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Compass Rose Design

Compass Rose Design creates handmade jewelry in celebration of LOVE, LIFE and MEMORY MAKING. Our work reveals the hidden stories of vintage keepsakes from 1870-1970. We transform antique treasures like buttons, keys, charms, and watches into memorable accessories to enjoy on your wedding day and beyond. Our specialty is MODERN-VINTAGE — real historic keepsakes combined with bold contemporary metalwork and gemstone designs. Offbeat weddings save 15% when you buy 4 or more necklaces, cufflink sets or other treasures for your wedding party with code: OFFBEAT

Compass Rose Design was founded in 2009 by Creek Van Houten. As a woman-owned, family operated business, we are committed to an ethical production process and supply chain. My partner, Johnny and I do our own metalwork and production in our studio just north of San Francisco. Our precious metal supplier is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and provides recycled metals whenever possible. Our sterling silver, bronze and gold are recycled. We believe that the world is a more beautiful and reasonable place when more women, people of color and queer people are entrepreneurs, makers and leaders. It is our goal to cultivate the next generation of these artisan entrepreneurs by helping young people gain skills in collaboration, technology and problem-solving while building confidence in themselves. We donate a portion of our profits to nonprofit programs that empower young students through hands-on creative education.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

I wore red and black for my wedding in 2009 and encountered a lack of interesting, heirloom quality jewelry outside the realm of convention. My partner and I have been working with wedding couples since 2010 to create memorable accessories for unique celebrations. Our goal is to create designs that translate into everyday life as you travel forward and gather memories together. Whether your theme is vintage, retro, steampunk, gothic, pinup, Bohemian, Art Deco, mermaid, Burning Man, rustic, industrial, farm, railroad, woodland, or anything Offbeat – we have thoughtfully crafted designs for you and your wedding party.

One of a Kind Modern-Vintage Wedding Jewelry
We create bridal treasures using genuine Victorian and Edwardian antiques. Our collection of Unique Wedding Jewelry is handmade with vintage cameos, lockets, watch fobs and Victorian buttons for stunning and memorable pieces.

Tell a story with our Vintage Button Charm Necklaces
Perfect for brides, bridesmaids, mothers, grandmothers and other loved ones. Drawing on our family collection of antique buttons, we’ve recreated moulds from century-old vintage buttons so we can make heirloom-quality jewelry in solid recycled sterling silver and bronze. Made for layering, our charm necklaces are a perfect choice to tell the story of your wedding theme or give affordable but elegant gifts to your wedding party.

Premium Clockwork and Steampunk Jewelry
Perfect for steampunk or industrial themes, our luxe clockwork jewelry is made with Art Deco vintage watches set in sterling silver and bronze bezels. We also have vintage clockwork movement cufflinks, featured in Vogue Italy Bridal Magazine.

Custom Family Heirloom Jewelry
Do you have a family heirloom you’d like to see transformed into custom wedding jewelry? We create customized designs using your locket, vintage button or charm in one of our signature styles. Contact us to see what’s possible for your family treasure.

Conversation-Starting Cufflinks + Pins
Accessorize your wedding party with our outstanding cufflinks. Our Modern Vintage cufflinks and pins are handcrafted from vintage buttons, 1870-1970, in solid sterling silver and bronze. We also have stylish cufflinks and pins made with genuine antique jeweled watches, vintage railroad uniform buttons and date nails. Our pins can be used for ties, lapels, hats and satchels to be enjoyed on celebration days and in daily life. Our work is soldered for quality.

“Love, love, love the cufflinks, rings and necklaces that Creek put together for us to gift to our wedding party. Creek was a pleasure to work with, made beautiful pieces and had them out to us quickly. Seriously can't say enough good things.” – Eric C.

Offbeat weddings save 15% when you buy 4 or more items for your wedding party with code: OFFBEAT

Examples of my work

Victorian Button Wedding Choker
An 1880s Victorian button from Paris surrounded by strands of shimmering ivory pearls.

Vintage Keyhole necklace with Onyx Gemstones
We love the metaphor of unlocking the future and stepping through the doorway together. This curvaceous carved original vintage keyhole is transformed into a stunning statement piece with sparkling onyx – or any gemstone you choose.

Antique Pocket Watch Fob Necklace
As jewelers rooted in history, some of our favorite pieces are made with century-old treasures like pocket watch fobs, cameos and lockets. Many of these design elements reach back to the ancient past and connect us with the gravity of time and empower us as memory-keepers and story-makers.

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