GEMNIA began in a dorm room in 2004.

While studying art as an undergrad, Keelin, founder of GEMNIA, grew curious about creating wearable sculptures, and quickly fell in love with designing jewelry. A few years later, she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and soon GEMNIA (formally Coralized) was born.

Since then, Keelin has taught various jewelry classes in her native Connecticut, and her work has been displayed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She's received awards for her embroidered jewelry, including designs for Preciosa Crystal and Accessories Magazine.