About

Redbud Jewelry

Redbud Jewelry began in 2011 and is a line of one-of-a-kind and limited run jewelry.  Each piece is made completely by hand in our Chicago studio and storefront.  We are passionate about craftsmanship and creating our jewelry in the "old school" way.  Our heirloom-quality jewelry can be worn for decades to come!

 

Janeane Karbassi

 

Janeane started her professional life as an actress.  She moved to Chicago with a BFA in Theatre: Performance from Oklahoma State University and worked with several Chicago theatres for many years.  After feeling some burnout in her acting career, she took a beginning metalsmithing class "just for fun" at an art center in Chicago.  

That first class led to many more years of study.  She eventually took her metalsmithing full-time in 2013 with her line Redbud Jewelry. Her work is inspired by nature and combined with modern design techniques.

In 2015, she was selected to participate in the PECAH residency – an art residency located in Manila, India at the foot of the Himalayan mountains. There she studied with other visual artists from around the world as well as with traditional Indian artists.  This experience fueled her desire to continue to create jewelry totally by hand – no computers or auto-cad involved.

Redbud Jewelry Studio and Shop opened in 2017. It serves as part jewelry studio where Janeane creates custom work and part storefront where Redbud Jewelry is for sale along with handmade work by other local artists.