MADE IN SANTA CRUZ: MendoCruz Jewelry

Lindsey Graham-Jones, MendoCruz Jewelry
Lindsey Graham-Jones, MendoCruz Jewelry
Lindsey Graham-Jones, raised in Mendocino and educated in Santa Cruz, makes jewelry inspired by both places. 

She studied fine arts at Cabrillo and once worked at the Patagonia Store. Now, her MendoCruz Jewelry sells online and at holiday sales in town. 

nitially I was inspired to make simple hoops - something that seemed surprisingly hard to find. Then I realized there was a niche unfilled in Santa Cruz - quality, handmade jewelry that is both affordable and lifetime warrantied. I drew the warranty inspiration from my many years working at Patagonia - and the art inspiration from many years crafting jewelry (most recently at the Cabrillo small scale metal art program with Dawn Nakanishi).

"I use semi-precious stones (mostly from Bob & Arie at Monkey Girl Beads and various gem shows, festivals and flea markets), and gold-fill, silver-fill and brass metals," she says. "I am inspired by the natural environment and try to make designs that reflect organic shapes and color schemes.

Like the name MendoCruz, I am influenced by the beauty of coastal California and small, artsy communities."

She'll be selling live and in person Dec. 1 at Bantam. 11a.m. -3 p.m. and Dec. 15 at Soif. 12-4 TBA

Have your local business listed for the holidays. If you make it in Santa Cruz, we want to feature it. 

Write to brad.kava@patch.com

And come see us Nov. 30, when Patch Pays Your Parking downtown. We'll pay for all the meters on Pacific Avenue and have a table outside the O'Neill store.


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