Meet Our Authors

Jay Boyle Company
Jay Boyle, G.G., Owner of Astrological Gem

Jay Boyle is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 34 years of experience in every area of the gem business. For the past fourteen years he has also been the Senior Gemologist and Gemstone Buyer for Jewelry Television, a TV Shopping Network that has become the largest retail seller of colored gemstones worldwide. He is a frequent contributor to the gem trade press and by invitation, a participant of International forums on Gemstone Industry nomenclature, Ethics and Gemstone Laboratory guidelines.

Since the early 1980’s, Jay has been a primary supplier of untreated Jyotish gemstones to Vedic Astrologers and their clients. His mission is to provide the right gems to the right people for the right purpose, for the betterment of his customers and the world.  In addition, Jay’s forty year involvement with meditation and inner work has created an appreciation of the finer, more subtle aspects of selecting gemstones with that sweet, sattvic feel. Jay lives with his wife Lenora in Fairfield, Iowa.


Tiffany April Raines, Head of Sales & Vedic Gemstone Advisor for Astrological Gem

Tiffany April Raines entered the precious gemstone business in 2003.  Her love for Vedic gemstones began in 2007, when she joined Jay Boyle’s Astrological Gem team in Fairfield as the head of photography.  Though she was a skeptic when she began working with Jay, she quickly fell for the beauty and power of the stones she worked with on a daily basis.

After experiencing the profound effects that wearing Jyotish gemstones had on her own life, she studied with ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology) to further her understanding and practical application of Jyotish as a whole.  She has since served thousands of clients and customers by providing insight into their astrological charts and offering safe, practical, and time-tested Jyotish gemstone recommendations.

Tiffany’s passion at Astrological Gem is helping seekers of growth attain happiness, fulfillment, and a deeper sense of self-realization through the use of Vedic gemstone therapy.


Tarah Sands
Tarah Sands, G.G., A.J.P,. Inventory Manager & Jewelry Coordinator for Astrological Gem

Tarah has been fascinated, from a very young age, by the science and beauty of gemstones. After graduating with honors from the Univeristy of Iowa with a degree in Business Economics, she enrolled full-time in the Graduate Gemology program at the Gemological Institute of America. Upon receiving her G.G. and A.J.P. (accredited jewelry professional) she moved to Fairfield, Iowa where she worked in retail jewelry sales before taking a full-time position, in 2009, as the inventory manager and jewelry coordinator at Astrological Gem.

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