Karen L. Davidson has been designing and making fine jewelry for 40 years, and is now creating and making fine 22k, 18k, platinum jewelry with precious gems and opals in Arcata. All of Karen’s stones are natural in both origin and color. She is known for her “eye” in selecting gems and has judged the Cutting Edge contest for the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).
Karen frequently uses Boulder Opal from Queensland, Australia accented with Paraiba Tourmaline from the original, small 1990 find. She loves sapphire in purples and oranges for accents as well.
Her design studio Cabochon won 11 international awards for gems and designs including four Cutting Edge and five Spectrum winners for the AGTA. Cabochon was located in Milwaukee and Spring Green, Wisconsin until Karen’s move to California in 2009.
Karen is a Graduate Gemologist, certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) since 1976.