In 1989, Bill moved to Colorado and got a job at a crystal jewelry shop on the Pearl Street mall in Boulder. There he met three jewelers who would teach him various things. The first was a goldsmith who taught him how to hand fabricate pieces in silver and gold. The second, a silversmith whom he learned lost wax casting, enabling him to produce items in quantity. Finally, he met a Navajo Indian from New Mexico who taught him how to inlay semiprecious stones. Bill has combined this knowledge into his own unique style.
Bill collected gems and mineral specimens for many years while he was a painting contractor in Arizona, where he grew up. After 18 years of the contracting business, he decided he wanted to explore his creativity by incorporating his love of stones into jewelry making. He started by taking a class at a community college. There he made a gold inlay pendant; the process of which he still uses in his original designs.