Who we are A little about us
Erin Salkow is a South African jewellery maker and the creator behind JoyBerry Jewels. She obtained her BTech in Jewellery Design and Manufacture (Cum Laude) from the University of Johannesburg and spent more than a decade honing her craft under the guidance of local jewellers before opening her studio.
She finds inspiration for her bespoke, contemporary jewellery designs by spending time close to nature. She has a particular affinity for stones and finds a story in each gem. Her creations are all handmade, an aspect of the jewellery craft that is very rare in modern studios. The time she spends on each unique piece allows her to explore opportunities that are often overlooked when parts are manufactured on a large scale. When you purchase a piece from JoyBerry Jewels, you know that you are not merely buying a piece of jewellery, you’re investing in the time, skill and ingenuity that is intrinsic to Erin’s craft.
She has great admiration for legendary jewellers in the contemporary movement, including Otto Kunzli and Manfred Bischoff- designers who understand that jewellery is wearable art. When talking about her favourite pieces, she recalls a very specific commission. The client wanted to gift his friend with something beautiful, simply because life hadn’t been easy for her. The sincerity and selflessness of this act still amazes her to this day.
Her business aspirations extend to educating others on the enormity of the trade. She wants to show aspiring jewellers that dedication is the only route to success in the jewellery industry. The little time she has left after designing and manufacturing jewellery, photographing pieces, creating content for her business or developing her skills, she spends in the kitchen or garden. Her love of gardening reflects who she is as a creator- she knows that there is always something new to learn and adores how her garden is never really “done”.
JoyBerry Jewels is passionate about making jewellery that celebrates the special moments in life. We’re dedicated to creating pieces that will stand the test of time and bring you joy for many years to come. We are committed to providing excellent quality through exquisite artistry paired with premium materials.