About us

 Meet Dr. La Verne Tolbert, the heart and soul behind Black Gem Designs.

Dr. La Verne Tolbert, a passionate advocate for the welfare of displaced children, has joined hands with expert local jewelers to bring you Black Gem Designs. Her lifelong dedication to the cause of these children has touched the lives of many. As you explore our exquisite jewelry collection, we invite you to learn more about the remarkable woman behind it all.

For over 30 years, Dr. Tolbert has been a tireless champion for children who have faced the challenges of displacement from their homes. She works tirelessly to equip pastors and their congregations to consider foster and adoptive parenthood. Dr. Tolbert's extensive knowledge and insights have also led her to author several influential Christian books, and she is the founder of Teaching Like Jesus Ministries.

Through her writing, research, and advocacy, Dr. Tolbert has helped raise awareness about the crucial need for Christians to take the lead in adopting African American children. Her profound influence in this arena has led to the adoption of many children and continues to shape a brighter future for those in need.

Dr. Tolbert's most cherished roles are those of a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is married to Elder Irving Tolbert, and together they have experienced the transformative power of adoption as they became parents to La Nej Garrison, M.A.—a dynamic speaker, philosopher, and apologist. La Nej is now happily married to Coach Matthew Garrison, and the Tolbert family's adoption story has blossomed into the joyful presence of three precious grandsons.


At Black Gem Designs, we not only stand by Dr. Tolbert's unwavering commitment but also partner with skilled local jewelers who bring their expertise and passion to each and every piece we offer. Our dedication to quality and craft is unwavering, ensuring that you receive exceptional jewelry while contributing to an important cause.

How You Change Lives:

When you choose Black Gem Designs, you're not just buying jewelry; you're joining a movement of support and empowerment for vulnerable youth. Your purchase helps encourage churches to connect with children in foster care and supports orphan ministries, creating a brighter future for those who need it most.

As you explore our jewelry, we invite you to not only find pieces that resonate with your style but also to embrace the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children who deserve a loving and stable home. Every purchase is a step towards designing a brighter future for these precious souls.

Join us in making a lasting impact—your contribution to Black Gem Designs is an investment in a better future for children in need.


Thank you for partnering with Black Gem Designs!