|Founder||Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz|
|Press Contact||Molly Antos|
Since 1981, Holly Yashi has been making quality, handcrafted artisan jewelry in their Redwood Coast design studio in Arcata, California. For over 35 years, their signature style of colorful and lightweight niobium metal has made Holly Yashi jewelry unique and irresistible. Featuring an array of inspiring materials, including Swarovski crystal pearls, Bohemian and dichroic glass, and hypo-allergenic metals, all Holly Yashi jewelry is crafted by hand in small, high-quality batches one piece at a time. Holly Yashi’s vibrant handcrafted jewelry has been enjoyed by loyal customers, longtime collectors, and seen on celebrities like musician Bonnie Raitt and actress Sandra Oh. Holly has created custom designs for both nonprofit organizations as well as notable fashion retailers like Sundance and Anthropologie.
In 1981, recent college graduates Holly Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz were searching for creative ways to use their degrees. Holly, who majored in studio art with an emphasis in jewelry making, and Paul, who graduated with a double degree in industrial technology and music, knew they wanted to work together. Combining their talents to lay the foundation for what would quickly become a successful jewelry business, they transformed their one-car garage into a design studio and started their lifelong career with Holly Yashi.
Holly’s first designs were hand-cut animal earrings made of brass and silver. Within months they had a loyal following, and soon after Holly and Paul discovered the magic within a seemingly dull gray metal called niobium. Through an expedited oxidation process, niobium is dipped into a bath of electrically charged water which turns the metal into hues of rich, permanent color. The beautiful result is a look that has become the signature style of Holly Yashi for the last thirty-five years. Holly and Paul are grateful for the support of the Holly Yashi community and look forward to continuing to provide jewelry lovers everywhere with wearable expressions of art and beauty.