Meet Our Team
Craig Husar G.G., C.G.
President | Chief Romance Officer
Craig's career began at a young age while working at his family’s jewelry store. He’s now worked in the jewelry industry for over 35 years. His passion for gemology inspired him to attend the Gemological Institute of America, in Santa Monica, CA. It was there that he began his teaching career as an Instructor of Gemology. He went on to become a Graduate Gemologist (GIA), and a Certified Gemologist (AGS).
Years later, he crossed paths with famed treasure hunter, Mel Fisher, who had discovered the Spanish shipwreck, Nuestra Señora de Atocha. Mel's team had recovered a 90 carat Colombian emerald and Craig was hooked. A conversation with Mel lead him to join his team of treasure hunters in Key West. He went on to become the Exhibition Director and developed the "Treasures of the Atocha" exhibit which traveled to 85 cities throughout North America. The final stop of the exhibit was at Lyle Husar Designs in 1998.
While there, Craig decided it was time to return to the family business. He has lead the company through three major expansions and is now the proud owner of Craig Husar Fine Diamonds & Jewelry Designs.
This Renaissance man is most grateful for his relationship with his family; wife Danielle, children; Becca, Aidan and Nadia, and four-legged companion Oliver.
Vice President | Operations Manager | Award-Winning Jewelry Designer
Christine has worked in the jewelry industry for nearly 30 years. She started with Husar’s in 1990 and currently serves as the Vice President and Operations Manager. Christine is proud to be the second generation of the Husar family. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin - Waukesha where she majored in business and minored in art. She has received numerous awards for her skills in jewelry design. Her gemological knowledge was gained through course work at the Gemological Institute of America.
Christine is married with two sons, Alex & Max, step-daughter Crissy and three grandkids, Mason, Brycen, and Pierson. She loves crafting, gardening, pastel drawing, boating and hiking. Her preferred vacation spot is Florida. She's passionate about her family business and works hard to insure that it thrives and succeeds.
Her favorite gemstones are druzy, tourmaline and sapphire and her newest favorite designer is Meira T. When Christine is not busy designing jewelry, she's hanging out with her kids, playing with her dog Beamer, taking long walks and relaxing by a bonfire with friends.
Lyle C. Husar & Alice M. Husar
Founders | Master Watchmaker
Member Wisconsin Horological Society
General Manager | Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Becca Husar, CSA
Husar Design Studio Manager | Trusted Jewelry Advisor | Jewelry Designer
Proudly representing the third generation of the Husar family, Becca Husar has worked in the jewelry industry for over 8 years and as a creative designer for over 15 years. She is our Husar Design Studio manager and one of our many elite jewelry designers. Raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, she holds a Graduate degree of Fine Arts and Design and is certified through the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America.
She is a busy mother who loves landscaping, gardening, mixed media painting, reading, cooking, hiking and exploring new places.
Her favorite brands in the showroom are Tacori, John Hardy, Simon G. and of course… the Husar Signature Custom Designs. At the top of her favorites for gemstones are the variety of colors that can be found in gems such as tourmaline, sapphire and diamonds. LGBTQ Jewelry Specialist
Michelle Thompson, AJP, CSA
Online Inventory Manager | Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Michelle has worked in the jewelry industry for over 13 years. She started at Husar’s in 2016. She grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI and is a Graduate of Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She is an Accredited Jewelry Professional (GIA), a Certified Sales Associate (AGS), Diamond and Gemstone Certified (DCA), and is a 3D CAD Jewelry Designer.
She loves going "up north" with her husband, two daughters, and dog Jack. Michelle's hobbies include drawing, sketching, reading, horseback riding and baking. One of her secrets that very few people know about her is that she is a huge sci-fi/fantasy geek. When she's not at work, you'll find Michelle with her family.
Her favorite gemstone is tanzanite because of the rich violet hue and her favorite designers are Tacori, Simon G., Atelier, and John Hardy. LGBTQ Jewelry Specialist
Peter Hannes IV, AJP
Watch Department Manager | Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Peter has worked in the jewelry industry for over 10 years. He started at Husar’s in 2018. Born and raised in Racine, WI, Peter is currently living in Milwaukee while completing his MBA at UW-Milwaukee. He has his Accredited Jewelry Professional Certificate, as well as a Graduate Diamonds Degree from GIA, and is a 3D CAD Jewelry Designer.
