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Don't Miss this One Jewelry Trend! April 10 2017, 0 Comments

Spring Trend to Watch: The Hoop Earring

 

As Seen in Accessories Magazine, hoops were seen all over the Runway for Spring. 

 

What makes this trend so fun this spring, is that here at Chikahisa Studio, we have a hoop for everyone.    Whether you like them big and oversized or more simple and classic.  

 Here at Chikahisa Studio, we've got you covered! 

For a more classic style, we've got the Stonehenge hoop.

 

 

This Stone hoop is a smaller size and frames the face beautifully.  

 

 

For the minimalist, the Strata O Hoop Earring is it! 

 

 

And for the Boho gal, we've got the Large Dangle Hoop Earring.

 

 

 Which one is your favorite?  I'd love to hear how you wear it too!  Comment below.

 


Meet Diana, Our newest team member! March 12 2017, 0 Comments

studio.

Diana can be found walking the streets of NYC rockin her favorite Chikahisa Studio pieces; the multi chain bracelet and stack rings, which she never leaves home without. 

This spring she has her eye on long flowing dresses to wear when hanging out at her favorite coffee house.  When not helping Ann, she's out power walking past the Statue of Liberty and finding peace at her favorite yoga


A Gift Guide January 17 2017, 0 Comments

 Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Not sure what to get her?  Check out our gift guide for some inspiration!   

 

large hoop earring

Roman Bangles

Stonehenge Black Diamond Stick Necklace 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stonehenge choker

Roman wide band ring

Stone Circle Bracelet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Tassle Necklace

Stone Stacking rings

Stonehenge Chain Bracelet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30" Diamond necklace

Stick earrings

Cuff bracelet

 


Lucky Number 5: Your New Year Luck Charm December 29 2016, 0 Comments

HAPPY NEW YEAR…

As a new year begins we find ourselves reflecting on our dreams and goals for a fresh start.  Consider starting this year with the number 5. Say what!?, you may ask.

 

In Numerology, the number 5 embodies positive change, exciting adventure and ultimate freedom!   And who wouldn't love some of that in their life?

 

As you begin 2017, let us help remind you of your focus with our 5 Diamond rings.  Black diamonds  is the stone for abundance, prosperity and strength.  Our rings will remind you of the untethered freedom you possess to fill this year with change, adventure and joy!

 

Shop now for the following designs that will spark change for you this year!  Rings are available in both bronze and sterling silver.

 


Happy Solstice! December 21 2016, 0 Comments

 

Solstice officially marks the first day of winter. It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. (Good news: our days only get longer from here!)


Stonehenge, one of the most ancient stone structures made by humans, is designed to pinpoint the precise day of the solstices.

Shop the Stonehenge collection here this solstice!




And how about a little literary inspiration for you on this long night?
 
Winter Solstice
by Hilda Morley 

A cold night crosses 
our path
The world appears
very large, very
round now extending 
far as the moon does

It is from the moon this cold travels
It is the light of the moon that causes 
this night reflecting distance in its own 
light so coldly
(from one side of the earth to the other)

It is the length of this coldness 
It is the long distance 
between two points which are 
not in a line now
not a straightness (however straight)
but a curve only, 
silver that is a rock reflecting
not metal but a rock accepting 
distance (a scream in silence) 
where between the two 
points what touches is a curve around the world
(the dance unmoving).


Instant Holiday Glam December 12 2016, 0 Comments

I love the holiday season. The parties and festivities make it such a fun time of year. That said, we all know how hectic it can get with all of the obligations and things to do! Below are some ideas to help you look fabulous during this frenetic time. I like to build versatile looks that make it easy to go from day to evening with just a few tweaks.

This look is perfect when you need to look polished and professional at the office. Remove your jacket and you’re ready for that holiday party!  

 

Another easy look is to wear a statement bracelet with a tank top/camisole.  You can wear something like this or stack a bunch of thinner bracelets for the same effect.

 

Finally, go from office to evening by swapping out studs for a dangle earring.  Pull your hair up and add a bright lipstick and instant party glam!

 

Let the festivities begin!


Spice Up Your Look with Luscious Layered Necklaces! December 08 2016, 0 Comments

One of the things I cherish about fall and winter is layering. Soft, warm sweaters and giant scarves evoke all the feelings for me. Naturally, I am thrilled that layering jewelry has evolved into a fashion staple.

I’ve put together some tips and ideas for you to discover your own personal layering look.

Feeling sassy? Break the rules! Mix the colors of metals to create your own style. A personal favorite of mine is to wear the oxidized/gold lariat with the 30” bronze necklace with a diamond. The colors/textures harmonize really nicely together and play off one another.

