Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Holly Yashi Review and Giveaway...


Thanks to Holly Yashi I got to review some of their beautiful jewelry! I love that everything is handmade! I love the coloring and details in each piece! Truly beautiful and I am excited and loving wearing each one! Here are some of the things Holly Yashi sent to me...
























In this short video, Paul and Holly share a few words about the history of their partnership and the craft behind Holly Yashi jewelry. Designed and handcrafted in Arcata, California, a small town nestled between the Redwood forest and the ruggedly beautiful Pacific coastline, this video explores the sources of inspiration from which Holly Yashi's unique designs emerge. Learn more about the rare metal niobium and how its unusual properties have driven the innovation at Holly Yashi for three decades.

Holly & Paul: 30 Years of Jewelry as Art from Holly Yashi on Vimeo.

To view all the beautiful collections visit hollyyashi.com.

The Holly Yashi Story - Celebrating 25 Years

Humble Beginnings: In 1981, in a northern California college town, graduates were in search of careers, Holly Hosterman has an art degree in jewelry-making and Paul "Yashi" Lubitz, a double degree in industrial technology and music. They believed their talents laid the foundation for the creation of a jewelry design business. So, they transformed their one-car garage into a design studio and got to work from their kitchen table. There, they designed and manufactured the pieces that would mark the start of their lifelong careers.

Holly's first designs were hand-cut animal earrings made of brass and silver. Within months they had a loyal following. But, the company's success really ignited when Holly and Paul discovered the beauty that lurked in the full gray metal, Niobium.

Niobium: A Magical Metal

Niobium is light-weight like titanium but much more rare. When shiny metal sheets of niobium are dipped in an electrically-charged bath, the refractory metal flashes into hues of rich, permanent color. It often receives a secondary coloring treatment which is applied by hand.

Holly's intricate designs demand nobium's consistent coloring potential. Equally important, niobium is environmentally clean from start to finish and so hypo-allergenic that it is used in surgical implants."
If a company can have a mission other than simple survival, ours is to resist the current direction the market is taking and suggest another way, where good design isn’t something disposable, and you can take pride in something you bought twenty years ago. We believe anything truly valuable takes some care, whether it’s your mother’s silver or your mother herself. And that the things you wear really can be an expression of who you are; they can make you feel good and brighten the day for others.

We have a story around every piece of jewelry we make, every joint we weld and color we choose. We hand craft each piece right here in our northern California studio. We talk with our artisans every day, eat bagels with them on Friday, and lunch with them the rest of the week. It’s a tradition we have here. We might be a little backwards, but we’ve grown almost every year we’ve been in business, so maybe there is something to it. It is the only way Holly and I would have it. I hope you enjoy this website; it is the culmination of more than 25 years of loving what we do.


Words from Holly

We were so young and na├»ve. It was 1981. I was the trained jewelry artist, the metalsmith, who had been creating jewelry since junior high, stealing my Dad’s fly tying supplies along the way. Fresh out of college, I was working three jobs, while Paul “Yashi” Lubitz, was the high energy guy that always had a ton of ideas for businesses he wanted to start but had never held a “real job” for any stretch of time. What we didn’t know then, was no matter how different we were; we had a purpose in this world together.

When Paul suggested we start a jewelry business I agreed. We transformed a one-car garage into our studio and started creating jewelry that was built on craft, creativity and innovation. I had no idea that decision would change the whole course of my life, and give me the opportunity to create jewelry that would inspire and excite women around the world. I am forever humbled, motivated and committed to keeping you, the collector, surprised and entertained by consistently giving you something new, something never done or worn before.

We’ve come a long way from those garage days…While our northern California design studio is now fifteen thousand square feet we still honor the craft of jewelrymaking, hand-crafting our jewelry in small batches, preserving the value of each piece so it may live on for decades to come.

It is my life’s passion to take the beauty of the world we live in and transform it into the jewelry you see here on our web site. Each piece has a story, each color combination a distinct choice. But, the journey only begins with us. It is the way you wear your piece, creating your own magical moments along the way that takes what I do and turns it into a part of your life. As Paul and I keep moving this company forward we remain forever grateful to everyone who has stood by us along this amazing ride.


Now here is the exciting part... Thanks to Holly Yashi one lucky reader will have the chance to win $100 worth of Holly Yashi!

To win...
Follow my blog 1 entry
Leave a comment 1 entry
Add my button to your blog 1 entry

Tweet or Facebook about this 1 entry
Blog about the giveaway and leave me a link 3 entries
(please leave a comment for each entry)

This giveaway ends Tues. Oct. 6th, 2009!

