Kimberly Baker’s subversive tough luxe jewelry is rooted in her desire make women feel confident, courageous, and powerful. Her fierce Wolf Ring is juxtaposed by the magnolia flowers etched upon its head. The Ribbon Cuff Bracelet was a delicate silk ribbon found at a flea market that is transformed into a commanding statement piece when it was cast into metal. Tiny spiked natural burrs became tender yet tough sculptures for your ears.
“One of oldest forms of expression, I am drawn to jewelry because it allows us to speak volumes without saying a word. Jewelry simultaneously denotes status, helps us celebrate rites of passage and enhances our beauty. Jewelry can be our armor, our love story, and our connection to the past, present, and future “
With her desire to help women see their inner and outer beauty Kimberly worked as a makeup artist before becoming a jewelry designer. Often asked about the jewelry she was wearing she found herself selling the pieces off her neck and this became the impetus for her to take the leap from makeup artist into a full time jewelry designer. Within a few years and with no formal training Kimberly’s take on raw yet refined glamour was quickly bought up by boutiques and department stores nationally and internationally.
In 1997 she opened her eponymous showroom in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Beside her work she championed other female accessory designers. In her jewel box boutique Kimberly expanded her range of work to include bespoke fine jewelry for clients looking for unconventional wedding rings.
With a loyal local fan base Kimberly’s work also caught the attention of the press and stylists. Her work can be seen in feature films, on television, and in publications such as Teen Vogue, InStyle, Nylon, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. Fans of her work include Mary Kate Olsen, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Scarlett Johansen and Zooey Deschanel.
Unwilling to satiate fashions new ideal of fast fashion no fixed schedule dictates Kimberly’s design process. Ever evolving her work takes on an inevitable heirloom quality with the unmistakable weight of permanence. With a desire to move towards a more thoughtful and simpler lifestyle Kimberly closed her retail showroom in 2014 and moved to Vashon Island with her partner and beloved boston terrier where she continues to make her interpretation of effortlessly chic accessories.