Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway

Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway - offbeat + inspired

Today we have a very special treat for you — an introduction to the lovely Kristyn Pankiw of Milk + Crown Jewelry and a giveaway! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know this talented gal over the last few months and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with her gorgeous creations. Check out the interview below! [The beautiful Soledad Bracelet is pictured throughout this post.]

Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway - offbeat + inspired

What inspired you to start making jewelry? I’ve always wanted to work for myself and I love design, but I was constantly changing my mind about what I wanted to do. I kept seeing bloggers post about various jewelry they liked, and I thought to myself, “I can do that!” One day, I discovered the image of a milkcrown-basically the shape milk takes when it splashes. For some reason, it was inspiring to me; a bit romantic, fleeting and beautiful in a unique way. I found myself sketching a necklace design, the Caron, which is essentially a milkcrown in jewelry form. I decided to name my shop after that spark of inspiration, and thus, Milk + Crown was born.

Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway - offbeat + inspired

Where do your design ideas come from, and what’s your creative process? I’m so inspired by modern design that’s still classic and feminine. I’ll find beads or pendants or a style that I like and play around with it, sketch out the design and then bring it to life. It’s like connecting the dots. I never knew that turning my ideas into something tangible with my own hands could be so rewarding and lovely. There’s an understated beauty to the art of jewelry-making.

Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway - offbeat + inspired

What’s your creative environment like? It’s so cheesy but I just have to listen to Madeleine Peyroux while I make jewelry. I love working on pieces in the morning, with the natural light and a warm cup of tea.

Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway - offbeat + inspired

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve accomplished since launching your brand? I had a bride order Bryony necklaces for her six bridesmaids-my first custom order! It’s exciting to see that my jewelry is so versatile, for everyday wear or even weddings!

What’s your vision for the future of Milk + Crown? I would love to have a few of my pieces in a boutique. Someday, I really hope I can turn my passion into a full-time career.

Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway - offbeat + inspired

I just love Kristyn’s story. Her pieces truly reflect a sweet, simple and elegant quality that is so consistent with the origins of Milk + Crown. Some of my favorites are pictured below: (clockwise from the top left) the Talia Necklace, the Stella Necklace, the Yael Earrings and the Paz Gold Coin Necklace.

Meet Milk + Crown! Handmade Jewelry + A Giveaway - offbeat + inspired

Now for the giveaway! Kristyn is giving one lucky winner any piece from the Milk + Crown collection that they choose! The giveaway is open internationally and you must be 18 or older to enter. Use the Rafflecopter widget below for easy entry. Good luck!

Be sure to check out the Milk + Crown blog for tons of inspiring imagery and writing.

A special thanks to A Cup of Commonwealth coffeehouse in Lexington, KY for letting us shoot this post in their lovely space!

The magazine pictured in the table shots is Anthology, a new favorite and definitely worth picking up.

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  1. Mandy says:

    These pieces are beautiful! So delicate.

  2. daria says:
  3. Susan Barlow says:
  4. Mer says:

    I love these earrings ( because they’re so pretty and delicate. Just that little extra something for when a statement piece would be too overpowering.

  5. Seriously she’s made some beautiful jewelry! I’ll definitely be saving up money to buy some! I love the orinda - pine cone bracelet:
    It reminds me of all the times my family and I would go camping when I was a child! Her jewelry is so delicate and gorgeous! I love it!

  6. lesley says:

    I love the rosie (pink bead necklace, teardrop necklace) due to the color and simplicity!

  7. lesley says:

    I love the rosie (pink bead necklace, teardrop necklace) due to the color and simplicity!

  8. Christina says:

    I love
    It comes in a necklace too, I love the color and feminine design.

  9. Ammy Belle says:

    These are so delicate and simple, I love them! Thanks for introducing me to them. My favourite was this one:

    I just like the simplicity of the golden knot on the golden chain - so pretty!

  10. It’s hard to pick a favorite since everything is so beautiful, but I love the delphine - turquoise beaded long layering bohemian statement necklace. I’m really into long necklaces lately and this one is so pretty!

  11. Ashley Adams says:

    I love the carnation necklace, the pendant is such a beautiful piece and I think it would make a lovely layer for fall!

  12. Anitria says:

    There are so many great pieces but my fav is rosie

    I like the pink and I’m more a fan of silver color than gold for the chain :)

  13. Susannah says:

    I adore the Stella Necklace!

  14. Robyn Black says:

    love this giveaway! she has such cute jewelry! my favorite piece is the leaf print necklace - i love anything to do with outdoors & love jewlery with trees, leaves, anything woodsy on them!

  15. Brandee James says:

    I love the Rina necklace…that’s my husband’s grandmother’s name….such a beautiful women! The piece is so unique and feels Egyptian inspired!

