In the early 70’s Michael became a self-taught jeweler in Virginia Beach, VA. He entered his jewelry designs in East coast competitions and won over forty awards, including Best of Show silver trophies for two consecutive years at the prestigious Pikesville, Maryland Invitational, as well as two First Place trophies from the Eastern Federation Division of Mineralogical and Lapidary Society. He soon became an honored judge for the Federation. For over thirty years Michael has owned jewelry stores featuring his unique designs and his jewelry has been featured in National Parks across the US. Notable clients include Goldie Hawn & Chuck Norris.