Guest Blog: Noaki Jewelry

It's that time again folks! We have a new guest blogger, Noaki of Noaki Jewelry. If you aren't familiar with Noaki and her amazing work, it's time for you to be formally introduced. Her jewelry is to die for! You can also check her out on Etsy! But first, let's get to know a little more about Noaki!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in California but spent a lot of time living or studying overseas in France, Japan, England and India. Those years profoundly influenced my aesthetic. After years out of the state I moved back to Los Angeles 2006 and was really struck by how beautiful California is -- the crumbling cliffs, shuttered canneries and bleached Deco buildings. I really try to bring this breadth to the one-of-a-kind pieces I make.

2. How did you get started making this beautiful Jewelry?

It all started because I could never find any jewelry I liked. I've always loved the unique elements found in vintage pieces -- the scrolling leaves, rhinestones, color combinations -- but often found them difficult to wear because they were so old-fashioned looking. Most days I tend to dress pretty California casual in jeans and tank tops and I like pieces I can wear during the day and at night with dresses. With this in mind I try to make pieces that are decorative but not overdone and pieces that stand out but don't overwhelm.

3. Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere -- by what I see people wearing, what I spot at antique stores or museums and often by the pieces themselves. I just bought this huge coffee table book on vintage Cartier pieces from the 1920s and 1930s. My favorite is a necklace that looks like a collar dripping with ruby red and turquoise stones. It's such a playful color combination.

4. Out of all the jewelry youʼve made, do you have a favorite?

Quite a few!

5. Is there a piece youʼve always wanted to make but havenʼt yet?

A couple months ago I bought this huge Deco era rhinestone encrusted piece with sapphire blue stones. I've no idea what to do with it -- it's so BIG! But it's just so incredibly gorgeous, a perfect red carpet piece. I'm hoping I'll find some inspiration soon.

6. Whatʼs the best part of your job.

I really do love every part of it -- searching for new elements, deciding what to do with them, making the pieces and photographing them.

During wedding season I do a lot of custom orders and those can be so much fun. I've been really fortunate too -- so far all the brides-to-be have just been the loveliest customers.

7. What celebrity would you like to see wearing your jewelry on the red carpet?

Oh so many! To name a few: Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Hudson, Kate Winslet and Julianne Moore

Now go visit Noaki' site at to view some more stunning designs! Thanks to Noaki for taking the time to guest blog!!!!