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Commission Highlight: Signature Custom Heirlooms

Custom heirlooms antique locket fob chain and bar

My line of Signature Custom Heirlooms that are commissioned from my clients have allowed me to come in contact with amazing pieces of history from all across the world, each with a unique story to tell. Some of the most interesting pieces come about through collaboration with clients and their family heirlooms. This time a…

Found Objects – Credit Tokens

I am fascinated with the stories behind Credit Tokens. They were the first Credit cards and were used from the turn of the century to the mid 30s for up and coming department stores. Consumer credit expanded in the 1920s, promoting a credit revolution. Stores like GB Gimbel Brothers in Pittsburgh, New York and Philadelphia issued credit to favored…

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Grandmother’s Pearls with a fresh new look

Grandma’s Pearl’s with a fresh new look! Vintage pearls worn for day and night. Custom Heirlooms! View necklace  

One of a Kind English Medal on Victorian Style long link chain.

Signature- Antique English Medal, Tipton Education Committee-Awarded for 5 yr. Attendance. The Tassel Necklace comes with two Italian Tassels, that can be traded out for Treasures like this medal. This necklace can be worn long, or short, shown here. Click here for purchase information

Ketchum Arts Festival 2018

Catch Kary Kjesbo Designs at the Ketchum Arts Festival July 13, 14, 15, 2018 Friday and Saturday 10-6 Sunday 10-4 Festival Meadows

Antique pocket watch chain necklace with Anchor locket

            This necklace is made with two Antique pocket watch chains, with the addition of a very cool Anchor locket and bar. The bar was to hook to the button hole of the vest. This is all gold plated,10K. A great Vintage look. Click here for purchase information

New! Moss Aquamarine on heavy chain necklace

      Moss Aquamarine necklace with large (11mm) beads on heavy sterling chain. This is a great necklace worn tripled as shown in the photo or doubled. Easy to ware with jeans and a T or dressing up for a night out on the town. Click here for purchase  information

South Sea pearl necklace with Italian tassels 18″

South Sea Pearl necklace (18″) with two Italian Tassels. This necklace is beautiful and versatile, the tassels can be traded out for other treasures, lockets, medals, crosses. Click here for purchase information

New necklace! Victorian long chain style with tassels

Kary Kjesbo Designs Victorian Style Long chain necklace with Tassels

Victorian Long chain style Necklace with Tassels, is a great statement necklace with the feel of a Turn of the Century mens Pocket Watch chains. Great worn long or short as seen here. The tassels can be traded out for your favorite treasures for a whole new look. Click here for purchase information

Natural Golden freshwater pearls on heavy chain, giving these refined pearls an industrial feel.

Kary Kjesbo Designs Natural Golden freshwater pearls, heavy chain.

Natural Golden freshwater pearls on heavy chain, giving these refined pearls an industrial feel. This lovely necklace can be worn doubled or tripled as shown here, makes a big statement.    

Newest necklace Victorian Gold pocket watch chains, lockets and tassel.

Victorian Gold Fob Chain Necklace with Lockets and Tassel

Victorian Gold pocket watch chain necklace, with two fabulous two sided Gold lockets and a tassel. The back side of lockets are both Monogramed which makes them versatile. The main locked can be traded out for other treasures, its on a spring. 28″ in length. Click image to view necklace  

The ideal winter wardrobe

Kary Kjesbo Designs Cuff Bracelet - 1920s shoe clip on hand-sewn black leather cuff

These 1920s French cut steel shoe clips make amazing leather cuffs. The perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. See available Kary Kjesbo cuffs

Summer time and the living is good

Summer in Sun Valley is like no other any where on the planet. Its long days and sun filled skies are intoxicating. Everyone wants to be outside especially after the enormous winter we experienced in the Wood River Valley. The amount of activities and events every day from Stanley to Bellevue and everywhere in between,…

Kicking off summer in San Francisco

I could not be more excited that summer has finally begun after a very long winter in Sun Valley. I’m even more thrilled for my first big summer event in San Francisco at Ian Stallings Interior Design. There will be 22 exquisite pieces from my Signature Line showcased through July at Ian Stallings Interior Design.…

