Damn fine jewelry design.

California, United States · 87 Sales


Damn fine jewelry design.

California, United States 87 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Distinctively bold jewelry created in sunny San Diego.

Last updated on Jul 27, 2016

Distinctively bold jewelry created in sunny San Diego.

Design Theory

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5 out of 5 stars
Jane LaFazio

Jane LaFazio on Nov 25, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Love these! so shiny and elegant for such a reasonable price! thanks!

Teresa Campbell

Teresa Campbell on Jun 10, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This bracelet is the BOMB! I love the look and the feel of it. LOVE the chain! Thank you!


ralderfer on Mar 25, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This was such a great purchase! Kaytie from Design Theory was so helpful in giving feedback as to what color combinations would work. I wanted something more along the lines of a peacock, it was fantastic! I will definitely be ordering another custom piece in the future!

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Don't underestimate the power of serendipity.

Everything truly happens for a reason. Sometimes it just takes a little creative push to get things rolling.

I began designing and making jewelry purely by chance, and quite unexpectedly. In fact, the design of my polymer clay spike necklaces was the result of a 'happy accident.' While attempting to create a round bead, I opened my hands and discovered, to my chagrin, the complete opposite: a spike. My disappointment was short-lived -- I took advantage of the moment, and decided to embrace the spike. It's now the basis of many of my designs, my signature element. What I'm best known for.

I love to mix things up - metal and clay, new and vintage, delicate and edgy. Searching out unique vintage beads for my designs is a passion, something that I feel make my designs truly singular. One of a kind.

I believe my personal trajectory strongly informs everything that I design. Former visual artist and chef. Currently, curator of contemporary art and writer. Designing jewelry is just the most recent incarnation of my insatiable desire to create. Every single day.

I'm so glad you stopped by to read a little bit about me, and hope you'll enjoy browsing in my Etsy shop. Please come by often!!

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  • Kaytie Johnson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hello! My designs are informed by the things I love most: contemporary art and architecture, color, music, fashion, and the moods and tones evoked in film and literature. I hope you enjoy what you see, and stop by often!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 31, 2014
Hello, and thank you for stopping by!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
I happily accept PayPal for all purchases, as well as credit cards directly through Etsy.

Payment must be made within 48 hours of purchase, unless we’ve made other arrangements. Unfortunately, if payment has not been received within this time frame, and I haven't heard from you, the transaction will be canceled and the item will be re-listed.
Most orders will be sent out within 1-3 business days of receiving payment. All orders ship from Philadelphia, PA and will be shipped to the address on your Etsy account. You'll receive an automated confirmation email from Etsy when you place your order, and then a shipping notification email with a tracking number when your order has been shipped.

All items are packaged beautifully and then packed carefully in a padded mailer.

Domestic orders are shipped via USPS First Class Mail. International orders will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail International.

Please contact me BEFORE purchasing if you required expedited shipping - I can then give you a quote, and revise your invoice.

I am not responsible for packages that go missing or are damaged in transit. However, I'm happy to investigate any missing packages and will make every attempt to locate them. If an item with delivery confirmation/certificate of mailing is reported missing, but is confirmed received via the tracking number, no refund or replacement will be issued.

International buyers, please be aware that you might incur customs charges or duties. Duty/import taxes are the responsibility of the customer.

I typically don't include printed invoices with orders, but am happy to provide one upon request.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be happy with your purchase. However, if you are not happy with it, please contact me within 7 days of receiving your order and we will work through a return. Items must be in original, unused condition. You will be responsible for return shipping, and original shipping costs cannot be refunded. There are no returns on custom or altered items.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each object I make is one-of-a-kind - so I'm unable to create another exactly like it. If an item you love has been sold, let me know - I might be able to work with you on a similar design. If you're interested in a custom order, just convo me - I can't promise that I'll be able to accommodate your request, but will thoughtfully consider it!

I will hold an item on reserve for up to 5 days. If the item has not been purchased within that time frame, it will be relisted.

Because most of my designs are one-of-a-kind, and incredibly labor-intensive to produce, I'm unable to sell in bulk, and cannot offer any bulk rate discounts.