Summer Jewelry Essentials.

Summer is officially here and we bet you’re excited about it. As Portland summer experts, we know the feeling of waiting months and months (and months…) for the glory time in the Pacific Northwest and then reveling in it until it abruptly leaves. No matter where you are reading from, we want you to enjoy the Read More

betsy & iya Brick & Mortar.

Our corner of NW 24th & Thurman St in Portland, OR feels like home away from home, not just because of the amount of time we spend here, but because of the feeling we get from the moment we walk through the front door into our retail space. The smells, the textures, the positive effect that Read More

May Days.

What’s up, May? So far this month, we’ve successfully showered our moms with the love and adoration they deserve and celebrated the two-year anniversary of our expansion (yeah, I can’t even believe how quickly time has passed!). Looking forward, I gotta blurt out what I’m most excited about right now: we now have select CLOTHING online! Read More

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016.

Mom jokes, mom jeans, mom blogs, mom quotes. Moms are having a MOMent (see what I did there?) and we couldn’t be happier. It is with love and adoration for our own mothers that we present our favorite ways to show the special lady/ladies in your life the magnitude of your appreciation on May 8th and Read More

April, what’s good?

In the grand tradition of March going out like a lamb, we’ve experienced several spurts of pure springtime magic here in Portland during the first few days of April. The time of year for spontaneous park trips, opening windows for restorative fresh air, and when “let’s take a walk” is a fitting solution for any problem Read More

New arrivals online!

Hello, March, and helllooooooo to a whole lotta newness in the shop! A big part of what Suzy, Barrie, and I have been up to lately is adding more of the products we sell in our brick & mortar to our online shop as well. It’s been a super fun, rewarding endeavor and we hope Read More

That February New New.

Signs of life are appearing, friends. And by life, I mean SPRING, of course. I’ve had a pretty one-track mind after a few breaks in the rain recently, and I’m happy to report that the shop is feeling the freshy fresh effects of blue sky and sunshine. The best part? There’s a ton more new Read More

Unu Collection Lookbook is here!

The lookbook for betsy & iya’s Unu Collection is live! View the whole gorgeous thing online here. Released in Fall 2015, the 17-piece Unu Collection features earrings, necklaces, rings, and bangles in sterling silver, 14k gold-fill, brass, and bronze, as well as incorporating hand-spun fibers and colorful cord. The accompanying lookbook is a powerhouse of bold color, Read More

New Year, New Must-Haves.

Happy 2016, dear b&i blog readers! We’re emerging triumphant from the post-holidays haze and ready to jump head first into a glorious new year. As per usual, we have tons of plans for 2016, most of which will be revealed in due time (c’mon, like I’d give away ALL our secrets this early in the year!). Read More

NEW Tilikum Crossing Cuff is here!

Hey everyone, meet the Tilikum Crossing Cuff, the newest member of our newest Bridge Collection! The design of this cuff was inspired by the Tilikum Crossing, one of the many bridges that spans the Willamette River in betsy & iya’s hometown of Portland, OR. It opened to the public in September 2015 and is the Read More

How to get what YOU want this holiday season.

Let’s face it: gift giving is hard. No matter how well I know someone, I usually blank on what to get him/her when the holidays come around and often find myself standing dumbfounded in front of a rack of socks, unsure if the person looooves or haaaates wool. Fun factor= zero. Starting now, we are putting the fun Read More

New items on!

If there’s one thing we all love around these parts it’s shopping. The thrill of finding something to exchange for your hard-earned dollars can turn even the most rotten day upside-down. Our brick & mortar is top notch for shopping, whether it’s to improve your mood or let someone else know you care. We’ve been Read More

Unu Collection: NEW betsy & iya is here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! NEW betsy & iya jewelry is here: please share in our excitement as we reveal our Unu Collection. Materials used in this 17- piece collection of earrings, rings, bangles, and necklaces include sterling silver, heavy gold plating (goodbye, tarnish!), hand-spun fiber, as well as signature betsy & iya metals Read More

Brick & Mortar Newness.

Y’all staying cool out there or what? Thankfully, my desk is positioned very close to the AC unit, so I’m doing just fine. Thanks for asking! ;-) There’s one thing the heat hasn’t slowed down, and that’s the influx of several new arrivals and restocked items in our brick & mortar. August is shaping up Read More

Ways to wear modern metal hair ties.

It’s been nearly a year since we hosted the release party for a line of modern metal hair ties, the brain child of two rad-tastic Portland lady makers: Shannon from Caravan Pacific, and Erin of Studio ERG. Designed by Shannon and manufactured by Erin, the hair ties that we currently sell online and in-store come Read More

July 4th Hours + What’s New!

We have good news and bad news. Good news: we’ll be open till 9pm on First Thursday, July 2nd, normal hours Friday, July 3rd, and 10am- at least 2pm on Saturday July 4th (call the shop after 2pm to confirm afternoon hours: 503-227-5482). Bad news: the year is now officially halfway over. But let’s not dwell on the Read More

How to Layer Necklaces.

It’s one of the most frequent jewelry styling questions we get: how do you layer necklaces without looking like you carelessly put on every piece of jewelry you own? If you’ve been to our shop, you might have noticed that the majority of the necklaces displayed in our windows and throughout the shop are already Read More

Let’s just call it summer, ok?

Who cares if the “official” start of summer is still a few weeks away? The weather in Portland over the last few days – sunny and HOT – has us all ready to embrace longer days and shorter attention spans to be anywhere without a cold beverage and body of water close by. Luckily, the shop Read More

How to Throw a Perfect Picnic.

When it’s nice outside, Portland comes alive and is eager to indulge its favorite pastime, eating. So, it makes sense that the Portland-based food power trio Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson would author a guide to two things Portland excels at: eating and being outside. Enter, The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket. This book is the definitive guide Read More

Rejoice for restock of Turquoise Jewelry!

Great news: the shop is restocked with tons of vintage sterling silver and turquoise jewelry! With pieces for both men and women, this shipment is giving us hand and neck models a serious case of “OMG wish this was miiiiiiiine!!!” Ladies’ turquoise rings, sizes 3.5-9.5, $54-$160 Love us some man bling! Sizes 10 & 11, Read More