Meet The Faces Behind The Three Graces
Lisa Stockhammer-Mial, President & Owner, is the creative force behind The Three Graces. An expert on gemology and antique and period jewelry, she is a historian and lecturer on the subject of period jewelry. Responsible for selecting every piece of jewelry represented, her discerning eye and impeccable taste is expressed in every offering. As diverse as every jewel and unique as each client, her roles are many. From directing the look, feel and navigation of the website, to traveling on major buying extravaganzas, or keeping in touch with most clients including answering as many first inquiries, emails and telephone calls as possible, her passion is evident. Read her full bio here.
Rhonda Farmer, Director of Client Services unofficial office manager and every client’s best friend, possesses the type of vivacious manner and sincerity which has every one telling her their life story in the first moments of conversation. As kind hearted and honest as they come, Rhonda keeps our office bustling along with her indelible spirit. She brings to The Three Graces widespread experience ranging from working for the government to banking where she developed a mastery of customer service and a host of business skills. In her own words, she is married to the “greatest guy on the planet” and has two grown children as well as two miniature schnauzers, Dixie Doodle and Halle Berry. Matchmaker at heart, seven couples have heard the blissful peal of wedding bells due to her guidance and friendship. She has found another perfect match with The Three Graces where her spectrum of talents in assisting our clients as well as our entire staff is put to its best. Every piece of jewelry purchased ends up on her finger or ear, or encircling her wrist or neck as she oohs and aahs on the way to being given “the Rhonda ok” before being placed onto the website.
Peggy Jonas, Vice President of Finance and Administration joined The Three Graces in July, 2010. Possessing over 20 years of accounting, finance and human resources experience, her background includes public accounting and private practice. Priding herself on every aspect of her work, she is supremely conscientious, exacting and loyal. Her dry wit and humor shine forth in the most stressful of times, as she is a constant source of the unexpected zinger just when needed most. Joyously wed for over 25 years, she is the mother of three incredible children and cares for three furry friends. Peggy graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BSBA majoring in accounting and economics, and is a proud member of the Husker nation. With a life long love of family, tradition and history, she is an ideal fit here working for a family run business where the focus is integrity and sharing beauty and joy by joining the past, to the present and the future.
An alchemist of words, Dale Leiter, Writer, has a unique world view with a perspective that lends itself to writing our outstanding and detailed descriptions. Practicing for many years as a clinical psychologist for troubled youth, she developed critical thinking, keen observation and insight into the inner workings of the human mind. A career change in mid-life brought her to The Three Graces where she synthesizes diverse amounts of information and combines that with meticulous research and far reaching historical knowledge to weave together the story on each jewel. Never flinching under the exacting standards of our owner she is impressive in her ability to pluck from her mind facts and arcane tidbits at will. She consistently brings to life with mere words the inherent beauty of each piece where learning about jewelry is now effortless and enjoyable for our clients and devotees. Always a wire fox terrier at her side (her most recent one, Emily is a prize winning show dog) she resides in Houston with her partner of 32 years.
With an exacting eye and a passion for honing every jewelry image and perfecting it to its best, Zachary Mial is our photographer in residence. Husband of our owner, he is the direct descendant of two art photographers - thus visual impact and imagery is never far from his thoughts. His background ranges from head of sales for a commercial architectural steel company to using his masterful skills as a carpenter for fine homes. At the office his nickname is “McGuyver” as he has a genius for restructuring our complex photographic set up from a score of seemingly simple hardware purchases. When he is not buried in a photography catalog in search of the perfect tripod, he wears the hat of lending his talents to sales and marketing and traveling on our extensive buying trips. Astounding in his sheer endurance, he is a two-time finisher of the Texas Water Safari, a marathon canoe race considered (by the New York Times and other publications) to be the toughest river race in the world.