                                   
Going for a more classic look? Symmetry is the key. Select an even number of necklaces that are similar in weight, material and embellishments. Choose colors or metals that compliment your top.

Consider:

  • Spacing

The key to successful layering is spacing! Thoughtful spacing helps avoid tangling as you move throughout your day. I prefer significant spacing. My favorite pairing is an 18” chain with 24 or 30” chain.

 

                                           

 

  • The complete look
A harmonious and complete look can be found when you balance your necklace layers with other jewelry. Earrings, bracelets and rings can and should be added to your final look to create a stunning and powerful fashion statement.


  • Get the look without the work
Because there are just days when you want the look without the work, I have a myriad of options for you that do just that. Layers upon luscious layers in one easy step.
Now tell us, what are your layering tips and techniques? We all want to know!

Chicago! November 30 2016, 0 Comments

We are so excited to be back at One of a Kind Holiday show! The show runs from December 1st through December 4th.  

Click here for complimentary pass for two and then come visit us at Booth 8094

We are doing a fun giveaway too. Don't miss your chance to win this beauty. Additional entries if you tag us on Instagram from the show! @ChikahisaStudio

See you soon!


Bundle up and Save! November 26 2016, 0 Comments

Black Friday. Shop Small Saturday. Cyber Monday. So many reasons to kick off the holiday shopping season!

We have decided to bundle all three sales into one BIG event.

We've selected some of our favorite pieces and bundled them together into three unique and delightful collections just for you.
 
Quantities are limited and the sale will end on Monday, November 28th at midnight (pst).  

Needless to say, don't delay!  Shop now.

Like you, we will be out and about this season and would love to meet you in person. You can find us at these shows over the next few weeks:

Chicago // One of a Kind Show // 12.1 - 12/4
Seattle // Horseshoe Jewelry Trunk Show // 12.8
Seattle // Click! Jewelry Invitational // 12.15

More soon! 


Elemental: The inspiration behind our newest collection November 22 2016, 0 Comments


 

 

 

I grew up in Southern California and spent my formative years at the beach.  First boogey boarding then body surfing and ultimately wind surfing.  Every summer I spent time at the beach with friends and family.  We would ride bikes on the strand, go to the tide pools to find small creatures and cuddle up in front of big bonfires.  The ocean fed my body and nourished my soul.    Recently, I moved back to the West Coast and now reside in the PNW.  Reunited again with the ocean, it brings back these memories and that special place in my heart.  Elemental is my tribute to this place that I hold so dearly.  It’s my way of carrying the beach with me everyday.  



 

See our newest collection here.


Ready, Set, Go! October 19 2016, 0 Comments

Join us at Virtu!  We'll have our newest collection, Elemental for you to see!

2035 N Damen

Chicago IL  60622


What's HOT For Fall! How to style a Choker Necklace September 06 2016, 1 Comment

I LOVE Chokers!  This trend started in the Spring and is continuing into the Fall.

Popsugar also feels strongly on this trend and shows you how to easily transition into fall.  You can read it here  

Need some inspiration on how to wear it? So good and so easy.  I've put together 4 outfits to help inspire you!

 

1 Jame Perse

2.Citizens Of Humanity

3.Chikahisa Studio

 

1.  The Row

2.  The Row

3.Chikahisa Studio

4. Cindy Kirk

5.  Chie Mihara


1. Elizabeth and James

2. Chikahisa Studio

1. The Row

2. Caritz

3. Chikahisa Studio

4. India Clutch

 

Not sure how to style your hair with a choker?  Have no fear.  We've got you covered. As seen on Gigi and Kendall.

 

Now you're good to go!  Which way will you wear the choker?  Post a comment below.

If you love this piece, like it below on FB. or Tweet it out!

 


Exciting News! September 16 2015, 0 Comments

Dear Friends,


I have big news to share with you! This holiday season I am opening a shop in New York City!


Five years ago I started Chikahisa Studio through the support of my community who rallied around me and my passion for showcasing the beauty of imperfection through jewelry. You helped me bring this business to the world and now, I am taking the next step in my growth. I will be opening a pop-up shop in Grand Central Station for the holidays, and I am reaching out to you, the people who made this all possible in the first place, to join me in this next step.


In order to make all the jewelry I need to sell in NYC, I need to buy more raw materials to craft the pieces you know and love and hire someone on to help me with all the work!


