Zurina Ketola Designs leather prosperity bracelets

Luisa Accessories Fall 2018 Pop-Up featuring ZKD Jewelry

Meant to Be: ZKD Handmade Jewelry Available in Chicago

Exciting news for my Chicago clients with a love for fashion, artisan jewelry, and weekend markets! Before I hopped the pond this summer, a few of you reached out and asked how to purchase ZKD jewelry since my shop would be down during the transition. As I was pondering my options, I was contacted by Luisa, one of my favorite pop-up organizers. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect!

As Luisa told me, “It was meant to be.”

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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 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”

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!”

Close up of hands, model wearing leather bracelets and beaded stacking rings on pink tulle skirt

Jewelry Photography + Sneak Peek of Fall / Winter 2017 Photo Shoot Inspiration

 Learning to Photograph my Handcrafted Jewelry

A major goal for me over the last year was to finally get the  jewelry website up and running, which gave me a lot of motivation to brush up and expand my photography skills. As a self taught jewelry designer and lover of all things creative, I really wanted to learn how to take beautiful pictures to showcase my jewelry. From the beginning, way back in 2002, I’ve been taking pictures for my business and learning how to improve my pictures. As much as I enjoy the process of learning, at the time I quickly discovered that photographing jewelry has very specific challenges. Attempting to capture all those small, intricate details and colors can be quite difficult. Especially if you don’t know anything about photography in the first place, which described my situation pretty well when I started. But you gotta start somewhere, right? Continue reading “Jewelry Photography + Sneak Peek of Fall / Winter 2017 Photo Shoot Inspiration”

Zurina Ketola Designs handcrafted gray leather bracelet duo

Celebrate Our Launch with 20% Off Your Order!

The summer is winding down, and while I definitely had a few setbacks which delayed the website, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’ve finally launched. And just in time for the fall season, no less! If you’re in Chicago, it’s hard not to feel like we’re in the middle of summer right now, but don’t let that fool you! We’re fast approaching the busiest season of the year for us small batch brands and independent makers. Now is the perfect time to get a head start on your holiday shopping! Continue reading “Celebrate Our Launch with 20% Off Your Order!”

Great Start to a New Year: My Golden Globes Adventure!

The Golden Globes Stage
Yes, that would be me on the stage!

Go to the Golden Globes? Um, Yes, Please!

I have to say, I think I had the best year on record for ZKD. Although it was truly insane, the holiday season was a fantastic learning experience, especially given that I had my own shop at the Andersonville Galleria for the first time. But nothing really prepared me for what was to come just days into the new year. I was all ready to take a bit of a break in January, but then things changed. You see, I got invited to go to the Golden Globes this year. And then of course, I fainted. As one does. Continue reading “Great Start to a New Year: My Golden Globes Adventure!”

The No Tell Hotel – Editorial Shoot

Around the Fourth of July this year, I had the opportunity to do some jewelry styling on the set of a photo shoot for Revealed Studios. Our location? A rent-by-the-hour, seedy little gem in my fair city – The Heart “O” Chicago. Click through to see more. And trust me, you’ll want to see more.

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Simple Bridesmaid Gifts

I thought I’d keep rolling with the wedding theme this week and talk about bridesmaids! These ladies are an integral part of the entire wedding journey. From organizing the wedding shower to planning a bachelorette party, and just plain old being there for you through the whole thing, they can really help ease the stress that can arise from planning your big day.  Continue reading “Simple Bridesmaid Gifts”