KY 8 - Bracelet - Four Strands Sea Creatures With Yeallows & Bone
KY 8 - Bracelet - Four Strands Sea Creatures With Yeallows & Bone
KY 5 - Bracelet Four Strands With Rock Crystal White Jade & Pearls
KY 5 - Bracelet Four Strands With Rock Crystal White Jade & Pearls
KY 4 - Bracelet Four Strands Hearts & Crosses With Carnelian & Lapis
KY 4 - Bracelet Four Strands Hearts & Crosses With Carnelian & Lapis
KY 3 - Bracelet Four Strand With Amethyst Lapis & Turquoise Hearts
KY 3 - Bracelet Four Strand With Amethyst Lapis & Turquoise Hearts
KY 1222 - Three strand Onyx, Brite Green Turquoise, Spiny Oyster, Coral & Sterling Silver
KY 1222 - Three strand Onyx, Brite Green Turquoise, Spiny Oyster, Coral & Sterling Silver
KY 1221 - Post Earrings - Rock Crystal, Mother of Pearl With Silver
KY 1221 - Post Earrings - Rock Crystal, Mother of Pearl With Silver
KY 1219 - Post Earrings - Aventurine, Spiny Oyster, Carnelian & Silver
KY 1219 - Post Earrings - Aventurine, Spiny Oyster, Carnelian & Silver
KY 1216 - Coil Bracelet - Old White Heart Trade Beads, Carnelian, Yellow Jade, Rose Quartz, Malachite, Lapis, Aventurine, Picture Jasper, Turquoise, Lepidolite, Olive Jade & Silver
KY 1216 - Coil Bracelet - Old White Heart Trade Beads, Carnelian, Yellow Jade, Rose Quartz, Malachite, Lapis, Aventurine, Picture Jasper, Turquoise, Lepidolite, Olive Jade & Silver
KY 1215 - Coil Bracelet - Chinese Turquoise With Pure & Sterling Silver
KY 1215 - Coil Bracelet - Chinese Turquoise With Pure & Sterling Silver
KY 1211 - Single Strand Yellow Agate, Cirtine, Amber, Bone with Sterling Silver
KY 1211 - Single Strand Yellow Agate, Cirtine, Amber, Bone with Sterling Silver
KY 1209 - Three Strand Onyx, Coral, Rock Crystal With Sterling Silver & Vintage Mexican Pendants
KY 1209 - Three Strand Onyx, Coral, Rock Crystal With Sterling Silver & Vintage Mexican Pendants
KY 1205 - Three Strand Rock Crystal, White Jade, Pearls With Sterling Silver
KY 1205 - Three Strand Rock Crystal, White Jade, Pearls With Sterling Silver
KY 1204 - Three Strand Rock Crystal, Pearls with Sterling Silver
KY 1204 - Three Strand Rock Crystal, Pearls with Sterling Silver
KY 1202 - Three Strand Peach Aventurine, Carnelian, Cirtine, Coral, Yellow Jade with Sterling Silver
KY 1202 - Three Strand Peach Aventurine, Carnelian, Cirtine, Coral, Yellow Jade with Sterling Silver
KY 1201 - Three Strand Picture Jasper, Smoky Topaz, Amber, Purite, Lapis With Sterling Silver
KY 1201 - Three Strand Picture Jasper, Smoky Topaz, Amber, Purite, Lapis With Sterling Silver
KY 1198 - Lapis Carnelian Amber Choker
KY 1198 - Lapis Carnelian Amber Choker
KY 1197
KY 1197
KY 1194 Three Strand Hearts & Crosses Black Onyx Rock Crystal
KY 1194 Three Strand Hearts & Crosses Black Onyx Rock Crystal
KY 1193 - Rock Crystal & Pearl Starfish Choker
KY 1193 - Rock Crystal & Pearl Starfish Choker
KY 1183 - Olive Jade & Carved Bone Frog
KY 1183 - Olive Jade & Carved Bone Frog
KY 1181
KY 1181
KY 1180 - Lady Of Guadalupe
KY 1180 - Lady Of Guadalupe
KY 1175 Turquoise Heart Necklace
KY 1175 Turquoise Heart Necklace
KY 1174  Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise
KY 1174 Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise
KY 1160
KY 1160
KY 1151
KY 1151
KY 1136
KY 1136
KY 1131
KY 1131
KY 1105
KY 1105
KY 1103
KY 1103
KY 1068
KY 1068
KY 1067
KY 1067
KY 1054
KY 1054
Custom Heirloom Treasure Necklace
Custom Heirloom Treasure Necklace


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.