TabraInternational

Tabra Jewelry

337 Sales

TabraInternational

Tabra Jewelry

337 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Tabra combines sacred symbols with semi-precious stones, hand-made beads and ancient materials to create Gypsy earrings, tribal pendants, primitive talismans, exotic bracelets, and necklaces. Many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind or limited editions.

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Last updated on Apr 25, 2016

Tabra combines sacred symbols with semi-precious stones, hand-made beads and ancient materials to create Gypsy earrings, tribal pendants, primitive talismans, exotic bracelets, and necklaces. Many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind or limited editions.

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Tabra Kwan Yin Bronze Pendant EP1013
US$142.00
Tabra Bronze Embossed Ear Cuff ECBR17
US$26.00
Tabra Jaguar Pendant with Peridot EP1012
US$119.00
Tabra Tribal Pattern on Bone Earrings - EE1032
US$61.00
Tabra Tribal Pattern on Bone Earrings - EE1021
US$61.00
Tabra Sterling Silver Necklace Chain EN1000
US$87.00
Tabra Inca Sun God Earrings - EE1012
US$96.00
Tabra Sterling Silver Necklace Chain EN1001
US$128.00
Tabra Sterling Silver Necklace Chain EN1003
US$115.00
Tabra Moon Goddess Pendant with Garnet EP1000
US$106.00
Tabra Silver Embossed Ear Cuff EC1012
US$65.00
Tabra Silver Embossed Ear Cuff EC1005
US$65.00
Tabra Silver Embossed Ear Cuff EC1009
US$65.00
Tabra Bronze Embossed Ear Cuff ECBR3
US$28.00
Tabra Sun God Pendant EP1007
US$93.00
Tabra Tribal Pattern on Bone Earrings - EE1039
US$68.00
Tabra Sun and Moon Earrings - EE1005
US$87.00
Tabra Bronze Sun God Earrings - EE1000
US$119.00
Tabra Bronze Lion Pendant with Garnet EP1023
US$106.00
Tabra Dragon and Moon Goddess Pendant EP1020
US$192.00
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About

About Tabra

When I was 25, I was teaching art in the US Virgin Islands. I loved the exotic countries where I had been going to school and teaching - Mexico, Samoa, Costa Rica, but I didn’t like teaching. One day, I met a new friend in a little shop on one of the busy streets there in downtown, Charlotte Amalie. Charlotte was creating her own jewelry and making a good living. My new friend told me that she had started when she was still a teenager and that it was too late for me to start now - too old. I was disappointed and so envious. I thought about it a lot and the next year began studying jewelry design and fabrication in Barcelona, Spain, at night while teaching art during the day.

The next year, I was able to quit teaching for good and began my new career creating and selling my “Tabra Jewelry” designs on the streets of Berkeley, California. I was able to combine my love of travel with making a living by buying stones in Jaipur, India, designing bone beads in the Philippines, silver beads in small Kamer villages in Thailand - to make my own components so my jewelry would look unique and different from anyone else’s. That was the goal - Exotic, Strange, Powerful, Magical Jewelry - with rather Mystical Meanings that you had to figure out for yourself. - Unique!

Later, after many years of selling my work on the streets and traveling as a Gypsy would - from Faire to Faire around the country - I developed a following and began to hire young refugees from Latin America and Asia to help me with the manufacturing so I could keep up with the demand for my work

My California-based company “Tabra Inc.” grew so fast that with the help of my young manager, Donna Beisler, we were able to make the INC. 500 list two years in a row for one of the "Fastest Growing Small Businesses in America." Together, with sales in the millions, and feeling overwhelmed, we hired a fancy President and Sales Manager to help us run the whole thing “professionally." Within a couple of years, my company was bankrupt. I lost my house, my car and my business.

Starting over was not easy, but I did it. Donna helped with the sales from L.A. and I began hiring refugees again. The company began to grow. However, I was tired of manufacturing and in 2007, I closed down my shop in Marin County in Northern California and moved to Bali, Indonesia, where I designed, but only did light manufacturing. Instead, I taught Balinese artisans to make the designs I created, and for five happy years, I lived in the village of Penestanan on the outskirts of Ubud, the “Art Center” of Indonesia.

In July of 2012, I left my wonderful life in Bali and my business in the capable hands of two young Balinese women - Made and Dekti - who are now in charge of overseeing the handcrafting and distribution of my limited edition and production designs through my website, Tabra.com, through my Etsy shop, my gallery in downtown Ubud on Honuman Street, and through a few select very special galleries in the US and Japan. I'm returning to Bali two times a year - for a couple of months each time - to design new jewelry for my production line, as well as to personally handcraft "one-of-a-kind" special pieces for my Tabra.com online store. Donna continues to support me with sales and customer service in the U.S.

Now my life begins a new chapter in Costa Rica where I have bought land on the Banana River near the Caribbean Coast. Much of it is planted in Cacao. So, the idea is to set up an Organic Farming Community of Artists, Animal Lovers and Good Friends to grow food to Feed the World. What we can’t sell, we’ll just eat ourselves. One day, I hope to have lots of visitors to see what we produce - Fine Chocolate, Coconuts, Mangos and hopefully lots of Cool Art. Wait a couple of years and then come see me. I’ll let you know when we’re ready.

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Last updated on April 25, 2016
Hello and welcome...new friends and old! I love the adventure of creating exotic, interesting jewelry and hope you will find something unique to treasure while looking through my Etsy Shop. Remember to check back every now and then - I'm always adding new styles.

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Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Accepts all major credit cards and Etsy Gift Cards!
Shipping
Ships from the United States if you're located in the United States
Ships from Bali if you're located outside of the United States

United States: U.S.P.S. Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation. Delivery time takes 1 to 3 days. Please contact us if you need an item shipped Express Mail.

Bali: POS Indonesia (postal service)
Refunds and Exchanges
If you're not happy with your purchase for any reason, we have a 10-day return policy, from date of order, for merchandise that is undamaged. A return authorization number is required for returns. Please send us a message and we'll promptly reply. We recommend that your return packages be insured and traceable.
Additional policies and FAQs
Tabra Jewelry is carefully and skillfully handcrafted in Bali. We guarantee the workmanship for one year from date of purchase.