Rebecca’s custom jewelry is designed, created, and forged at studio 703 in Houston, Texas.
The Inspiration Behind Our Custom Jewelry
Inspired by faith and propelled by the impulse to create, Rebecca hand-forges her jewelry into unexpected combinations. The design begins from the natural: raw ethically-sourced gemstones, leather, and mixed metals. Their organic forms inform what the piece will become. A distressed leather necklace frames a radiant flawless diamond. From the natural world to the spiritual and back to an elegant minimalism. Rebecca’s custom jewelry reflects the gentle irregularities that are found all around us. She also curates studio 703, highlighting artists that blur the line between art and craft in everyday objects.
Custom jewelry designer, Rebecca Lankford, started designing jewelry while working as a paralegal in the early 1990s. As her hobby began to flourish, Rebecca was inspired to perfect her craft and enrolled at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. The foundational knowledge Rebecca gained from her work at Glassell launched her from a local favorite to an internationally renowned jewelry designer.
Two powerful influences drive Rebecca Lankford’s work: her deeply spiritual upbringing and her mother’s contagious passion for DIY creativity. “I grew up with a mom who made everything from beautiful clothes to a complete vegetable garden… everything she touched seemed to take on its own life.”
Rebecca Lankford Designs (RLD) began in 1995 when the Koelsch Gallery in Houston picked up her hand-crafted line of jewelry. Now over twenty years later, Rebecca Lankford Designs has moved into the former space of the Koelsch Gallery, now known as studio 703. Rebecca’s handmade jewelry has been sold nationwide as well as in Europe, Japan, South America, and Mexico.
Many of Rebecca’s handcrafted jewelry pieces feature a cross, a form she cherishes for its simple beauty and personal symbolism. Rebecca loves to combine unexpected materials, both refined and raw when she creates her jewelry, and she also draws inspiration from the gentle irregularities found in nature.
Rebecca’s work is designed, created, and forged at studio 703 in Houston, Texas and her business has grown to seven full-time employees. Her designs capture a rare balance ranging from tiny and precious to vast and edgy, simple and minimalist to intricate and complex, and classic and traditional to contemporary and Bohemian.
“From the natural world, to the spiritual and back to an elegant minimalism.”
Vice President / Muse
Hannah is a native Houstonian with a love for fashion and all things that shine. She studied Visual Art and Art History at Texas Tech and in Italy. Alongside Rebecca, she helps design pieces for stores across the country, as well as the local Houston clientele. She has a sunny personality and interjects herself into any conversation possible with her own two cents (solicited or not). When not at the studio, Hannah can be found with her beloved pets, Lucy and Karat, spending time with friends and family, and shopping for shoes.
Director of Happiness
Stacie has a love for laughter, cooking, and bringing others joy. She grew up in College Station and graduated an Aggie with a degree in Health. Even though jewelry is essential for emotional and mental health, Stacie uses her strength in organization to help the office. You may find Stacie being quiet and reserved but she loves to learn about others and has a ton of fun being part of the RLD team. In her spare time, Stacie likes to be with family and friends, her precious pup, Koda, and cooking tasty meals!
Jennifer is from Houston, Texas and has always had a creative curiosity in the arts. She has a passion for design and a great eye for finding the beauty and uniqueness in all things, including people. You will find Jennifer amongst all the designing and manufacturing that takes place at RLD as she is the production manager. She is making sure all of your hopes and dreams of the perfect piece of jewelry comes true. In her spare time she is a mother, daughter, and friend. She loves playing with her style and going out to experience all the fascinating things life has to offer!
Born in San Antonio but raised in Houston, Maddie loves our awesome city and all its culture. After graduating from Seven Lakes High School in Katy, she moved downtown and with her love of fitness, became a personal trainer where she met Rebecca. Maddie is the face behind the camera and runs the social media accounts for the RLD team, as well as helps out around the studio wherever she can. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with family and friends, relax at home with her cat, BB-8, or is always drawing in all sorts of mediums and styles.
Creative Director / Security
Pete’s connection to the art and fashion world has a storied history. He studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld, and has posed for artists from Warhol to Koons. He is known in the Houston Fashion community as the utmost authority of style and taste. These days, he can be seen in the studio curating our collections, and serves as Rebecca’s top advisor. In his spare time, he finds joy in the simple things; a nap with his brother Jack, a long walk with his mom, and chasing squirrels.
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