Today I am launching a financing campaign with Community Sourced Capital to raise the funds I need to make our pop-up shop a reality. This isn’t your typical crowdfunding campaign. I am not asking for your donation. I am inviting you to make a small loan to Chikahisa Studio that we will use to grow and that I will pay back to you over 2-3 years. These loans come in $50 increments called Squares, and each person can lend from $50 to $2,000 into our campaign. While we need many squares to reach our financing goal, each Square has a huge impact. In fact, every Square we raise through our campaign will be matched one-for-one by the Seattle Made Program, doubling your impact on our campaign. Each $50 you lend will mean $100 for Chikahisa Studio’s growth.


I would love to include you, one of my supporters, to participate in this campaign as we go to New York City!  Click here to read more about the campaign.

Sincerely,

Ann


DIY Spring Fashion Trend April 09 2015, 0 Comments

I love this easy way to wear a button down shirt.  Just button the top button, wrap and then tuck.  Viola!  Via PopSugar.com

And of course we have necklaces for your new styled top!  Try either the Stonehenge choker or the Stonehenge Lariat.


Make a Statement! February 26 2015, 0 Comments

Oscar Night~ it's so fun to watch the Red Carpet and see the latest fashions and jewels.  This year, it was all about Statement Jewelry!  Here are some of my favorites from the night.

Bold Necklaces

I love the color and interest of the beading in each of these styles.  Beautiful.

Eye Catching Earrings

I love how these earrings all are both light in feeling but make a statement.  Would you wear an earring cuff like the one worn by Chloe Grace Moretz?

Stunning Bracelets

I love the glamour of these bracelets especially the detail on Emma Stone's bracelet.

 

Two of my favorite looks from the evening, Ana Wintour and Anna Kendrick.  Old Hollywood Glam at it's best.

(Notice how Ana layers her necklaces, a shorter diamond with the longer one.)

What were your favorites?  I'd love to hear so post your comments below.

 

 

 


3 simple steps to help holiday stress November 19 2014, 0 Comments

Ah... it's that time of year!  So much to do and not enough time.  But STOP before it all gets out of hand!  Here are 3 simple things to help you.  Maybe you'll even find it becomes part of your daily life!

 

1.  Find a quiet place.  You can either sit or lie down as long as you're comfortable.

2.  Become "present".

Turn inwards and listen.  What do you hear?  How are you feeling?  Become aware of your surroundings.

3.  Breathe!

Take deep slow breaths.  How slowly can you fill your lungs?  How slowly can you exhale?  Focus on your breathe.   Keep your mind free and just breathe and let your thoughts go.  As you exhale, let the tension in your body go.

 

Try doing this for 5 min. and slowly increase the time each day.  Practice daily.

 

Namaste

 

 


NYC bound November 17 2014, 0 Comments

 

We're thrilled to be back in NYC!  Stop by and say hi!

 


Introducing Chikahisa Studio Man! June 09 2014, 0 Comments

Now you're Guys can have a piece of Chikahisa Studio Jewelry too!  just in time for Father's Day, June 15.  What will you get your favorite guy?

 

These cufflinks are perfect for a June wedding.  They would make a great gift for the Groomsmen too.

 


Is She.... April 28 2014, 0 Comments

Gift giving can be tricky.  It's part art, part science and a little bit of luck.  There are so many things to consider when choosing a gift.  So I thought I'd write a post about gift ideas to help you choose something for her.  Especially since Mother's Day is May 11.  

 

She loves elegantly simple and beautiful things.  She dresses with style but isn't trend driven.  Her choices are classic but with a twist.  When she's at a party or gathering she walks in with a quiet presence.  She likes to try new things but is a little more cautious.  She typically isn't an impulse buyer.....  then this is for her.

These beauties hug the ear just right.  They have style and beauty just like her.  Available in sterling silver, bronze, gold vermeil and rose vermeil.

 

She's a little Bohemian.  Dances to her own drummer.  Loves to mix patterns and textures.  She puts things together that no one else could pull off.  She likes to travel to exotic places.  She's the one you call for a spur of the moment camping trip.  She only eats organic foods and loves to try new flavors.  Fun and adventure always abounds when you're with her :-)

The Knotted Branch necklace will look great with a dress or t-shirt and jeans.  A good go to necklace for all her favorite outfits!  It is 36" in length.

 

She isn't afraid of being the life of the party.  She's bold and confident.  Her style is stylish but not trendy. Everyone wants to be "her"!  She has many friends and a busy social calendar.  

 

This statement piece can go from day into evening.  Can't you imagine her wearing it with her jeans and a tee or her beautiful black dress?  This bronze Lace Cuff is approximately 6" long and 2" wide.

 

Which Gal are you?  Tell me in the comments below and which piece rocks your boat.  And if you'd like me to hint to someone special, let me know that too!  


Spring Cleaning! April 07 2014, 0 Comments

Spring~ what does it mean to you?

