Category Archives: Jewellers Stories

The Story of a Jeweler: Karin Jacobson

I attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education, otherwise known as the Minnesota arts high school and had a jewelry making class that I loved taught by Cheryl Rydmark, a jeweler who now lives in northern California. I ended up getting an apprenticeship with Cheryl, which we originally thought would just be for the summer, but I ended up working for her for almost 7 years, during which time I attended college.

In 1999, I started my own business, growing it slowly from a part-time business in a shared studio space, to a full-time business in a big sunny space of my own, although I still work alone. I sell wholesale to stores and do quite a lot of custom wedding rings. I really try to use the most eco-friendly and socially conscientious materials for my work, which means using recycled metals, and gems which are either recycled, fair trade or laboratory-grown. Read More »

Status by Helle Bjerrum

As the title indicates, I have explored status as a theme. The word status relates both to material values and to one’s standing in terms of reputation and position. How status is achieved varies with time and prevailing trends as well as social and geographic context. In my design and choice of materials I have aimed for close links with the theme. Hence it is possible to find aspects of meaning in many details of the jewelry pieces.

Helle Bjerrum graduated from the Institute for precious metals in 1995. Prior to this she is trained a textile designer from the Design School in Kolding. She had her debut as a designer in 1995, on the 1. Biennale of Arts and Crafts in the Danish Design museum. In 1999 she was noticed as one of DK most prominent contemporary artists, in the Charlottenborg Spring and Autumn exhibitions. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Melda Onbasyan

I am working with my fiancé Arda Ekserciyan. He is the designer and producer of all the jewelry on our shop. I am working for his marketing and pr.

We are a little family company based in Istanbul Grand Bazaar. Arda is a young designer (26 years old) and has been working in the jewelry craftsmanship since he is 12. Last year he decided to design tiny, delicate, simple but chic jewelry for everyday use. But he has also an artisanal collection. We don’t sell that collection on etsy. It’s very unique Haute Couture collection. You can find it on our official web site. Read More »

Smith Jewellery by Anna Raimondo

Born and raised in Cape town, South Africa, Anna Raimondo studied Jewellery Design & Manufacturing at Stellenbosch University. After completing her Honours degree she was offered a scholorship to do a Masters in Design at the Richemont’s school, Creative Academy, in Milan. This lead to the opportunity to intern at the International fashion brand Chloe’s leather department. Anna then spent the next years travelling and working in the UK and Australia.

In 2010 Anna went back to Cape Town to launch her jewellery brand, SMITH Jewellery. Her aim was to create unique, beautiful and bold jewellery for woman. Everything is designed and then hand made by herself, thus ensuring that no two pieces look the same – and offering the customer a once of piece of jewellery. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Bettina Johnson

Born in Romania and raised in Germany, Bettina who crafts with an extreme passion for jewelry always knew that she would be a jewelry designer.

Bettina Johnson discovered her love for jewelry design and creation at an early age. Attending several jewelry classes at the age of 15, she eagerly developed her own unique design style and dove into the design world. For years, Bettina honed her skills on her bead-swathed bedroom floor creating jewelry for herself, but a handful of unique handmade beads from a local bead store had her hooked and inspired her to register her hobby to a business. Read More »

Coffee with Jeweler: Marta from Manolo Jewellery

Why did you decide to be a jeweler? Making jewelery for me is about representing and understanding a concept. I have always been attracted by it and a few years ago I decided to start making my designs using my own ideas and hand-drawings. I have always made adornments for myself but professionally it has just been quite recent.

What inspires you, what materials do you use? I think about the garment as a small private gallery. I find in people are my biggest inspiration and the firsts collections I created are inspired by ladies and gentleman. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Neta Wolpe

My name is Neta Wolpe and I am an Israeli born jeweler. I have been designing jewelry for over twenty years. Having studied both within Israel and at academies abroad I have had many opportunities refine my jewelry and design skills. I am inspired by the rich life and culture that surrounds me.

I was also strongly influenced by my mother who was an art teacher and crafter. As a child I was lucky enough to join her and her friends while they worked on their own projects such as sewing themselves dresses and bags. My participation in their creative process taught me the basics of design and instilled in me a love of art and self-reliance. Read More »

The Story of a Jeweler: Fruzsi Fekete

My name is Fruzsi Fekete, I am 22 years old, and I live in Hungary. I am finishing my BA diploma at the Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest.

Making jewelry is something I have always enjoyed – ever since I was a little girl. Around the age of 13, I started to take it more seriously and created my first metal jewelry. When I applied to college and I had to decide what I wanted to specialize in, at first it didn’t occur to me to choose metalwork/jewelry design, because I have always looked at jewelry making as a hobby. Read More »

Bridal & Seasonal Accessories from Portobello Jewelry

As a child I always wanted to become a fashion accessories designer as it brings me joy at heart. I’m inspired by nature with the blends of vintage and modern elements to produce chic, edgy and elegant styles. I’ve recently participated in the Oscar Celebrities Gift Lounge.

Portobello is an independant bridal head pieces and jewellery designer with chic, feminine and sophisticated appeal. Read More »

Rachael Sudlow Jewelry: Peas, Love & Happiness

Rachael Sudlow’s organic themed artwork is centered around personalized & custom pieces. Each item is handmade out of quality gold & silver materials. Stones are hand set & each item is made to order. The peapod series can be custom made to match your family from various colored pearls to tags stamped with the names of your children.

The popular State Necklace line features handcut sterling silver states stamped with a heart on the city of your choice. Each item is a great piece that represents something special & lasts for a lifetime. Read More »