  16. Amy says:

    I love all of milk+crown jewelry….so whimsical and beautiful!
    My favorite piece is this necklace:
    I <3 the lines, textures, and of course the leaf!

  17. Lauren Welborn says:

    It was really hard to pick just one necklace; Kristyn is amazing at what she does! A lover of simple style myself, I always take a look at her pieces when I visit her dorm. She was even kind enough to let me try some of the pieces on! I was between a few styles, but I would have to pick I love the layers and the color. I highly recommend Milk+Crown to anyone looking for simple, intricate, fairly-priced jewelry!

  18. Rhonda R. says:

    I love the Gold Leaf Charm necklace!!

    It symbolizes me of the comforts of fall and connecting with nature!

  19. Nury says:
  20. meds says:

    how intricate her jewellery is; especially the Bryony one!

  21. Oh my gosh!! What amazing jewelry!! I love the emma - black diamond gem necklace, delicate necklace, modern jewelry, 14kt gold filled by milkandcrown
    It’s delicate and stunning!! AND it’s called Emma which is my Granddaughters name. MUST have!! Thank you for the chance!

  22. Ayna L. says:

    I really love this piece. I’m thinking about buying it for my sister, who loves all things turquoise- i’ve never seen anything quite like this in her collection!

  23. Kim C. says:

    Everything is really lovely!! I like the Carnation Crown Charm Necklace.

  24. Emily says:

    Beautiful delicate jewellery. I particularly like Talia - minimalist turquoise beaded bar gold necklace by milk & crown. :)

  25. Haley Kjar says:

    I adore the bracelet you wore in this post!
    The onyx stone with the gold chain is simply lovely. :) Crossing my fingers!


  26. molly c says: this could go with anything! its simple and bold at the same time

  27. Ruth says:

    Wow, what pretty jewellery! Hard to pick a favourite, but I think it would probably be the Rosie necklace for me.

  28. Milynn says:

    Oh fiona :) That one is my fave!

  29. Asia R says:

    I love this piece because it’s so simple and elegant. I’d wear it all the time!

  30. elizabeth says:

    i am in LOVE with the leaf necklace! I already have the rina!!

  31. Meg Karetny says:

    The talia - minimalist turquoise beaded bar gold necklace :) Pretty jewelry!

  32. Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    My Favorite item is the felicity - amethyst bead gold earrings by milk & crown. I love earrings.

  33. Heidi says:

    I love the soledad bracelet. So pretty!

  34. Christa M says:
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  37. Karin says:

    everything is so lovely!I absolutely love the fact that the jewelry in this shop is affordable!
    my favorite is bryony - delicate free-form wire knot gold necklace by milk & crown because it looks simple and will fit with everything!

  38. Kristin says:

    The Rina necklace is my favorite. It’s so unique while still feeling classic. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

  39. Stacie says:
  40. Sarah B. says:

    I LOVE her carnation and delphine pieces! So pretty!

  41. eole says:

    Hi Darlin
    Great site…
    Great art…

  42. Rachel Beltz says:

    I love the fiona - tiered gem necklace, green stone necklace, modern jewelry, 14kt goldfilled by milkandcrown. I love the double chain and soft pastel gems! (:

  43. Amber says:

    this necklace is just like me: simple, unique, and easy going!

  44. Maddie says:
    This necklace is so beautiful! Simple, elegant, and reminiscent of nature.

  45. Sharon says:

    Wow there are so many beautiful pieces! I really like this necklace ( ) because it is so delicate and stunning at the same time.

  46. heather says:

    My favorite item is the quirky orinda - pine cone bracelet — I own very few bracelets and this is petite enough for my skinny little wrist!

  47. Camille J says:
  48. kolpin says:

    i love this necklace, bc it’s one of my favorite flowers:

    rafflecopter: daniel

  49. emily says:
  50. Thais Magalhães says:
  51. Mahdi M says:

    I like the delphine turquoise beaded long layering bohemian statement necklace because it could be casual or dressy.

  52. Clare Tea says:

    I love the Fiona! And the Rosie! And Orinda ! It’s very hard to pick just one…

  53. Hanna says:

    I was so into big necklaces, but now I am loving more delicate pieces. This bar is very pretty!

  54. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:
  55. What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much for introducing me to Milk + Crown! Everything is so beautiful! Hard to choose a favorite, but I think I would just adore the Soledad necklace! Fantastic!

    Thanks bunches!
    Xo Jenny

  56. Devyne Koh says:

    I’m probably your furthest entree…with love from Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia!

    I’m torn between yael - modern gold chain dangling tiered delicate earrings and the fiona - tiered gem necklace, green stone necklace, modern jewelry, 14kt goldfilled, so if I win, I’d be most happy with whichever you send me. :)

    xox Dee

  57. TrishCF says:

    I love the Fortuna - silver lotus necklace!

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