Founder and owner of Kimberly Collins Colored Gems, and my mission is to astonish and delight jewelers and their customers with some of the most beautiful gems in the world.
I’ve always had an interest in beautiful things, thanks to my mother, a professional artist, and my father, a lifelong collector of gems, minerals, and other exotic treasures from around the world.
I received a Bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University and worked for a time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but I knew there was more out there for me. That’s why I jumped at the chance to travel to Nairobi and learn the tanzanite business there, learning everything I could about gems and laying the groundwork for my true life’s work.
I moved to San Francisco and formed Kindy African Gemstone Company in 1995, changing the name to Collins & Collins Fine Colored Gemstones when I went into partnership with my then-husband. But the best was yet to come.
After broadening my horizons still further with eye-opening trips to Bangkok and Sri Lanka, I decided to go independent.
In 2008, I opened Kimberly Collins Colored Gems, featuring a continually expanding inventory and adding a finished colored-stone jewelry line.
I consider it a great privilege to be able to share my expertise, attention to detail, and my dedication with jewelers. I strive to provide them with the very finest in colored gems. I hope you’ll create your next masterpieces with stunning gemstones from Kimberly Collins Colored Gems.