Unique Selection of Jewelry at Studio Pandora

May 2017

Studio PandoraMay heralds the season of graduations, weddings and the many other celebrations that call for that “special” gift. Studio Pandora, at 145 East Main Street, is the place to find that perfect something that is sure to make a joy-filled occasion even more so.

Studio Pandora—not affiliated with the Pandora bracelet company—offers a unique selection of jewelry in silver, gold, platinum and palladium. The Studio’s unique and handcrafted designs range from rustic to elegant, simple to exotic.  All reflect a love of and commitment to the beautiful elements of nature.

Cheryl and Karahan Balli opened Studio Pandora in April 2016 after moving to Ashland to be closer to family. Karahan is a master goldsmith and designer who has been handcrafting jewelry for more than 25 years.  He was born and raised in Adana, Turkey, where his father also owned a jewelry store named Pandora.

It is there that Karahan first learned his goldsmithing skills. Karahan demonstrated artistic talent and business acumen when he opened his own jewelry store in Adana. He expanded his repertoire of goldsmithing techniques and, after moving to the United States in his early twenties, went on to work as a master goldsmith.  
Cheryl, who grew up in the Rogue Valley, moved to Missoula, Montana, in the late 90’s and met Karahan there in 2003. Separately, she had developed a love of creating jewelry by beading and wire wrapping. The couple’s shared interest led to romance, and they became both life and business partners, opening a jewelry store in Missoula in 2004 that they still own. They moved to Ashland to be near family after having twins a few years ago, and opened their second store here.

The Ballis take pride in using materials that are environmentally responsible. Karahan is an avid outdoorsman, and elements of nature play a large part in his jewelry designs as well as in the materials he uses.

“We are sensitive to environmental issues and invested in preserving the beautiful places we live,” Cheryl says. “Whenever possible, the materials Karahan uses are components that are “green” (100% recycled metal; not newly mined) and conflict-free stones.”

The Ballis particularly enjoy working with customers to create customized designs. “With each design we make, the result exemplifies the customer’s style while being exquisitely made with precision and beauty,” says Karahan. “Our goal is to provide our customers with an unforgettable experience as they discover jewelry found nowhere else.”

For more information, call 541-708-5887 or visit their website at www.studiopandora.com. You can also like them on Facebook.