Crown Nine

    Since late 2010, designer and Bay Area native Kate Ellen has been producing and purveying handmade jewelry in her downtown Oakland store Crown Nine. Located in a former carriage house dating back to the 1890s, the boutique's wood and glass display cases (custom built by the founder's father) blend beautifully with the warm interior and the jeweler's earthy designs. Originally a social worker specializing in public health, Kate Ellen made jewelry for fun until, in her late twenties, she decided to pursue the craft full-time. With an emphasis on texture, she describes her pieces as "feeling like something that was dug up from the ground," like lost treasures reclaimed from an archaeological dig. Each ring, pendant and bracelet looks deliberately handmade; the little flaws in each item analogous to the quirks that make each person unique. In her upstairs on-site studio, she creates original pieces and works with clients on custom items (namely bridal jewelry) and reworking family heirlooms. However, Crown Nine is not just a showcase for Kate Ellen's work - she also features other studio artists that share her devotion to handmade, high quality craftsmanship. The shop carries products from about twenty other labels, ranging from jewelry to woven blankets to stationary. A true artist's artist, the owner enjoys supporting others like herself, and is quick to acknowledge the strong network of artisans and mentors that have helped her reach where she is today. Looking ahead, Kate Ellen is excited about expanding her bridal line and, eventually, branching out into other metalworking like flatware and interior design accents.Show lessRead more

    515 9th Street , Oakland




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    12 St. Oakland City Center

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