ST. GEORGE – In the heart of St. George’s historical downtown district is one a gem of a jewelry store. Considered to be the oldest standing pioneer structure in town, the Gardener’s Club building at Ancestor Square offers a quaint boutique setting for Ms. K’s Fine Jewelry.
Built in 1863 to teach the pioneer settlers how to grow flowers in southern Utah’s precarious desert climate, Kathleen Smith said she knew this was the location for her new store when she first saw the “building available” sign in the window. “I had noticed this building before,” she said. “Walking through the Square, it always had a certain appeal to me, being one of the original venues for artistic expression.”
Previously owning six jewelry stores throughout Utah, Kathleen Smith said she and her husband Brian moved to St. George with the idea of slowing down and settling into family life. With three young children, the Smiths decided it was time in their careers to focus on quality rather than quantity, and to celebrate the talents that truly distinguish them in their industry.
After graduating from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, Kathleen Smith recalls packing her bags and moving to Los Angeles. There, she was hired by Disney to work as a freehand animation artist on films including “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.” When Disney went digital, freehand artists were let go and Kathleen decided to give the jewelry business a try.
“Even though I grew up in a home without jewelry, the industry has always been enamoring to me,” she said. “Initially, I was in it to pay my bills, but then I realized what an artistic field jewelry can be.”
Early in her career she realized that jewelry was a field where she could combine her artistic passion, love for fashion and design, business acumen, and her desire to work with people, Kathleen Smith said.
“It is rare to be a female business owner in a predominantly male industry,” she said, “but I have found that I belong here, and that there is a place and purpose for my contributions.”
Having worked several years for custom, high-end jewelers, including Tiffany & Co. in Portland, Ore., Brian and Kathleen Smith met when both went to work for the Salt Lake City-based Bullock and Lossee where Brian Smith was the District Manager.
“I remember the first time I saw Brian,” Kathleen Smith said, “I instantly adored him and fell madly in love.”
After marrying, the two decided to build a career of their own opening and managing jewelry stores throughout Utah. After 15 years and ownership of six stores, they made the decision in February to close their last mall location and open a custom boutique.
“We realized that we have a lot to offer,” Kathleen Smith said. “And this store gives us both the opportunity to showcase our years of experience in jewelry design, our commitment to integrity and our desire to truly celebrate our clientele.”
At Ancestor Square, Ms. K’s Fine Jewelry offers custom designs, one-of-a-kind heirloom pieces, special collections and estate jewelry. In a comfortable, quaint and elegant setting, the Smiths take pride in offering top quality gold and diamonds mined ethically and with pedigree integrity, as well as custom artistry produced by Kathleen Smith herself.
“I feel very inspired when I design jewelry,” Kathleen Smith said, “and when a customer comes into our store, no matter what their price range, they get one-on-one service from jewelers who will remember them by name.”
From a custom sketch to design and production, the Smith’s follow the process from start to finish with their clients, and offer jewelry pieces from bands to broaches to diamonds and jewels of every shape and size.
“We are in the business of celebrating,” Brian Smith said. “We are committed to the highest standards in gold and diamond mining, and Kathleen’s designs are original and one-of-a-kind. When our customers make a purchase, they make a memory with us.”
Ms. K’s Fine Jewelry is located at 2 West St. George Boulevard and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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