Prospector's Pouch is owned and operated by the Smith family, and has been their labor of love since 1970 when the store was first opened. For owners C.R. and Ilene Smith, the store has grown from a small community jeweler to a favorite among Atlanta natives and beyond.

Starting with a love for rocks and gems and ending with an appreciation of craftmanship, we offer our customers everything from lapidary supplies to a full selection of fine jewelry. Our jewlery consists of everything from sterling silver to rose, pink and green gold to platinum. Nowhere else in the southeast can such a variety be found under one roof.

Mr. C.R. Smith was nationally recognized as one of the nation's youngest writers, dating back to his high school years. As a US Navy all-weather attack pilot, he again received national attention when he made the 75,000th landing aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Boxer. This set an all-time record for all-attack aircraft carriers. Once again he received national attention as a US Navy recruiter for Navy officer pilots which resulted in his receiving an American Legion Patriotism Award for patriotic spirit exemplified, along with numerous letters of commendation from statesmen, governors, and admirals.

As a native Georgian, he has prospected the Southeastern states for many years. His interest in gems and minerals dates back to his preteen years when his curiosity was stimulated as he discovered unusual crystal formations.

His formal education includes Middle Georgia College; Del Mar College, Texas; Auburn University, Alabama; Georgia Tech; US Navy Flight School, Pensacola, Fla. and Corpus Christi, Texas; and US Navy Post Graduate School Monterey, California. He has been a fellow of the prestigious Gemmological Association of Great Britain since 1968.

Ilene Smith is Nebraska born and a graduate of the University of Colorado,and the University of Colorado Medical School where she specailized in nuclear medicine. She is also a gemologist with degrees in colored stones and gem identification from GIA (Gemological Institue of America) and has been co-owner of the Prospectors Pouch for 42 years.

Our Staff is made up of seasoned professionals, and they are not paid by commission. This offers our customers a relaxed, no-pressure shopping atmosphere.