Bruce J. Snider M.S., G.G., GIA is a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America and holds a Master of Science degree in Economic Development from the University of Houston System. 

He started his career as a fashion jewelry designer for the Zale corporation in 1980 specializing in custom jewelry designs. In January 1984 - Bruce J Snider Jewelers, Inc., Designs In Gems® opened serving major jewelry stores (including a number of Zales stores in the Houston area for 7+ years), designers and corporations - as well as the general public - providing repairs, custom design, fabrication, manufacturing, appraisals, bronze statues and corporate awards.

Bruce spent much of his youth painting wildlife illustrations for showings in major art galleries throughout the Greater Houston area from 1977-89 when he traded in his watercolors, brushes and block - and decided to channel his energies entirely into "painting in diamonds, colored stones and precious metals" - creating custom jewelry designs - thus fulfilling his many clients requests.

The "Brand" Designs In Gems® is a U.S. Registered Trademark owned by Bruce J. Snider, Inc. 


 "As you can see, he has applied a diversity of skills. His work is both artistic and meticulous..." Ronald W. Hartgrove, President R. Hartgrove, Inc. Houston, Texas.

"His work is always first rate. He was also very cooperative with the management and staff of the store insuring a high level of customer satisfaction." R. Cox, Mgr. Zales Corp., Houston, TX.

 "...His works are also included in many private collections worldwide. St Luke's is proud to have Bruce's collection on display in the Rotunda Gallery...." St. Lukes, Houston, TX. 

Awards & Achievements

Master of Science Economic Development - University of Houston System

Gold Medal Winner of the National Scholastic Art Awards 1977, 1978

Gold Medal and Scholarship Winner: Houston Museum of Fine Arts 

School of Arts - from the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show 1978

National Dean's List - 2003-2004 & 2004-2005

The National Scholars Honor Society - Lifetime Member

Angie's List - Super Service Awards: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015

Alumni: Gemological Institute of America 

Phi Theta Kappa - Omega Sigma

Committee Member (past) - Boy Scouts of America

Assistant Scout Master (past) - Boy Scouts of America

Member - The Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA)

Angie's List - 5 Times "Super Service Award" Winner: 
2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015!
(as of June, 2016 we are no longer advertising with Angie's List)

Business Bureau A+ Accredited March 2002-August 2017
(as of September, 2017 we are no longer advertising with the Business Bureau)

It was this Pen and Ink drawing of a Wolf in 1977-78 that won Bruce a Gold Medal and Scholarship to The Museum of Fine Arts School of Art in Houston, Texas sponsored by The Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show. Bruce started his career as a professional artist and illustrator at the age of 17, showing in some of Houston's finest galleries.

Exhibitions and Art Gallery showings since 1979 include: Sporting Life Gallery on Mid Lane, Sportsman Gallery in the Galleria, Rotunda Gallery in St. Lukes - River Oaks, Sweeney Jewelers at T&C, Compass Bank Lobby Down Town, Greenway Gallery, U-Frame It, 2nd Baptist Church Main Entrance, KETK Radio Show, Channel 14 TV Interview, The Strand in Galveston, River Oaks James Atkinson Fine Art Gallery, etc. Bruce's paintings, sculptures and jewelry designs are in private and public collections worldwide.

Photo taken in 1981 holding one of my watercolor paintings 

Original watercolor paintings by Bruce J Snider©

Original Serigraphs by Bruce J. Snider© 1988-89

Original Photographs by Bruce J. Snider©