the self-made artist who stole our hearts and filled our jewelry boxes
Written by Cicely Galm
A life in Colorado demands a fusion of indoor and outdoor; form and function; chic and organic. On any given day, we spend the morning in the mountains and the workday hopping from family events to art galas to business conferences. We're less Breakfast at Tiffany's and more Sunrise on Sanitas. Perhaps that's why Robindira Unsworth continues to be one of the most popular jewelry designers we carry. Rather than force us to choose one identity over the other, Robindira crafts pieces that carry natural beauty with a style as unique as our own precious Flatirons. Whether you're looking for a necklace and earring set to elevate your outfit, or a best-friend piece to travel with you wherever you go, we know you'll find your answer with Robindira.
Once there was a little girl...
Robindira's story is both atypical and inspiring. Like so many of us, she caught her love of jewelry from her mother. As a young child, she would try on her mother's beautiful pieces and imagine her future self living her mysterious future life as an adult in those same special jewels. Fast forward to many years later where she is employed as a social worker and decides to make homemade wedding favors for her guests. After teaching herself to make the 135 silk sachets (can you say, "Dedication?") as favors, she enrolls in her first sewing class. Her love for creation continued to grow, leaving her sewing dozens of silk handbags well into the night. Before long, the addition of beaded straps and bag accents allowed her to play with silversmithing and jewelry craftsmanship. Simply put, the rest is history. "I decided that jewelry was the direction I wanted to pursue and I never looked back." She describes how embarking on her journey with that leap of faith was simultaneously terrifying and the best thing she ever did.
...We can relate to that!
With rings on her fingers...
Today, Robindira's jewelry is world-renowned. She and her husband, Robbie, continue to live their dream as business owners together in their hometown of Petaluma, California. We are lucky to be among the many international high end retailers, that carry her seasonal jewelry collections. Each stone and setting in her exquisite jewelry is thoughtfully chosen and handmade to order. Get a taste of the thought behind the work in this blog excerpt featuring one of her favorite stones to design with: Labradorite.
"What makes Labradorite so special (aside from its beauty) is the way it refracts light and the deep, iridescent and ethereal glow that comes from within. It's [sic] magical glow is caused by the way light is refracted through the layers of stone as it enters. In any given moment beautiful flashes of green, grey, blue and even yellow can appear.”
At Two Sole Sisters we have proudly carried Robindira for many years, so it is no surprise that the whole staff eagerly anticipate new shipments of their work.
Here, Lindsey and Laurel tell us what keeps them coming back!
"We appreciate how she regularly push herself creatively," Lindsey says. " Where other companies can fall into stagnancy, Robindira Unsworth is constantly evolving as a jewelry line and creating beautiful new pieces with precious and semi precious materials.”
Laurel adds, “they're so versatile! Her pieces translate from the casual every day, to dressing up for special events. I feel like she has such a variety of looks, from statement pieces to simple, neutral additions to your wardrobe. The entire line caters to a vast audience with stunning success."
Isn't it time you got yourself a new piece or few to accompany on your journey? Come play dress up with us at Two Sole Sisters! We can't wait to help you find your new favorite.