WHEN JOHN BUECHNER FINISHED COLLEGE AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY IN CHICAGO, HE WANTED TO BECOME A DENTIST. SO BEFORE HE BEGAN CLASSES HE TOOK A SUMMER JOB WORKING FOR HIS COUSIN, A COLORED STONE DEALER, TO EARN MONEY FOR DENTAL SCHOOL.
“I’ll give it a try,” he told his cousin. “And that was it. After a few weeks, I was hooked.” He never went to dental school and found his passion instead in the jewelry business, traveling the world to and special stones that sure make people happier than a trip to the dentist.