This #InternationalWomensDay I wanted to highlight a woman-owned jewelry company whom I utterly love, Wade and Willow. Wade and Willow is owned by one of the sweetest, most compassionate women who also happens to be plus size, making her especially close to my heart and my fashion beat.
Owner Kiara Boughner grew up rock hounding with her father, which ended up being a lifelong passion for her. “There is nothing like the feeling you get rock hounding.
To find something so beautiful, unearthing it and being the first human to touch or ever lay eyes upon it has always given me a thrill that's unexplainable,” Kiara says. “As my passion for rock hounding grew, I quickly started to learn lapidary so I could bring to life some of the treasures I had found over the years. I have since been learning everything I know from my talented dad who also a craftsman and Jeweler.”
Not only has Kiara continued with her rock hounding and lapidary, but her husband shares the same passion and they have begun to teach their little one how to hunt for gems, too! It’s really amazing to watch how each unique piece is made and Kiara has started doing videos about it over at @wade_and_willow_jewelry.
Each piece of jewelry is handmade using a Lost Wax Casting Technique as well as Repousse. Lost-wax casting is an ancient process that has been dated back to c. 3700 BC. It’s so cool to watch -- you’ll just have to follow her and check out wadeandwillow.com to see more!