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ABOUT KATE

Kate Baker is a bespoke jewelry designer, goldsmith, and gemologist. She has over 20 years of experience designing, fabricating, repairing, and re-styling jewelry. As a GIA Graduate Gemologist, her extensive knowledge of diamonds, other precious gemstones, and pearls enables her to expertly advise her clients on purchase or care or in assessment of an heirloom piece.

 

She is a lifelong lover-of-learning and continues to build her already extensive list of artistic and professional jewelry qualifications. Kate enjoys the “getting her hands dirty” part of bringing design ideas to life (No pretty nails!). She loves working with tools to create something beautiful. Kate’s fine eye for design comes naturally from her mom, Pat Denman, AWS, NA, a nationally known watercolorist.

 

Kate’s work, noted for its high craftsmanship, clean lines, and versatility, is best self-described as “Controlled Spontaneity”, which strikes a unique balance between conservative and free spirit. Her jewelry seamlessly transitions between that little black dress and jeans.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Kate Baker Designs, LLC (2006 – present)


Apprentice to Master Goldsmith (2001– 2006)


Designer Craftsman – Pottery, Glass, Paper (1987 – 2001)

 

Graphic Designer (pre –1991)

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

GIA* – Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Pearls,

Accredited Jewelry Professional


New Approach School for Jewelers


Fairleigh Dickinson University: BA – Fine Arts


George Mason University: MA – Linguistics


*Gemological Institute of America, the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls

MEMBERSHIPS

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Society of North American Goldsmiths

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Gemological Institute of America

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Washington Guild of Goldsmiths