Katherine joined the Jewelsmith team in 2004 as a GIA Graduate Gemologist. In 2006 she earned her Certified Gemologist Appraiser credentials from the American Gem Society and to this day, is still excited about the variety and quality of the gemstones we use in our designs. What could possibly be better than spending the day with a microscope examining the natural beauty created by our earth?! The love of earth sciences extends to all things outdoors, long hikes on the Eno, camping, lounging at the lake, roaming the wilds of the mountains… Middle Earth. If she must be contained indoors, Katherine will be snuggled under a blanket, reading either biographies or fabulous fiction.