In our first episode, we feature Brenna Pakes, the creative force behindJewelry Navigator. Her podcast and website connect shoppers with unique jewelry selections created by independent designers. Through Jewelry Navigator, Brenna shares an appreciation for designers who create beyond commercial trends and whose designs resonate with shoppers who want to celebrate their unique style.
As a GIA Graduate Gemologist with an undergraduate degree in geology, Brenna combines her knowledge with her love of jewelry, and she has enjoyed nearly 20 years of retail jewelry experience. She also still works in her local jewelry store occasionally to keep up on the latest trends and see what customers like. In doing so, she realized that people truly wanted unique pieces of jewelry that reflected who they are and what they are all about. After conducting research, she began to tell the stories of creative jewelry designers through her blog which later turned into the Jewelry Navigator podcast.