With a common love for the jewelry business, Troy and Joy went to GIA and became Graduate Gemologists. The pair then decided to move around a bit to get the feel for the business, gaining experience in high to low end jewelry stores and everything in between. The couple lived and worked in Charlotte, North Carolina for about a year and a half. After that, they moved to Cincinnati and resided there for about two years. During this time of seeing the country and experiencing all aspects of the jewelry business, they would take vacations to Colorado. The mountains and all the activities that came with them had always appealed to the couple.
In 1993, Troy and Joy made the bold decision to start a trade shop in Golden, Colorado. Two years later they relocated the business from Golden to downtown Denver. Once there, the couple ran a successful wholesale trade shop servicing several Denver area retail jewelry stores. After about five years, Troy decided it was time to break into the retail scene. Drawing on all their contacts from GIA, the places they'd lived before and the wholesale trade shop business, they were able to realize that dream. They joined IJO in 2004. In 2012, Thollot Diamonds was accepted as one of the 2% of global jewelry stores to attain prestigious ranking of American Gem Society AGS Retail Firm. In 2013, Troy and Joy bought their own free-standing building (formerly Washington Mutual Bank) and moved their retail store to Thornton where they serve the community by offering exquisite Thollot custom designs, as well as name brand jewelry and watches.In addition to running a successful Jewelry store, Troy and Joy have three beautiful girls: Jordan, Danielle and Morgan. People visiting the store might see them hard at work when they're not being home schooled by their mom.