Retirement Party! April 19, 2018

Posted on March 29, 2018

Our annual Retirement Party & Sale is back! We have 14+ styles of b&i jewelry going on permanent vacation - they're packing their bags so we'll have room for new styles (hint, hint, wink, wink). Shop retired styles at 20% off for an entire week and join us for our kick-off party 4/19. Get ready to stock up because once these babies are gone, they're gone... Read More

Meet Your Maker - Diana

Posted on March 28, 2018

We've been lucky enough to have this maker on our production team for two years now. She's an incredibly hard worker and holds the title of Production Buyer in addition to Maker. She's our resident plant lady (seriously, the reason our breakroom is basically a greenhouse is because of her) and isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Whether you're... Read More

Custom Jewelry Discovery Night 4/11

Posted on March 27, 2018

Learn everything you need to know about custom jewelry design at our Discovery Night! Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm betsy & iya: 2403 NW Thurman Street Portland, OR 97210 Cost to attend: FREE, limited space: RSVP required RESERVE YOUR SPOT   **PLEASE NOTE**We're limiting attendance to make sure everyone is comfortable in our cozy space AND there's a chance... Read More

Maker Monday - Caderas Studs!

Posted on March 26, 2018

Today's Maker Monday shows you the steps behind the Caderas Studs - fun fact: we got a new tool just to make the beautiful curved shape you end up with. That curve is actually what gives the studs their name - Caderas means "hips" in Spanish!  Shop Caderas Studs Click here to view our Maker Monday videos on Youtube Read More

betsy & iya at the Rose City Rollers!

Posted on March 23, 2018

Meet the betsy & iya roller derby team! Okay, just kidding, we're not forming a team, but aren't our intimidating faces good? We had a blast watching the Rose City Roller ladies compete on Friday, March 9th. Rose City Rollers is a league of roller derby teams - teams with names like Wheels of Justice and the Breakneck Betties. We sponsor them... Read More

New in Shop - Loup

Posted on March 23, 2018

Our spring clothing styles are beginning to trickle in, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome these arrivals from Loup. The clean, classic lines of these pants and jumpsuits have us dreaming of what we'll be pairing with them. There's a cut for everybody, whether you're a boot cut gal or a wide-leg fan. And, we'd like to add, they're perfect for... Read More

New in Shop - Eve Gravel

Posted on March 23, 2018

Clothing from Eve Gravel's spring 2018 collection has arrived at the shop and we couldn't be more excited. These Montreal-made clothes bring us French femininity and chic silhouettes, all in a flattering and ethically-made package. They're easy to style, effortlessly cool, and a dream to wear, so you'll find us in them all season long.   All Eve Gravel styles are available in-store only.... Read More

New In Shop - Margaret & Beau Ceramics

Posted on March 20, 2018

Just in case our last new-in-shop blog post somehow didn't have you eagerly anticipating spring's arrival, we've got some ceramics that'll have you praying for sun and flowers. With planters perfect for your bedside table and small plates that'll have you eating outside every day, this new haul of Margaret & Beau products is just what you've been waiting for. These... Read More

10 years. TEN YEARS, y'all.

Posted on March 15, 2018

Today, betsy & iya turned 10 years old. This means that I've been running this business (ahem: raising this baby) for more than a quarter of my life. Whoa. WHOA. whoa. whoa, y'all. I have so much to say about this.  I write this post from the road. Will and I decided to do a 10 year anniversary old-school-style wholesale... Read More

New in Shop - Early Spring

Posted on March 09, 2018

It's officially time to start getting our accessories in order for spring. Despite some cloudy weather, we can tell that sunshine and flowers are just around the corner. We've got some fantastic accessories in the shop, from old and new vendors alike. Some are available online, but many are in-store only, so read on below to see where you can get... Read More

Bazaar Online

Posted on March 03, 2018

Our third betsy & iya Bazaar has come and gone, and many of you went home with some incredible one-of-a-kind items. Couldn't make it to the event? Never fear - we've still got plenty of gorgeous items in the shop AND online! We've got fabric, baskets, and jewelry galore, each piece handcrafted and unique. Read on for peeks of what's online... Read More

Fierce Market Finds

Posted on February 09, 2018

There are only 15 days left until this year's Bazaar and we're getting excited. We have piles and piles of beautiful rugs, baskets, pillows stacked all over the office, which makes coming to work that much more exciting (and staying focused at work that much harder). Every time we pick a favorite, something new pops up and steals our hearts. We can't imagine... Read More

Bazaar 2018 Behind-the-Scenes

Posted on February 08, 2018

One thing we absolutely love about the Bazaar is the relationships we've made with our vendors. In the three years we've been doing the Bazaar, we've been lucky enough to meet some incredible businessmen and -women and get a glimpse into how their beautiful products come to be. Get to know some of the vendors whose items will be on sale at... Read More

Custom Jewelry Discovery Night 2/20

Posted on February 02, 2018

Join us for a fun, relaxed evening of discovery as you learn everything you need to know about custom jewelry design! Meet Betsy, our designer, and get all of your custom questions answered. Budget, materials, and process will all be discussed, and there will (obviously) be snacks. Read More

Maker Monday Video - Lita Bangles

Posted on January 29, 2018

The first Maker Monday video of 2018 is here! Watch to see how Maker Spencer creates our mixed-metal Lita Bangle from start to finish.   Shop the Lita Bangle   Click here to view our Maker Monday videos on Youtube Read More

How to deal with an Earrmergency

Posted on January 22, 2018

Here's a situation: You just got back from a nice dinner out after a long day at work. You're getting ready for bed, and begin to take your earrings out. But - what's this? You only have one of your beloved earrings in?? You search frantically around your house, the car, the hall between your car and the house. Maybe it's... Read More

A Capsule Wardrobe... for earrings!

Posted on January 22, 2018

Capsule wardrobes have been making the rounds on Pinterest for a few seasons now, and since we're always super up-to-date on trends we decided it was time to make one for your earring collection.The capsule includes essential styles that will get you through any earring emergency (do those exist? Yes.) and help figure out what can be #regifted as you're KonMari-ing your closet. We know,... Read More

Jewelry Display 101

Posted on January 21, 2018

Our top tips and tricks for displaying betsy & iya jewelry!  1. Double Duty Jewelry Display No, you're not seeing double! Hanging or arranging two pairs of each item (earrings in the photo above and bracelets below) draws in people from the street without diminishing the experience for shoppers already inside. Bonus: displaying the same item facing inside and out makes it easy for... Read More

Fine Jewelry Terminology

Posted on January 12, 2018

14k gold - We know we love 14 karat gold, but why? Well, pure, 100% gold is 24 karats. However, pure gold is soft. 14 karat gold means that 14/24 parts of the piece are pure gold. This balance makes it much more durable than pure gold - more durable than 18k, 20k, and 22k gold as well. It’s less likely... Read More