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DEW by Kanako Hayakawa

I recently did an amazing show in Tokyo called Kira Kira. I was lucky to Kanako Hayakawa as a neighbor. I absolutely love her line of cast metal pieces called DEW.

I was so happy to go home with this pair of DEW by Kanako Hayakawa earrings…rose gold over sterling silver (I think they call this “pink gold” in Japan) with enamel. I absolutely love them!

Here is Kanako wearing more of her pieces from her Anima collection.



View more of Kanako’s work on her site: DEW by Kanako Hayakawa

Trunk show at Rue Atelier this Saturday

I’m excited to be included in the Sophia Reyes trunk show at Rue Atelier in Berkeley this Saturday from 1-5pm. Check out Sophia’s gorgeous designs and oin us for cupcakes, champagne, jewelry & fashion, it’s gonna be fun… (map)

Upcoming Classes at Crown Nine

Join Aiko Designs, Sarah Swell and Kate Ellen at one of our upcoming classes at Crown Nine!  The first class on Sunday, January 22nd is a Jewelry Stamping class, followed by a free Sandcasting Demo on Sunday, February 5th, as well as a Wax Carving class on Sunday, February 12th.

Please join us, pick up some skills, and have loads of fun at one (or all) of these. Registration links are above through Eventbrite.  See you there!

Buyers Market recap

This year’s February (versus August) Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia was full of crazy travel stories and talk about the weather.  The artists near my booth at the show were from places such as Dallas, Portland, Baltimore and Santa Fe.  Other artists came from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

The market wrapped up this past Monday and after several days of hard work I splurged on some jewelry for myself!  Take a look at what I’m coveting now:

r-caviar-modCaviar Ring by Stubborn Jewelry

Stubborn is by Melissa Stiles, a former architect who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two daughters and her admittedly scary looking dog!

I particularly liked this ring as it’s something that I would never make myself, it looks great on and adds a great pop of color to whatever I’m wearing.

I was weak and got two pieces from Cynthia Jones Jewelry.  Cynthia lives in Santa Fe and creates lovely metal pieces in sterling silver, gold fill and copper.  I love the brushed oxidized sterling silver pieces in her collection as well as these powder-coated copper rings (had to get one for myself!). cynthia_jones_modern_ring

Take a look at the brushed, oxidized sterling silver “feather” earrings (love!) cynthia_jones_feather_ear1

Nest event June 3rd @ Coffee Bar

nestlogorevise2You can help empower women in developing countries. How? By joining the women of Nest for an evening of mingling, shopping and drinks at Coffee Bar in San Francisco on June 3rd.

  • Learn more about Nest and how we connect women through art, craft and opportunity.
  • Hear personal stories from Nest Founder, Rebecca Kousky, and meet the San Francisco Board.
  • Browse and shop for jewelry and fashion from independent local designers (portions of their sales go directly to Nest).
  • Drink and snack on Coffee Bar’s special creation just for us.
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    Event Details

    When :: Wednesday, June 3rd from 6:30 – 9:00pm
    Where :: Coffee Bar in San Francisco | corner of Florida & Mariposa.(map)
    Who :: the San Francisco board of Nest, founder Rebecca Kousky, local designers & you!

    $10 suggested donation

    Looking forward to meeting you and sharing our cause. Email us with any questions, RSVP, or just say hello at

    Can’t make it but still want to contribute? Learn more about Nest and donate to our cause here.

    LA BÊTE Handmade

    Roselle Ellison was the artist next to me at the Appel & Frank show in San Diego this weekend — how lucky am I? Her adorable crocheted angora and wool bunnies and chicks are the perfect pets for my busy, urban life — I got three of them!

    These creatures need to find their way to Japan where people would go nuts for them.

    You can find LA BÊTE Handmade products at the LA BÊTE etsy shop, Atomic Garden in Oakland, CA and Soul Shine in Del Mar, CA.

    I got these two:

    and a little wool bunny.

    Joy O & Studio 3579

    My friend Joy of Joy O Designs is sharing a store with several other designers in the Mission District of San Francisco. The shop, Studio 3579 opened recently with Priya Saraswati, the clothing designer responsible for Saffron Rare Threads (her clothes are absolutely gorgeous), Joy Opfer of Joy O Designs, and Hannah Stouffer of Grand Array (art, accessories and home decor). The shop is appropriately located at 3579 17th St. @ Dolores. Stop by and say hi to them!

    They (Studio 3579) were featured in Daily Candy today — very exciting! And I also spotted Joy’s designs in the August issue of InStyle Magazine…go Joy!