Our Staff

Richard Lee MathisRichard Lee Mathis
Richard Lee Mathis
Owner/Consultant

Entered the jewelry industry in 1973. President of Symmetry Jewelers and the Riverbend Merchants Association and past President of the Southern Repertory Theater. He remains the head of the executive committee of the award winning professional theatre. Richard remains active in the local art and music scene, formerly playing professionally around town. He is an avid collector of art, crafts, musical instruments and gemstones. Richard has juried shows for New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as well as performing in the festival. He additionally has juried shows for the Arts Council and Green Project.
Tom MathisTom Mathis
Tom Mathis
Owner/ Designer

Jewelry designer, master hand engraver, and graphic designer in New Orleans for over 35 years, Tom Mathis is one of the owners and CEO of Symmetry Jewelers. He is Symmetry's in-house designer. Using the latest in 3D computer technology and old world craftsmanship, he has truly turned the craft of jewelry-making back into the fine art form it once was.
Nicole MathisNicole Mathis
Nicole Mathis
Sales Manager/ GIA Graduate Diamond Consultant

Nicole has been apprenticing in the family business since 2003, and intends to continue her career in the future as a second generation Symmetry owner. She received her Graduate Diamond Degree and plans on continuing her education to eventually receive her Graduate Gemologist's Degree from the Gemological Institute of America.
Rebecca RaneyRebecca Raney
Rebecca Raney
Sales Associate/ Jeweler

This new member of the sales team brings more than 25 years of experience as a bench jeweler and designer. She graduated from Memphis State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Rebecca is also one of Symmetry's feature designers with her own design collection on display and available for sale in the gallery.
David KohlmanDavid Kohlman
David Kohlman
Jeweler

Originally from New Jersey, Dave has called New Orleans home since June, 1973. Except for a brief career sidestep during which he was lucky enough to meet his lovely bride of forty years, Dave has been part of the jewelry trade since October, 1973, working for major manufacturers and retailers throughout the New Orleans area.

Dave and his wife reside on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, where the living is easy and the grass never stops growing, embraced in the bosom of their two daughters and a semi-matched collection of six beautiful grandchildren.
Tim NelsonTim Nelson
Tim Nelson
Jeweler/ Hand Engraver/ Designer

Tim Nelson was born and raised in the Midwest. Growing up with old world craftsmen, artists, and poets as role models instilled a strong work ethic, a perfectionist's eye, and a compulsion to create as a livelihood. This outlook and desire brought him to the University of Kansas, where he studied under Master designers, Silversmiths and Goldsmiths, eventually receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Jewelry Design and Metalworking and a minor in Sculpture.

After spending so much time learning from the ancient to the contemporary, it was an easy decision to follow his path and his heart to the great city of New Orleans where past, present, and future blend into the cultural center it is known to be all around the world. Here he has found the unique opportunity to work for Symmetry Jewelers where he continues to learn from Master Craftsmen and studies old world jewelry making techniques, 3D CAD, and hand engraving.

"I draw inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci, to Victorian Design, to architecture and modern machinery. I never stop learning and refining my skills, and I hope to be a craftsman far into the future."