Some find love and beauty in the jewelry they wear. Others can’t resist the diamonds that are close to their skin. Women owned jewelry businesses are flourishing across the nation for many reasons. Complementing jewelry with pieces made by women entrepreneurs just makes a gift more unique and interesting. (Kendall Jenner wore a Bulgari ring on her wedding finger.) Not to mention, proceeds from the items sold support some very talented female artists.
Now, this jewelry isn’t the same diamond you bought your grandma last year. You can buy unique items from Jewelry Empower, a company whose goal is to “empower young female artisans in Mali to create high-end, yet reasonably priced jewelry.” Here’s to supporting this nonprofit effort for African women.
Bahena has established herself as one of Los Angeles’s premier handcrafted fine jewelry designers. Bahena began her jewelry line in 2004 as a way to serve the community she lives in— Santa Barbara, California—and the local design community. Her diamond jewelry is made with precise, almost microscopic detail in each stone. With a stellar reputation, Bahena launched her own brand in 2011.
Bahena’s fine jewelry can be worn by men or women, or bought in bundles. The Gabriella Valentine bundle offers two diamond pieces that, with their diamonds, make for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. One is a lovely round-cut diamond solitaire and the other is a spectacular tourmaline and diamond necklace. Buy now, and pick up gifts for any occasion.
Founded by Maxine Bedat in 2013, AUrate is an innovative jewelry brand that utilizes unique organic metals like rose gold and semi-precious stones, meaning pieces can be worn to events year-round. Its celebrity fans include Kerry Washington and Emilia Clarke, while the designer herself is a Best Buy fashion influencer, regularly sporting her eco-conscious and fashionable designs on red carpets. Shop the collection now at arate.com, which offers timeless pieces starting at $98.
Before the age of 25, KBH Jewels founder Christy Austin was lucky to snag an entry-level job working for jewelry designer, Juan Barcelo. When he asked Austin to manage his e-commerce store, she jumped at the opportunity. Now as KBH Jewels CEO, Christy continues to hone her craft, designing in San Francisco, focusing on cuts with beautiful lines.
Mejuri began in Toronto in 2014 by Clara Tsai, the company’s chief executive officer. The company offers smart, fast and elegant fine jewelry, from diamond studded minaudieres to earrings to rings.
“Clara Tsai is a true visionary. We are excited to have Mejuri come into being and are delighted to have her as the founder and leader of this brand,” said Jens Grede, designer of Jewelry by Jens, in the company’s 2017 annual report.
The French luxury brand Bovet was founded by Pierre Bovet, with its first establishment in 1879. Today, the company is headed by Thomas Bovet. For International Women’s Day, check out the series of jewelry collaboration between Bovet and Raquel Allegra that are available exclusively at Nordstrom stores and neimanmarcus.com.
Melissa Joy Manning
Melissa Manning is a San Francisco based jewelry designer with an emphasis on peace, love and freedom. She is known for incorporating iconic symbols such as the purple heart and infinity symbol into her intricate and colorful creations. Her work reflects a “sensible yet mindful use of color,” adding a unique and honest appeal to her signature designs.
Deborah Colson is a jewelry designer, art therapist, and counselor based in Southern California. She developed her signature design, a stacked vintage gold ring, by teaching herself to bead and tile. Her work has been featured in print, online, and in art galleries and shops throughout the country.
Vrai & Oro
The Ochoa family is famous for their women-owned jewelry company. The pieces are handmade, using only the finest materials. The women are inspired by their Mexican heritage and the Middle Eastern-influenced jewelers of their heritage.
The brand’s tone is feminine, with clean lines and geometric shapes. Vrai & Oro pieces are also unusual in the sense that they are designed to be layered. When worn with one statement piece, the layered look is dramatic and eye-catching.
For International Women’s Day, the Ochoas have created an exclusive limited-edition necklace, that is part of their Black & White collection, called “From The Edge Of The World.” The necklace is a modern take on traditional Mexican jewelry.