Kim Yubeta

Kim Yubeta

Artwork

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 1174  Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise
Kim Yubeta

KY 1174 Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise

beaded jewelry

12 x 6 x 2 in

KY 1268 Three Strand Butterfly Necklace
Kim Yubeta

KY 1268 Three Strand Butterfly Necklace

Beaded Jewelry

28 x 5 in

KY 1283C-single strand necklace with black onyx, sterling, mother of pearl, freshwater pearls
Kim Yubeta

KY 1283C-single strand necklace with black onyx, sterling, mother of pearl, freshwater pearls

Beaded Jewelry

4 x 27 in

KY 1296 - 3 Strand Onyx Heart Multi Color Necklace with Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1296 - 3 Strand Onyx Heart Multi Color Necklace with Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

2.50 x 24 in

KY 1303C - 3 Strand Sterling Silver Beads and Vintage Route 66 Charms, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1303C - 3 Strand Sterling Silver Beads and Vintage Route 66 Charms, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

4 x 18 in

KY 1307C - 3 Strand Olive Jade, Spiny Oyster Hearts & Crosses with Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1307C - 3 Strand Olive Jade, Spiny Oyster Hearts & Crosses with Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

24 x 0 in

KY 1314C - Red Mini Cross Bracelet, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1314C - Red Mini Cross Bracelet, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1318C - Red Hearts Bracelet, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1318C - Red Hearts Bracelet, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1322C - Aqua, Turquoise Sea Creature Choker, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1322C - Aqua, Turquoise Sea Creature Choker, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY1284C-Single strand necklace with white jade, freshwater pearls, mother of pearl and sterling
Kim Yubeta

KY1284C-Single strand necklace with white jade, freshwater pearls, mother of pearl and sterling

Beaded Jewelry

4 x 29 in

KY # 7037 Lovely Monkey Necklace
Kim Yubeta

KY # 7037 Lovely Monkey 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 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 1293 - 3 Strand Multi Color Heart Necklace with Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1293 - 3 Strand Multi Color Heart Necklace with Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

2.50 x 24 in

KY 1298 -  3 Strand Rock Crystal, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1298 - 3 Strand Rock Crystal, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

22 x 0 in

KY 1304C - 4 Strand Red Coral And Tibetan Brass, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1304C - 4 Strand Red Coral And Tibetan Brass, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

26 x 0 in

KY 1309C - 2 Strand Ryolite, Amber, Ammonite and Silver Necklace, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1309C - 2 Strand Ryolite, Amber, Ammonite and Silver Necklace, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

3 x 24 in

KY 1315C - Picture, Turquoise Bracelet, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1315C - Picture, Turquoise Bracelet, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1319C - Carved Frog Choker, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1319C - Carved Frog Choker, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1324 - Single Strand Red Heart Necklace, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1324 - Single Strand Red Heart Necklace, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

2 x 27 in

KY1285C - Three Strand Cross with carnelian, lapis, spiny oyster, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY1285C - Three Strand Cross with carnelian, lapis, spiny oyster, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

28 x 0 in

KY #7036 Lovely Rabbit Necklace
Kim Yubeta

KY #7036 Lovely Rabbit Necklace

Beaded Jewelry

1 x 19 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 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

KY 1294 - 3 Strand Turquoise Heart Necklace with Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1294 - 3 Strand Turquoise Heart Necklace with Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

3 x 28 in

KY 1301C - 3 Strand Turquoise with Sterling Silver Sombreros, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1301C - 3 Strand Turquoise with Sterling Silver Sombreros, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

24 x 0 in

KY 1305C - 3 Strand Turquoise, Amethyst, Lapis with Assorted Guadalupe Charms and Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1305C - 3 Strand Turquoise, Amethyst, Lapis with Assorted Guadalupe Charms and Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

26 x 0 in

KY 1310C - Single Strand Carnelian, Peach Adventurine, Jade Leaves with Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1310C - Single Strand Carnelian, Peach Adventurine, Jade Leaves with Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

24 x 0 in

KY 1316C - Red Sombrero Bracelet, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1316C - Red Sombrero Bracelet, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1320C - Three strand turquoise hearts and cross Necklace, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1320C - Three strand turquoise hearts and cross Necklace, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY1280C Three strand vintage necklace with turquoise, coral, citrine and a vintage Mexican pendant with sterling silver., 2018
Kim Yubeta

KY1280C Three strand vintage necklace with turquoise, coral, citrine and a vintage Mexican pendant with sterling silver., 2018

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1054
Kim Yubeta

KY 1054

Beaded Jewelry

20 x 1.50 in

KY 1260C
Kim Yubeta

KY 1260C

Beaded Jewelry

4 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

KY 1295 - 3 Strand Thunderbird Necklace With Picture Jasper, Turquoise,Smoky Quartz with Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1295 - 3 Strand Thunderbird Necklace With Picture Jasper, Turquoise,Smoky Quartz with Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

4 x 28 in

KY 1302C - 3 Strand Red Multi Color With Vintage Mexican Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1302C - 3 Strand Red Multi Color With Vintage Mexican Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

26 x 0 in

KY 1306C - 3 Strand Picture Jasper, Lapis Hearts & Crosses With Sterling Silver, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1306C - 3 Strand Picture Jasper, Lapis Hearts & Crosses With Sterling Silver, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

26 x 0 in

KY 1313C - Single strand Jasper and Turquoise Necklace, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1313C - Single strand Jasper and Turquoise Necklace, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1317C - Black onyx hearts and cross bracelet, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1317C - Black onyx hearts and cross bracelet, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY 1321C - Three Strand Sea Creature Necklace, 2019
Kim Yubeta

KY 1321C - Three Strand Sea Creature Necklace, 2019

Beaded Jewelry

KY1282C-Triple Strand Necklace with Black onyx, mother of pearl, freshwater pearls, white jade and sterling
Kim Yubeta

KY1282C-Triple Strand Necklace with Black onyx, mother of pearl, freshwater pearls, white jade and sterling

4 x 27 in

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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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