Disclaimer:

*I do not receive either monetary or any other form of compensation.
I do however receive the review products at no charge to evaluate and express my own opinion.*

174 comments:

Cairine said...

I have seen here jewelry before and it is lovely. Anyone would be happy to have a piece!

Sheri said...

Beautiful jewelry!

Sheri said...

I follow! :)

Brenda said...

Stunning! I am in!

Brenda said...

Follow

Brenda said...

Have your button

Brenda said...

Blogged 1

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Blogged 3

Valerie Lynn said...

Beautiful jewelry. Handmade items to me are the best as they are a reflection of ones heart. God bless you and your kind heart my friend.

Lisa said...

Wow! Love it!

Lisa said...

Follower

The Nanny said...

Love this! Thank you!

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Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Beautiful!! Please enter me, and I follow.

Taunya said...

Follow

Taunya said...

Would love to win this!

Taunya said...

Have your button up

Taunya said...

Told about this on my Facebook

Scrappy Girl said...

You lucky lucky girl...that first piece is GORGEOUS! Love the colors.

Scrappy Girl said...

I follow!

Eileen said...

So beautiful!

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Eileen said...

I follow

Patty said...

Beautiful!

Patty said...

I follow!

littlepurpleroom said...

I follow this here blog.

littlepurpleroom said...

WOW, some of the coolest jewelry ever. I love the celestial necklace and well I actually loved everything on their site.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Heidi said...

Hiya Shauna yeah another giveaway I am in.

I follow,
Your button is on my blog.

I never take the button off because you have a giveaway every day :0) Its great.

Blessings,
Heidi

Beckie said...

I follow!

Beckie said...

I would love to win some of this gorgeous jewlery!

The Allen Family said...

What an amazing giveaway! Beautiful jewelry.

The Allen Family said...

I follow you.

The Allen Family said...

I have your button on my blog.

Beth at Aunties said...

Wow, these are so lovely! I am glad I can have a chance to win a cherished piece!

Beth at Aunties said...

I am glad to say I am one of your followers!

Darla said...

i follow!

Darla said...

have your button up! yay!

Darla said...

this jewelry is awesome! love it!

Kristie said...

It would feel so right doing yoga in a yashi!

Kristie said...

I follow!

Kristie said...

I have your button (which has been making me want to sit in a hot tub!)

The Fifth Street Mama said...

I follow

The Fifth Street Mama said...

I totally love that first necklace pictured on your blog. Gorgeous.

Girly said...

I went and looked and and love their stuff!

Girly said...

Follow!

Girly said...

Have your button!

Girly said...

Told about this on Facebook!

mom2boys said...

I follow your blog! :)

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mom2boys said...

Very Beautiful jewelry!

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I have your button!

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Annette said...

Beautiful jewlery! I love hand made!

Annette said...

I follow!

Linda K said...

I follow

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Linda K said...

Absolutely beautiful jewelry.

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The Bacas' said...

Dakeri Baca, I follow

The Bacas' said...

The jewelry is beautiful.

Phyllis said...

This is so beautiful! Would love to win this.

Phyllis said...

Wrote about you on Facebook.

Phyllis said...

I follow.

Phyllis said...

You're on my blog.

Phyllis said...

Blogged about you.

Aunt LoLo said...

What gorgeous jewelry!

Aunt LoLo said...

I'm a follower!

Mystica said...

What gorgeous pieces.

Is this open for overseas visitors as well?

Mystica

tanya904 said...

Really amazing jewelry Thanks for this giveaway :)
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tanya904 said...

I follow
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Just Me said...

Beautiful jewelry!

Just Me said...

I follow

Just Me said...

I have your button.

Shan B. said...

I follow.

Shan B. said...

This jewelry is so so pretty.

amanda said...

I follow your blog
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amanda said...

I think Holly Yashi jewelry is perfect! I wish it fit into my budget...
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amanda said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/oheeyore/status/4516461726
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Becky said...

BEAUTIFUL - love her site and the personal stories always pull me in.

Bombtastic Belle said...

Beautiful stuff - great giveaway!
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Bombtastic Belle said...

Im aslo a follower
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Mona said...

Wonderful jewelry.

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Mona said...

I am a follower.

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Jenny said...

Wow her jewelry are beautiful. Love it!

Jenny said...

Aalready a follower!

Jenny said...

