Inspired by faith and propelled by the impulse to create, Rebecca hand-forges her jewelry into unexpected combinations. The design begins from the natural: raw ethically-sourced gemstones, leather, and mixed metals. Their organic forms inform what the piece will become. A distressed leather necklace frames a radiant flawless diamond. From the natural world to the spiritual and back to an elegant minimalism. Rebecca’s custom jewelry reflects the gentle irregularities that are found all around us. She also curates studio 703, alongside Koelsch Gallery, highlighting artists that blur the line between art and craft in everyday objects.
Custom jewelry designer, Rebecca Lankford, started designing jewelry while working as a paralegal in the early 1990s. As her hobby began to flourish, Rebecca was inspired to perfect her craft and enrolled at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. The foundational knowledge Rebecca gained from her work at Glassell launched her from a local favorite to an internationally renowned jewelry designer. Two powerful influences drive Rebecca Lankford’s work: her deeply spiritual upbringing and her mother’s contagious passion for DIY creativity. “I grew up with a mom who made everything from beautiful clothes to a complete vegetable garden… everything she touched seemed to take on its own life.” Rebecca Lankford Designs (RLD) began in 1995 when the Koelsch Gallery in Houston picked up her hand-crafted line of jewelry. Now over twenty years later, Rebecca Lankford Designs has moved into the former space of the Koelsch Gallery, now known as studio 703. Rebecca’s handmade jewelry has been sold nationwide as well as in Europe, Japan, South America, and Mexico. Many of Rebecca’s handcrafted jewelry pieces feature a cross, a form she cherishes for its simple beauty and personal symbolism. Rebecca loves to combine unexpected materials, both refined and raw when she creates her jewelry, and she also draws inspiration from the gentle irregularities found in nature.
Rebecca’s work is designed, created, and forged at studio 703 in Houston, Texas and her business has grown to seven full-time employees. Her designs capture a rare balance ranging from tiny and precious to vast and edgy, simple and minimalist to intricate and complex, and classic and traditional to contemporary and Bohemian.
Hannah is a native Houstonian with a love for fashion and all things that shine. She studied Visual Art and Art History at Texas Tech and in Italy. Alongside Rebecca, she helps design pieces for stores across the country, as well as the local Houston clientele. She has a sunny personality and interjects herself into any conversation possible with her own two cents (solicited or not). When not at the studio, Hannah can be found with her beloved pets, Lucy and Karat, spending time with friends and family, and shopping for shoes.
As the daughter of an Airforce Colonel, Kristin runs a tight ship! Her attention to detail keeps the studio running, and can be seen creatively in her artwork. She has studied Photo Media and Art History at the University of Kansas, and earned a masters in Art Education from the University of Houston. She uses her keen eye, seeing each piece of jewelry from start to finish, and is the vision behind many of our photographs on our social media. When she isn’t bossing everyone around, Kristin is creating art, and spending time with her husband, Joe, and furbaby, Frank.