About Katherine Autin and Kat's Jewelry & Gems
Katherine Autin, the founder and owner of Kat’s Jewelry & Gems, has always been in love with the world of gemstones, pearls, and jewelry, and has been selling or designing jewelry for 37 years.
These sterling silver, gemstone, pearl, and hand enamel jewelry designs are created with love and the marriage of art and elegance.
Have Fun Picking Out Your Jewelry Treasures!
Most of the designs are limited editions or one-of-a-kind. She will also design special jewelry treasures for you. Let her know if you are interested.
Fun Facts About the Owner
Katherine Autin started her first retail jewelry company 37 years ago in Fairfax, Virginia in 1982 selling exquisite 14K gold antique and gemstone jewelry from around the world. Before she opened her company, she obtained her Diamond Certificate from the Gemological Institute of America. This was all achieved in less than six months after her son was born.
In 1986 she opened a jewelry store in the French Quarter in New Orleans specializing in the sale of 14K gold and exotic gemstones, and specialty Mardi Gras jewelry.
In 1991 she moved to Louisville, Kentucky and sold wholesale sterling charms to Equestrian, Zoo, Aquarium, and seasonal jewelry stores and gift shops worldwide.
Then she began creating one-of-a-kind silver, pearl, and gemstone earrings, interchangeable pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
As her businesses evolved, she taught herself to hand enamel using a foot compressor and created a computer aided design and manufacturing operation using the CNC design process that brought her and her team of artists designs to life in wax.
Those waxes were cast in sterling and then she hand-enameled them adding Swarovski crystals, genuine pearls, and seed beads into the charm and pendant designs.
In 2003 Katherine trademarked her new creative design line, KooLoops, sterling silver hand enamel and Swarovski crystal removable charms and gemstone and pearl bead drops from beautiful black, turquoise, and purple leather, and sterling chain loops.
Open the loop; perfect to hang on your purse, book bag, zipper pull on jackets, and great as a gift for your guests on their wine glasses.
Then you can take the removable charms or gemstone bead drops and put them on charm bracelets or necklaces. REALLY KOOL!!!