From the Earth, to the Extraordinary
Karla Proud has been in the fine jewelry business for over 40 years, beginning with tourmaline gemstone mining in San Diego County, California in the 1970’s. She went on to open a total of six fine jewelry stores in La Jolla, Fallbrook and Beverly Hills, California; Honolulu, Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. She also managed a jewelry manufacturing facility in Hawaii.
Karla has been designing fine jewelry for retail stores and wholesale since 1970. Karla moved from Honolulu Hawaii to Bend, Oregon in 2006 to “Romance the Oregon Sunstone”.
My roots have always been in the mining of colored gemstones. I jumped at the chance to move to Bend, Oregon to be closer to the Oregon Outback and the sunstone gem mining operations. We now own 5 of our own claims and have dreams to open them in the summer of 2014.
Karla continues to create brilliant designs inspired by the Oregon Sunstone and Gemstones native to her new home.