My background in jewelry making started when I was 5 and my grandma brought me a couple strands of beads from her trip to Hong Kong. Fast forward 21 years, and I was 26 years old and getting married. I have always loved making things myself, so I created necklaces for my bridesmaids to wear on my big day. This was where my journey in jewelry making kicked off.
I did a number of craft shows, selling my brass-charm jewelry (under the name of estieMade Jewelry) for a few years before deciding that I wanted to make my pieces from scratch. I wanted to learn how to solder and set stones. Lucky for me, the Craft Guild of Dallas was just down the road. I signed up for my first metalsmithing class and got hooked. Besides taking classes at the Craft Guild, I've also been fortunate enough to take a workshop at Arrowmont in Tennessee and one at Penland in North Carolina. My background as an art director in advertising has also greatly influenced my designs.
Today, I operate under my own brand of Esther Kao Jewelry. I am proud to say that all my designs and jewelry are made by my two hands, from start to finish. What you see in my store is a reflection of things I appreciate: simple shapes and clean design. I hope you value those things too!