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

Gifts for Your Friend Who Has To Fit All Her Presents in One Checked Bag

Posted on December 18, 2017

There's a lot to consider when holiday shopping for a visiting friend- what's she into right now? How will she get it home in her luggage? What was that thing she was talking about on the phone that she wanted back in October but you weren't paying attention because you were thinking about Stranger Things?? Why can't I search iMessages?! We can't tell... Read More

Gifts That Have Fewer Passport Stamps Than You (i.e. Made in the USA)

Posted on December 13, 2017

  1. Molly M Designs - San Francisco, CA Shop Now Pictured: Lustig Studs - $60  As a trained architect, Molly M. knows how to combine form and function to make items that stand out in the best way possible. Any of her products will be the hit of the holiday season, we promise. 2. Herbivore Botanicals - Seattle, WA Shop Now Pictured:... Read More

Gifts for Your Niece Who Doesn’t Think You’re cool (but prove that you are)

Posted on December 11, 2017

Gift giving for younger relatives is hard. Especially when memories of shockingly misguided gifts of our youth still haunt us (year of the Encyclopedia Britannica #neverforget). Avoid that moment of thinly-veiled disappointment ("ohhh, I looove it?") with our list of niece-approved gifts she'll actually appreciate. All items in this guide are 10% off through December 17th! 1. sulu-design  Faceted Bead Necklace - $38 Shop Now A sparkly necklace that's appropriate for... Read More

Gifts for Your Co-Worker Who's Always Cold

Posted on December 04, 2017

We all have that one co-worker who's always cold. You're sweating in your blouse while they're clutching their personal space heater for dear life. Give them a gift that'll warm their heart and body temperature this year with our guide below. 1. Faribault Woolen Mills Ashby Twill Throw - $140SpruceInk Blue Handcrafted in Faribault, Minnesota, USA this wool blanket is the perfect size to throw over legs under... Read More

Gifts For Your Friend Who Already Has a Lot of Jewelry

Posted on November 29, 2017

Has your friend been amassing a jewelry collection since they were born, and you're stuck trying to figure out what they could possibly still need? Let us help you with your gift-giving dilemma - below we've got all sorts of gifts your friends will be sure to love, no matter how much jewelry they already have! 1. betsy & iya Half Moon Hanging... Read More

Gifts That Support Women Around the World

Posted on November 27, 2017

Support women all across the globe with these beautifully handcrafted products. Every brand and product in this guide has a fantastic story and helps empower women to be successful, creative, and financially independent.  1. Bloom & Give Bari Navy Cotton Silk Scarf - $65 Shop Now Bloom & Give donates 50% of their profits to programs that send girls to school in... Read More

Gifts from Portland Makers & Designers

Posted on November 22, 2017

Gifts from designers and makers located right here in Portland, Oregon, USA.  We carry a lot of styles here in our webshop and even more at our brick & mortar. betsy & iya (of course!) Neighborhood: Northwest/Slabtown Shop betsy & iya Jewelry BOET Neighborhood: Eastside Shop BOET Jewelry  DEMIMONDE Neighborhood: Northeast Shop Demimonde Jewelry AMY OLSON Neighborhood: Northwest Shop Amy Olson Jewelry sulu-design... Read More

Maker Monday Video - Soltura Necklace

Posted on November 13, 2017

For today's Maker Monday, we present the Soltura Necklace! In this video, you'll get to see the full process and all the fun rope making and tube threading Maker Gaby does! Shop Soltura Necklace Click here to view our Maker Monday videos on Youtube Read More

Little Boxes 2017

Posted on November 10, 2017

Guess what, everybody? It's almost time for Little Boxes! We love this annual tradition that encourages shopping small. We're participating (of course!) so come on by from November 24th-26th - you'll get 10% OFF EVERYTHING (except fine jewelry & gift cards) in store!! If you're new to Little Boxes, read on to learn what it is and how it works! Little Boxes... Read More

New in Shop - Wolf Ceramics

Posted on November 09, 2017

Say hello to new arrivals from Portland ceramicist Sarah Wolf of Wolf Ceramics! Her hand-thrown pieces always become instant favorites, and we're especially excited about the two new ring dish designs created in collaboration with our team. All pieces below are for sale both at our brick and mortar and online. Check specific items below. SHOP ALL WOLF CERAMICS  Wolf Ceramics... Read More

Why we're helping to Save Movie Madness.

Posted on November 02, 2017

  Betsy and I met in theatre school. An appreciation of people sitting in a room together to experience the same story (laughing, crying, thinking, feeling together) is baked deep into how we think, what we value. It's one reason we've kept our jewelry production studio physically connected to our retail shop. We think it's important that you know the whole story of how... Read More