Luana Coonen is known for her mystical nature-inspired jewelry, created with traditional goldsmithing techniques blended with a modern and feminine design aesthetic.
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 manmade.
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 and insect wings often make an appearance in her designs to avoid the mining system. Growing up on a small island taught her at a very young age that everything is connected and 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 centers, excelling in the topics of Jewelry Business, Alternative Materials, and Cold Connections. When not in her jewelry studio or teaching, you will likely find her hiking and camping around the US, or traveling internationally with friends in search of new inspiration.