Known as Magpie Adornment on Etsy, Magpie Jewelry Designs combines vintage costume jewelry elements with modern materials to make necklaces and earrings with energy and life.
Designer and maker Kristianna Foye spent almost 20 years as an expat, living in Hong Kong, London, Jakarta, and Shanghai. She is now in her home city of Houston, Texas. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia, and is the mother of four. Kristianna searches for old costume jewelry and interesting objects in antique markets and estate sales in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. She works with vintage charms, brooches, beads, and other materials in combination with new stones, glass, and tassels to make necklaces and earrings. She is inspired by how colors, shapes, and textures interact, and how objects from different eras and cultures amplify one other.
Every piece of Magpie Adornment jewelry is singular: Kristianna designs and constructs each one herself, and pieces are not repeated. To add further meaning and resonance, each one is named based on cultural, historical, and artistic references. Kristianna finds that the limitations of working with older materials inspire her creativity. She also feels like there are so many beautiful things from the past that are no longer worn or enjoyed, and that it is a pleasure to use these materials to create something fresh and modern.