Lisa Elser is a professional gemcutter from Vancouver. She spent 25 years in IT working for companies like Bell Laboratories, NCR and Sun Microsystems and consulted to some of the largest banks and insurance companies in the world. She trained in gemcutting in Montreux, Switzerland and did her Graduate Gemologist degree with the GIA in Carlsbad, Ca. After a number of years of cutting as a hobby, she left IT and began cutting full time.
Her work has been featured in Canadian Jeweller, More Magazine, Canadian Jewellery Business, and Jewely Artist Magazine, and she is the winner of an American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Award.
Her Spectrum Award winning Tourmaline is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution