Our Story


In 2016 The Gem Syndicate was forged by Tiya and Mary, two friends with a passion for the industry. The goal being, to bring color to the forefront of engagement, fashion and bespoke jewelry utilizing their decades of knowledge and experience.

Tiya and Mary met while on the board of directors for the Women’s Jewelry Association and became fast friends and colleagues. The merging of their business perspectives allowed them to create unique designs with the highest quality gemstones.

Tiya has a family history steeped in the gem and jewelry industry for three generations. Upon graduation from University of Washington it was a natural fit for her to also enter the Gemstone business. Since entering the industry she has found her life’s passion in the world of colored gemstones and jewelry.

Mary started her career in retail 23 years ago and shortly thereafter moved into the custom and estate side of jewelry. Nurturing her creative side, she developed a fashion forward eye for design and loves sharing her passion and knowledge with clients.

After 2 years of continuous success the Gem Syndicate needed to expand the team and added Seena and Nicholas to support the continued growth of the business.

Seena began a slow immersion into the jewelry industry 4 years ago after spending 20 years in the hospitality industry. Traveling overseas, taking bench classes and falling in love with color opened her eyes to a whole new world. Draped in decades of customer service and team management she was a perfect addition to the team.

Nicholas joined the team as the Strategic Business Officer. Bringing with him an eye for detail and organizational skills that set The Gem Syndicate on a path for success. He brings a unique background in Chemistry, Industrial Process, Technology, Sales and Entrepreneurship.