Raven & Riley is a handmade jewelry line inspired by the natural elements of authentic gemstones and hand cut leather. Our collections are inspired by trends spanning across eras, highlighting the beauty of rustic elements with sophisticated simplicity. Raven & Riley is committed to sourcing locally, crafting each piece using high quality materials from local suppliers whenever possible. The artist and designer, Kara Buchanan, carefully crafts each piece by hand.
Raven & Riley is proud to bring you unique pieces, handmade with locally sourced materials. Rather than buying our materials from bulk online jewelry supply manufacturers, we source our materials locally whenever possible. We believe that we can positively impact the world by starting in our local community and supporting local economy!
We purchase all leather from local tanneries in Colorado. Each piece is cut by hand and crafted into unique designs. The leather is 100% authentic and of the highest quality. Most of our pieces are made from North American deer leather, one of the softest leathers in the world. Other leathers include antelope leather, cow hide, and goat leather.
We use semi-precious and precious gemstones from all over the world. We source our gemstones from local gemstone retailers whenever possible.
14 Karat Gold-Filled
What is 14K gold-filled? Gold-Filled an actual layer of 14K gold, bonded onto another metal, such as brass. 14K gold-filled jewelry should not be confused with gold-plated jewelry, as gold-filled jewelry is composed of over 100x more gold. Not only is gold-filled jewelry of greater value, but it is also more tarnish resistant. Considered an economic alternative to solid gold, 14K gold-filled jewelry holds similar characteristics of solid gold, such as durability, strength, and beauty.
We have also partnered with Eco Enclose, a Colorado-based, earth-friendly shipping supply company to source our shipping materials.
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Kara Buchanan is a North Carolina native who moved to Denver in the summer of 2014. Since then, she has fallen in love with the beautiful state of Colorado and the Denver community. A college graduate with a degree in English and Literature, Kara has always had an eye and appreciation for creativity and self-expression.
"I was never good with a paintbrush or a sketchbook, so my desire to express myself artistically led me to jewelry design. When I decided to start selling my pieces, I wanted to take it a step further and root my passion in the communities that I have fallen in love with."
Originally from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Kara is inspired by coastal elements and pairs these inspirations with the natural and rustic beauty that surrounds her in Colorado.
"Turquoise and hues of blue have always reminded me of home and the ocean; while leathers, natural tones, and raw gemstones take me to the Rocky Mountains. Embracing these elements in my jewelry allows me to tell my story and share my heart."
Handmade is better! We are committed to using high quality, authentic materials to create unique and lasting works of art.