Owner & Designer
Katelynne grew up in small-town Montana, and as the daughter and granddaughter of jewelers, is told she began helping clients choose diamonds at the age of three (her mother says many sales were made by Kate telling a customer, “that pretty on you!”). Katelynne began in the jewelry business professionally in 2005, and opened her brick-and-mortar store, Sugar Plum Fine Jewelry, in 2013. Her main focus has always been custom jewelry that is beautiful, well made, and functional for her clients’ lives, and in 2019 she won the March Bridal Madness design award for custom bridal design!
In 2017, Kate's husband Jayson joined the team at Sugar Plum Fine Jewelry. Kate and Jayson love the family aspect of working together! Jayson works in repair services (alongside Kate’s father, Jamie, who brings nearly 40 years of experience in the industry), while Katelynne spends the bulk of her time getting to know clients on a personal level and designing beautiful, modern, functional pieces for them.
Katelynne and Jayson live in Glendive, Montana with their three children - son, Griffin; twin daughters, Lily and Chloe; and two cats, Luna and Apollo.
Jamie began his career in the jewelry industry in 1979 when he apprenticed to an "old school" Dutch goldsmith to learn the trade. In 1981 he returned to Chinook, Montana and joined his parents in the family business.
Pursuing further education, he received the following diplomas:
1991 GIA Diamonds Diploma
1993 Pearl Seminar
1993 GIA Enhanced Gemstones Seminar
1997 GIA Graduate Colored Stones Diploma
1997 GIA Graduate Gemologist
2009 ISG [International School of Gemology] Identification of Synthetic Gemstones
2009 ISG Jewelry Insurance Appraisal
2009 ISG Introduction to Watches
2009 ISG Evaluating Damaged Jewelry
2009 ISG Registered Gemologist Appraiser Diploma [RGA]
In 1984 Jamie married Cynthia Malley and they purchased Sharples Jewelry from Frank and Gwen Sharples. In 1994 Jamie, along with a Belgian partner, formed a national buyers group to buy diamonds in the world market in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2009 he retired from that business and is presently assisting his daughter Katelynne at Sugar Plum Fine Jewelry.
Talia started working at Sugar Plum Fine Jewelry in 2019. While working there, Talia was also pursuing dual degrees at Dawson Community College. Talia's knowledge and interest in jewelry sales and marketing prompted her to pursue her Applied Jewelry Professional [AJP] degree through the Gemological Institute of America [GIA].