Kim Yubeta

Kim Yubeta

Artwork

Kim Yubeta
Kim Yubeta - Her hands move quickly as she works. She selects a particular bead or memento, combines its color with other beads sitting in countless boxes on her work table, pauses a moment and her fingers fly, weaving shape and color and texture. What emerges is some of the finest jewelry to be found anywhere. Kim Yubeta's necklaces and bracelets combine antiques and contemporary components, different ethnic cultures and blends of vibrant colors. Vestiges of history, semi precious stones and beads of jewel like quality become wearable pieces of art through the work of her hands. "A part of me goes into every piece I design," says the Tubac designer. "I have a sense of commitment when I'm working on a piece. It must reflect what I feel inside." Yubeta began designing over 30 years ago. Family mementos and artifacts, as well as exotic beads collected and saved by her Norwegian grandfather who was a freighter captain, intrigued her. As an art student in San Francisco, she began collecting beads of her own. "I was like a child in a penny candy store. All those beautiful beads seemed to be waiting for me." She began to design. Yubeta describes herself as a snob in the early days. She wouldn't mix cultural designs, certain types of beads were off limits and glass was never used. All that has changed, these days, she uses what works. To express her ideas, and to bring individuality to what she creates. Time and maturity have changed the look of Yubeta's jewelry. When she first began, simple strands of colored stone with one interesting bead characterized her work. My designs have continued to get more and more complex." Yubeta's work is highly original, although Yubeta has a few signature pieces she produces again and again at the demand of clients. "When I work on previously designed pieces, I stay with the same color scheme as the original," Yubeta says. "But every time I make a new one, I choose different. I want each necklace to be fresh." She knows a Yubeta necklace is not for everyone. It takes confidence to wear her elegant creations. "My necklaces make a statement," says Yubeta. "I think you need to be comfortable with yourself to wear my pieces. People want to touch the work and talk about it. You have to be ready for that." Her work can be seen at the K Newby Gallery, in Tubac, AZ, Tucson, Scottsdale, Santa Fe, New York, Colorado and Texas. In the early years, the strongest challenge for her, as with many artists, was parting with a piece she'd created. Today, she enjoys knowing people are out in the world wearing her designs. There are very few things she's rather be doing that designing with beads and artifacts. For her, it's a treat. It isn't work. And what's Yubeta's hope for those who wear her jewelry? "I want to make people smile," she says. "I want them to be comfortable with my work. There's a sense of wonder and excitement when I began a new piece. I want the people who wear my work to feel it, too." From the head and heart to the hands, as they say, hands that weave beauty and power in unique and arresting design. The hands of Kim Yubeta, beautiful.
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Custom Heirloom Treasure Necklace - Contact us to create your own necklace with Kim Yubeta
Kim Yubeta

Custom Heirloom Treasure Necklace - Contact us to create your own necklace with Kim Yubeta

beaded jewelry

KY 1054
Kim Yubeta

KY 1054

Beaded Jewelry

20 x 1.50 in

KY 1240 Three strand Necklace with Turquoise Cross
Kim Yubeta

KY 1240 Three strand Necklace with Turquoise Cross

Beaded Jewelry

26 x 0 in

KY 1269 Three Strand Cross Necklace Mother of and Freshwater Pearls
Kim Yubeta

KY 1269 Three Strand Cross Necklace Mother of and Freshwater Pearls

Beaded Jewelry

26 x 4 in

KY 1275 - Three strand necklace with black onyx, Lapis, pure silver and turquoise.
Kim Yubeta

KY 1275 - Three strand necklace with black onyx, Lapis, pure silver and turquoise.

Beaded Jewelry

3.25 x 34 in

Necklace - KY1281C Three strand Vintage Sombreros from the 40' & 50' with Chinese turquoise and sterling silver, 2018
Kim Yubeta

Necklace - KY1281C Three strand Vintage Sombreros from the 40' & 50' with Chinese turquoise and sterling silver, 2018

Beaded Jewelry

26 x 0 in

KY - 1233 Turquoise, Rose quartz, Black onyx, Jade, Spiny Oyster.
Kim Yubeta

KY - 1233 Turquoise, Rose quartz, Black onyx, Jade, Spiny Oyster.

Beaded Jewelry

18 x 8 x 1 in

KY 1174  Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise
Kim Yubeta

KY 1174 Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise

beaded jewelry

12 x 6 x 2 in

KY 1242 Single Strand Turtle Necklace
Kim Yubeta

KY 1242 Single Strand Turtle Necklace

Beaded Jewelry

19 x 1.50 in

KY 1271 Three Strand Heart Necklace Turquoise and Sterling Silver
Kim Yubeta

KY 1271 Three Strand Heart Necklace Turquoise and Sterling Silver

Beaded Jewelry

5 x 26 in

KY 1276 C - Three strand necklace with Turquoise, Silver, trade beads, lapis and black onyx charms., 2018
Kim Yubeta

KY 1276 C - Three strand necklace with Turquoise, Silver, trade beads, lapis and black onyx charms., 2018

Beaded Jewelry

3.25 x 34 in

Necklace -KY 1278 Three stand heart necklace in Chinese turquoise and sterling silver, 2018
Kim Yubeta

Necklace -KY 1278 Three stand heart necklace in Chinese turquoise and sterling silver, 2018

Beaded Jewelry

18 x 0 in

KY # 7037 Lovely Monkey Necklace
Kim Yubeta

KY # 7037 Lovely Monkey Necklace

Beaded Jewelry

1 x 19 in

KY 1221 - Post Earrings - Rock Crystal, Mother of Pearl With Silver
Kim Yubeta

KY 1221 - Post Earrings - Rock Crystal, Mother of Pearl With Silver

Beaded Jewelry

2.50 x 0 in

KY 1260C
Kim Yubeta

KY 1260C

Beaded Jewelry

4 x 26 in

KY 1272 Four Strand Bracelet- Turquoise, Sterling Silver
Kim Yubeta

KY 1272 Four Strand Bracelet- Turquoise, Sterling Silver

Beaded Jewelry

10 x 5 x 1 in

KY1265 Necklace - Jasper/Turquoise Feathers
Kim Yubeta

KY1265 Necklace - Jasper/Turquoise Feathers

Beaded Jewelry

3.75 x 28 in

KY #7036 Lovely Rabbit Necklace
Kim Yubeta

KY #7036 Lovely Rabbit Necklace

Beaded Jewelry

1 x 19 in

KY 1229 Butterfly 3 Strand - Coral, silver, turquoise, spiny oyster, dragonfly, butterfly charms
Kim Yubeta

KY 1229 Butterfly 3 Strand - Coral, silver, turquoise, spiny oyster, dragonfly, butterfly charms

Beaded Jewelry

3 x 22 x 1 in

KY 1268 Three Strand Butterfly Necklace
Kim Yubeta

KY 1268 Three Strand Butterfly Necklace

Beaded Jewelry

28 x 5 in

KY 1274 Turquoise Cross Necklace, 2018
Kim Yubeta

KY 1274 Turquoise Cross Necklace, 2018

Beaded Jewelry

4.25 x 27 in

Necklace - KY1280C Three strand vintage necklace with Chinese turquoise, coral, cirtine and a vintage Mexican pendant with sterling silver., 2018
Kim Yubeta

Necklace - KY1280C Three strand vintage necklace with Chinese turquoise, coral, cirtine and a vintage Mexican pendant with sterling silver., 2018

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