Jean Reist Stark has been a goldsmith and teacher for over 30 years, and has been a major force in the recent popularity of ancient goldsmithing techniques. She co-founded the Kulicke-Stark Academy of Jewelry Art in New York City, and taught at Parsons School of Design. Jean currently teaches workshops around the country and makes contemporary jewelry using ancient techniques. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States. Jean's sister and co-author, Josephine Reist Stark, is a retired professor of Biological Sciences at Montgomery County College.