Women Jeweler Entrepreneurs

Ever since moving to San Francisco last August and attending the Treasure Island flea market the last weekend of each month, I have felt inspired by the women I meet there who make and sell their own jewelry.

I love to see when a 21st-century woman is in charge of her own business, designing her own product, making her own hours, and ultimately being self-reliant and independent.

Here are my five favorite jewelry stands to look out for the next time you are at Treasure Island:

1) I have a necklace, bracelet and also a ring from HAEJ. Haej (pronounced “hedge”) is a super-trendy super-friendly girl whom I have met twice at Treasure Island flea. Congratulations on her recent new following in Brooklyn in Williamsburg! Check out Haej’s designs here. Word to the savvy shoppers– it’s cheaper to buy directly from her at the market than to order through the site. I supported her work with my purchase of this bracelet. I paid $26 at Treasure Island, but she charges $32 on her site. She also has gorgeous pics of her jewelry on her Instagram Haejjj- worth following!

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Handmade bracelet by Haej

2) WAIALEA. You guessed it– Kaili is from Hawaii, and her designs are inspired by shells, coral and other aloha-themed materials. These earrings are my favorite new pair-of-the-moment. I’ve been wearing them nearly every day. They are shoulder length and super light, hand made with a combination of African turquoise with 14 karat gold. The double strand of the dangling gold makes them really eye-catching, and the dangliness makes them oh so fun to wear. They even go into your ear easily with a big circular gold hook! They have been quite the conversation starter recently.

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African turquoise on 14-karat gold hoop

3) YOYO JUJU jewelry‘s Julia Arria turns out some of the most unique geometric designs I haver ever seen in her handmade and laser cut wooden pieces. Even her business card is laser cut!

Laser cut business card

Laser cut business card

4) Waffles & Honey is inspired by the jeweler’s dog and bunny of the same names, and 20% of the profits go to Charity: Water. You know I like that! I’m always looking for products that benefit others. (like TheIAmIdea.com’s yoga bags handmade by women weavers in Guatemala!)

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5) Flea Market Girl also shows up at Treasure Island. Check out their cool blog here! I like that they’ve gone above and beyond just having an Etsy page.

Bravo to these women for following their artistic passion and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit, and kudos on their success to date! I hope they realize their hard handiwork is much appreciated, as I only purchase unique pieces of jewelry usually abroad that are not mass produced. Thanks to having met these women, I now have domestic sources of jewelry within the US!

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4 Comments on “Women Jeweler Entrepreneurs”

  1. Lisa July 9, 2013 at 17:34 #

    What lovely jewelry! It looks like I’m going to have to make it to the Treasure Island Flea Market soon and check out these artisans and their unique jewelry. This may turn into a delightful passion.

  2. Martha LaValette July 10, 2013 at 08:26 #

    Really nice! I will give you my Christmas wish list in advance!

    • Marisa LaValette July 10, 2013 at 10:26 #

      You need to come to SF on a weekend when it is actually the last weekend of the month!

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