Kate McNichols-Marks is the owner of Marks of Design, a fine jewelry store located in Shelton, Connecticut. An award-winning jeweler and skilled goldsmith, Kate has over 35 years of experience in jewelry design and retail. She was recognized as Worldwide Diamond Importer of the Year (2016) and is certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Known for her beautiful designs and the ability to go the extra mile and lend a truly personal touch to her works, Kate loves to see her customer’s faces light up with delight over her custom, handcrafted “wearable art.” She is generous in her knowledge and insight into gemological quality and jewelry design, and hand selects every item available in the store. She holds a BFA in Metalsmithing and is one of the few female professionals who actively works at the bench.
In addition to the repairs, restyling and custom work done on site, Kate offers customers the tremendous advantage of her annual trips to Antwerp, Belgium. Each Fall, she engages in a direct diamond buying trip, assessing, selecting and choosing stunning quality diamonds at accessible prices.
Kate is a board member of the Retailer Jeweler’s Organization (RJO) and a member of World Wide Diamond Importers and the GIA Alumni Association. A pillar of her community, she has served on the Shelton Economic Development Corps Board for 22 years. She is an active Rotarian, recently celebrating her 20-year anniversary, and has been recognized by the organization with a Certificate of Excellence (Rotary Club of Derby-Shelton) as well as a Paul Harris Award (Rotary International). Shelton Schools have also acknowledged her contribution to her community, with Certificate of Appreciation.
Kate credits her success to passion, focus and perseverance.
International Society of Female Professionals Member Kate Marks can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.