KY1266 Three Strand Necklace Vintage Mexican Sterling, 40's-60's Charms
KY1266 Three Strand Necklace Vintage Mexican Sterling, 40's-60's Charms
KY1265 Necklace - Jasper/Turquoise Feathers
KY1265 Necklace - Jasper/Turquoise Feathers
KY 1272 Four Strand Bracelet- Turquoise, Sterling Silver
KY 1272 Four Strand Bracelet- Turquoise, Sterling Silver
KY 1271 Three Strand Heart Necklace Turquoise and Sterling Silver
KY 1271 Three Strand Heart Necklace Turquoise and Sterling Silver
KY 1269 Three Strand Cross Necklace Mother of and Freshwater Pearls
KY 1269 Three Strand Cross Necklace Mother of and Freshwater Pearls
KY 1268 Three Strand Butterfly Necklace
KY 1268 Three Strand Butterfly Necklace
KY 1267 Three Strand Dragonfly Necklace Turquoise, Silver, Smokey Quartz
KY 1267 Three Strand Dragonfly Necklace Turquoise, Silver, Smokey Quartz
KY 1264 Bracelet - Turquoise, Amber and Smokey Topaz with Sterling Silver
KY 1264 Bracelet - Turquoise, Amber and Smokey Topaz with Sterling Silver
KY 1260C
KY 1260C
KY 1249 - Three strand necklace with Olive Jade and Peach Aventurine
KY 1249 - Three strand necklace with Olive Jade and Peach Aventurine
KY 1246 Three strand necklace with Smoky Topaz & Chinese Turquoise
KY 1246 Three strand necklace with Smoky Topaz & Chinese Turquoise
KY 1243 Single strand necklace with Chinese turquoise, ammonite & chalcedony
KY 1243 Single strand necklace with Chinese turquoise, ammonite & chalcedony
KY 1242 Single strand necklace with yellow jade & agate & carved bone
KY 1242 Single strand necklace with yellow jade & agate & carved bone
KY 1240 Three strand Necklace with Turquoise Cross
KY 1240 Three strand Necklace with Turquoise Cross
KY 1237 - Vintage Silver Charms, Four Strand Bracelet, black onyx, red coral, white quartz
KY 1237 - Vintage Silver Charms, Four Strand Bracelet, black onyx, red coral, white quartz
KY 1229 Butterfly 3 Strand - Coral, silver, turquoise, spiny oyster, dragonfly, butterfly charms
KY 1229 Butterfly 3 Strand - Coral, silver, turquoise, spiny oyster, dragonfly, butterfly charms
KY 1226 - Chinese Turquoise, Sterling silver, spiny oyster, sterling with lapis pendant.
KY 1226 - Chinese Turquoise, Sterling silver, spiny oyster, sterling with lapis pendant.
KY 1221 - Post Earrings - Rock Crystal, Mother of Pearl With Silver
KY 1221 - Post Earrings - Rock Crystal, Mother of Pearl With Silver
KY 1174  Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise
KY 1174 Hearts & Crosses Carnelian & Turquoise
KY 1068
KY 1068
KY 1054
KY 1054
KY - 1233 Turquoise, Rose quartz, Black onyx, Jade, Spiny Oyster.
KY - 1233 Turquoise, Rose quartz, Black onyx, Jade, Spiny Oyster.
Custom Heirloom Treasure Necklace - Contact us to create your own necklace with Kim Yubeta
Custom Heirloom Treasure Necklace - Contact us to create your own necklace with 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.