Fashion & Retail

Vancouver Designer Spotlight: Kara Yoo Jewelry & Stud Earrings Giveaway

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Kara Yoo is a local Vancouver jewelry designer who plays with metals, wire and geometrics shapes and lines to create a simple, versatile yet unique look to her entire collection.

In high school, she was introduced to jewellery making by her sister and began recreating pieces she saw in magazines and online.  Kara then went to UBC and studied marketing and entrepreneurship and decided she wanted to pursue a jewellery business.

Soon after, Kara knew she had to learn more technical skills to create the pieces she envisioned so she enrolled into the 2-year Jewellery Art & Design program at VCC to learn how to metalsmith.

One of the first pieces Kara designed for her jewelry line are the Hex Stacking Rings ($20), which continues to be one of her most popular styles.  These are thin hexagonal-shaped ring band, designed to be worn “stacked” with other rings on the same finger to create a unique look.

Another popular style are Kara’s stud earrings (such as the Triangle Studs and Tear Drop Studs) which are made of a single length of sterling silver or 10K gold wire, bent like a paperclip into a geometric shape.

kara yoo triangle studs

As Kara describes: “My jewelry is quite simple, but I try to incorporate strong lines. I like to create pieces that have a lot of angles and symmetry, playing with geometric shapes and different sizes. I also like the idea of jewellery that’s very versatile and can be worn all the time, day or night. I don’t like too many frills, so simple shapes that can be worn alone or together suit my aesthetic. Most of the jewellery I wear from my collection are things I wear every day.

kara yoo workshop

What’s next for Kara Yoo Jewelry?  Kara hopes to introduce some non-metallic materials and pops of colour into her designs. She has been experimenting with designing a few pieces that involve coloured thread wrapped around metal.  Currently, she’s not quite sure how it’ll all work out; but that’s the beauty of working for yourself and being a full-time jewelry designer – you have the freedom to experiment with new styles and pieces.

You can find Kara Yoo Jewellery pieces at The Board of Trade CoMuch & LittleOne of a Few and her latest stockist, Vincent Park.

MMV Giveaway: Modern Mix Vancouver is giving away a pair of 10K Gold Triangle Studs and a pair of Sterling Silver Tear Drop Studs from Kara Yoo Jewellery.  To enter, please “LIKE” the Kara Yoo Jewelery Facebook Page by clicking here and ALSO leave a comment below about why it’s important to shop local. A random winner will be chosen from the comments below. Giveaway ends Sunday August 4th (11:59pm PST). Open to Canada only.

For an additional entry: Follow @KaraYooJewelry and @ModernMixVan on Twitter and tweet “Win from @ModernMixVan two pairs of @KaraYooJewelry studs! Click here for details:| RT to enter!”



  1. Sanaz
    July 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm — Reply

    To support the local community and allow people like myself to live a comfortable lifestyle

  2. Alex
    July 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm — Reply

    I love shopping local and supporting my favourite Toronto designers! It’s how we keep our economy thriving and budding entrepreneurs full of creativity and fervour! Plus, it’s where you find the good stuff – especially jewelry and accessories

  3. July 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    I shop local to support Canadian entrepreneurs and artisans. If we don’t, who will?

  4. Angela Mitchell
    July 26, 2013 at 11:17 am — Reply

    I love buying locally in my small town in BC and when I visit my former hometown of Vancouver I also do a lot of local shopping- Vancouver has such amazing talent! In a small town it’s so important to shop local as it keeps artistic/creative/intersting people in the town, otherwise they would have to move away to make a living:)

  5. jan
    July 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    Locally owned businesses place a larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, and guarantee a broader range of product choices

  6. Christina D
    July 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    I think it’s important for local shops to get recognition by the their local population and continue keeping these local shops in business. Too many things these days are mass-produced.

  7. Lisette
    July 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    I enjoy shopping locally and supporting the communities we live in.

  8. Annie
    July 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    We’ve got talented artists here in Vancouver, why shop elsewhere? Kara, you make very pretty jewellery. I discovered you this morning and will definitely spread the word! 🙂

  9. Adrienne
    July 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm — Reply

    it’s great when I’ve bought something locally and when I’m away from home and get complements I can show off some Canadian talent.

  10. Tina
    July 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    When you’re buying local, your supporting the community.

  11. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    July 31, 2013 at 9:03 pm — Reply

    I think it is so important to support our locals artists – whatever medium they use

  12. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    July 31, 2013 at 9:04 pm — Reply
  13. Karyn
    August 1, 2013 at 9:12 am — Reply

    I love shopping local because it’s more than just consumerism. It’s building a community and a relationship with the artist.

    Kara’s designs are so stunning!

  14. Tracy Martin
    August 1, 2013 at 11:34 am — Reply

    I love shopping local, the artists are so creative. We should support local shopping to keep art and inspiration thriving.

  15. Wai
    August 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm — Reply

    supporting local is key to local economic development, which leads to artistic development. Go local!

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