Krista Lavonas is a part time pediatrician and a working metalsmith in Colorado. She received a metalsmithing class a s a Mother’s Day gift several years ago, and kept taking classes. After her friends and family asked to buy her jewelry, she started Krista Lavonas Designs in November 2019. She hand fabricates sterling silver jewelry in her studio in north east Denver and loves to create one-of-a-kind pieces with bright colors and bold textures. She often takes inspiration from the time she spends outdoors, both in Colorado and also when traveling. She donates 5% of each sale to a local non profit serving Denver families. Current donations are going to The Gathering Place in Denver, a day shelter for women, transgender individuals, and their families. Check them out at tgpdenver.org.
October 14-16—American Field Fall Market—Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street, Denver, CO
October 28-30—American Field Fall Market—Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street, Denver, CO
November 19-20—Sugarplum Bazaar—The Stockyard Event Center at The National Western Center, Denver, CO
December 16-18—Downtown Lakewood Holiday Bazaar—Belmar Shopping Center, Lakewood, CO
Terra Apothecary, Denver, CO
Body Therapeutics, Grand Junction, CO
Studio Colfax, Denver, CO
NKollectiv, Littleton, CO
Abbot’s Passage Winery and Mercantile, Glen Ellen, CA
“Above and beyond customer service, and as someone in the gem industry, I can confirm Krista is sourcing her stones from the most respected folks in the industry. It’s how I found her in the first place! Definitely not my last purchase from this designer.” Dec. 21, 2020
“The ring is so much more beautiful in person! Beautifully chosen stone and gorgeously crafted setting. I stare at this little masterpiece of a landscape all the time, and it’s so beautiful and calming. Shipped lightning fast too. I am in love. Thank you to this talented and kind maker! Will be back!” Aug 8, 2021
“Meticulously crafted—like all of Krista’s designs. So happy I was able to snag this one. Thanks so much!” Jan. 13, 2022”
“Oh my goodness, this is a show stopper!! My heart sang when I opened the package. A glorious piece, bravo!!!!” Feb. 16, 2022
“Absolutely gorgeous! I have been looking for a dendritic agate ring for a while now and this done is perfect! I’m so happy some of the proceeds went to a worthwhile organization as well :-)” April 26, 2022
If you have purchased from KLD, you have received a piece of jewelry that I hope will be with you for a very long time; perhaps even to be passed down to other members of your family. Chemicals can damage metals, change the finish, or damage stones. Avoid wearing your jewelry while bathing or swimming. Apply perfumes, makeup, or lotions to your skin prior to putting on your jewelry.
If you jewelry becomes soiled, I recommend cleaning it with mild soap and warm water and a scrubbing with a soft cloth or brush. You will receive a polishing cloth with your purchase to remove tarnish. It can also remove patina, so be gentle!
Avoid using silver polish on pieces that have had patina applied, or pieces with soft stones such as turquoise, opals, or pearls. Silver polish will damage these stones and will remove patina entirely.
Many of the pieces I make have dark patina. These are usually sealed with Renaissance Wax to help the patina last longer, but it will wear eventually in areas with high friction. Many people enjoy this look. To maintain your patina, avoid polishing your pieces; you can use your polishing to cloth VERY GENTLY to restore sheen if needed. I am glad to refresh your patina if needed in the future if you are willing to pay 2 way shipping.
For pieces made solely of brass, if you wish to revive a bright, shiny finish, you can clean them a couple of ways. Both involve ingredients you probably have at home. For the first method, combine 1 tsp. of salt with 1/2 cup of vinegar; add flour until you have a paste. Rub onto the brass and leave for 30-60 seconds and rinse. Repeat until you return to the finish you desire. The second method is coating your piece in ketchup—leave on for 30-60 seconds and rinse. Repeat until your brass is bright and shiny again.
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