Below you can see the Aspen Bounty Earrings for Crown Nine’s limited edition project, A Rarity, come to life. The initial wax carving was captured in this quick video (previously posted) followed by images of the fabrication and finishing once the piece was molded and cast in sterling silver. I’ve created only ten pairs of these earrings, so grab them before they’re gone!
Those in the Jewelry Biz know that JCK is a must-read for industry trends and happenings. That’s why we were stoked for our Berkeley retailer Zaver & Mor’s nod in Stores We Adore (July/August 2013). Read the full article here and check out our bronze spine cuff featured as one of their ‘standout pieces’!
This spring we are happy to announce our latest retailer, Crown Nine of Oakland, California!
Crown Nine is the flagship boutique of Oakland based metalsmith Kate Ellen Metals. Her shop showcases the work of 20 independent designers who are committed to crafting jewelry in small batches by hand. Among those featured are Stendhal Jewelry, DMD Metals, and Collette Ishiyama. As you look around the shop it’s easy to be swept up in the beauty of the bespoke items all around. The floors are hand painted, cases crafted individually from salvaged materials and their contents lovingly displayed. Meanwhile on the walls a curated collection of artwork is showcased. Each month a new selection is ushered in during the Oakland Art Murmur’s First Fridays.
Taking the idea of limited production designs a step further, Kate Ellen and Crown Nine launched A Rarity in March. This of-the-month club calls upon it’s roster of talented designers to each craft a super-limited edition design for sale only at Crown Nine. The project highlights a different jeweler each month, with the sale of that style ending when the last of the batch is gone. What sets the collection apart is it’s insight into the designer’s creative process. Each launch is paired with behind-the-scenes photos from the artist’s studio, interviews and inspirations from which the jewelry emerged. Stay tuned for our Rarity with Crown Nine this fall!
This holiday my collection has made it across the Bay to it’s newest home at Zaver & Mor in Berkeley, CA. This chic gallery is located in the neighborhood fondly referred to as the ‘Gourmet Ghetto’ and is the result of years of dreaming and planning by owner Rada Sahney. Her hard work and attention to detail shows as you peruse every corner of this unique shop.
Amongst the curated selection of artisan jewelry collections (Sethi Couture,Rebecca Overmann, and Sarah Swell to name a few) you’ll also find one of a kind vintage and estate pieces hand-picked by Rada herself. This Holiday Zaver & Mor boasts the honor of showcasing ‘Estate of Grace by Bethany B’, a curated grouping of vintage jewels by designer Beth Bernstein, author of memoir “My Charmed Life” and blog B-Jeweled, both of which blend life experiences and humor with what every gal should know about jewelry.
I love the warmth, the look and feel of this gallery. A girl truly feels at home trying on jewels as unique as she is. If you find yourself in the East Bay, be sure not to miss this incredible spot. And if you’re not in the hood, you can still check out the eye candy on their website, facebook, and instagram (@zaverandmor)