Designs by K. Cayetano: Internationally Inspired Jewellery

For Karen Cayetano Leano, fashion is in the blood.  In her bio, she notes that stylishness comes from her father, while the love of jewellery comes from her mom.  Though she does not have formal education in fashion – her undergraduate degree is in business – she has worked as a production manager in the accessories department of a major fashion label. She has also been an event planner.  Eventually, this led to jewellery design.  She first started off with earrings, but it soon took off.  She began to make other pieces and eventually, Designs by K. Cayetano was born.  Through trunk shows in the New York and New Jersey area, and eventually in Los Angeles as well, Karen was able to make her line even more successful.  Currently, Designs by K. Cayetano is based out of Minneapolis.

Karen’s inspiration for her work come from her travels.  She absolutely loves the styles of women in Singapore.  Being one of the most diverse cities in the world, one can see the various styles reflected by different cultures, ranging women wearing shift dresses with belts to yellow-gold bangles to colourful scarves.  Karen gets her inspiration from other cities as well, including Paris, New York, London and Amsterdam.

Here are two of Karen’s most popular designs:


Athena Maple Leaf Necklace: A quaint necklace with smokey grey glass bead accented by 14k maple gold leaf pendants


Cassandra Necklace: Statement necklace with multiple silver chains of varying widths along with white pearl strand to give this style its classy appeal


Karen has recently launched the Alexandra Peridot necklace, just in time for the summer.  This piece, made from semi-precious peridot and dressed with various gold and silver chains, gives the necklace an “earthy” look.

Currently, Designs by K. Cayetano is available in boutiques all over the world.  Designs by K.Cayetano also carries pieces made out of Swarovski Crystals and will be launching a bridal line in the near future.