Anna Samsonova, CGA
Anna was born in Moscow, Russia to a family of Jewelers. She moved around often before settling in Seattle. At a young age, Anna discovered her passion for gems and created elementary school science projects on Amber. She continued her education while working at Fred Meyer Jewelers and eventually moved to California to attend the Graduate Gemologist program at The Gemological Institute of America. After passing her twenty stone on the first try, she stayed to work as a Diamond Grader in the GIA’s Lab.
Anna began working with Ben Bridge Jeweler in 2008 in QC and became a Certified Gemologist Appraiser. Her experience in Merchandising led Anna to become the Assistant Fashion Buyer, where she assists with generic fashion and manages all brands including Lisa Bridge, Mikimoto, and Roberto Coin.
Her love for the industry carries into her personal life as well. Anna regularly attends the American Gem Society Conclave, where she resides on the committee; she reinstated the Young Titleholders group which she Co-Presides with Lisa Bridge, started on the Seattle AGS Guild as Vice President until 2014 when she became the President, and recently became the new President of the Seattle Women’s Jewelry Association after being on the board for two years.