betsy & iya Handmade jewelry from Portland, Oregon designer Betsy Cross. Shop, studio, and online store celebrating the vitality, integrity, and tradition of the independent designer. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:27:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Open Late for September First Thursday 09/04/14! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:51:29 +0000 To kick off the Virgo-tastic month of September, we’ll be open late from 6-9 PM on First Thursday, Sept. 4th. Get out your phones and mark the date NOW!

We’ll have sale clothing & jewelry, as well as all the new arrivals we’ve had come in as we gear up for fall. Come shop, hang out, and enjoy a complimentary glass (ok, plastic cup) of wine. Grab a friend &/or a date and make a night of it! Insert dancing lady emoji.


Hope to see some of your fine selves there!



***Song of the Moment: Inside Out by Eve 6***


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betsy & iya Stylists: Summer to Fall Transition. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:03:17 +0000 Like it or not, it’ll soon be time to break out the cardigans, tights, hats, and scarves as fall rapidly approaches. The good news is that no matter what it’s doing outside, you don’t have to worry about changing up your betsy & iya jewelry.

Easily transition from summer to fall      

The pieces seen above are the perfect accents for when you’re summertime lounging in a tshirt & shorts or when you’re layering with a cardigan before heading to work on a chilly morning.

Worn by the lovely Meridith:

Lappland Stud earrings (Scandinavia colorway)

Definition ring

Badlands ring

Simple Sterling Silver Rings

Helio necklace

Arch’s Shadow cuff bracelet

Leather bangles (mint/sea foam/natural and black)

If you have any questions about these items, feel free to call us at the shop 503-227-5482.

xo Ashley

***Song of the Moment: Willie by Cat Power***

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OOTD: Twice as Nice. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:18:12 +0000 It’s been one of the hottest summers I can remember since moving here and on super warm days, I am so grateful for breezy dresses. This vintage number is one of my absolute favorites because of the fun details: buttons up the side, multicolored stripes, and most of all, the detachable collar. Clearly, I justified this purchase by thinking that I pretty much scored two dresses for the price of one. I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it again “they just don’t make ‘em like this anymore!”

Summer dress ootd

summer color blocking

summer accessories

That said, I think it’s necessary to mix in some modern pieces to avoid looking too costume-y. For me, that means a bold, cloisonné tassel necklace, big sunnies, and my go-to black heels. I like to think that the darker colored accessories balance the whimsy of the pastel dress. I can’t be all clouds and rainbows, ya know?


Summer Dress from Yo Vintage!

Purse from Grand Marketplace

Necklace from Demimonde Studio

Shoes by Kork Ease from Johnny Sole

Sunglasses from Urban Outfitters 

Scania Cuff & Redundant Chevron Ring by betsy & iya

Soak up these last few weeks of sweet summertime, my friends!



***Song of the Moment: Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen***

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Maker Monday: Catenary Ring Necklace. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:28:52 +0000 Part of Betsy’s Bridge Collection, the Catenary Ring necklace came to be while Betsy was playing around with materials and pondering the idea of ‘suspension.’ Those thoughts manifested in this amazing creation, made of leather cord, antique brass beads, oxidized brass chain, and brass accents.

Catenary Ring Maker Monday

In the video, watch Alyssa’s dexterous hands cut, then drill the leather cord to insert the brass accent pieces. Then she adds the antique brass rings, & brings the brass accents through the other side of the leather so they’re parallel to each other. Oxidized brass chain is added & the piece is ready to wear.

I own this beauty and it’s one of my absolute favorite necklaces and one I can always count on to elicit compliments from strangers. Which is why we all wear jewelry in the first place, riiiiiiiight???



***Song of the Moment: Summer by Calvin Harris***

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Summer Instagram Contest WINNER! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:32:46 +0000 We are so excited to announce the winner of the GRAND PRIZE in our #destinationbetsyandiya summer Instagram contest! Please join us in congratulating Eva for capturing the spirit of summer adventure in this amazing photo of her wearing betsy & iya Aztec Dreamcatcher earrings at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

betsy & iya Instagram contest winner

Eva wins a $200 betsy & iya gift certificate PLUS a pretty gosh darn amazing Portland Staycation package: 2 nights at the Jupiter Hotel, 2 tickets to the Lan Su Chinese Gardens, and $50 gift certificates to restaurants Ración, Tasty n Alder, Tasty n Sons, and The Fireside. RIGHT?? So good. We can’t wait for Eva to put her winnings to use and visit us at the shop!

I want to thank each and every one of you who shared a photo with us. I am incredibly grateful for the way you interact with us and your support of betsy & iya. Reading your captions, comments, and seeing peeks into your lives uplifts and motivates me every day.