I have post your logo on my blog!

roswello said...

i follow your blog , very pretty jewellry
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roswello said...

i love that they are hypo allegenic

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Sarah Osborne said...

What unique jewelry! The pieces you posted are stunning.

Sarah Osborne said...

I follow!

Sarah Osborne said...

I have your button!

roswello said...

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Sarah Osborne said...

I blogged #1

http://myfavoritegiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/09/holly-yashi-jewelry.html

Sarah Osborne said...

I blogged #2

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Sarah Osborne said...

I blogged #3

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Doina said...

Beautiful jewelry!

Doina said...

I follow!

Doina said...

Have your button.

LyndiLou said...

This jewelry is just beautiful! It's very unique... I love it!!! :) Thanks for sharing yet another great product... and giveaway!!! :)

LyndiLou said...

I follow your blog! :)

LyndiLou said...

I have your buttons on my blog! :)

etirv said...

Holly Yashi is so pretty!

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etirv said...

Follower!

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Wendyburd1 said...

Okay I follow you as always a faithful servant!

Wendyburd1 said...

I comment on how much I adore that first necklace!! So pretty!!

Wendyburd1 said...

And I have your button on my blog!

Liz said...

Her jewelry is beautiful!

Liz said...

I follow!

Tammy said...

Simply beautiful!

Tammy said...

i follow

Leslie said...

The jewelry is beautiful. Both my daughter and I would love it.

Leslie said...

I follow. :)

Susan said...

Very lovely jewelry and so unique. Thanks for the giveaway!

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bekki1820cb said...

I am a follower! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

bekki1820cb said...

I really like the jewelry! My favorites are the Peace Sign Necklace and the Classic Earrings! Thanks for the chance! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

Andrea said...

Their jewelry is so beautiful!

Andrea said...

I follow!

Kat C. said...

Im a follower :)

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Diana said...

Wow. Everything is so beautiful. I'm a follower!

Untypically Jia said...

Holy snap that's a lot of Holly Yashi! (Sorry, bad joke).

Untypically Jia said...

I follow!

Untypically Jia said...

Button added!

Untypically Jia said...

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carol said...

I follow your blog.

carol said...

beautiful stuff!

carol said...

i TWEETED YOUR GIVEAWAY

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome jewelery!
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Anonymous said...

I love Holly Yashi earrings!!! My fave are the multi-colored PEACE SIGNS!
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Jolynn said...

The Jewelry is really pretty.

Jolynn said...

I still follow

cheryl c said...

I checked out their website, and they have some beautiful items. I especially liked the Love Spell bracelet.

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cheryl c said...

I follow.

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Devri said...

I love this jewelry

Devri said...

follower

Devri said...

Button on my blog!

Paige M. said...

I follow.

Paige M. said...

have your button.

Paige M. said...

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Paige M. said...

that is so unique, and so so so so beautiful!

Midday Escapades said...

I like that each piece has a story. How lovely!

Midday Escapades said...

I follow.

Midday Escapades said...

I have your button, too.

FoundProdigalDaughter said...

I'm a follower

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FoundProdigalDaughter said...

gorgeous jewelery, I've enjoyed looking at all her work

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FoundProdigalDaughter said...

button is on my blog sidebar (right side)

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Natalie A. said...

Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

Natalie A. said...

I follow!

Natalie A. said...

I have your button!

Natalie A. said...

I blogged! 1
http://theadventuresofpaulnatalie.blogspot.com/2009/10/100-worth-of-jewelry-from-holly-yashi.html

Natalie A. said...

I blogged! 2
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Natalie A. said...

I blogged! 3
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Natalie A. said...

Tweet!
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Cindy said...

Beautiful jewelry!

Cindy said...

I follow!

Cindy said...

Have your button up!

Cindy said...

Tweeted!
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Cindy said...

Blogged! 1
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Cindy said...

Blogged! 2
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Cindy said...

Blogged! 3
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Chrystina said...

Button 1 entry

Chrystina said...

Gorgeous jewelry! I am heading to check them out as I had never heard of them before. 2nd entry.

Chrystina said...

I am your stalker... er... follower 3rd entry

Donna said...

I am a follower! Thanks for the giveaway.

Donna said...

What beautiful jewelry!

Jenn -- said...

beautiful art!

Jenn -- said...

following...:)

Christi said...

Beautiful pieces! I'd love to give these a home :)

Christi said...

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Christi said...

I follow!

amanda said...

wow how pretty!
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amanda said...

i follow
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amanda said...

i have your button
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Belinda M said...

I follow your blog


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Please include me in your giveaway


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