Inspirations for My New Space

Finland Countryside Path
This winding road was near a cabin that I stayed in just outside of Helsinki. I wanted to keep walking and see what I would find!

I’ve been hard at work over the last couple weeks getting things ready to go for my new space at the Andersonville Galleria. I’m still located on the second floor, but instead of being over by the windows, I’m nestled in between the two staircases. My space is set up like a little shop. I have counter space to use while working with my clients when it’s busy, and during slow times, it doubles as a little project area. This was a key element for me. I’m there during weekends, and offer repair services and free jewelry cleaning during that time, so it’s absolutely perfect. Continue reading “Inspirations for My New Space”

Back Home from the Tucson Gem Show

Desert Landscape
I went from 19 inches of snowfall to this. What a transition!

February is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is Valentine’s day just around the corner, but it always means that I get to make a trip out to the Great American Southwest for the Tucson Gem Show. Read on for more, and take a peek at my favorite finds this year! Continue reading “Back Home from the Tucson Gem Show”

Awesome News – Zurina Ketola Designs Now has a Retail Location!

Well, it’s hard to gloss over the fact that it’s been over two months since my last post. I just want to go on the record and say that things have been pretty crazy over here, but they’ve been crazy in the best possible way! The result? I have a retail space! Click through to read more about it. Continue reading “Awesome News – Zurina Ketola Designs Now has a Retail Location!”

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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Got Metal Allergies? You May Have More Options Than You Think.

Metal allergies are a major issue for many people. Nothing is worse than pulling out a fabulous new piece of jewelry for the first time, then realizing it actually causes a dry, itchy, red skin on contact. The good news? There may be more accessorizing options for you than you think!

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Long crystal and mother of pearl lariat. Dramatic bridal necklaces. Bridal necklaces, Bridal Jewelry.

Hello Wedding Season!

As I was heading off to bed last night, I was perusing my Instagram feed and saw a fantastic picture of a gorgeous bride and her smiling groom walking through a cascade of blue and white confetti, surrounded by friends and family. This image represents what I’ve always loved about weddings. June is in full swing here in Chicago, and that means wedding season has officially begun! Here’s a list of my favorite wedding trends. Continue reading “Hello Wedding Season!”

Artistic Jewelry Storage Solutions

I’m a big believer of jewelry as art. Of course it’s wearable art, but a beautiful collection of jewelry can be curated to make lust worthy adornments for a dressing room or bedroom just as easily. There’s lots of lovely jewelry boxes out there, but when my jewelry is out of sight, it’s out of mind too. I hate going out and realizing that the perfect pair of earrings is just sitting at home in a box. So why limit your options? I put together a list of my tried and true gorgeous jewelry display and storage favorites just for you.  Continue reading “Artistic Jewelry Storage Solutions”

June Birth Stones

It’s crazy to think that it’s already June, but considering the dreary winter we had in Chicago, I’m glad summer is finally here! With the promise of longer days and perfect beach weather, June also kicks off the beginning of summer birthday season. Here’s some helpful info on June birthstones. Continue reading “June Birth Stones”