Independent Retailer: Go2Girl Designs

All jewelry photos courtesy of Kila Rohner

Kila Rohner is inspired by sun, sea, and land.  And her inspirations are easily spotted in her beautiful jewelry designs.  From bright copper and silver, to oxidized metal with deeply hued stones and beads, Kila has a designers eye for creating understated pieces that easily transition from season to season.  I wanted to ask Kila a few questions about why she started her business, and how she comes up with her designs.  You can read that interview below.  She’s also graciously offered a discount code for full clutch readers that is valid through August 15th, 2012.  Use code FullClutch15 at checkout from either kilarohner.com or her Go2Girl Etsy shop for a 15% discount off your order (excludes tax and shipping, custom orders and not to be combined with any other discounts or coupon codes).  She’s also providing a gift certificate that one lucky full clutch reader will win (details below).

1. What inspired you to start Go2Girl Designs?

I’ve always created jewelry for myself.  After having my two children (under 19 months apart), I needed a way to generate some income while caring for my children at home.  A friend suggested I offer my jewelry designs and handmade items online.  And that is how I began.

2. What is something you feel is unique to what you design?

I put my heart into each new piece of jewelry I design.  I attempt to stay away from the influence of trends and popular styles (not always easy as that is what often sells best), and just go with my intuition and create what feels right to me.  I hope that it is evident in my work.

Carnelian gemstones

3. What outside influences effect your designs?

So many influences my design; anything from a trip to the beach collecting rocks to a funky piece of furniture can influence me.  I once created a necklace using wood and shell tones inspired by an upholstered chair I’d seen in a magazine.  If I find a stone or a artisan made focal piece I will build something around it.  A good friend makes ceramic and porcelain focal pieces and I just love the feel and texture and often incorporate those pieces into my jewelry.

4. How often do you design new pieces?

In my mind I’m constantly designing new pieces, I see them clearly.  I often make doodles of new things I’d like to try . In actuality, I don’t have as much time as I like to design.  For me I have to be set up to create and with two busy children close by that can be difficult.  Currently, three or four times a month I usually come up with a one of a kind piece and maybe one design I can offer in multiples or made to order.

5. What do you use to create your jewelry?

I love rough, organic earthy stones and gemstones.  I incorporate a lot of copper and silver into my jewelry, especially recently as I’m honing my metalworking skills.  As far as tools, I have a ton; from several styles of hammers, a torch, pliers, metal shears, the list is long and I still would love more.

6. Do you have a favorite piece (or two)?

Come hither, sailor

I have so many favorites.  I’ve sold many that I never got photos of.  I love the little “bubbles” in the fused fine silver earrings.  I love this copper cuff I’ve created and, although I’ve got several requests for more options, I’ve yet to explore more designs.  With my OOAK (One Of A Kind) statement necklaces that often incorporate shell, pearls and copper and are appropriately named “Temptress” necklaces, which I like to imagine a mermaid or island princess doning,  I let go of my desire to create for others and just create.

7. Has designing jewelry changed the way you look at jewelry?

Designing jewelry has absolutely changed the way I look at jewelry.  I try to buy only handmade or artisan made if I’m not wearing my own pieces.  I notice quality in everything , use of materials and design.  I can appreciate the time it takes to create and work put into the process.

Thanks for the insight Kila!  Now, let’s get to the details on the giveaway.  The gift certificate that Kila is providing will start out at $25, but we can make that amount go higher.  All you have to do is check out the Go2Girl Etsy shop, and then leave a comment below with the name of your favorite piece.  Once we get to 5 comments from unique readers (one reader can not comment 5 times and have that count) the gift certificate value will bump up to $30.  10 comments will bump it up to $35.  We’ll top out at a $40 value if we can make it up to 15 comments from unique readers.  To enter your name for the the gift certificate just send an email to contests@fullclutch.com with the subject line Go2Girl.  One entry per person, with an entry deadline of 11:59am on Friday, July 13th, 2012.  We’ll randomly select a winner Friday afternoon and notify the winner.  Good luck!

*Update: Congrats to Kelly!  Her entry was received 4th in line, and random.org chose number 4 as the lucky winner!  Thanks to all our participants, and stay tuned for more giveaways on our site in the near future.  And don’t forget, through August 15th you can use code FullClutch15 at checkout for a 15% discount from Go2Girl!

Comments
24 Responses to “Independent Retailer: Go2Girl Designs”
  1. Megan Mueller says:

    Oh MAN what to pick! For a jewelry horse like myself this is tough. I’ll have to go with the Simply Silver Thin Hammered Hoop Earrings with Hand blown Glass Beads in Aqua.

  2. Sarah Haeft says:

    My pick would be – Energize Necklace Copper Agate Tangerine Orange Sunset. Beautiful!

  3. There is so much to love in her shop! I’d have to say the

    Rustic Amethyst Stone Earrings Antiqued Copper would be my pick though!

  4. Kim says:

    What a lovely feature! Kila’s designs are so beautiful and great to wear!

  5. Tara H. says:

    Love this shop! I would pick the diva cuff bangle bracelet.

  6. WOW fun! I LOVE the Blue Jasper Pearl Silver Tassels Long Necklace.

  7. These designs are beautiful! like this piece –

  8. Kelly says:

    Beautiful pieces, and fun!!

  9. Kelly says:

    I love the Pina Colada necklace!!

  10. Kelly says:

    Oooh.. and A Bit O Honey! Thanks for introducing me to her website!

  11. jwright says:

    Love…Simply Silver Hammered Hoop Earrings with Hand blown Glass Beads Sea Green

  12. Love the calming blues in the Seashell Statement Necklace

  13. Teresa Howell says:

    I love all the artistry in your designs, and the fact as you commented yours designs that are not trendy each is unique in it’s own way. I love how you incorporate the colors of the earth, the beauty of blues that you see in the sky and in the ocean, When we choose a piece of your jewelery we won’t be seeing the same piece worn by everyone. Thank you , for being conscious of each individual tastes when they have you design something just for them. Your Awesome !

  14. Kyla says:

    I love the all of the rustic copper earring but my favorite are the rustic amethyst stone earrings. I love purple and have been wanting another pair of purple earrings, those are perfect!

  15. Jluton says:

    The Copper and Carnelian drop ladder earrings have long been a pair of earrings I want. I love the color and the craftwork. Beautiful.

  16. Jluton says:

    My second favorites, so hard to choose, but I’m always drawn to the faceted agate gemstone copper pair. The orange always pulls me in.

  17. Jluton says:

    The new Seaglass Gorgeous Summer earrings are also on my list, I adore the subtle green paired up with the metal. Beautiful, fun and airy design.

  18. Jluton says:

    Also a favorite, they’ve been on my Etsy faves for ages, are the Rustic Amazonite earrings. It all comes together naturally in these earrings and I can see myself wearing them every day.

  19. Jluton says:

    my fifth but certainly not my last choice of beauties in Kila’s shop are the Rustic Amethyst earrings. What can I say? I prefer earrings and these have great color and there’s something about the design that I think is fabulous. It all works wonderfully. Keep creating Kila.

  20. Kila Rohner says:

    Thank you for all the comments and feedback!

  21. Heather Duby-Tharpe says:

    I think this has always been my favorite! http://www.kilarohner.com/gallery/image/whimsical-jade-stone-copper

  22. Lisa M says:

    I love the Citrine Tweet necklace! And everything with turquoise. Beautiful.

  23. m.harper says:

    I like the old tire swing, jade green and copper earrings.

  24. Kelly says:

    I just redeemed my gift certificate…Thank you Full Clutch! I’m super excited for my new jewelry! :)