If you’ve never seen a Britta Ambauen design, they are elegant, standalone works with significant range. Think: hand-hammered gold bangles and jade gemstone peapod necklaces. But look closer and many of her pieces offer an inspiring quote, like her River Bangle bracelet, which is inscribed with the Rumi quote: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving through you, a joy.” It’s her hope that women can wear something beautiful, but more importantly be reminded of something special to them.
“Our thoughts are so powerful that when you revisit one over and over, it can help you manifest your goals,” she says. Currently, Britta is hooked on a necklace she made using a stone found in Arizona at her brother’s wedding last year. She laid a piece of silver behind it and etched, “This above all: To thine self be true,” a Shakespearean quote that she says reminds her to stick to her truths rather than listening to people’s judgments.
One of her biggest truths is that women should empower each other. This sentiment stems from her mother who taught her to reject social constructs from an early age. “My mom is really artistic and fun,” she says, “I used to be so worried about being a good student, but every first day of spring she’d take us out of school and we’d go to the beach to enjoy the outdoors.” These spontaneous acts kept Britta’s mind fresh, allowing her to think outside of the box. Several popular designs inspired by her mom include the Mama Bear Necklace and Mother Hood Tree of Life Necklace, with customizable features to represent the unique bond between mother and child.
Perhaps the biggest manifestation of her mother’s alternative views is how Britta chooses to run her business. With several regular helpers, she takes responsibility for teaching both jewelry design and the importance of women advocating for one another.
“I see my business as a community of women that support each other rather than compete with each other,” she says, “I hope to instill that in the girls.” Britta can recall many strong women who have helped her achieve great things, including her instructor from Outward Bound who several years after offered her an apprenticeship. This completely changed the course of her life.
“She taught me so much about owning a business, but also the importance of community and helping each other,” she recalls. In her Austin shop, business is booming and with her own apprentices, Britta has her hand in a variety of aesthetics including watercolor paintings of different wine regions. She describes her studio as “being inside my brain with all my creative tools and artwork on the walls. Easels, clay, a pottery wheel, it’s always kind of a mess.”
Britta’s ideas are often inspired by the strong women around her who don’t follow a prescribed pattern for life. Hoping to compliment that feminine strength, she crafts one-of-a-kind pieces like her Rainbow of Possibilities Necklace. Shaped like a lucky horseshoe with tiny colorful beads strewn across the top, it’s a daily reminder to stay strong and bright, a mission she stays true to each day. It’s her hope that when you wear it you’ll find the same spirit. “I like to describe my customer as unapologetically herself,” she says. “She’s willing to take risks and follow her dream.”
I’m interested in you peas in a pod necklace. My wife does not do silver, any plans to offer a gold option?
Hi Steve, we’re glad you like the necklace. We don’t have any plans to offer a gold version at the moment, but we’ll let our jewelry buyer know about your suggestion. Thanks for reading our blog!
I’d like to order the mama bear necklaces for two of my daughters. Is possible to add bears at a later date or order extra ones for when additional baby bears arrive?
Hi, Lynette! We don’t offer individual bears for sale, but we do have a return & exchange policy that’s good forever, no questions asked, so if more “baby bears” arrive in the future, you can always return your necklace for one with additional cubs.
I adore your jewelry and purchased a Jeweled Nest Necklace for my sister; each egg representing one of her five grandchildren! Two of her granddaughters (different mothers) were born on the same day in the same year.
My question is about the birthstones ~ I am totally ignorant about such things and would appreciate it if you would identify the gemstones for April, June, August, and October.
Hi Martha. Thanks for your comment! We’re so happy to hear you love Britta’s jewelry. To answer your question, April’s birthstone is quartz, June’s is Alexandrite, August’s is peridot, and October is rubillite or red tourmaline. You can learn more about birth stones in our blog post here: https://www.uncommongoods.com/blog//2015/12-months-of-meaning-the-history-and-symbolism-of-birthstones/
I’m going to order your Mama Bear Necklace from Uncommon Goods with 4 bear cubs. I would love to have some bear earrings (Mama Bear) to match. Will you be selling those in the future?
Hi, Kristin! No earrings in the works yet, but I’ll pass your feedback on to our jewelry team–we’re always looking for new ideas, and we love hearing from our customers about what they’re looking for. Thanks for the suggestion!
i recently purchased a jeweled nest necklace for my daughter. Ten months later we are blessed to have a new granddaughter. is there any way i can send the necklace back to you son an additional birthstone can be added. she truly loves the necklace and wears it all the time
Hi, Connie! What a lovely idea. I’d suggest getting in touch with our Customer Service team to talk through your question; they can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at either 888-365-0056 or 718-210-1200. In similar situations in the past, they’ve suggested sending the old necklace in and exchanging it for a new one with an additional birthstone added, but I’m not sure whether adding a stone to the existing necklace would be a possibility. They should be able to assist you further in finding an appropriate solution!
I would like to purchase the mama bear necklace for my mother for this upcoming Mother’s Day. It says you can get up to 5 baby bears. I really need to get six is there some way to pay extra to get that 6th baby bear added?
Hi, Mike! If you go to the item page, there is an option to special order a necklace with six baby bears–just choose the final item on the drop down menu. Hope this helps!