I got my first taste of jewelry design while attending the Perpich Center for Arts Education, a fine arts high school in Minneapolis. That beginner class led to an apprenticeship, starting the summer I graduated from high school, and turned into a job working as a bench goldsmith for the next 7 years, during which I also attended college and graduated (summa cum laude, with a degree in History!) from the University of Minnesota. It was with this practical jewelry education and (okay, a little impractical) liberal arts education, and most importantly my burning desire to make my own designs, that I started my own business in 2000.
I launched my flagship collection at the prestigious and world renowned modern art museum, the Walker Art Center, and have been adorning jewelry lovers ever since! Just two short years later, I got a huge boost by being named Grand Winner of the American Jewelry Design Council’s New Talent Competition, which helped establish my jewelry as a national brand. Today, I have a bright and sunny studio in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, the epicenter of a vibrant community of Minnesota makers – recently named Best Arts District by USA Today!
I’ve always been inspired by a bold, modern look with clean lines and Scandinavian styling (its my heritage - my name is Karin Jacobson, after all). Early on, this took the form of Super Karin Jewelry – a line of super-heroine inspired cocktail rings and other bright, colorful pieces made in recycled sterling silver and lab-grown stones - the look is bold and playful, but also conscientiously sourced and affordable.
Client demand for custom wedding ring design taught me that I love working with people on such meaningful and personal projects, and so I next developed a wedding collection. Again, I looked to ethical and affordable materials for that first wedding line, and used recycled palladium and Moissanite – a lab-created alternative to diamond. Since then, I have added recycled gold, Canadian sourced and recycled diamonds, and ethically sourced natural colored gems to the collection.
Now, I’m thrilled to introduce my Fine Jewelry Collection. Still clean, modern and ethically sourced, but with a softer and more organic feel, this art jewelry collection is inspired by origami. In this line, I’m trying to work out how to fold metal the way a paper artists fold paper. Of course, metal and paper can’t possibly work in the same way, but that is the inspiration that informs my process. This collection is also inspired by the raw, natural beauty of the gemstones that I am working with. Many of these new pieces are one of a kind designs featuring one of a kind stones.
Welcome to my new collection and new website…I hope you like what I’ve cooked up!