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Date(s): April 29, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM PST - 6:00 PM PST
Rings have been used as symbols of love throughout history, so it is no wonder that they became part of the tradition of proposing marriage. When did the history of engagement rings start, why are engagement rings placed on the “ring” finger, and how have their styles evolved through the centuries? Tune in as Kate Waterman, GIA Instructor of Gemology, takes us on a journey through the history of one of the most meaningful and popular types of jewelry in the world.
Speaker: Kate Waterman, GIA Instructor of Gemology
Kate has worked in the gem and jewelry industry since 2000 and first joined GIA in 2011. Her passion for Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring creations led her to experience many facets of the trade, including apprenticeship, design, gold-smithing, sales, management, operations, diamond grading, diamond research analytics, and she has now found her calling as an instructor of gemology. She earned her Accredited Jewelry Professional, Graduate Jeweler, and Graduate Gemologist degrees from GIA as well as her Master’s in Education Technology from Iowa State University and thrives in an educational environment. As she puts it, “Sharing my love of gemstones with the students and watching them learn inspires me on a daily basis."