Taber Studios create refined jewelry collections reflecting simple sophistication and elegance, while promoting the most sustainable, and ethical, jewelry making practices currently available. Using 18k Fairmined gold, recycled silver, recycled diamonds, Fairtrade sapphires, lab grown Moissanite diamonds, and 14k gold-filled wire, each one of our pieces is carefully designed and hand-crafted so that you can be proud to support the development of cleaner studio practices and the most ethically sourceable materials on the planet.
The simple elegance of our jewelry can be worn to compliment the most formal attire or to highlight distinctive everyday styles with equal grace and beauty. With a combined 70 years of jewelry making experience, our artisan craftsmen combine their sculptural knowledge with a careful understanding of the human form to give you a piece that will optimize and enhance your natural beauty. By combining recycled, repurposed and responsibly mined materials, with the safest metallurgical techniques, our pieces further exhibit an unparalleled beauty both inside and out.
Please come in and browse our gallery. Find unique fine jewelry items to wear for your next special occasion, or a meaningful gift for a friend or loved one from our Classics Collection. Show off your forward-thinking sense of style with Taber Studio’s eco-haute couture jewelry in our Fine & Green Collection. Our artisan jewelry collections span the full range from timeless silver and gold casual wear, to exquisite personalized bespoke and bridal jewelry, to fashion-forward, ecologically motivated one-of-a-kind creations.
Founder Bob Taber says about his work, and the work of Taber Studios: “When you look at each individual piece, as well as all of our work taken together, it is the visual counterpart of going to a classical concert and hearing a pianist playing a sonata. That's because we work in the manner of a Renaissance Craft Guild, where the artist/craftsman will work, not just for years, but for decades, using the same basic hand tools and hand techniques, and slowly developing and evolving their designs and their skills over time. In both cases, the artist has to develop excellent skills in their hands, and sensitivities in their souls, and then transpose these skills and sensitivities into their music and their art.”
From our hands to yours…Enjoy!
MEET THE TEAM
Bob Taber has been involved in the arts his entire life. He sang and danced on stage in L.A. when he was a child, had operatic singing lessons through high school, and sang and performed musically his whole life. He earned his BA in Art History at the College of William & Mary in 1963, and he went on to do two and a half years of graduate study in both Art History, and in Fine Art Photography at San Francisco State University from 1964 to 1967. After working as a Fine Art printer at a professional color lab in San Francisco for five years, he began to design and make jewelry based on his Art History education at William & Mary, and his refined studio skills he developed in his graduate work in Fine Art Photography at San Francisco State University, and as a professional Fine Art color printer. He founded Taber Studios in 1972, and modeled the way he worked on the Renaissance Craft Guilds, where artisans would slowly evolve and refine their designs and techniques not just over years, but over decades, striving for excellence in their art and in their handcrafting skills. This way of working, and the inspiration for his designs, all came primarily from his Art History education at William & Mary.
Bob’s interest in the arts was inspired, by his mother, a classical violinist who played second chair in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and had her own performing String Trio called The Victorians. Bob’s father, a physician, sang with Bob and his brother Ken constantly on the family’s annual cross country road trips; they spent the school years in California, and the summers in Maryland.
Bob also studied Anatomy and Physiology at the University of California, Berkeley, and trained in Sensory Awareness and Esalen Massage (Massage as Meditation) at Esalen Institute. He taught Esalen Massage for twenty years, and his studies and work in Esalen Massage have heavily influenced the way he designs and sculpts his jewelry to fit the human form.
Martin Taber received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 1995. After a lifetime of involvement in the family business, in 1997 he took to the jewelry trade full-time to develop his interests in sculptural design and architectural form. The integrity of crafting directly in the metals and working so closely with his customers has led Martin to renew his passion for the environment in his new signature collection of ecologically inspired, haute couture jewelry - Martin Taber Designs. Additionally, he has made significant changes to the methods of production and acquisition of materials to reflect Taber Studios' revised mission to become a leader in the move to help clean up the jewelry industry.
Leona Doyle has been the Business Manager of Taber Studios for 23 years. In addition to managing the financial, administrative, and shipping aspects of the business, her practical business knowledge has helped steer Taber Studios. As the only female in the studio, Leona's guidance is invaluable in the design process of our jewelry. She personally reviews every design on its beauty and wearability, to ensure our pieces always feel simply elegant, and comfortable to wear. She and Bob exhibit Taber Studios' work together, at retail shows throughout the United States, and Australia.
Joshua Haiman began working with Taber Studios in 2007 as a part-time employee with a desire to further develop his not inconsequential set of existing jewelry skills. His experience in blacksmithing and 2 years as teaching assistant at the College of Marin's renowned jewelry program made him a natural fit for the type of hand-fabricated jewelry that is part of Taber Studios' trademark appeal. Over the past six years he has become an integral part of the production team that has allowed Taber Studios to evolve to new heights. In his spare time Josh is also developing his own line of Argentium silver jewelry and taking commissions for engagement and wedding rings. You can see his work at designarabesque.com