Brecken Branstrator is the senior editor at National Jeweler. A graduate of University of North Carolina’s prestigious School of Media & Journalism, she began her career as a reporter and editor at a trade publication for the alcohol industry before joining National Jeweler in 2013. In her more than five years with the publication, Brecken has distinguished herself as one of the top reporters covering the colored gemstone market today. She has traveled extensively across the United States and internationally, visiting Tanzania, Kenya, Thailand and India to relay first-hand accounts of developments in responsible sourcing, mining, pricing and trends in the market.