Announcement Hello and welcome! Strap and Strand strives to create collections that help express who you are. I create unique designs that encompass grace and power. The intention behind my pieces is to help you actualize your best selves. Enjoy your visit and thank you for shopping with me!
Hello and welcome! Strap and Strand strives to create collections that help express who you are. I create unique designs that encompass grace and power. The intention behind my pieces is to help you actualize your best selves. Enjoy your visit and thank you for shopping with me!
Amar Shabbir on Jan 5, 2015
These are beautiful to look at and really well made. We like them so much that this is the second pair I bought for my wife (one in brown and one in black). i have a feeling a third pair might be order when the fist pair wears out!
I make unique and powerful pieces that are organic and eccentric for women who are trendsetters and value creativity!
Strap and Strand creates jewelry designs to empower women in their day-to-day lives. My collections are cutting edge and often organic in form. The metals and stones I choose are for women who love to find depth and meaning in their jewelry and who appreciate distinctive designs.
DOES YOUR JEWELRY SPEAK FOR YOU?
I strive to create collections that help express who you are. I create unique designs that encompass grace and power. The intention behind my pieces is to help you actualize your best selves.
> Do you consider yourself an elegant eccentric?
> Do you have your own personal sense of style?
> Do you value creativity and craftsmanship?
Of course you do! That's why you’re here! It is with you in mind, that I create each Strap and Strand collection. Each piece is handmade and all materials are ethically sourced right here in the USA!
THE ARTIST’S STORY
I am a science nerd who, at university, always had that little art box to dive into for a little art therapy and relaxation from the demands of study. I have always had a knack for creating with impeccable detail. I'm a keen seamstress and have always loved learning how to work with new mediums. The first piece of jewelry I made when I was a young girl; it was one of those quintessential friendship bracelets. In college, I made detailed macrame accessories and jewelry designs for family and friends. After graduating from university, I decided to take it to the next level.
I had the fortunate opportunity to work for another artist who used a laser engraver to create his collections; I began to hone my proficiency on this machine learning about the endless possibilities. With it, I decided to start designing wooden and leather jewelry and ended up designing my bestselling earrings - Nautilus. People just fell head over heels with this design! Today, I aspire to highlight the integration of handcrafted and high-tech in my jewelry collections.
In 2011 I opened my first Etsy shop - Kristina Banwell Designs. Shortly after, I began a mentorship with a local jewelry artist and instantly fell in love with metalsmithing and the techniques used to transform raw metal and stones into beautiful pieces of jewelry. In 2014, I rebranded to Strap and Strand. I continue to learn new techniques and evolve my brand to give you fresh and new designs with my characteristic attention to fine craftsmanship and detail.
I live in Northern California with my husband and 2 small children. I work out of my home studio and produce my pieces at Idea Fab Labs Chico. I was a linguist for the USAF, and also hold a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, where I focused in ethnobotany.
Owner, Chief Visionary Officer
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Digital downloads
- Items on sale
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
I lost half of my earring pair. What can I do?
As long as we still have the materials, we would be happy to make you the missing piece for half the retail cost of a pair. Contact us to get this process started.
How do I take care of my leather jewelry?
Take leather jewelry off while taking a bath, swimming, or performing physical exercises. Keep leather jewelry away from liquids, chemicals, aerosols etc.
How do I clean my brass jewelry?
The following is an eco-friendly method using household items: vinegar, salt, and flour. Combine 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ cup of vinegar. Add flour until the mixture becomes a paste-like substance. Rub into the brass and leave for around 10 minutes. Rinse the brass with warm water and dry thoroughly. Optional: buff with a polishing cloth.
How to I clean my copper jewelry?
The following is an eco-friendly method using household items: soap, water, and lemon juice. Clean with soap and water. Soak your piece in lemon juice for 10 minutes. Dry the piece. Optional: buff with a polishing cloth.
How to I clean my sterling silver jewelry?
The following is an eco-friendly method using household items: aluminum foil, baking soda, and salt. Line a small bowl with a piece of aluminum foil. Add a 1:1 ratio of baking soda and salt. Add your jewelry pieces and wait for about 10 minutes. Remove pieces and, if necessary, use a toothbrush to scrub around any settings. Rinse and dry. Optional: buff with a polishing cloth.
For more information, email us at strapandstrand [at] gmail [dot] com; please include your business details. We look forward to building rich and meaningful relationships with our wholesale clients and we look forward to hearing from you!