Bruce J. Snider M.S., G.G., GIA is a Diamond Broker, 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, 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 until in 1989 - 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. 

Designs In Gems® has a General Excise Tax License to operate in the State of Hawaii offering private showings, gemological laboratory appraisals and custom design orders (by appointment only).


 "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 (current) - 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 35

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!
2 Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help!
3 Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!”
4 Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me!
5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away!
6 Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them!
7 For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
8 Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!
9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, “O LORD, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?”
11 Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know.
12 They repay me evil for good; my soul is bereft.
13 But I, when they were sick—I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
14 I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning.
15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered; they gathered together against me; wretches whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing;
16 like profane mockers at a feast, they gnash at me with their teeth.
17 How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their destruction, my precious life from the lions!
18 I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you. 
19 Let not those rejoice over me who are wrongfully my foes, and let not those wink the eye who hate me without cause.
20 For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.
21 They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!”
22 You have seen, O LORD; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
23 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24 Vindicate me, O LORD, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me!
25 Let them not say in their hearts, “Aha, our heart's desire!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26 Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me!
27 Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long. How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love 

To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the LORD.