Our Story


Woman-owned, Family-Operated

Compass Rose Design is a woman-owned, family-operated company founded by Creek and Johnny Van Houten in 2009. As a small family business, we love working with folks who share our appreciation of quality, history and integrity.

Creek is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area women artisan entrepreneur group, the Creative Pursuit Collective as well as Bay Area Made

Made in the US with Recycled Metals

We care about authenticity, craft and quality in our designs. We also are committed to an ethical production process and supply chain. Our casting is done by a small shop in Seattle using recycled metal, and the rest of the metalwork and production is done in our studio just north of San Francisco. We work with chains made in the United States. Our metal and chain supplier is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and provides recycled metals whenever possible. With few exceptions, their sterling silver and gold is recycled.

Cultivating Future Artisans & Women Entrepreneurs

Each year, we donate a portion of our profits to a non-profit working to promote collaborative, hands-on education for young people to cultivate the next generation of makers and artisan entrepreneurs. This year we have chosen the Institute for Applied Tinkering. It is our goal to support kids, especially girls, to gain skills and confidence in technology, collaboration and real-world problem-solving.

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