Fine Jewels was founded in Los Angeles by Laura Gallon.
Laura was born and raised in Paris, France. She started her career in the fashion industry, following the call of creativity which took her to New York City to pursue a degree at Parsons School of Design. After spending a few years working for various designer brands, agencies and publications, she started to feel as if something was missing from her professional life.
Laura's great-grandparents were jewelers and she always kept the idea of a jewelry career in the back of her mind. In 2018, she decided to take a leap of faith and follow her instinct by enrolling in the Graduate Gemologist course at The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in London. After only a few weeks spent in the classroom learning all about diamonds and colored stones, she knew that this was what she was meant to be doing. This was her true passion, this was what she could speak about for hours and this was the journey she wanted to embark on.
Eager to learn more about jewelry design and to discover GIA's headquarters, she then crossed the world heading over to Carlsbad, California to attend a Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) course. A few months later, having fallen in love with California, she decided to stay and turn her passion for gemstones and jewelry into reality - AURA was born.
An invoice from Laura's great-grandparents dating from 1937.