For me, it means spring cleaning.  I loathe doing it but once it's done I feel rejuvenated!  Here's a quick list to help you get started in your closet.  Maybe you'll even find a few forgotten treasures!

  1. Two year rule: If you haven't worn it in 2 years, you probably won't.   
  2. Make 2 piles ~  One for charity and one for discarding.
  3. Repair/clean: Sew those buttons back on, darn the holes etc.  Clean your woolens/silks so they are ready for next year/season.  
  4. Make a shopping list: What are you missing in your wardrobe?  What new things do you need to update your look?

Need to clean some jewelry?  Watch here for an easy way to do it. http://youtu.be/DWLvtMrhEdQ


5 Jewelry Trends from the Oscars March 12 2014, 0 Comments

The Oscars are so fun to watch~ all the glamour and star gazing!  This year was especially fun for me since jewelry is my thing. And boy was jewelry back in a big way!  These are the 5 Trends to Watch for 2014 according to the Jewelry Loupe one of my favorite blogs.


NY Now January 09 2014, 0 Comments

We're in Handmade Booth 9447


Dose Adorable November 06 2013, 0 Comments

 


Mom of the Year! November 06 2013, 0 Comments

My Mom deserves the Mom of the Year award!  She always comes through to help out!

Anniversary bands September 03 2013, 0 Comments

A custom job incorporating the customers stones for an updated ring set.  She wanted an organic set of stacking rings.  I set the 3 diamond on one band to symbolize her family~ 2 stones (she and her husband) set close together and one single (her son).  The other band had the emeralds randomly set around the band.

 

 


The last Summer Hurrah! August 29 2013, 0 Comments

I'll be in Lake Forest, Sunday Sept 1 and Monday Sept 2.  10-5


Get Dosed! April 05 2013, 0 Comments

 Spend the day indulging all your senses! 

 Taste and smell some great food and drinks. 

 Tantalizing your eyes with the latest spring fashions and accessories. 

 Rock out listening to some cool tunes.

    

Don't miss out and buy your tickets now!


New York Gift and Buyer's Market Philadephia January 13 2013, 0 Comments

Two Great Cities.  Two Great Shows.

New York Gift Show, Jan. 26-29
Handmade Designer, Booth 9370

Buyers Market Philadelphia 
Feb. 15 Jewelry Preview
Feb. 16-18 Booth 707

always

Bold.  Modern. Extraordinary.

(Shows are to the Trade)

Holiday Studio Hours December 13 2012, 0 Comments

 Interested in picking up a last minute Holiday Gift?  I'll be in the studio Tues Dec 18 from 11:30 am to 3 pm. 

4401 N Ravenswood #201

inside the Lill Street Art Center




One of a Kind Show Dec 6-9 November 26 2012, 0 Comments

An absolutely amazing art and gift show hits Chicago December 6-9.  Stop by, I would love to see you.  Check out:  http://www.oneofakindshowchicago.com for all the details.  


Looking for Chikahisa Studio: Where and When for November November 10 2012, 0 Comments

Seeing you at one of these great Fall events:

Trunk Show
Wilmette, Nov 1
email ann@chikahisastudio.com for details

Lycée Fall French Market
Chicago, Nov. 2-4
http://lyceefallfrenchmarket.com/

Dose Market
Chicago, Nov. 11
http://dosemarket.com/

Stil Salon trunk show
Chicago, Nov. 29 5-8PM
http://stillsalonandspa.com

Rose Vermeil Cuff October 11 2012, 0 Comments

 Luscious Rose Gold Vermeil.  Great way to support the Lynn Sage Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to funding a cure for breast cancer.  Order one in the month of October and a donation will be made in your name.


Chikahisa Studio and the Lynn Sage Foundation October 01 2012, 0 Comments

 

October is Breast Cancer Month.  


In celebration and in honor of all the woman I know, and all those I still mourn.  For every $200 spent online at Chikahisa Studio, $25 will be donated to the Lynn Sage Foundation in your name.  Together we can support research to find a cure.  That all the women in my life and in yours may continue to shake the world in breathtaking ways


Featured product July 04 2012, 0 Comments

 

Equal parts light and air and metal. Classic shape in modern form. Bringing more and asking less. Rose vermeil. Small lace hoops are approximately 10mm wide and 70mm long, the drop from ear is 25mm. Hand crafted, happily slight variations can occur. Each piece is distinctive.


New from Chikahisa Studio July 04 2012, 0 Comments

Bronze Lace Bangle

Lace in motion. I love the sound they make when they come together. Inviting company. Bronze. Hand crafted, happily slight variations can occur. Each piece is distinctive.