Zurina Ketola Designs Howlite Necklace and Alta Gracia Berlin Sparkle T-shirt.

ZKD Updates: Live, Learn + Save 20% in Store!

During the early stages of lock down in March, I moved back to my home studio to help curb the spread of COVID-19. It was a practical decision, but it worked out so well, I’m moving out of my shop space next Monday.

It was a great experience and I learned a lot about my creative process. It only makes sense to let you enjoy some perks too, right?

Starting Wednesday, all of my jewelry at Studio Hertzberg will be 20% off!

 

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You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make. -Jane Goodall quote

What’s New in 2020: Environmental + Ethical Transparency

Zurina Ketola Designs was established in 2004, and from the start, I strongly believed that environmental sustainability and ethical conduct were important parts of running a business.

Over the last ten years, it’s become clear to me that there is always room for improvement, and transparency is an important element. With that in mind, here’s a look at what I’ve been up to, and my plans for the future.

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Aquamarine Specimen. On Display at Munich Gem Show

Designer Life: Munich Gem Show 2019

Minerals and crystals and beads, oh my! I had my first experiences with gem shows at the Tucson Gem Show, which is the largest in the world. Not a bad place to start, am I right? 😉 Now that I’m in based in Germany, it seemed like the perfect time to venture out and explore Europe’s largest gem show. Find out more about my adventures at the Munich Gem Show 2019!

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Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein

Celebrating Earth Day: An Eco-Friendly Life + Small Business

Earth Day, Every Day

Happy Earth Day! I thought it would be the perfect time to talk a little bit about how I try to bring Earth Day into my every day life and small business. It’s been on my mind lately because my experiences in the area of recycling and sustainability between Germany and the US are so different!

These topics have always been important to me, I love that I’m finally able to live somewhere that has an eco-friendly consciousness built into daily life. I’m also  really excited to talk a little bit about how it’s been built into my small jewelry business over the years.

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Botanical Gardens Berlin. Rhododendrons + Camelia. Berlin

The Studio is Coming!

Nomad, No More

It’s been shy of eight months in Berlin and life has finally settled down. In about a month or so, I’ll have a jewelry studio again! It’s been a long and bumpy road, but it was totally worth it.

Before arriving, I had a few ideas about what path to follow to keep my creative flow active in my new home without a studio. On that list? Spending time being a tourist in our new home. Going on walks, exploring museums, and experiencing the culture of my new surroundings played a big role. As it turned out, life had other plans and we had to put a pin in this for a while.

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