My Name Is: Kate Rodd

Custom goldsmith, world traveler

Posted 9/19/17

Meaningful milestones

The first thing I wanted to be as a child was a geologist. I’ve always had an interest in gems and minerals.

I got my masters in economic geology from the Colorado School of Mines in 1990.

When I was at Mines, there …

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My Name Is: Kate Rodd

Custom goldsmith, world traveler

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Meaningful milestones

The first thing I wanted to be as a child was a geologist. I’ve always had an interest in gems and minerals.

I got my masters in economic geology from the Colorado School of Mines in 1990.

When I was at Mines, there was an artist co-op nearby and I met my mentor Jill Woodford. She took me on as her apprentice for two years.

Then I started my own business and for the past 25 years, I’ve been working as a custom goldsmith.

A large part of the work I do is for custom engagement and wedding rings, but I’ve also done things for births, anniversaries, birthdays and unions.

I spend a lot of time with my clients through the design and building process. It’s pretty special. It’s very meaningful to me to make something so meaningful for them. Many have become good friends.

I feel honored to be a part of their milestones.

Raising Golden natives


I grew up in Guelph, Ontario Canada. But I was born in Minneapolis, so I have dual citizenship. I visit about once or twice a year, and my family also visits me here in Golden. They love it — they think it’s beautiful, and they love the sunshine.

I’ve lived in Golden for 31 years. I’m so happy to have raised my children here and to have a business here.

I have two grown kids. They are both Colorado natives and they both attended Golden schools through high school.

Kassia is 22, and she’s finishing her bachelor of fine arts at Western State in Gunnison. My son Jaegan is 20, and he’s studying international business at the University of Hawaii. They’re both extremely talented and incredible human beings.

Meeting the lovely people of the world

I love Colorado and I love to hike. I also love to cook and have friends over. I enjoy cooking a lot of ethnic food — Mediterranean, Indian, Thai, Mexican.

I also love to travel. I’ve been to more than 15 countries, but Cuba is one that is still on my wish list.

When traveling, it’s a phenomenal experience to learn about different cultures. There are lovely people all over the planet, and getting to see how they live is a gift.

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