I first wrote about and found COMMUNION by Joy back in 2014 after first discovering her pieces on Instagram. This was back when finding new artists was more like a treasure hunt on screen, where hashtags led you down new rabbit holes and you never knew what you would discover. Now, there is an entire section dedicated to things you might like that Instagram and its algorithm find for you. I prefer the old method when discovering new people, as it felt special and the connection seemed intimate. Our bond remained ever since and four years later I finally got to meet Joy in person!
Her studio is located in Culver City and has been open since the fall of 2017. The space radiates positivity and the openness of it alludes you to think of it as a blank canvas for creativity. No wonder Joy has found it to be her haven! She hosts sacred events like spiritual workshops, guided meditations, and pop-up jewelry shops. I love the way it is decorated–with mirrored accessories, vintage rugs, velvet couch + chairs, and crystals hidden in special places. Every sense was stimulated, even my sense of smell — to my delight, a home fragrance that Joy sells was brought back with me because it was that good. Her jewelry lines the walls in mirrored cases and in larger wood cases that stand alone.
COMMUNION by Joy is one of the most distinct jewelry lines…as soon as one sees it, they know it is Joy’s work, which is something I really love about it. Each piece has been created using the lost wax carving technique, an art form that has been replaced with 3D printers and CAD software. This method allows Joy to sit and meditate with each stroke and each carve. This heightened spiritual aesthetic is what draws her clients in, knowing each piece was made with love and care. The style of her pieces is very versatile, allowing them to be stacked and paired with jewelry from other designers and even antique jewelry. I own three rings from Joy — an Eye of the Warrior ring, which is bold and really fun to wear. I had two loose gemstones that were really special to me and immediately thought of Joy to create custom settings for them. You can read about my Eye of the Warrior ring here and my custom gem rings here.
It was so great getting to meet Joy and see her jewelry in her studio. It is neat to go back to our first post together and read the answers she gave me to her Q&A interview–one of them being that she hopes to open up a studio one day. I love seeing goals set and achieved like that and I know how much of a hard worker she is. One area which COMMUNION by Joy is expanding on is more one-of-a-kind pieces, for example she recently started using Rainbow Sunstone and created a batch of rings using this unique stone. They were a hit and caught a lot of attention. She definitely wants to expand on that and find even more rare gems to work with. I can’t wait to see!
Thanks for having me at your studio — for those wanting to stop by, make an appointment and follow on Instagram to learn of upcoming workshops!
Photos by Lauren Newman Photography
This sponsored post was brought to you in collaboration with COMMUNION by Joy.
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