About Us

Our Story

Birch Artisan Studio is built on the belief that we are all connected, to each other and our world, that we can all make a difference… individually, in our communities and globally. We create jewelry that tell stories, that go beyond the sum of the materials. It’s our stories that connect us and remind us of the people, places and experiences we hold in our hearts.

OUR COMMITMENT

We want to actively participate in making the world a better, more sustainable place. We support initiatives that encourage:

Sustainability

Integrity

Social & Environmental Consciousness

Compassion

Diversity & Inclusion

This year has brought a significant amount of travel for Birch Artisan Studio.  You can still find us at the cruise ship terminal at Ogden Point here in Victoria through the summer months, but we’ve been travelling the country trying to expand the exposure to the brand. Spring shows from March to June had owner and designer, Krista Smith, making connections through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. You’ll be able to find us again this fall starting in October through BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

This year’s product focus has been fine-tuning the collections, listening to our customers and trying to streamline a lot of what we do. Make sure to check in regularly for updates on what we have going on and collaborations that are in the works. We’re looking forward to what the next journey has in store and hope you’ll join us on the adventure!

Birch Artisan Studio moved home to Victoria, BC in 2016 and started its first full-time year at the summer markets in the Victoria Inner Harbour. Having the opportunity to solidify roots in the city and connect with many people travelling from all over the world, was an experience unlike any other. It was here that we realized the impact of providing thoughtful and caring products and service was beyond our imagination. The people that we’ve met and the connections that we’ve made will be carried with us for a lifetime.

In 2014, Birch Artisan Studio launched its online presence via Etsy and started its journey in the Handmade Marketplace. Although originally a BC girl, Krista Smith launched the company and its presence in Saskatoon SK. The prairies will always hold a special spot for the creation of Birch Artisan Studio, with ties to those communities still being an important part of the business.

Birch Artisan Studio was created by Krista Smith in 2013 with the vision of connection… to our world, each other and ourselves. Birch wood signifies new beginnings, and as every day is an opportunity for a fresh start it was important that the studio and this jewelry line represent that. Every morning we have the opportunity to impress upon ourselves our intent for the day. To be present, kind and compassionate in every moment.

Botanicals

Flowers brighten our lives with their beauty and fragrance, but our affinity to them can be so much deeper. Sometimes they remind us of our childhood, the way our grandma’s garden smelled. Others commemorate a special occasion. Some remind us of a most cherished loved one. Whatever the reason, they hold a tender spot in our hearts. We designed these collections using real flowers, to celebrate the moments in our lives we hold so dear.

We press and dry each piece and set in the highest quality materials; the result is a stunning interpretation of the uniqueness of each of us, no two pieces are alike.

Gemstones

Gemstones are the most orderly structure that exist in nature. With the lowest amount of entropy, they oscillate and emit specific vibration frequencies, emitting a consistent and balanced energy. Our own cells also vibrate at specific frequencies and can be affected by energy imbalances. Gemstones can balance and transform this dissonant energy, which brings the body back into harmony and restores health.

Meridians are the pathways that circulate our energy. There are twelve main meridians that connect our organs to our bodies and when balanced, work together to optimize our health. Often, imbalances occur when the organs and meridians are either in excess of energy or depleted of energy and can be adjusted with the use of gemstones.

In physics, The Law of Resonance states that when two objects of vibration come into contact with one another, one object will take on the vibration frequency of the other. As gemstones have the lowest amount of disorder, it’s more likely that our own cells’ vibrations (that are out of alignment) will adjust to the vibration frequency of the gemstones and come back to their natural vibration frequency, aiding in our overall health and wellbeing.

Wellness

Wellness ˈwelnəs/ noun

The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

Sometimes this is so much easier to envision rather than do for ourselves. Wellness is about the decisions we make to live a more balanced life. It’s finding that time to care for our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual self. It’s a chance to recharge, refocus and ground ourselves. Our collections can help you find and keep that ever graceful balance and serve as a reminder that our path is our own and every journey unique, just like you…

“Live your best life”

Sustainability Commitment

Birch Artisan Studio is committed to making a difference. We use recycled materials such as silver and gold wherever possible and are always endeavouring to be better. It can be a daunting and difficult task sometimes, but every little bit helps; choosing zero waste, recycled or compostable products and saying no to plastics where possible. Our packaging is made from FSC certified, post-consumer products and is printed by a carbon neutral company local to British Columbia.  We’re continuously looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint and find sustainable and socially conscious alternatives to help make a positive global impact.

We became a member of 1% For The Planet in 2018, a nonprofit organization created in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia and Craig Matthews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, which is dedicated to protecting the health of our planet. With support of 6 core focus areas; climate, food, land, pollution, water and wildlife, we felt this organization best represented our values. We wanted to choose a program that was measurable in our commitment, so 1%  of all your purchases is donated to support nonprofit organizations focused on a positive global impact in these areas.