Andrea of Jewelry by Andrea is a Calgary-based Jewelry designer that has a stunning line! Andrea and I first met virtually because we traveled in some of the same business groups on Facebook. When we realized we were living in the same city, we had to meet up in person.
When I first saw Andrea’s line, I loved how much beautiful Yoga, Meditation & Buddhist inspired pieces she had. Since then she has expanded on her line and has started to add more themed pieces and is adding Malas as well.
Andrea made me the above two pieces for review which you can learn more of in the video below but first a bit more about Andrea and her company Jewelry By Andrea.
Nyk: When and why did you start making Jewelry?
Andrea: I started making jewelry in 2008. My children were 2 & 4 and as a stay at home Mom, I was looking for a creative outlet. Prior to children, I used to travel & collect interesting jewelry. I have always loved jewelry with a story to tell or items that remind me of an amazing experience.
Nyk: How did Jewelry By Andrea Come About?
Andrea: After children, I wasn’t able to travel like I used to so I started bringing in interesting beads, fair trade materials and spiritual symbols. It all just grew organically into a beautiful creative expression. I couldn’t have planned it if I had tried!
Nyk: What’s the vision or mission of your company?
Andrea: Unique fashion jewelry with meaning. High-quality designs using spiritual symbols and fair trade materials. My goal is to create jewelry with a story to tell that allows the wearer to tell their story.
Nyk: Where is your line produced?
Andrea: I hand make many pieces from my home studio in Calgary. I have also recently started having custom designs made through Fair Trade in countries such as Nepal, Bali and India. This process has been exciting as I’ve been able to have stones colored, cut & died for me. It has allowed me to create my Capri Collection featuring vivid peacock blues (did I mention I love peacocks!). Stepping into having stones cut for my collections has opened up an entirely new creative process that I am just beginning to explore.
Yoga is a big part of my creative process. It sparks my creativity and allows me to create from a place of zen. I try to do yoga prior to making jewelry.
Nyk: What are the ways the company gives back? Are there charities or non-for-profits you support?
Andrea: I give a portion of my proceeds to the YWCA of Calgary. I also always focus on ethically sourcing materials. Many items I use are made through traditional methods that have been passed down through generations. To me, it feels wonderful to work with handmade materials and I often wonder what life was like where they came from. I travel viciously through the designs I make.
Watch the video below for my full review of the two stunning pieces designed for me by Andrea.
A huge Yogic Thank You to Andrea for my beautiful sacred jewelry. You can use the code karma for 20% off your first purchase.
Peace, Love & Malas