Meet the Maker: Black Betty Jewelry
Black Betty was founded in 2012 by designer Kristin Weixelbaumer, born from her lifelong fascination with the symbiosis between natural elements and the human experience. Kristin’s journey, driven by her passions for design, travel, and mysticism, reached a logical conclusion in northern India, encountering the centuries-old tradition of gem craftsmanship.
Black Betty believes in the ethereal notion that precious gems find their owners, and exists to facilitate this magnetism. Jewelry oughtn’t be mere decoration; a slave to style. When a mutual respect exists between object and wearer, one honours the origin of the material, and its inherent providence. We believe that there is a sense of magic in wearing a polished and cherished fragment of the earth on your person. The reward for consciously adorning jewelry is a sense of femininity, intent, and connectedness.
What does your brand truly mean to you?
Black Betty is the symbiosis between natural elements and the human experience. We believe in the ethereal notion that precious gems find their owners, and exists to facilitate this magnetism. We derive endless joy from working with the earth’s hidden treasures and aim to transmit this joy to our customers by creating timeless pieces of jewelry for all women and men.
what materials do you work with?
Hand-cut precious and semi-precious stones suspended in precious metals, gold and silver.
what's your favorite product or collection you've created?
Oh for sure, the Colorado Snowflower Collection. Our design in homage to Colorado, a piece to represent both the gorgeous summer and winter seasons of this magnificent state, similar to the feminine geometry of a snowflake, but very much a Colorado flower too. I finally have a piece to represent my love of my new home.
why do you do what you do?
I have always been a creator of sorts, I always made my own clothes and my own jewelry, throughout my studies in Business, it was my creative outlet. I would shop around vintage thrifty stores in South Africa, selecting interesting shapes and textures of random junk in the back of a store, and from that create my pieces. Jewelry and fashion have always been a passion of mine, I have always believed in the freedom of expressing yourself through your wardrobe. Growing up I ALWAYS had a dress up bag, and many of my friends were subjected to dress up games when they came for play dates, in fact I still have a dress up box ;) Jewelry is the ultimate expression, because it also allows me to be able to select beautiful pieces of the earth, gemstones, and bring these ethereal mysteries into a form of expression for people. This is the most rewarding avenue I have found for my creative expression, tying the earth to pieces of adornment, being a part of life's beautiful events, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, it has been more rewarding than I could ever have imagined.