Founder, Graduate Gemologist

JOSEPH R VILLARREAL custom jewelry designer austin

Even before the beginning of his career, founder Joseph Villarreal was fascinated by diamonds and precious gemstones. To further his interest and gain entry to the jewelry industry, Joseph studied at the  Gemological Institute of America (GIA) located in southern California where he earned his Graduate Gemologist Diploma as a Graduate Gemologist, a highly valued accolade that has world-wide recognition.

Joseph then pursued a career as a Diamond and Gemstone buyer in Dallas, TX where he was employed for 10 years. His professional experience included – Diamond Grading, Diamond and Colored Gemstone Buyer, Jewelry Buyer, Catalog Production, Merchandising and Sales.

After several years working in the industry, Joseph decided to move back to his home town in Austin, TX to open a jewelry company of his own. Since inception in 1997, the business has grown and Villarreal Fine Jewelers, through Joseph’s diligence and hard work, has cultivated a loyal clientele that appreciates his level of care, integrity, meticulous attention to detail and principled customer service. As the many five star reviews on Google attest, Villarreal Fine Jewelers has become one of Austin’s most trusted sources for custom designed jewelry, diamonds and gemstones.