Owner & Designer Kristin Klein’s artistic flair was confirmed when she was accepted to dance for the Boston Ballet Company at 11 years of age. After many years as a ballet dancer, she retired and majored in art and communications in college.
I have always been enamored by the art and craft of jewelry design, a skill that I learned through books, jewelry making classes and experimentation. My labor of love began in 1991 when I acquired a piece of Pyrite from New Mexico. Once in hand, I promptly turned it into my first unique necklace creation. It wasn't long before many of my friends and family were buying my creations; they loved wearing my original designs.
While working as the manager of a small gift boutique in 1995, I was wearing one of my original pieces. When the owner approached me about where I had gotten my unusual necklace, I told her that I had designed it. That is when I had my first official order, and started designing necklaces for her store. Later, I branched out on my own selling my necklaces to gift and clothing boutiques. I opened my first online store KVK Designs Natural Stone Jewelry & Gifts (www.kvkdesigns.com) in the spring of 2000 to bring together my love of art and natural jewelry design to create jewelry pieces that are unique and beautifully made. I love the exquisite beauty of nature as it expands and enriches the senses.
My Shop KVK Vintage (www.kvkvintage - www.etsy.com/shops/KVKVintage
) was born out of my love of vintage, fair trade and bohemian style. I have been buying vintage keys, furniture, jewelry, and fair trade handbags since I was a teenager. I thought it would be fun to create jewelry using some of the keys I have collected over the years from antique shows and flea markets. I also work with a friend who is an antique dealer where I get some of my other old keys. Antique keys are beautiful representations of history and carry great distinction in their unique designs. My deep passion for fair trade, exposed me to different cultures, people and art. I feel fulfilled when helping others in another culture succeed.
Our newest shop is KVK Naturals Handmade Soaps (www.etsy.com/shops/KVKNaturals). Our homemade soaps are formulated in a vegetable oil base, containing a variety of natural herbs, fragrances, and other raw materials for a delicious bathing experience that indulges your senses. All our products are non-GMO and CRUELTY-FREE! As an animal lover and owner, it is especially important for me to ensure that no animals are harmed during the creation of our products. So give our soaps a try and relish in the self-care you deserve!