jrevolution designs

Juliana Chrostowski at jrevolution designs has filled her shop with beautiful jewelry inspired by nature. She uses rare one-of-a-kind drilled stalactite slices or gemstones such as aquamarine, labradorite, pink quartz in addition to freshwater pearls.

She is currently featuring her stalactite slice necklaces. According to the artist: "I love their simplicity and their organic composition. I hand select each slice and adore every one as they are so unusual (I literally get goosebumps selecting these for my designs because they are just captivating). What is a stalactite? They are cross-sections of the stalactite crystals that form in the roofs of caves -- the crystal column is sliced so their faces are smooth and polished, and their outside edges are beautiful shards of icy crystals. Each of my pieces are truly one-of-a-kind."

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I loved the idea of jewelry but never wore it. There was nothing that personally struck me in the shops in L.A. Nothing that felt like "me" as it was most often very commercial, heavy on the metal, overloading the stones. I would see pieces and think "if only they made it this way, or added this or left that off..." I found myself in a bead store purely by accident about 9 years ago. I was a kid in a candy store! I loved selecting my own stones, some wire and a pair of pliers. I went home to construct a pair of earrings after exploring a few wire-wrapping techniques by trial and error. One pair became two, five, twenty and on to necklaces. I was obsessed. Co-workers and people on the street asked me where I bought my jewelry, and that's how it all started.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Ride my horse, Revolution!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Staying current in the listings on etsy, as so many jewelry shops crop up daily or practice renewing their items daily to stay lower in the searches. It's just not affordable for me to do so at this time to keep up, so I rely on creating and offering more unique items that interest more eclectic individuals.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
That's a tough one. Probably my "Magnolia" stalactite necklace because its colors are delicious. But I do also love the sea shore necklace with its pearls and aquamarines.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An equine veterinarian. I couldn't wrap my creative brain around biology, as much as I would have liked to.

What other shops out there do you love?

What does your future hold?
Metal smithing classes to expand my work -- I have visions of rings and metal cuffs with stalactite slices dancing in my head... I'd also like trying to sell to boutiques to get my work out there!

Hurry to jrevolution designs where she is offering 15% off everything in the store through December 31!