Mia grew up in San Diego, California. She graduated at the top of her class as her high school valedictorian. She went on to receive her college degree from the University of California, San Diego in Theatre Costume Design with Cum Laude honors. Her interest in jewelry design led her to study pearls and pearl grading with the Gemological Institute of America where she received her diploma in Pearls.
At PearlParadise.com, Mia is one of the pearl buyers and travels to Asia frequently to build the pearl inventory. She also manages the intake and organization new pearls, gold, and diamond pieces that are added to the PearlParadise.com line. In addition, she also oversees the processing of orders from the stringing line to the appraising of each pearl piece.