No two people are exactly alike. In this entire universe of 7 billion+ people, there never was and never will be another you. This fact is the inspiration and driving force behind Gilded Grotto. Launched in 2019, Gilded Grotto is a Compton-based jewelry brand that creates for the quirky individual with bold style, eccentric taste, and the desire to stand out from the rest. When you think about the jewelry you wear, it’s a reflection of your style, your personality, your interests, and a visual representation of whatever mood you might be in on any given day. When you factor in the spiritual and metaphysical element of crystals and minerals used in the creations, it adds another deeply personal layer of individuality to every piece. Whether it’s small and dainty, deliciously gaudy, or somewhere in-between, you can guarantee the piece that chooses you is a one of a kind, handmade, unique work of art - just like you...
Since childhood, I have been drawn to crystals and nature. I was always fascinated by the fact that such beautiful, sparkling specimens were naturally formed in the earth or sea. Once I learned about the spiritual and energetic properties attributed to these earthly gifts, I sought to find my favorite stones in jewelry form, so I could reap their benefits while also making a statement. After searching the internet for hours (and sometimes months) without being able to find THE perfect piece that complimented my bold and gaudy style, I decided to return to my first love of jewelry making and began to create my own. Thus, Gilded Grotto was born. “Go big or go home” is my motto when it comes to most of my creations, and I love experimenting with different textures, techniques, and mediums. Being the kid-at-heart and lover of fantasy that I am, my designs draw inspiration from nature, mythology, the elements, and some of my favorite fictional universes.
Every piece of wearable art in the Grotto is assembled with quality crystals and materials, handpicked by yours truly. Crystals are cleansed physically and energetically prior to being transformed into art and cleansed again before being shipped off to their new homes. In addition to being 100% handmade, most pieces are also 100% customizable to compliment your individual style. Finishing options include leather, suede, and cotton cord (for my vegans), stainless steel, gold vermeil, gold-filled, sterling silver, or 14k gold chain, and lastly, solid copper chain. Being that these one of a kind creations are jewelry as well as art, they should be worn with love and care to prevent damage to your beloved pieces.