Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.
California Native Jewlery is handcrafted by me, Jenice Anderson, in my studio on an island in the San Francisco Bay. My jewelry comes from a love of metalwork and crafts of all kinds. I work primarily with recycled sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones. Each piece is handmade by me, even the posts on a pair of earrings are made with my own two hands. The only components of a piece that I source are stones, beads, and small chain. While no two pieces are exactly alike they are all a part of me.
At my home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in a house that I helped to build surrounded by Pines, Oaks, Manzanita, brown bears, mountain lions and deer is where I started my workshop in 2014. I fell in love with metal work in a class taught by an amazing instructor who still inspires me today. I loved creating something from nothing and the ability to make something I would want to wear and now something that I am proud to share with others.
My desire to celebrate my own indigenous culture led me to find a way to add color and textiles to my work. The Seminoles have a history of colorful intricate quilting techniques that have equally inspired and eluded me. Bringing color to my work is a way for me to honor that part of my background. A love of weaving, the softness and the quiet peacefulness, led me to the beauty of naturally dyed textiles and a desire to learn more about the process. I soon found that California offers so many plants for botanical dyes and like me many of them are not native to California but have flourished here. Avocado, fennel, rosemary, passionflower, lavender, and the list goes on. The colors are truly extraordinary. My hope is to combine naturally dyed textiles with my modern take on sterling silver to bring each person a piece of what California means to me.
After selling the home I loved in 2016 I set out on a 13,000 mile road trip to see if there was anywhere else I wanted to live. A few places still have a special place in my heart but I came back to the SF Bay Area, close to where I grew up. Where my grandparents started their families and where my parents were married at a Giants game. There is a reason people say there is nowhere quite like California, it is beauty, power, and forever changing. I have seen a lot of amazing places in this world but I always come home. I fell in love with the desert on a trip during the super bloom. I have seen the Yuba river at it's best and it's worst and loved and respected the power of both. I have laid loved ones to rest in Lake Tahoe and spent my youth wandering all parts of the Bay. My dogs have chased lizards in the rosemary, soaked up the sun on our porch and we have packed up belongings fleeing forest fires more than once. I have felt the earth move beneath my feet and shoveled a cars weight in in snow. I have called this state home for most of my life and have earned the title of Californian.
You can follow my making process, and my journey to explore my home state, on my instagram @canativejewelry.