"Luana Coonen is known for her mystical nature-inspired jewelry, created with traditional goldsmithing techniques blended with a modern feminine design aesthetic and found natural materials.
Born and raised in the tropics of Hawaii, she has an undeniable connection with nature, it's in her blood. Raised by a farmer father and artist mother, she learned to appreciate every unique aspect of nature and how to bring those lessons into an art practice. Her jewelry is focused on the delicate balance between the organic and the man-made.
These nature-based lessons are reinforced by her passion to use found objects and sustainable materials; giving new life to recycled gold, reclaimed antique stones and beach-combed treasures. Pressed flower petals, insect wings and delicate leaves often make appearances in her designs. Growing up on a small island taught her at a very young age that we must tread lightly on this earth.
Luana holds a BFA in Jewelry /Metal Arts from California College of the Arts, and founded her jewelry business in Northern California in 2008.Luana Coonen Jewelry is based out of Sebastopol, CA, amongst the rolling vineyards of the Russian River Valley. She teaches goldsmithing workshops at various trade schools and art centres. When not in her jewelry studio or teaching, you will likely find her hiking and camping around California, visiting family in Hawaii or traveling internationally for new inspiration. "
Luana's work is featured in Pistachio's Spring 2020 Exhibition: Built to Last. To view work by other artists in Built to Last, CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to read our interview with Luana, where she talks about what sustainability means to her!