About The Artist
Historic objects transformed into timeless talismans. Each piece is an invitation to connect with HISTORY and PLACE. Creek Van Houten of Compass Rose Design elevates antiques like buttons and teaspoons, reworking vintage components using traditional metal smithing techniques and recycled metals to create wearable memories. Handmade in San Anselmo, California.
Compass Rose Design is a woman-owned, family-operated jewelry company founded in Northern California by Creek Van Houten in 2009. Our work is inspired by the history of small things, 1870-1970, a century that bridges the old world and the modern era. Each charm and talisman celebrates love, creativity, and culture. As a small family business, we love working with folks who share our appreciation of quality, craft and authenticity. Creek is a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area women artisan entrepreneur group, the Creative Pursuit Collective, The Liz Kantner Stay Gold Collective and the 2020 Women’s Jewelry Association Jewelry Loupe Project.
Values-Based, Ethical Business
We are a values-based business. When you wear our work, we want you to feel beautiful and also know you are doing good. We are committed to an ethical production process and supply chain and working towards a more equitable world. We do our own metalwork in our studio just north of San Francisco. We work with chains and components made in the US. Our bronze, sterling and gold components are made from recycled metals. Our metal supplier is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. We choose to work with suppliers who support Black Lives Matter and a diverse jewelry industry, including Rio Grande and Otto Frei.
Cultivating Future Artisans & Women Entrepreneurs
The world needs more entrepreneurs, makers and leaders who are women and people of color. It is our goal to help cultivate this next generation of makers and artisan entrepreneurs by helping young people gain skills and confidence in technology, collaboration and real-world problem-solving. We donate a portion of our profits to the Crucible an organization in Oakland, California that empowers young working artists through hands-on creative education. We also donate to We Wield the Hammer, a hands-on training program for women of African descent in Oakland and Dakar.