- Address 1722 NW Raleigh St. #101
Portland, OR 97209
- Phone: (503) 227-5482
- Website: http://betsyandiya.com/blog/category/perfect-portland/
Betsy and Iya is a brand of locally made Portland jewelry that has expanded throughout the nation, being found in boutiques in places as different as New York City, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Denver. It also maintains a sizable presence online with its virtual storefront. However, it’s somewhat of a surprise to actually find the flagship store for this growing local jewelry outfit. It actually is tucked into a nest of other small businesses and artist studios at the Activ Space on Raleigh Street in between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Avenue in the Northwest neighborhood. When you initially see the exterior, your first thought isn’t that this place sells jewelry all across the country.
Then you step inside, and the reason why the Betsy and Iya jewelry has its extensive following spread across the continent is readily understandable. The jewelry is good. Beyond being good, it’s something that you’ve never seen before. After all, isn’t that the real goal of wearing jewelry? Don’t you want to stand out from the crowd by adorning yourself? The work on display at Betsy and Iya certainly stands out. But it only stands out in the good way. It’s not the loud type of jewelry that screams, “Look at me, I must be expensive!” Instead, the jewelry at Betsy and Iya is elegant and simple, with specific details that don’t jump out at first glance.
You can find examples of this in the many kinds of jewelry you will find in stock at Betsy and Iya. There are the shameless love necklaces, which feature pendants expressing shameless love in a variety of ways from French and Spanish, to the delightfully quaint statement of “Going Steady.” There are mock vintage earrings in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. There are beautifully structured plastic earrings (yes Betsy and Iya are able to make plastic jewelry work), and there are numerous renewed renditions of the classic dangly earring. Betsy and Iya is affordable jewelry that will make you look as rich as you feel you are.
Betsy and Iya is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.