Spring Fever

This spring I definitely caught spring fever. All my shops have fresh spring inventory, which is very exciting. Panache in Sun Valley and Park City received my beautiful new collections of Stones and Pearls. In addition, this spring’s trunk shows at Mario’s in Seattle and Portland was a fulfilling experience as I reconnected with shops…

Spring ’17 Trunk Shows

Kary Kjesbo has designed jewelry with distinctive style and an unexpected edge for more than two decades in Sun Valley, Idaho. The demand for Kary Kjesbo Designs derives from the versatility of all her jewelry in each, unique collection from her sought-after Essential Collection to her Signature Line that embodies sophistication with an edge. Kary creates…

Giving Back

Being a woman in business, I believe in philanthropy because giving back to my community and those who support me is extremely important to me. In Sun Valley, the opportunities to help one another are ubiquitous. For the past several years, I have been a donor to The Family of Woman Film Festival where I…

Appreciating the year that past and embracing the new…

Moving into this New Year, it’s nice to reflect on the year that passed and give yourself a pat on the back for all the things that you’ve accomplished. I spent a lot of the year working on my business—New Branding was a big project. I’m very pleased with the new logo and all that…

Collecting Memories

Kjesbo Family Christmas Tree

Collecting Memories

I must admit. I was feeling a little bah humbug about the holidays. After traveling most of the fall and coming home to the swirl of the holiday season, I was ready to just plug in my fake tree and call it good. When my boy came home from college this week, we decided to pull the box out and decorate our tree. Once into the box, we started finding all the memories of our lifetimes, from the stocking my grandmother made for me as a little girl, to the photos of Ethan sitting on Santa’s lap over the years and all the ornaments he brought home from school as well as those we made together. Over the years, my friends and I exchanged Christmas ornaments, and each one brings back the memories of my dear friends and our adventures together.

The collecting of memories and friends throughout our lives is the most important collection we will ever have, and the one that will warm our hearts and feed our souls when we are old. Those of you who know me realize that collecting has been a lifelong passion of mine. My childhood nickname was The Packrat Kid. Most of my friends think I have taken my childhood obsession a little too far, sometimes.

I am thankful to have created a business around my passion. The fact that I am able to inspire others to create collections that are meaningful to them and those they gift is truly gratifying.

Looking back on this year I would be remiss if I did not mention how thankful I am for my small team that makes my world go around. We here at Kary Kjesbo Designs want to thank you who have followed KKD and been supportive over the years. It warms my heart to think of all the wonderful people I have met and become friends with. You have truly added to my favorite collection of people and life’s adventures.

Wishing you the warmest of holiday memories…

Feeling Vintage and Owning It

Lucille reminds me that older can be better. Fall is my favorite season of the year. It’s my birthday and my son’s too, and it’s cold enough to wear all my favorite clothes. But, most of all, it’s a time to get together with friends and family. I’m feeling lucky to be able to spend…

KKD Video

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The CMT Awards

Here is Tyler Hubbard and his gorgeous gal Hayley Stommel both Rockin their KKDesigns, Hayley in her Cream Leather Cuff and Tyler in his WWII Pilot Wing ID Bracelet.

Here is Tyler Hubbard and his gorgeous gal Hayley Stommel both Rockin their KKDesigns, Hayley in her Cream Leather Cuff and Tyler in his WWII Pilot Wing ID Bracelet.

How to Wear the KKD Essential Chain

Watch Kary’s new video demonstrating how to wear the KKD Essential Chain on the “How to Wear KKD” page.

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line just released their new single “Dirt.” Tyler Hubbard is wearing his KKD Signature Line WWII Pilot Wing ID Bracelet on the new album cover. Great song! This is an unreleased photo that Tyler’s girlfriend, Hayley, shared with me. Photos taken by Jeremy Cowart @jeremycowart.

The Jimmy Fallon Show

Tyler and Brian were musical guests on the Jimmy Fallon Show where they premiered their new single, “Dirt.” Tyler was wearing his KKDesigns Leather Cuff.

The CMT Awards

Florida Georgia Line won Best Collaboration Video at the CMT Awards last night and Best Duo. That is Carrie Underwood and pop star Jason Derulo in the photo, back stage right after they won the award. Tyler Hubbard is wearing his new KKDesigns WWII Pilot Wing ID Bracelet!