Outside of work, Peter is an avid Brewers and Packers fan. His favorite place to get away is New York City, but during the summer you can find him at any of the outdoor festivals downtown Milwaukee.
His favorite gemstones are tsavorite, demantoid, and opal. He’s passionate about contemporary and vintage watches, including ORIS, Rolex, and Tudor.
Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Ramiah has been in the jewelry industry for several months and loves every minute of it. She was born in Milwaukee and raised in the small town of Beloit, KS. She was home schooled and worked hard to graduate early to get right out into the workforce. Ramiah has two daughters and two fur babies – two spectacular cats. When she isn’t at work, Ramiah loves spending time with friends, family, and her boyfriend. She loves being able to go out for a good meal. She enjoys reading, hiking/camping, riding bikes and going to the beach. She also has a passion for decorating.
She loves all the designers at Craig Husar and loves to mix and match them all. She has a similar mindset with gemstones. She enjoys how each has their own appeal and beauty.
Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Cheri has been in the jewelry industry for about two years and she did things a little differently. She started taking courses through GIA because of a passion for the gemology and has now recently come to Craig Husar’s to further that passion. Cheri was born and raised in West Allis, WI and now resides Wauwatosa. She has an Associate’s Degree in dental hygiene from MATC. In 2007, Cheri earned a BA with a communication emphasis from Mount Mary. She also has taken several semesters of ASL.
After raising two boxer pups and experiencing all the steps from puppyhood to adulthood, Cheri now loves providing a vacation home for dogs while their human parents go on vacation. In her free time you can find Cheri working on stained glass projects, and designing and creating pure silver jewelry. She also loves cooking and you can sample her skills by trying one of her fabulous cookies that she brings to the store for any holiday.
Cheri’s favorite designer is Simon G. because of his extraordinary craftsmanship. She says her favorite gemstone is diamond because of its beauty and the science behind it.
Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Jennifer Santi, G.G., C.G.
Appraiser | Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Graduate Gemologist (GIA) | Certified Gemologist (AGS)
Trusted Jewelry Advisor
Derek has worked in the jewelry industry for 2 years. He started at Husar’s in 2017. Derek has had an avid interest in gemology since a very young age. He currently attends Oconomowoc High School where he is a member of the track team and enjoys watching school sporting events.
His favorite gemstones are emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. His favorite jewelry designers are William Henry, and Shinola. Derek lives in Oconomowoc with his parents, Mark and Tracy, his sister Paige and his beloved German shorthair pointer, Lexi.
What is a GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG)?
The prestigious GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma teaches jewelers the science and technical knowledge needed to deal with the entire spectrum of diamonds and colored stones. The distinguished GIA GG designation at the end of an individual's name is instantly recognized around the world as the mark of a senior professional in the jewelry industry.
What is an Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP)?
The GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional diploma is designed specifically for sales associates and provides them essential product knowledge they need to provide customers with accurate diamond information.
Our titles and designations were developed to help you know the qualifications of someone who works in the jewelry industry. Our members must adhere to the American Gem Society’s code of ethics and are required to re-certify their title or designation each year.
What is a Registered Jeweler, RJ
This title lets you know that the jeweler you are working with truly understands jewelry, diamonds, and gemstones. To earn this title, the associate has completed required coursework and classroom study, along with written and practical exams in diamond grading.
What is a Certified Gemologist, CG
A Certified Gemologist has taken advanced studies in diamonds and colored gemstones. A CG also demonstrates mastery of diamond, gemstone, and precious metal testing procedures.
What is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser, CGA
This title is the most highly regarded among peers in the jewelry industry. Why? Because it certifies that the sales person can identify diamonds, gemstones, and jewelry and determine their value. This title requires advanced training and experience in determining the value of diamonds and gemstones.
What is a Certified Sales Associate, CSA
A salesperson with this designation behind his or her name has passed the Graduate Sales Associate course and The AGS Professional module. This assures you that the salesperson is knowledgeable about the diamonds and gemstones they are selling.
What is a Certfied Jewelry Arts Professional, CJAP
This designation is for those members who have completed studies in the art of jewelry repair and/or manufacturing.