MEET THE TEAM
“Our passion is helping you create and enjoy jewelry that is unique, personal, and always remarkable.”
DIANNA RAE HIGH
Owner, Jewelry Designer, Diamond & Gem Specialist
Dianna Rae High has been a jewelry designer and diamond and gem specialist for over 25 years. In 2014 she opened up Dianna Rae Jewelry in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she brings her true passion for helping others realize their personal jewelry dreams. Dianna Rae Jewelry specializes in custom design, original collections, and distinctive, remarkable jewelry. Customers can expect a comfortable and friendly atmosphere to discover, and design beautiful pieces. With expert jewelry designers, craftsmen and high-tech software and equipment, Dianna Rae Jewelry offers an innovative approach you won’t find anywhere else.
Dianna Rae is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, where she obtained the Applied Jewelry Professional™ Credential and earned degrees in the areas of Colored Stones, Diamonds, and Pearls. She is a Registered Jeweler® of the American Gem Society and serves on the board for Jewelers of Louisiana. Dianna Rae has led her team to much success, as Dianna Rae Jewelry has been honored with prestigious awards, including two Jewelers of America CASE awards; numerous Jewelers of Louisiana Design awards (one of which was the Best of Show Award at the 2018 Jewelers of Louisiana Convention); Runner-up for Luxury Retailer of the Year by JCK; and INSTORE Magazine’s distinction as one of America’s Coolest Stores.
Dianna enjoys traveling and camping with Jeff, her husband of 34 years, and her two daughters. She enjoys giving back to the community that so warmly welcomed her by volunteering at Christian Youth Theater and St. Bernadette Clinic for the Homeless.
Shop Manager, Jeweler and CAD/CAM Specialist
Stop into Dianna Rae Jewelry and you may find Preston at his computer designing jewelry, ordering gemstones and materials, doing a quick repair on a necklace, or sitting down with a customer one-on-one to perfect their design.
With a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Iowa State University, Preston brings a range of knowledge in Computer-aided Design & Manufacturing to Dianna Rae Jewelry. He designs and creates jewelry from scratch using jewelry-specific design software, known as Matrix®. From the computer generated design, he creates a photorealistic render of the jewelry and uses our 3D printer to create a prototype of the piece, allowing customers to see and try on their jewelry before it’s actually made.
And as the Shop Manager, Preston coordinates and organizes production for all custom jobs and repairs, ensuring that your project will always be completed on time!
Anytime you see Dianna Rae Jewelry represented around town, that’s probably because of Amanda. With a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana, Amanda has nine years experience in the advertising and marketing industry. She brings that knowledge to Dianna Rae Jewelry as she creates everything from print ads to billboards, social media content, press releases, and email campaigns. You might find her editing a video or planning our next event — whatever the task, she’s on it!
Jewelry Designer, Merchandiser, Photographer
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Mary’s artistic talent is evident in all that she does. Whether designing jewelry, creating an eye-catching jewelry display or photographing a Dianna Rae Original, Mary brings a creative passion to her work.
As one of our jewelry designers, Mary starts with a pencil sketch and completes the design using Countersketch®, a jewelry-specific CAD/CAM program. She’ll be with you every step of the way — helping you choose the perfect gift for that special someone or designing a custom piece of jewelry for that special occasion. Friendly and helpful, Mary is your jewelry guide!
She also works closely with our marketing manager to capture beautiful photos of our jewelry. With a creative eye, Mary captures everything that makes Dianna Rae Jewelry unique and special.
Brent is a master craftsman and stone-setter with nearly 30 years of experience on the bench. Strenuous training for triathlon and Ironman competitions provide Brent with a fierce focus and discipline that is apparent in his work.
A true Horologist and graduate of the American Horological Institute, Trey adds nearly 30 years of watchmaking, watch repair, and jewelry sales and management to the Dianna Rae Jewelry team.