I am so honored and thrilled to have my little labor of love recognized as Best Of The East Bay. Crown Nine started as a strange little experiment, and to have it grow into something that would be noted in this way feels pretty incredible and special. I love the name of this year's awards, 'The New Authentic', as I think Oakland is really leading a renaissance in a back to basics approach to creating and buying. So thank you East Bay Express, and thank you to all my lovely clients who support what we do, it means the world to me. I feel so blessed to have so many incredible people championing this dream; thank you for every kind word, every referral, every stop in, purchase, like, share, comment, tweet, and hug! Thank you!
One of Popuphood's success stories, Oakland's Crown Nine has flourished into a well-loved jewelry boutique and art gallery, frequently mobbed by First Friday revelers and jewelry addicts alike. Owner Kate Ellen has taken this buzz and launched a new store series, aptly named A Rarity. Every month, Ellen curates a selection of super-limited-edition jewelry — only ten to twenty of each are made — from local artisans, and every piece is available for less than $150. Since the event's inception, works have included a loopy necklace influenced by Oakland's art deco architecture, Egyptian-inspired hoop earrings, a brass fringe bracelet, and Ellen's own Mitsuro bangle, produced using a rare Japanese wax technique. Ellen also delves into the background of each piece on her website, interviewing the designers and bringing photographer Eva Kolenko along to snap behind-the-scenes shots of each studio. This holistic approach to jewelry design and story makes each piece feel like a true treasure, and the entire approach, we admit, feels like a rarity.
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