I began my love affair with jewelry and fashion as a child and decided to turn my passion into a business. Inspired by my Grandfather who was a geologist, I have taken my love of raw natural elements, stones and metals and transformed them into timeless pieces. I take inspiration from my environment and the places I have lived and travelled. I love creating easily worn pieces that can be dressed up or down and try my best to make jewelry less intimidating. I am striving for different, yet classic, in my design style. I love trends to an extent, but don't want to be ruled by them. Many WYSH pieces are designed too be layered so feel free to wear as many or as little as you'd like. For now, you will not see Seasonal Collections in WYSH as I love to design with freedom on my own time and not feel like I need to be forced to create on a deadline or release pieces on a certain date. Pieces will come into the shop as they are made and never be mass produced. Many are one of a kind and most are a small offering. I am very proud to be able to offer Wholesale Pricing to my clients which is typically 50% off retail pricing you will find in most stores. I am able to do this because I have no employees, overhead or additional costs. My clients in turn have the opportunity to purchase beautiful quality pieces at a fraction of the price that retail outlets must charge.
There are several collections in WYSH. The first is 'EVERYDAY CLASSICS' which is the backbone of the entire collective. I use mainly 14k gold fill chains and materials and precious and semi-precious gemstones. There is also a small sampling of vermeil and plated pieces. The second is 'MODERN VINTAGE' which is a collection of reworked vintage pieces that have been altered to reflect a more current vibe. The third is 'FINERY', which is a higher end line of jewelry using solid gold/silver and precious gemstones and are handmade and handset.
I have also curated a collection of items I have found throughout my travels These include vintage, antique and new pieces that I have found and include both jewelry and other accessories.
WYSH is compiled of everyday pieces that you can treasure forever and wear for years to come.
How did I come up with the name WYSH? I noticed that many jewelry designers used their own name for their company. And while I can appreciate it, I wanted something a little different yet still meaningful for my vision of what WYSH was and what I wanted it to be. I was having a really hard time coming up with a special and unique name for the company. While brainstorming one night I combined the names of the 2 most important people in my life, my kids - Wyatt and Shane. And WYSH was born.
- KRISTINA REGEHR
Show WYSH some love on Social Media! If you would like to post a piece on Instagram and tag it @wysh.collective #whenyouwysh I would greatly appreciate it! You can also like me on Facebook 'wyshcollective' or follow me on Twitter! WYSH Collective. These are my only means of advertising and spreading the word. I am choosing to keep my business small on purpose. I am a mother first and foremost and my kids are my main priority. I do this in my own time primarily for my love of jewelry, as a creative outlet and for personal satisfaction. Therefore, you will never see WYSH Collective 'Made in China'. I also think it adds something special when you have a piece that was made by someone with love and is available only as one of a kind or in a very limited quantity. Thank you for your support, understanding and patience when waiting for your handmade piece.
Photo Credit: Sarah Comber, for Avenue Magazine