About Us

birth designs swensrud family silversmithing

Birthed in 2001 - Growing Every Day!

In the Beginning...

Birth Designs was founded in 2001 when leading up to the birth of my first child, I could not find the jewelry or greeting card designs I wanted in order to express the joy I was feeling. Later, I was again frustrated when I could not find a quality "nursing necklace" (a necklace worn when breastfeeding or bottle-feeding a child to help distract and entertain little hands). My passion renewed as I began researching and testing different stones, designs, and stringing materials that were suitable for nursing necklaces.

A Dream Begins

That was just the beginning of Birth Designs, however. In 2003, birthdesigns.com was launched. We began to find our niche. We specialize in classic, personalized pieces with a unique artisan flair. Why make jewelry that's like everyone else's out there? We wanted only the highest quality - something better - and items that hold real meaning, not just bling (while we love that too!) We are proud to offer both new and age-old styles and techniques - every single one of our pieces is made by hand, one by one, in our small west-coast studio. We have many retail boutiques and stores across the US, Canada, and the UK that carry our products, as well as a thriving shop at Etsy (www.birthdesigns.etsy.com). While I still forge all of the pendants and do all of the metalsmithing, I now have a small staff that helps out on busy holiday with all of those details that make your Birth Designs experience so special.

Recognition

It began small, with blogs, being featured on Etsy's front page, and indie artisan groups. In the past 15 years, Birth Designs has been featured as a "Favorite Thing" in Oprah's O Magazine,  Stylebakery.com's Designers on the Rise, in PARENTS Magazine, PARENTING Magazine, Tips 'n Trends, EastWest Magazine, Midwifery Today, Complete Mother, The New Yorker, Seattle Child, Parent Map, WickedlyChic, SHEfinds & more! Our designs can be seen on celebrities and we've been featured in several LA fashion shows. We've also been spotlighted on over 100 blogs and counting. We're always looking for new retailers to carry our products - both brick-and-mortar and online boutiques.

Thanks to You!

We are so grateful to our customers - and you are the inspiration for many of the concepts behind our designs. Thank you for stopping by our shop and taking a moment to read more about Birth Designs. Feel free to add yourself as a fan to our FaceBook page (www.facebook.com/birthdesigns), where we often post new designs and contests, or follow us on Twitter. I am looking forward to providing you with that special piece of jewelry - no matter what season of life you are in at the moment.

We are a real family, working for you!!

This is a family operation, and we work hard to make your order with skill, love, and a dash of blessing.  Realize we sometimes have hiccups in our timing due to unforeseeable happenings... but we will always try to communicate and work with you!  We are trying to bring back the one-on-one relationships of artisan days past... we look forward to helping you and making a gift just like you were imagining.

Bonnie & Sean Swensrud & Family