Meet the Team

Jennifer Farnes - Owner, Master Faceter, Graduate Gemologist
Jennifer Farnes
Owner, Master Faceter, Graduate Gemologist
 
Jennifer Farnes was born, raised, and attended college in Montana. As a child, her brothers would take her adventuring into the mountains in search of rocks, fossils, and crystals. From sapphire hunting and digging for garnets, to panning for gold and collecting minerals, her love of the outdoors and rock-hounding never subsided. In 2003 she accepted an opportunity to learn the art of stone faceting, which expanded her love of rocks into a new career. She is now a full-time Master Faceter, providing custom gemstone cutting and lapidary services to jewelers across the country. She has continued her education in the jewelry industry by receiving recognition from GIA as an Accredited Jewelry Professional.  Jennifer is the heart and soul of Revolution Jewelry Works and provides expertise in all aspects of custom jewelry design.
 

Pedro Llanas - Metalsmith Extraordinaire
Pedro Llanas
Metalsmith Extraordinaire
 
Pedro Maurice Llanas grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin and was just a teenager when he began an interest in metal working. He enrolled in metal arts classes beginning in middle school and continued on into high school where he excelled in the craft, winning scholastic art awards and recognitions from industry businesses. Pedro participated in a Youth-Teaching-Youth program, where he taught lower class-men in metal arts classes. In 1998 Pedro began an apprenticeship with a trade shop. He quickly progressed from repairs and sizing’s, to setting fancy cut diamonds. Pedro completed CAD/CAM training at Gemvision’s Matrix class in 2007 and has been creating custom jewelry designs ever since. Pedro moved to Colorado Springs in 2010. He loves to spend time hiking and camping with his wife and 2 daughters.
 

Janelle McNeil - Jewelry Innovator
Janelle McNeil
Master Jeweler, Innovator, Shop Canary
 
Janelle McNeil is a native of Colorado and is a third-generation jeweler. She grew up in her grandparents and parents jewelry stores apprenticing under her mother. She has spent the past 10 years doing jewelry repair around Colorado, but in the last two years she has been pursuing her real passion of custom jewelry design. She likes trying new setting techniques and incorporating different types of mediums. Her goal is to create jewelry in Colorado Springs that makes a statement or at least starts a conversation. You can also purchase her personal designs at Revolution Jewelry Works from her design collection, “Nell Marie”.
 

Mason Fuchs - Jewelry Architect & Music Enthsiast
Mason Fuchs
Jewelry Architect, Music Enthusiast
 
Mason Fuchs grew up in Mitchell, SD where he spent much of his free time in his best friend’s family jewelry store. After graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2012, he decided to pursue a career in jewelry production. Mason soon completed an apprenticeship under master goldsmith Tom Arnold, and has been working in fine jewelry ever since. Whether helping clients on the sales floor or sharpening skills behind the bench, he finds great satisfaction in all aspects of custom jewelry design and the jewelry industry. Mason moved to Colorado Springs in 2015, where he worked for a local trade shop before coming on board to the Revolution Jewelry Works team. In his downtime he enjoys reading science fiction and listening to his record collection.
 

Caleb O'Leary - Fine Jeweler, Motorhead
Caleb O’Leary
Fine Jeweler, Fabricator, Motorhead
 
Caleb was born and raised in Colorado Springs & is a kickball enthusiast and self-proclaimed motor head (owning an average of 7 personal vehicles). Several years ago his older brother introduced him to the jewelry industry by showing him how to size a ring at the trade shop he was employed with.  Caleb mimicked the process, sized a ring, and had a job in the same trade shop the very next day!  He has always been a people person, but working in a trade shop meant the same tasks day after day.  Since joining Revolution, he has realized the one thing missing from his jewelry life was getting to see surprise and joy in peoples faces upon receiving their jewelry in dazzling finished condition.  He especially loves hugs from clients when an heirloom has been restored to it’s original glory. 
 

Tynisha Hutson - Repair Liaison & Jewelry Whisperer
Tynisha Hutson
Repair Liaison, Jewelry Whisperer
 
Tynisha grew up in Tuscon, Arizona; the child of a Police Officer and Licensed Practice Nurse. She is just one member of a large, boisterous family who enjoy sharing stories and hugs with one another. Throughout her early adulthood, Tynisha worked many odd jobs while attending Cosmetology School, and at 22 she became an Office Manager for a cleaning company. She later moved on to a furniture store as a Customer Service Representative and Sales Manager, but she felt something was still missing. She found her true “calling” in jewelry nearly a decade ago when given an opportunity within a large corporate environment. Tynisha joined the Revolution Jewelry Works team to become a hand of change within a growing jewelry company in Colorado Springs where team members voices can be heard!
 

Aimee Hill - Repair Liaison, Diamond Specialist, Dog Lover
Aimee Hill
Repair Liaison, Diamond Specialist, Dog Lover
 
Aimee was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She attended Texas Tech and graduated with a degree in Communications. Early in her career she worked in medical equipment sales, and traveled all over the country for her company, often spending 290 days per year on the road. After tiring of the long hours and excessive travel, in 2012 she decided to move to Hawaii. She immediately had an opportunity to work as an art director for a Thomadro Gallery. It was while living on Oahu that she met her husband and together they relocated back to Texas. She finally discovered her passion in 2016 when she was offered the chance to work for a jewelry designer whose store she frequented. In 2018 her husband’s career brought them to Colorado – where she immediately began pursing a position at Revolution Jewelry Works!
 

Buzz Steenrod - Gemologist & Appraiser
Michael “Buzz” Steenrod
Gemologist, Appraiser, Soothing Voice
 
Born in El Reno, Oklahoma, Buzz moved a lot with his family due to his father’s job. He always enjoyed seeing new places, learning new things, and making new friends. While in high school in Glendale, Arizona, Buzz worked for J.C. Penney’s and while representing Arizona in an education contest, had the privilege of meeting and having breakfast with Mr. Penney (where Buzz learned the J.C. stood for James Cash). Most of his jobs since then have been in retail businesses, eventually leading to the jewelry industry. Buzz has been working in jewelry in Colorado Springs since 1978. His fascination with and passion for gemstones has helped to develop his extensive knowledge, which he happily shares with anyone who is interested.
 

Jeremy Farnes - Technology Guru
Jeremy Farnes
Technology Guru
 
Computer technology has long held Jeremy’s interest since his first encounter with an IBM-PS1 that his mother bought at Sears. When the machine came home, he set to dismantling and figuring out how the system worked cementing his love for computers and technology. After high school, Jeremy worked as a technician for a computer store that built custom computers for businesses where he was found and recruited into defense contracting in 1998. He has spent the last 20+ years continuing to work in technology, and uses his skills to maintain all of the systems and state-of-the-industry technology at Revolution Jewelry Works. Most recently he has discovered new enjoyment in CAD/CAM jewelry design, and attended an intensive training seminar to better assist with custom jewelry design at the studio.
 

Freya - Shop Mascot, Retired Greyhound
Freya
Shop Mascot, Retired Greyhound
 
Freya was born on Patriot’s Day into a long line of champion racing Greyhounds. She knew from a very young age that running was fun, but she couldn’t understand why all the other dogs wanted to eat a toy rabbit. While she was among the fastest dogs in her age group, she was retired at the young age of 18-months because she didn’t have the prey drive to win races. Really, she knew there was more to life than running in circles! After attending an obedience course with inmates in the Colorado State Prison, she was adopted into Revolution Jewelry Works. She has been a cheerful member of the team since 2014. She likes to think, “No one can have a bad day when there’s a dog to pet!”