Compass Rose Design Jewelry

Compass Rose Design Jewelry - Reviving History through Wearable Art

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Compass Rose Design wearable heirlooms is inspired by Victorian and industrial fashion. History, quality and elegance define our work. The collection is made with authentic antiques and storied heirloom treasures. Our work captures the aesthetic of the Victorian era - a fascinating moment at the birth of a modern world combining the forces of revolution, industrialization, innovation, technology and memories of times gone by. Our materials are the artifacts of daily life - collected during our travels and collected in Europe and throughout the United States. Read about the history of our designs.

We are an independent family business and all of our work is designed and made in California's San Francisco Bay Area.  

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Founder and Designer, Creek Van Houten, is a third generation maker of jewelry with recycled objects and rediscovered historical treasures. Creek has been making jewelry for the last fifteen years with vintage and found treasures. Creek took apart her first stereo at age 7 and my first broken pocket watch at 9. In both cases, the goal was repair, but upon seeing the beautiful parts, she changed her mind. Both her father and grandfather were dentists who crafted jewelry as a hobby - she still uses some of their tools. After a decade of work in non-profits and marketing, Creek moved to the Netherlands, where her mother was born. After returning with boxes of antique trinkets, she set up shop in a tiny San Francisco apartment in 2009.


Creek's husband, Johnny, joined the company in 2011, helping with photography and soldering. His love of railroad history and trains has been a delightful addition to Creek's interest in mechanical gadgets and Victorian everything. 

The Compass Rose Jewelry Collection is available at independent boutiques and galleries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Our work has been featured in Vogue Italy and displayed at the Racine Art Museum. Read about Compass Rose Design in the news.

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