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

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

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©

Psalm of David. 

1 Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me. 
2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. 3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation. 4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. 5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord chase them. Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord persecute them. 7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. 8Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. 9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation. 10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him? 11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. 12They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. 14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. 15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: 16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth. 17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. 18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. 19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause. 20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land. 21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. 22 This thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me. 23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord. 24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. 25Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up. 26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. 27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. 28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.