Karen is a Bozeman artist who creates one-of-a-kind, hand-made jewelry using sterling silver, 18K gold, genuine diamonds, and Montana Yogo sapphires. In 1994, Karen began her apprenticeship with master goldsmith, James Savage, and has worked for nine different jewelers in three states since then. Each employer and teacher trained her in different areas of expertise, and greatly in?uenced her artistic path. From historical goldsmithing techniques, such as working in granulation, to modern laser welding, Karen has incorporated each experience into her own creative puzzle. After 20 years of working in the jewelry industry, Karen decided to follow her own vision, and started Koda Designs Jewelry. Through Koda Designs, Karen aims to create beautiful pieces of jewelry that complement Montana’s active outdoor lifestyle. With an understated elegance, each piece is carefully fabricated in her Bozeman studio. Her jewelry is whimsical and practical, can be worn every day, and is a reminder of the Treasure State’s amazing natural wonders.
- Val Rossman