San Francisco State University.
She was co-designer of the crown for the Mission Universe 2008 competition. Her father was a trained architect. The family owned a jewelry business that catered to high-end clients.
They later moved to The United States in the 1970s and continued the jewelry business in San Francisco.
Lydster studied business at San Francisco State University and continued her studies at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. After graduation, Lydster began her career as an investment banker for a major Wall Street firm.
In 2005, she was named as one of the official jewelers for the 2006 Academy Awards. In 2008, Lydster was selected as the co-designer for the Mission Universe 2008 competition and as a preliminary judge for the Mission Universe 2009 competition.