AYALA BAR was born and presently resides in Israel. Since graduating art school, she has worked in many artistic areas from theater to interior design. In the late 1980s, she surfaced as a prominent Israeli jeweler. Her current designs blend natural elements and glass with assorted metals and fabrics to create a rich mosaic, resulting in intricate, limited-edition pieces.
Ayala produces two collections a year in the Spring and Fall that are complimentary to current fashion trends and seasonal colors.
In 1981, Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz were searching for creative ways to use their degrees. Holly, who majored in Metalsmithing/Jewelry, and Paul, who graduated with a double degree in Industrial Technology and Music, knew they wanted to work together. Combining their talent, Holly and Paul transformed their one-car garage into a design studio and started their lifelong career with Holly Yashi. Within months they had a loyal following, and soon discovered the beauty of the metal niobium.
Through an expedited oxidation process, niobium is dipped into an electrically-charged water bath which turns the metal into hues of rich, permanent color. Niobium is light-weight, environmentally clean, and the hypo-allergenic quality is so trustworthy it is often used in surgical implants. Holly and her creative team craft new designs every day and look forward to continue providing jewelry lovers everywhere with wearable expressions of art and beauty.
Firefly jewelry is designed by Juan Carlos Chavajay Vasquez, in conjunction with Edward Rudnicki, the owner of Firefly.
Ed and Juan Carlos are fortunate to have design studios in both Oakland and Guatemala. The amazing natural world around the Guatemalan studio, combined with the ingenuity and skills of the Indigenous Mayan population nearby, all contribute to the brilliance of the Firefly designs.
LIZZY JAMES STORY: In 2011, a California artist showed the world what she’s made of. During breast cancer treatment, Lizzy channeled her energy and talent into creating unique artisan jewelry, including the original wrap bracelet that can be worn as a necklace. Lizzy’s journey inspired her to design a collection of stylish, versatile pieces that celebrate the strength and resiliency in all of us.
Fast forward to 2019 and now the collection includes bracelets, chokers, earrings, rings, and accessories. With this growth has come a desire to share the wealth with our team members... so we are now an Employee-Owned company!
Every person you speak with or communicate with via email - and every person who crafts your jewelry, QA’s your jewelry, or ships your order - is an owner.
Each Lizzy James piece is proudly and carefully handcrafted to order in San Diego, California by our artisans. We actively support charities close to Lizzy’s heart. Thank you for being a part of our community!
Maruca Design embraces the principles of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America (1860-1910)…A movement that invigorated and emphasized the value placed on traditional and decorative craftsmanship using simple forms. The movement stood in opposition to industrial manufacturing and sought to promote the moral, social and economic health of the nation…sound familiar?
We, at Maruca, believe that creating small production runs of our bags within a cottage industry, creates a consciousness that humanizes our work and makes for a more “harmonious society”. The result is that we can tout a product that is unique, well made and moves from heart to hand.
As an American-based company, we seek to balance resourcefulness and creativity. After 25 years (!), we remain rooted in the principles of this philosophy. However, ultimately it is the consumer who will determine the value placed on American made handcraft.
Susan Davis has told the story so many times it has taken on the aura of myth—how one afternoon in 1985 she was visiting with her 95-year-old grandmother, rummaging as they often did through the elderly woman’s life-time accumulation of keepsakes and treasures. That afternoon they delved into her many boxes of buttons, and Susan suddenly saw the possibility of a new career and cottage industry. Plucking a sparkling jet glass from the jumble, she held it to her ear and said, “Grandma, this would make a beautiful earring!” Her grandmother agreed, cheerfully donated her buttons to Susan’s new cause, and Grandmother’s Buttons was born.
John Michael Richardson has traveled the world combining elements from all different cultures to create this extraordinary line of designer fashion earrings. He combines handcrafted metals from Thailand with unique, vividly detailed etchings, natural elements like horn, shell, wood and bone from Cebu and precise metal stampings from the United States. Finishing off these decorative pieces are hand-blown glass beads from the Czech Republic. All of the items used are handmade, plated, assembled and finished, in the United States.
Vaan & Co. was established in 2015 by an ambitious family of 4 who had a unique idea of redefining fashion. The free-spirited family used the new trend of up cycling as the cornerstone to create all of the products. Our retro urban products are driven to provide creativity and quality. By using up-cycled material, our products may contain irregularities and disproportions which further are the main elements of our authentic products. This creative uniqueness is what truly separates us from other brands! Each item has a story of its own as no two are alike.