Holly Yashi Jewelry
A breakthrough jewelry line
I was walking randomly down a street in Folsom California when I saw a cute little jewelry shop. I walked in just for the heck of it and that was the start of my first affair with Holly Yashi jewelry. I saw many items that day, from many lines of jewelry, yet the only one that stuck in my mind and incited me to learn more about the company was Holly Yashi. I was blown away by the exquisite, delicate nature of the pieces. Each one was a work of art and once I learned more, a little breakthrough in the art of jewelry-making. I was never one to fall head over heels for jewelry so it was quite a revelation when I realized how good jewelry should be. Holly Yashi really pushed my bar for "pretty earrings" up high. Since it's a fairly unknown brand (at least it was to me), I'd like to share a little more about what I learned.
Holly Yashi is a business owed by Holly and Paul ("Yashi") Lubitz. Holly was originally a trained jewelry artist with a true love for the art. The phrase "they don't make 'em like they used to" resonates deeply within the couple and every piece of jewelry they make as a team reflects upon the artistic and meticulous nature of truly making a one of a kind product. The dynamic duo originally started their jewelry making business out of their home garage and since then have moved into a studio in Northern California where to this day, each piece is handcrafted using the most durable materials so that the pieces can be cherished for years to come. One of the most interesting parts of their philosophy remarked upon how as kids we would excite over our mother's jewelry or dad's watches, just waiting for the day that we would receive the hand-me-downs to proudly wear ourselves. Since the currently market of cheap plastic jewelry has boomed, Holly Yashi strives to bring back those old memories when true and whole jewelry have a unique value and will be durable to pass down.
Some of my favorite Earrings on Amazon!
These are some of my favorite earrings that I have found on Amazon in case you can't make it to a shop that sells the line!
P.S. My absolute favorite can only be found in the shops or at hollyyashi.com. Check out their hibiscus earrings! *sigh*
What is Niobium?
Niobium is an element on the periodic table (number 41 in fact) which was named after a character in Greek Mythology named Niobe. She is known for her tears as she cried after her son's death for so long that she turned into a stone (The Weeping Rock in Mount Sipylus, Manisa, Turkey, has been associated with Niobe's legend) and is commonly cited in Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Niobium has an interesting property of changing colors when anodized and has an extremely low toxic level. The element itself is actually used jet and rocket engines because of its temperature stability but is now currently used by Holly Yashi in their jewelry line!
Niobium is idea of jewelry for a variety of reasons. It is extremely lightweight and extremely strong (why else would it be used for rockets?!?!) which makes it ideal for jewelry (especially earrings! I hate wearing those heavy chunky earrings that make my head hurt!). Also, Holly Yashi uses salt water baths with that have an electric charged (anodizing process) to create the vibrant hues on their jewelry pieces. This means that the color on the pieces will *never fade!* The color is part of the metal itself and not because of some dye or paint like most other jewelry lines. In addition to all of that niobium is hypoallergenic and will never tarnish.
Oh did I mention that niobium is rarer than silver and gold! No wonder we can't find this magic material very often!
Holly Yashi Necklaces and Pendants
These are definitely a bit more pricey but are definitely drop dead gorgeous. As before with the earrings, please check out their website at HollyYashi.com because they have an even greater selection there of some wonderful pieces!
Gold: I have had a huge problem with buying an wearing regular jewelry because most of the time it is made of nickle to which I am allergic. To avoid this problem, Holly Yashi does a 24 karat gold plating on all their earring so that everyone can wear them comfortably. The art of using gold for jeweler dates back to antiquity so I'm so glad this practice has been brought back through this line!
Silver: Sterling silver is a classic element for jewelry and Holly Yashi uses only the highest quality available called 925 (92.5% sterling silver).
Copper and Brass: Some of Holly Yashi's pieces uses these materials to create the vintage feel of jewelry. These materials have also been used for many many years by ancient jewelers. On some brass pieces, HY uses a method to speed up the aging of the brass to give the piece a natural verdant green ting as only old jewelry has. This is a particular interesting process as it may come off over time, but will be replaced by the true verdant green aging that comes naturally from being in contact with the natural elements of the world.
The best part about all these materials is that it is so easy to clean! Most of the niobium pieces actually require that you *don't* use heavy cleaners and instead just wipe with soapy water and a dry cloth. Silver may require an occasional buff or two but other than that, Holly Yashi jewelry is easy to wear and care! How awesome is that?
I think the picture speaks for itself : )
Crystals and Gemstones
Holly Yashi uses 3 primary sources for accents on the entire lines...
1) Swarovski Elements: The name itself resonates well with all those who know a little about the fashion world. The renowned line of crystals and pearls and frequently used by Holly Yashi. In fact, Holly Yashi was selected to submit a piece (one of nine jewelers) to the Swarovski “Crystallized” Swarovski Elements exhibit during Asia's Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Fair at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong.
2) Bohemian Glass: I am not very familiar with this kind of glass but apparently it is a Czech style of crystals that uses the art of copper and bronze wheels to engrave the glass. This type of glass is also more stable than the glass made in Italy. It is well known (to those who know about it) for its beautiful and colorful nature.
3) Semi-precious stones: Right from the Holly Yashi website, they use gems such as Amethyst, Garnet, Peridot, Labradorite, Iolite, Citrine, Carnelian, Hessonite, Opal, Onyx, Turquoise, Chalcedony, Sunstone, Moonstone, Pink Moonstone, Mother of Pearl, Paua Shell, Cape Amethyst, Amber, Smoky Quartz, Blue Topaz, Smoky Topaz, Freshwater Pearls, Cubic Zirconia and more. The beauty in all of these stones lies in its easy care yet drop dead gorgeous nature! A little soap and water is all that is required to take care of this preciousness.
References and More Reading
These are some of the sites I used to get information about this lens. They provide excellent more in depth information about some of the things discussed about Holly Yashi.
- Niobium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A ton of more information about the material Niobium.
- Swarovski Crystals
More information about Swarovski and some other items in their line.
- Bohemian glass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All about Bohemian Glass!
- Holly Yashi Jewelry
Holly Yashi Jewelry creates handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings with Swarovski Crystal and Niobium! The one and only place to see ALL their gorgeous pieces!