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Monthly Archives: August 2012

We are going the Golden Globes that is!

Lots in the pipeline, one of the most exciting things happening now, we were invited to gift at the upcoming 2013 Golden Globes! We have been plugging away creating by hand, over 100 small pieces that will be gifted to the celebrities and press attending the Globes! In addition to our gift bags we will have a representative at the Globes to show the celebrities our work and have them take photos with our display pieces! We are hard at work dreaming up the jewelry we will be creating for our display! The display will be created from pieces of salvaged wood and a lot of manual labor! The pieces of jewelry for the display will likely be created exclusively for the Globes using mother of pearl, gold and turquoise eco-friendly materials (perhaps the ring above as well). We will certainly share photos with you once we get everything to the Globes in January!

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Fantastic color on a gorgeous lady – Nia Peeples !

This just in Nia Peeples looks fantastic in vibrant color! A few months ago we carefully selected bright fun materials and got to work on hand-crafting celebrity worthy stone and gold creations for Nia! Drawing on inspiration from Nia’s appearances in Pretty Little Liars and publicity photos we were drawn to creating her jewelry in bold hues that would compliment her perfect olive complexion and dark features. Once we were finished and happy with our workmanship we carefully packaged up and sent over the pieces to Nia via our membership to the fabulous Artisan Group ( A true testament to the amazing character and beauty of Nia we got a tweet this evening from the lovely Nia!:

Not only do our Turquoise and gold ring and Green Leather Agate earrings looks AMAZING on her but she looks positively radiant in such vibrant color! Don’t you agree? A big thank you to Nia for her generosity to handmade artists exhibited in this lovely tweet which meant the world! So excited to see our adornments on her!  Also, check out Pretty Little Liars on TV you never know what handmade jewelry might appear on the show, she said so herself! 😉

Silver state of mind



Over the last 6 months we have concentrated solely on creating gold. Whether that be for clients, in marketing our line or simply our mantra. Wildly successful among many, gold is just fun to wear however we couldn’t help thinking that we were leaving something out, that something happen to be silver. Last month we were lucky enough to get a custom order that opened our eyes to the power of silver. We created these triangle earrings as a favor for a customer who already owned the gold version. Ever since then we have been in love! We even listed them for sale on our website. Thus dawned our newest adventures a collection named simply, silver fox. It’s still in its early stages but silver lovers can rejoice to know most of all our creations can be duplicated in silver!


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Say goodbye to summer with a smile!


We are getting ready to usher in our fall line of California dreamy stone adornments! With that said we have so many amazing summer accessories that we would love for you to enjoy wearing during the final days of summer and perhaps on your tropical vaca during winter break. To help we are having a END OF SUMMER sale with 30% off our entire collection! To get your HUGE savings visit and choose between any of our handmade creations! Enter coupon code BYESUMMER at checkout to have your 30% off savings applied!
Enjoy your bright colorful warm adornments anytime you need a little pick me up in the upcoming months!

Featured Handmade Artist Thursday: Young Swan Designs

This week’s artist Deborah Yun is truly doing what she loves most in life, capturing unforgettable images through her camera lens. Originally from Guam, Deborah now resides in California and we are lucky to have her talent here! The photos she takes from around the world, for her company Young Swan Designs, are truly special. We are partial to the beautiful moments she captures of Southern California at its most magical times. We asked Deborah, fellow The Artisan Group ( member, a few questions to get to know what inspires her gorgeous work:

Tell us how you got started.

It all started trying to capture the beautiful ocean landscapes and cloudscapes of Guam, the island where I was born. My love for photography blossomed further during my time in Italy where I studied drawing and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. My artist mentor at the time, Filippo Rossi, expressed that my photographs were fearless while my drawings were timid. It was the first time I saw photography as a serious medium and transitioned from canvas and paints to cameras and pixels.

What equipment and materials do you use?

When shooting analog I love using black and white Tri-X film and being in the darkroom to create my prints. When shooting digital I use my Canon 5D Mark II.What inspires your work?

Many things from European cities with vibrant culture, rich history and beautiful architecture to the ocean, floral landscapes and patterns in nature inspire me.

What are some of your favorite photos? 

“Timeless Paris” I love this work because it captures this timelessness I felt while wandering the streets of Paris. It is also one of a kind—I used alternative photography processes in the darkroom that produce unique results where no two prints are identical.

“Cloudy Venice” The story behind the makings of this piece is one of the reasons why it is one of my favorites. I was driving around in Venice, CA and saw this dark, gloomy cloud looming over the city… but on an incredibly sunny day! It was quite the juxtaposition. I luckily happened to have my camera loaded with color film so I pulled a U-turn and headed straight for the beach!

“Fall Up”

The colors and details in this print are extraordinary, especially on the metallic paper I use. It reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope. It was the most popular piece at a recent art show I did and looks best as a large print.

Any other cool facts about your shop and you as an artist? 

The name “Young Swan Designs” was inspired by the story of the Ugly Duckling. It is one of my favorite classic children’s books, reminding us all to follow our truth no matter how long it takes or how arduous our path. Apparently, Hans Christian Anderson considered naming the title of his book “Young Swan.” I named my studio “Young Swan Designs” because I am still in this journey of being an artist. As much as I love photography and traveling, I enjoy learning languages. I speak Japanese, Korean, Italian and am currently learning French.

For more on Deborah and Young Swan Designs make sure to visit these links:

Twitter: @youngswandesign


Everyday I try to search out new and inspiring visual quotes to read right before creating new designs. They really help me focus and find the depth needed to envision and execute creative adornments for you!  Here is a sampling of some of my favorite ones, hopefully they will inspire you in your own work […]