About

Jill Manzara

Founder / Art Director

Each bead reminds me of every individual life, how we all have a story that is unique only to us. It’s this parallel that fuels my drive to design and create JILZARAH each and every day.

We're on a mission to bring the beauty of color and design to the world one hue at a time.

From vibrant golds and blues to pastel pinks and lavenders, JILZARAH is all about expressing yourself through color and looking amazing while you do it. Every single bead and pattern is the result of hundreds of hours of dedication and passion from our designers. We don't stop until each one is just right and neither do our artisans.

Maybe you caught the video on the homepage? That's just a small part of the work that becomes a single bead on your wrist! Every piece of JILZARAH clay has been handmade so no two are exactly alike and we wouldn't have it any other way :)

Every bead has meaning. Even if they have the same pattern, no two beads are exactly alike.

We love color and we love bringing it to you even more. No matter what your race, gender, style, favorite cloud shape, or whatever, we believe you should be free to express yourself and color just happens to be our favorite way to do it.

Take a look around and find the perfect piece for you and your style.

How JILZARAH® Clay Is Made

Design

Build

Shape

Bake

Love

Designed in Chicago. Handmade with Love.

Design - Over several months, our designers carefully research and put together patterns and colors. After many revisions and careful color assignment, we're ready to make our first batch. Hooray!

Build - Once our artisans have reviewed the designs, the base white clay is dyed (kind of like combining paint colors) to our exact color requirements. The clay pieces are then combined until they match our patterns.

Shape - After the pattern has been formed, the block of clay is then cut into a cylinder and rolled by hand until it is very narrow - probably about the size of your pinkie! This is then cut into thin slices and wrapped around a "bead core".

Bake - The soft clay beads are now baked and hardened in an oven. After this they go to inspection and any beads that don't pass are put in a bin to think about what they've done. The rest go on to become beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and other pieces to show the world their color!

Love - It needs no explanation ♡

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