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Z E L M A   R O S E

Lisa Anderson Shaffer is an artist, photographer, and author, living and working in West Marin County, California. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, a MS in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University, and is a three time California Arts Council Artist in Residence Award Recipient.  Her luxury jewelry line, Zelma Rose, has been sold in brick and mortar and museum stores around the world and is now available exclusively on the Zelma Rose website. Lisa's work is deeply influenced by the wild and natural surroundings of her mountain top home and studio, Casa del Cielo. Her designs serve as modern day wearable art and a fresh interpretation of the classic craft of hand weaving and knot work. Each piece is handcrafted by the artist in an original signature weave and represents her mission to create ethically crafted jewelry of the highest design and quality. 

You can learn more about Lisa's other projects including the THESE THREE THINGS Daily Blog, here. 

S L O W   F A S H I O N   +  E T H I C A L   D E S I G N 

P R O C E S S 

All designs begin with 100% cotton and sustainable hemp cord. Leather is sourced from reliable suppliers and made in the USA. Cotton is a favorite material due to its minimal weight, beautiful drape, and natural origin. Hemp creates beautiful design details due to its durbility and sustainability. 


All cord colors are hand dyed in small batches with significant attention paid to materials used and water consumption. All vats are dyes using my own custom mixes of Fiber Reactive Dye from local Dharma Trading Company. Dharma has been responsibly creating their own dyes since 1969.

Fiber Reactive Dyes have a natural base and work beautifully on cotton, and offer consistent deep and permanent color without residue, fading, or rub off. They utilize a soda ash fixative, which is minimal impact environmentally and once a dye vat is complete, the water is pumped right back into the waste water supply. No special environmental clean up required. 

All cord is washed both before and after dyeing. Like colors are washed together to minimize water use. Currently each color sits in only 6 gallons of water yielding about 6 months of cord. Once dyed and washed, cord is laid to dry in the California sun.

W E A V E 

Zelma Rose designs are minimal to zero waste. Measure twice and cut once. The original weave used in the Estero Necklace, Tomales Necklace, Drake Bracelet and Muir Necklace are created with zero waste. 

Other designs like the Bonita Necklace are woven with minimal waste and remains are saved and used to create the Headlands Bracelet. 


All designs are finished with high quality brass end caps, jump rings, and clasps. 

P A C K A G I N G 

All designs are shipped in recyclable materials. Each item arrives in its own reusable cotton bag and a box with post-consumer waste business cards and postcards. Carbon emissions from shipping are calculated and offset with a matching donation to the Jara Para Forest Conservation Project in the Amazon Rainforest. 

G I V I N G 

Each year Zelma Rose donates a portion of our sales monthly and throughout the year to charitable organizations. We are proud to continue our support of Color of Change, Team Rubicon, and The One Campaign. Subscribers to THE EDIT can choose as part of their CHOOSE WHAT YOU PAY pricing, a donation to Color of Change as part of their purchase. Please visit the GIVING section of our website to learn more. 


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   Coastal Living MagazineMother MagazineMarin Magazine