The Jeweled Warrior is a gallery that celebrates the joy that jewelry, art, and decor give us while simultaneously ensuring that minimal harm is done to nature or its inhabitants by selling only sustainable and ethical products. We feature fine jewelry made by artisans inspired by nature, and committed to protecting it through their sustainably sourced materials. Our art and decor is created by artists or ethical companies that are empowering people, protecting our planet, and raising awareness for worthy causes through their unique products. Customers can shop knowing every item in the store is made by a real person doing their part to empower their communities and protect nature. Finally, each purchase supports women with endometriosis through our giving back program. 1% of all profits are donated to research and awareness campaigns for endometriosis.
More than just a retail gallery, The Jeweled Warrior also features multiple gathering spaces. These spaces are designed to hold artisan led workshops, yin and restorative yoga classes, mindful meditations, fine jewelry trunk shows, art installations, private events, and empowering community gatherings. We will hold periodic nonprofit fundraiser meet-and-greet events where a portion of the retail proceeds are donated to the nonprofit.
My Early Inspiration
Hi! My name is Kristin Costin. I'm a passionate collector of jewelry, art, and the stories of the artists behind them. From a young age I’ve been fascinated with unique jewelry that has a story to tell. In my youth I was fortunate enough to travel to St. John, U.S.V.I. during summers with my family. My mom lived in the Virgin Islands on a sailboat for 20 years, and this is where my parents’ love story began. I grew up hearing tales of my mom’s scuba and sailing adventures, and she influenced my deep appreciation for animals, plants, and untouched nature. It was in St. John’s vibrant shops, with talented artists inspired by the incredible beauty around them, that my love of jewelry was born. Watching my father gleefully purchase handmade jewelry pieces from our favorite local shops for my “protesting” mother established jewelry-gift-giving as a love language early on in my life.
The Jeweled Warrior was born
Jewelry was my route to connect with others by proudly telling the story of where the piece came from. It was the way I shared my passion for the unique oceanic life, rainforests, and people in St. John with others. As I grew older I realized the more I knew about the piece and who made it, the more meaningful those conversations became. I love collecting the stories of artists, and I honed this passion during my studies of Eastern Religion and Studio Arts at the University of Rochester, NY. It was here that I first learned about sustainability, and became interested in how to be an active participant in doing better for our earth. My love of jewelry and passion for protecting nature combined to spark my interest in sustainable jewelry artists around the world.