Welcome rock lover to RockShop, perhaps the world's first rare gemstone boutique and full service jeweler fueled and inspired by the spirit of rock and roll! At Rock Shop Fine Gems & Jewelry we pay tribute to both the rock that sparkles and the rock that rolls.
The idea for RockShop was conceived in the late 2,000's when owner and resident jeweler, Carlos Lopez, was living in Chicago. One fateful evening, while having drinks with his Brother (a retailer of vintage vinyl records in downtown Chicago) he was struck with a unique idea; to have a jewelry boutique with a focus on fine gemstones and custom design, but with the the coziness and vintage aesthetic of a vinyl record store. In 2014 Carlos and his Wife, Christie, took this concept to downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, to be part of the burgeoning arts & culture scene.
Carlos brings his extensive education and gemstone expertise to the RockShop experience. Working on Jewelers Row in the South Wabash area of Chicago alongside some of the finest metal smiths from around the world, Carlos honed his skill for fine jewelry making. A graduate Gemologist, Lopez earned his accreditation at the GIA in Manhattan where he also worked in the 47th Street Diamond District. His passion for travel and gemstones took him to Florence, Italy where he studied the art of jewelry design at the Italian Jewelry Academy, Le Arti Orafe. During his studies there, he had the opportunity to work with artisans from the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge. From Bali to Nepal , Jaipur to Hong Kong, Carlos has experienced and witnessed first hand the stories and origins of precious gems and jewelry making from around the globe.
Rockhounds, jewelry lovers and vinyl collectors - You're invited to stop by RockShop on Central Ave. in Downtown St. Peterburg for a one-of-a-kind jewelry experience - Shop dogs, Biggie and Jasper will be waiting for you!!