Who we are:
Pigeon Heart Designs, or simply- PHD is a jewelry company that taps into inspiration gathered from assessing strangers in the street, all the way to loved ones. We like to imagine our hand-hammered, organic jewelry on all different souls. PHD is the pride and joy of Lisa Hirsch: maker- the primary maker and boss babe of the operation.
All ear-wires and chain in each piece are hypoallergenic; gold filled to go with the brass, or sterling to go with the sterling.
We source crystals from Arkansas all the way to Uruguay.
The coyote teeth found in some of the pieces are from several groups of Native American Gathers located in the Dakotas, Wyoming, Minnesota, Arizona and Colorado. All the animal items have been gathered by these groups. No animal has been killed for profit, but die of natural causes (starvation or old age), or were victims to road kill. During hunting season the gathers provide a service to the hunters and remove the remains of the animal. They are also called upon by the farmers/ranch owners whenever they have had to extinguish mainly coyotes (a big problem for farmers/ranchers) from attacking the farm animals. The Native Americans hold animals high and believe all parts of the animal are useful and should not go to waste.
The antler slabs used are all naturally shed... did you know deer shed antlers like we loose teeth, but yearly?
What makes PHD unique:
We believe art is a product of environment. Aside from the people we watch to glean the right visual fit from, we also absorb music, travels, podcasts, experiences, etc and transfer this all into the craft with a good dose of witchy magic.
We do not replicate other's styles because we have enough ideas and would't want that done to us!
In 2010 while finishing up an MA in Early Childhood Education and working part time in the local school district PHD was born.
Initially as a side job, Lisa carried the biz along even during teaching full time. She moved to the Bay Area and taught at a university, but momentum was growing and she found that she had to turn down new stores who wanted to carry her jewelry.
With some encouragement, she spread her wings and took the very scary and brave leap into being her own boss!
2.5 years later she is still a full-time maker and is in all sorts of stores across the USA.
*The artist as a tot with her beautiful mother.
*Some babes who rock PHD, but you can't tell from their buns.
*Some of the inspiration responsible for assembly of said jewels.