Local nurseryman & builder cuts gems from around the world...

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2004



Dan and Ron Sexton moved to the Kenai Peninsula with their families over 30 years ago. They left the fast lane of a thriving custom built camper business in Southern California for the more tranquil Alaskan lifestyle. Master carpenters, the Sextons went to work as contractors shortly after settling in the local area. They constructed many custom built homes and commercial buildings in the local area, one of which was the former Gottschalks or Lamonts store building in Soldotna. After their success as contractors, the Sexton brothers became interested in building and operating greenhouses and eventually founded Trinity Greenhouse on K-Beach Rd, where they quickly earned a reputation for offering the highest quality flowers, plants and shrubbery.

Trinity Greenhouse produce has been beautifying Alaskan homes and businesses for more than twenty years, so it was no surprise to see Kathy and Dan Sexton at the Holiday Craft Fair displaying yet another way to bring items of exquisite beauty into our lives. "Gems were a thing of beauty that I was first attracted to as a young boy, and I actually did my first faceting when I was 18. That was a long time ago, and then about six years ago I got back into faceting as a winter time occupation," said Sexton.

Dan says that he brings in rough gems from all over the world to his laboratory in Soldotna where he hand cuts and crafts each stone to tremendous specifications and quality then mounts or sells the loose gems for customers desiring a custom mounting made for a special stone. "Most of my gemstones are one of a kind stones that you wouldn't necessarily find in a gem store and I've made my forte specializing in the unusual and my craft or art is faceting gemstones, putting all the cuts on a stone that make it brilliant and sparkly," added Dan. Gemstones come from only a few places in the world along fault lines such as Africa, Cambodia, India and South America. Anyone interested in seeing the Sextons beautiful collection of custom faceted gems from around the world can make an appointment by calling Dan or Julie Sexton at Trinity Greenhouse, 262-9242.

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