Kathleen Dughi In loving memory of Kathleen Dughi, who will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. Devoted mother to Oliver Erteman; loyal daughter to Jim and Mary Dughi; loving sister to Tim Dughi, and generous friend and inspiration to so many. All who knew Kathleen were fortunate to bask in her love, humor, and grace. Her courage and tenacity in the face of breast cancer will continue to be as much of an inspiration as her gorgeous jewelry designs. Founder of Kathleen Dughi Jeweler in Mill Valley, Kathleen was inarguably one of the most talented jewelry designers in the country. Her unmistakably original designs are often compared to Cartier for their craftsmanship and complexity. They range from classic estate quality, to ultra-contemporary whimsical and inspirational creations, to sophisticated works of art. During her 30 years of design experience, Kathleen won several awards, including the Spectrum Award and two Honorable Mentions from the DeBeers Diamonds International Competition, one of the most recognized in the world for design, quality workmanship, originality, and fine materials. After six years as head designer for Shreve & Co., where she was recognized for her superior talent creating one-of-a-kind heirloom pieces for Shreve's exclusive clientele, Kathleen opened her own elegant shop and adjoining work studio in 1993 in Mill Valley, California. Her inviting atelier is filled with an exquisite collection of custom-made jewelry, including important rings and bold earrings with fine diamonds and gemstones in every color imaginable. In Kathleen's words, "I design for the woman with a strong sense of individual style-the woman who has refined taste and seeks out jewelry that reflects that." A true artist, Kathleen worked until the very last day of her life creating her unique custom designs. Her legacy is assured with many of her signature designs that have not yet been executed. Her jewelry will continue to be available at her Mill Valley store as well as Wilkes Bashford's San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Carmel stores. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244, or The International Rescue Committee, P.O. Box 98152, Washington D.C. 20090-8152.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 23, 2007.