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 Pop Up Set up.

ZKD Showroom Three Year Anniversary 🎉 + Andersonville Arts Weekend🎨

It’s that time of year again! As fun as Chicago summers are, my heart always and forever belongs to the fall season. I can’t describe it, there’s just something about the brisk weather and falling leaves that always seems to recharge my creative senses. Considering my busiest time of year is straight ahead, that’s one heck of a happy coincidence! As the temperature dips, you can bet that I’m breaking out my coziest sweaters and boots. You’ll most likely find me in the studio making jewelry, filling orders, and generally working the days away with a yummy beverage by my side. ☕

While I’m really looking forward to all of the above, the fall season tends to bring on warm fuzzies for me in general because it’s filled with major milestones and celebrations for my jewelry business. Along with the launch of my brand new handcrafted jewelry site in late September this year, I’m also incredibly excited to be celebrating my showroom’s third anniversary at the Andersonville Galleria over Andersonville Arts Week! To help celebrate the occasion, I’ll be offering 10% off  your ZKD jewelry purchase at Galleria this weekend from Friday, October 13th – Sunday, October 15th!  Continue reading “ZKD Showroom Three Year Anniversary 🎉 + Andersonville Arts Weekend🎨”

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!”

Turquoise crescent necklace featuring 14K gold fill details on pink crystal

Hello Again!

Well hello again! These last few years with my shop at the Andersonville Galleria have been so amazing. I’ve spent time getting to know a ton of incredible people, both customers and artists alike. Everyone has been so supportive of me and my work, which really inspired me to update the site. This has been in the works since December 2016, and I’m absolutely thrilled that it’s finally up and running! Continue reading “Hello Again!”

It’s Instagram Giveaway Time!

Image with artists participating in the Chicago-based Instagram Giveaway



It’s Giveaway Time! I’ve joined forces with nine of my favorite creative Chicago pals for an awesome Instagram Loop Giveaway! I’ve included a duo of my popular gray leather Mondo Prosperity Bracelet and Adjustable Bangle in with the Grand Prize, which includes goodies from nine other talented artists, makers and businesses based in Chicago, and is valued at just under $200! ONE lucky winner gets it all! You’ll have until 6:00pm CST on Friday 9/8/17 to enter.

Head on over to my Instagram for more details and to enter!

Mid-Week Maker Market, July 26, 2017


Carbon Arc Midweek Makers Mart July 26 2017
Carbon Arc Midweek Makers Mart July 26 2017


Join me and other fabulous artists at Carbon Arc Bar for a Mid-Week Maker Mart!

I’ll be joining a few local artists and makers at this amazing location next door to the newly renovated Davis Theater for a chill evening of drinks, delectable dishes, and of course a little shopping for locally made goodness.

Along with beautiful artwork, you’ll find a fabulously cheeky selection of greeting cards, small batch bath + body products, handcrafted candles, artisan jewelry, and Chicago themed goodies.

It’s going to be a lovely summer night, so take a stroll in the charming Lincoln Square neighborhood and stop in to see us!

We’ll be here from 6pm-10pm.

Can’t wait to see your beautiful faces! 😘

Randolph Street Market April 29th + 30th 🛍

Zurina Ketola Designs Pop Up Set up.
The ZKD show set up!

It’s that time again – I’m gearing up to showcase at one of my favorite monthly shows, Randolph Street Market! I’ll be located in downstairs in the Lower Hall among other fabulous vendors and indie makers.

Randolph Street Market

1340 W. Washington Street

Chicago, IL

Purchase your tickets early and get a discounted rate of $8/each or buy tickets at the door for $10/each. Free entry for kids under 12!

Come join us Saturday + Sunday from 10am – 5pm!

Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces! 😘