Our Team

Kalee Sholdt

4th Generation Sholdt / Owner

Kalee is the 4th generation Sholdt owner. She learned everything she knows about the family business from her dad, Brian Sholdt and uncle, Dusty Sholdt. As the boss lady, she wears lots of hats. From designing, to managing the Sholdt Instagram account, to meeting with clients, she does it all! When Kalee isn’t in the office, she enjoys wine tasting, travel and entertaining in her backyard.

Michelle Velategui


Michelle joined Sholdt in 2017. She comes from a family in the jewelry business based in Texas. She has a true passion for all things sparkly and the story it tells. Focusing on Sales and Operations, she brings a true dynamic energy to the shop, keeping everyone on their toes!

Patrick Sholdt

Bench Jeweler

Patrick joined the family biz in 2017. He takes pride in being a fourth-generation jeweler alongside his sister, Kalee. When he’s not setting stones and sitting at the jeweler’s bench, he loves playing soccer and enjoying a nice cold beer! 

Drew Thompson

Master Bench Jeweler

Been with Sholdt since 1974! He’s worked for 3 generations of Sholdt owners. We are so blessed to have him! Drew is an avid boat racer and an amazing woodworker.

Heather O’Cain

CAD/Lost Wax Carver & Jewelry Photographer

Been with Sholdt since 1984. Heather has a very creative eye! Check out what she does when she’s not creating beautiful things here at Sholdt. BluKatDesign on Esty!


Cad Cam Designer

Andrea joined the Sholdt team as a CAD designer in January 2019 and has been CAD modeling for 6 years. She took her first jewelry/metalsmithing course at the age of 13 and was instantly hooked. Andrea continued her education with a BFA Jewelry/Metalsmithing from East Carolina University and completed the Graduate Jeweler and CAD Design programs from GIA. Outside of Sholdt, she is a part of the Women’s Jewelry Association Seattle Chapter board, the Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni Chapter, and she loves skiing, camping, hiking, and fun events around Seattle with her friends. 


Bench Jeweler & Setter

When Tyson came to Seattle in 2015 he didn’t know what to expect! What he found was a thriving Metals Community, Pop culture center, amazing state parks, and a massive gaming community. But most importantly he found his way onto the Sholdt team in 2019! A graduate of GIA with his GG, GJ, and AJA with 11 years under his belt at the bench doing just about everything that a Jeweler can do! His hobbies include: Model making, Jeweler Design and Manufacture (duh!), Dungeon Mastering, Video Games, Reading and Hiking/Exploring, Rock Hounding!


Caster & Polisher

Jason is a true artist! His attention to detail is impeccable. When he’s not here at Sholdt he spends his time doing beautiful lapidary work.  He hand carves stones for his business Foster Merritt Jewelry. Check them out on instagram at @fostermerritt or online at www.fostermerritt.com 


Shop Dog

Pearl is a 6.5 year old Rottweiler who enjoys coming to work almost every day. She loves greeting clients at the door and spend more of her days sitting at Kalee‘s feet. Pearl enjoys playing ball with her brother in the backyard, wine tasting in Sodo and long family walks.