Street view of the Victory Column in Berlin.

Zurina Ketola Designs is Moving: Berlin Bound!

Goodbye Chicago, Hello Berlin!

I have some crazy exciting news! My husband and I have been wanting to take the plunge and live abroad since we’ve been together, and if you can believe it, it’s been on our bucket list for 18 years. Well guess what? It’s finally happening! We’ve moving to Berlin! Continue reading “Zurina Ketola Designs is Moving: Berlin Bound!”

Chantal Gillberg

NEW! ZKD Client Profile: Chantal Gillberg

Introducing the New ZKD Client Profile Blog Series!

I feel so lucky to have connected with such incredible and inspiring women with my work and on my travels, and it got me thinking:

Would clients like to be featured here on my blog?

I’ve had the idea kicking around for a while now, and after my last trip out to California, I’ve finally began asking around. To my surprise, a few of my absolute favorite clients welcomed the idea!

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Zurina Ketola Designs private appointment jewelry

The ZKD Personal Jewelry Shopping Experience

Have Jewelry, Will Travel

A few weeks back, my husband popped in my office and asked if I wanted to make a quick trip out to Malibu, California to surprise his dad for his 70th birthday. My ears perked up – the actual sun, and a milestone birthday? Um, yes please! Winter was dragging its feet in Chicago this year, so a weekend getaway to a sunny place was something to look forward to!

Not only did I get to spend time visiting with family and friends (btw, the party was a hit, he was totally surprised), I always make it a point to travel with a small selection of my latest and greatest jewelry designs in tow. I have clients from all over the world that love to check out what’s new, and often book personal shopping appointments with regular customers and new clients while I’m in town.

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Zurina Ketola Designs gray pearl necklace on 14K gold fill chain on white background

The Perfect Gift for Mom: Mother’s Day Handmade Jewelry Gift Guide

The Secret to Buying Handmade Jewelry For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I’m prepping the shop in anticipation! I always get a million questions from my customers about how to select the perfect gift for mom. Over the years, I’ve found that the perfect gift isn’t necessarily the most flashy, most elaborate, or even most expensive thing. So what does make a good gift? It’s true what they say: it’s the thought that counts. The best gifts take into account a combination of things, including the style and personality of the receiver, while also meeting whatever needs you may have, like time and budget.

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Zurina Ketola Designs handmade bohemain jewelry for Spring 2018

NEW! The Jewelry Box Series: Featuring Bohemian Jewelry for Spring 2018

Introducing: The Jewelry Box

There are some changes coming down the pipeline over here at Zurina Ketola Designs, and one of those changes is my goal to write more and have a more active blog.  I’ve been busy brainstorming regular topics since the beginning of the year, and have some fun new regular feature posts coming down the line. My favorite thing about this? The inspiration came from you, my very own customers! I love chatting with people, and have been thinking back to common customer inquiries that I could try and answer or expand upon. With that in mind, say hello to my new Jewelry Box series!

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Zurina Ketola Designs featuring handmade diamond hoops in 14K rose gold fill.

2018 Spring Trend Spotlight: Hoop Earrings

Hooked on Hoop Earrings

For Spring 2018, one of my favorite classics is trending big time: hoop earrings! I’ve always been a fan of hoops. My love for this style goes way back to my teens. I didn’t wear a lot of jewelry, but I did wear a pair of tiny sterling silver hoops everyday. I was pretty low maintenance, and I would say they were my daily go-to option. Now that I’ve grown into my sense of style a bit more, I’ve found that the perfect pair of hoops always make me feel put together and polished. I’m partial to the simplicity and continuous shape, and I’m so exited to finally share this hoop earring collection with you!

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Meet Jewelry Designer Zurina Ketola

Behind the Jewelry: The Story of Zurina Ketola Designs

Why hello there! I’m Zurina, the designer behind the jewelry here at Zurina Ketola Designs. It dawned on me a couple weeks ago that I’ve never taken the opportunity to really introduce myself. I figured now would be the perfect time to share a little bit about myself and tell the story behind my jewelry and how it all came to be! Continue reading “Behind the Jewelry: The Story of Zurina Ketola Designs”

Vista Point Catalina Hills Tucson AZ

Away Jan 26th – Feb 9th: Orders Will Be Filled and Shipped Upon My Return

Orders Will be Filled + Shipped After February 9th

I’m taking my annual sojourn to the Tucson Gem Show from January 26th through February 9th, and I’ve decided to keep my jewelry website up and running in my absence. Please note that I won’t be able to fill orders until after I return on February 9th. Orders can be processed and paid for during this time and I expect to ship orders placed during my vacation by Wednesday, February 14thContinue reading “Away Jan 26th – Feb 9th: Orders Will Be Filled and Shipped Upon My Return”

Lots of little packages from Zurina Ketola Designs

Place Online Orders by Sunday December 17th for Delivery for Christmas + Local Pick Up Info

Online Orders Need to be in by December 17th for Delivery by Christmas!

This holiday season has shaped up to be a great one over here at Zurina Ketola Designs. This is our first holiday season with the new site, and I’m so thrilled! Since this time of year is busy for everyone, I made sure that the site would be optimized for mobile devices, which is a great way to maximize your time and shop on the go. There has definitely been a flurry of activity in the studio, but don’t forget, Christmas is fast approaching! My current lead time for order fulfillment is approximately two days. Your order will ship via USPS Priority Mail, which advertises that the service can get your package to you within 1-3 days, depending on where you are. Make sure to place your online orders by Sunday, December 17th to ensure delivery of your jewelry before Christmas. Continue reading “Place Online Orders by Sunday December 17th for Delivery for Christmas + Local Pick Up Info”

Naughty and Nice gift bags from Zurina Ketola Designs.

Introducing Limited Edition ZKD Naughty + Nice Artist Collection Gift Bags!

Naughty + Nice Gift Bags are Now Available!

This season is in full swing, and in that spirit, I have some exciting news! During the holidays over the last few years, I’ve noticed frantic shoppers  looking for something they can’t seem to find anywhere. Curated gift sets featuring a range of handmade goods from a variety of small batch artisans and businesses. It seemed like a great idea to get everything together in a perfect little package, ready for giving, so I started taking a look around to see what was out there. In my search, I found sets that were really cute, but mass produced. For artisan goods, the closest thing I could find was getting multiples from a single source. This seemed pretty close, and it’s something I do with my jewelry. But even with this as an option people were still looking for more. I took note, since it seemed like a project worth pursuing. I’ve been looking into it ever since, and I’m so glad I did! Over the last couple months, I’ve been working with an incredible group of talented artists, makers and small businesses to bring you two awesome, limited edition Artist Collection Naughty and Nice Gift Bags just in time for the holidays! Continue reading “Introducing Limited Edition ZKD Naughty + Nice Artist Collection Gift Bags!”