as a young child growing up in new york, designer cate claus would take long hikes with her father to collect quartz and other minerals. she was thrilled by the magnificent array of color and brilliance the earth could yield. soon she became fascinated by the role of gems and jewelry in culture; they are truly at the intersection of art, nature, and history. to this day, one of her great pleasures is visiting jewelry in the context of art in museums far and wide. her promise is to provide jewelry that lasts lifetimes and helps build a more just and sustainable future for our planet.