That feeling will never end, and even though our Instagram contest is over, we always want to see you in your betsy & iya. Keep wearing, sharing, and tagging. And as always, don’t leave home without us!

View all of the contest photo entries here.



***Song of the Moment: Summer Love by Justin Timberlake***

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OOTD: Black & Blue. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:15:06 +0000 Few things make me happier than a three-way closet collision! Behold, this trio of sassy Makers in their blue jeans & black tops. I can’t decide if this looks screams “practical workwear” or “extras from a West Side Story remake.” I’ll let you be the judge.
blue jeans & black shirts outfit of the day


blue jeans outfit of the day



***Song of the Moment: Blue on Black by Kenny Wayne Shepherd***

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New in Shop: Voz, Herbivore Botanicals, & Muse. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:20 +0000 Well hello there…

Voz bangles, glad to see you’re back! Herbivore Botanicals, thanks for introducing us to even more amazing skin care products. And welcome Muse belts, looks like we’ll get along just fine.

voz collective bangles

Voz wooden bangles

We love stacking these Voz Collective wooden bangles with betsy & iya brass cuffs to add texture. They’re each made from scrap pieces of salvaged wood & hand painted by two super sweet sisters in Orange County, CA.

Wide bangles: $24- $34
Skinny bangles $11

Herbivore Botanicals toners and face serum

Herbivore facial toners and face serum: my newest Herbivore obsessions

Herbivore Botanicals’ products are made in Seattle and are 100% natural, 100% vegan. Both of these new products are for the face. The Hydrate and Balance Toners (left) each remove impurities after cleansing, close pores, and prepare the face for better moisture absorption. The Facial Toning Elixir (right) is an amazing oil for most skin types, including dry, mature, sensitive, or any skin in need of extra hydration and nourishment.

Toning Elixer $22
Nourishing Facial Serum $ 36

Muse leather belts

Rich leather belts by Muse

Belts, $56

Muse belts are handcrafted in Peru and are nickel free. Simple in design and stylishly attractive, these belts are perfect to define your waist in a flowy dress or wear over a tunic top.

If you have any questions about these items, feel free to call us at the shop 503-227-5482, option 5.

xo Ashley

***Song of the Moment: New Morning by Bob Dylan***

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Maker Monday: St. Johns Bridge Cuff Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:25:39 +0000 Our Instagram contest ended last week, and as a final prompt, we urged our followers to share pictures of what home means to them. It was only fitting to dedicate Maker Monday that week to a piece that reminds us of home, the St. Johns Bridge Cuff.

betsy & iya St Johns Bridge Cuff

Why this piece when we think of home? The design of this cuff was inspired by the bridge that Betsy & Will cross everyday they come to work. For them and for all of us, this cuff has a very special place in our respective hearts.

Watch Amory anneal the brass pieces (heating metal makes it easier to manipulate), remove rough edges on the polishing cabinet, hammer & form into a cuff shape, oxidize the recessed area, & finally clean up with a flex shaft.

Each one of our bridge cuffs is hand stamped on the inside with the year it was built and geographic coordinates (I love this detail!).



***Song of the Moment: Teenage Riot by Sonic Youth***



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OOTD: Shortalls For the Win. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:26:17 +0000 Sadly, I didn’t know Barrie while she was in high school, but I have to imagine that her senior picture looked something like this: posted up against a wall, in a casual cute outfit, with an expression that’s equal parts smirk and sass.

overall shorts

accessory detail

casual cool short overalls

Overalls have solidified their place as fashion’s comeback kids – ‘kids’ because no matter how hip, we’ll always associate them with childhood – appearing on celebrities, fashion bloggers, and off duty models. Barrie’s shortalls fall perfectly in line with the trend, but are also super practical for her work as a maker (comfortable, with pockets) and for the summer (hello, exposed legs!).



***Song of the Moment: Problem by Ariana Grande***

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Happy Birthday, WILL! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:23:41 +0000 It’s not everyday we get to pull a fast one on bossman Will. He’s involved in so much of the day-to-day operations here at b&i HQ, it’s difficult to get so much as a sneeze past him. Through the magic of electronic mail, we coordinated a time to celebrate his birthday (August 9th) by forcing him to stop working at 6:00 PM and play Xbox, drink beer, and eat snacks with us*. Oh, and obviously wear a party crown! *Editor’s Note: it took very little force to make this happen

betsy & iya staff celebrates Will's birthday

xbox to celebrate Will's birthday

Amory & Matt, mid Xbox battle.

betsy & iya celebrates Will's birthday

You CAN sit with us!

A great time was had by all. Join us in sending 34 wishes (one to grow on) into the universe for Will’s best year yet!!!



***Song of the Moment: Walkin on a Pretty Day by Kurt Vile***

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