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

New In Shop - Demimonde Fall 2017

Posted on October 26, 2017

We've got some new arrivals from Portland, Oregon jewelry line Demimonde available in our retail shop! Many earrings we stock from Demimonde are one-of-a-kind styles like the ones below. But we also regularly stock styles in our webshop, like these.  If you want to order any of the below pieces that are not available in our webshop, call our store at 503-227-5483 or email... Read More

Epic #Tagawaygiveaway

Posted on October 20, 2017

[UPDATE 10/25/2017 - Winners have been chosen and notified! Congrats to our Instagram winner (and @saltyandsweetdesign's friend) @renazerbean and to our Facebook winner Andrew (tagged by friend Ana Borel!).  Thank you to everyone for all the tag love. Stay tuned for future #tagawaygiveaways! ]   To celebrate the release of our Canto Collection we're doing a super-special-extra-big #tagawaygiveaway on Instagram and... Read More

Maker Monday - Salta Earrings!

Posted on October 09, 2017

The first Maker Monday from our new collection! Take a look at how the Salta Earrings come to life, including how our signature earwires are made. Shop Salta Earrings Click here to view our Maker Monday videos on Youtube Read More

Canto Inspiration

Posted on October 04, 2017

Hot summer nights spent in Cuban clubs in Mexico. People of all ages, dancing, twirling, drumming. Women older than 90, 15-year-old boys asking them to dance, rhythm on top of rhythm on top of rhythm. To the side, women cooling themselves off with brightly colored fans. You dance, you fan, you dance again. This is just what you do. This... Read More

Behind the Scenes of the Canto Collection

Posted on October 04, 2017

Like our other collections, the Canto Collection began with ideas sketched over time into designer Betsy's notebook. These pen-and-paper sketches are then translated to AI vector drawings and manipulated to help create cohesion between the ideas. (Barrie hard at work developing Illustrator drafts). Next, Betsy and Barrie, Betsy's Design Assistant, worked to translate the drawings into jewelry prototypes, fleshing out each idea... Read More

Canto Collection Meanings

Posted on October 04, 2017

All the names of the Canto Collection pieces are inspired by Betsy's time spent in Mexico City. Think joyous days spent taking in Mexico City’s vibrant culture, and nights spent dancing with new friends. The sounds, the sights, and memories are all captured in our new collection! We’re not going to leave you in the dark as to what the names... Read More

As-Is Sale!

Posted on October 04, 2017

Join us on Friday, October 27th for our As-Is Sale!! Check out the details: What: As-Is Sale - *slightly imperfect (but still perfectly wearable)* betsy & iya jewelry at 30-75% off!! When: Friday, October 27th, from 10am-1pm Where: betsy & iya breakroom (behind our boutique/offices) note: ALL AS-IS SALES ARE FINAL. So no exchanges or returns. That's just how the As-Is Sale gods... Read More