After graduating from Georgetown University and a brief stint in advertising at Harper’s Bazaar, Kara became a certified gemologist. For many years, she used diamonds, pearls, and 18kt gold to create one-of-a-kind custom pieces for private clients. In 2003, she founded the company Kara Ross, a comprehensive fine jewelry line. Since then, her line has expanded to include several jewelry lines, handbags, and belts, and her designs have become known for their bold and unique use of exotic skins and gemstones. Kara’s latest endeavor is the fashion jewelry line, Kara by Kara Ross. In 2008, Ross won the Fashion Group International Rising Star Accessories Award.