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ILHS: Getting to Know Paula Godden from The Pirate + The Gypsy

MAY 21, 2019

Artistic Freedom

Local jewelry artist Paula Godden is rooted in New Westminster, but her dreams and ideas make her a worldly wanderer. With a gypsy heart, a free spirit and a passion that can’t be rivaled – Paula is creating handcrafted pieces that will bring out the beauty within you

Paula is living her best life. Her decision to focus on her craft has given her the opportunity to arrive at a new starting point for the rest of her personal and creative journey. Her artistic pursuits have given her the drive and determination to overcome personal challenges in her own past. Paula has a story to tell. Her history, experiences and struggles are reflected in her line of jewellery. Each piece is an expression–an expression any woman can interpret to tell her own story.

Through her art, Paula has found the freedom to be herself. She has embraced her Gypsy heritage and is inspired by the spirit, beliefs and traditions of her culture.

It’s not just about looking good, it’s about feeling good about what you are wearing. Paula believes every woman should have access to beautiful, consciously made jewellery at affordable prices. The Pirate + The Gypsy jewellery is not simply something you wear, it’s a feeling. There is something so incredibly personal in choosing a piece that has been handcrafted. Paula brings soul to her work and her desire is for you to feel a connection to her creative process.

ILHS VLOG: The Pirate + The Gypsy Part 3: Behind The Name

May 3, 2019

If you’ve seen our first two vlogs in this series with The Pirate + The Gypsy, you’ll already know why we love founder Paula Godden’s story and her mission to create gorgeous jewelry by hand from her studio in New Westminster, BC.

If you’re like us, you’ve got to be curious what’s behind that unique name… The Pirate + The Gypsy!

The brand shares the sentiment, “We are All Bohemian Beautiful.” The Pirate + The Gypsy is not just a reflection of Paula’s style, but it’s who she is. The name was born from her heritage, self-professed free spiritedness, love of beauty, nature, the ocean, and life. These things all drive the direction of Paula’s designs and business.

“I want to share the joy and the expression of bohemian beauty in my jewelry with others so that they may discover their own expression of that beauty each time they wear a piece of jewelry that I created, for I believe that in our hearts we are all bohemian beautiful.”


ILHS VLOG: The Pirate + The Gypsy Part 2: Working Together

May 1, 2019

We are back in The Pirate + The Gypsy Studio! In our first video, creator Paula shared with us her brand story – including her ‘why’ – and how she was first inspired to create beautiful, consciously made jewelry at affordable prices.

Today we are getting a little bit more in depth with Paula about her creative process and how clients and women just like you can work with her one-on-one to bring your jewelry visions to life!

Paula shares, “Each piece starts with the spark of an idea in my minds eye or sketched out on to paper. I truly believe that in every stone there is a is a story, an energy, a feeling. This is why I hand pick all my stones. I find joy in the translation of that story, bringing to life the unique piece of jewelry it will become.”


ILHS VLOG: The Pirate + The Gypsy Part I: The Brand Story

April 29, 1029

The Pirate + The Gypsy jewelry is not just something you wear, it’s a feeling. Founder Paula Godden believes that every woman should have access to beautiful, consciously made jewelry at affordable prices.

I Like Her Style Vancouver is pleased and excited to share The Pirate + The Gypsy with you in this new series of three VLOGS. In our first video, the team visits Paula in her home-based jewelry studio where she tells us from the heart why she is so passionate about making jewelry for every woman to enjoy.

From the classic to the eclectic, each piece that Paula makes is infused with positive energy and love for her craft. Watch on to learn about how Paula’s passion became a business.

The Best Jewelry in New Westminster

September 19, 2019

The Pirate + The Gypsy has been ranked Top 3 Jewelry in New Westminster, BC. The rankings are based on a 50-Point Inspection including everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. Click the link below to see how we rank!

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Discovering The Pirate + The Gypsy

May 11, 2018

While collaborating to create our "Initial Necklace" we had the pleasure of spending time with Paula of The Pirate & The Gypsy, and she is a treasure! We just couldn't keep her and her talents to ourselves.

Paula creates beautiful, consciously made, affordable jewelry in limited runs of ready to wear pieces, but also specializes in custom design. She has made many women's engagement ring dreams come to life, and also matched a lot of husband/wife ring fingers. And yes she also offers jewelry repairs for even your most precious pieces (like Samantha's family heirloom ring).

​It's hard to imagine that The Pirate & The Gypsy was born out of personal need. Paula who is always perfectly adorned with her own custom designs, was for years not wearing any jewelry at all due to severe metal allergies. Tired of being caught in the constant struggle of searching for unique quality pieces that she was able to wear, and also fit her style and bank account she began designing pieces for herself and there-in a talent and genuine love for her craft was discovered.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

May 24, 2018

This Mother's Day, we've teamed up with some awesome brands and featured some of our favorite products to bring you not only a Mother's Day gift guide, but best of all, an entire week of daily giveaways!

Starting today we'll be hosting a series of daily giveaways on our Instagram (@loftyliving) where you can enter to win all of these items for your mom (or yourself, we won't tell her!)

​But, just in case you don't win, or you want one for yourself, we've included all the links to where you can shop these lovelies!

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Introducing Our "Initial Necklace"

May 01, 2018

We collaborated to have these lovelies handmade locally by The Pirate & The Gypsy. Stay tuned for more on Paula's custom design work, and the unique ready to wear pieces she creates in limited runs, all the reasons we chose to work with her on this creation.

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Being a Pirate + a Gypsy

September 26, 2017

When it comes to daydreaming and thinking up creative ideas, most artists can say that deep down, that’s all they ever really want to do. Being an artist is often like being a pirate and a gypsy; searching for that golden idea while striving to keep it secret until it is time to unveil. ​

I caught up with Paula Godden owner and designer at The Pirate + The Gypsy and asked her to give us a few insights into her world of wonder.

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Meet the Vendors: The Pirate + The Gypsy Designs

May 11, 2017

Today we chatted with Paula from The Pirate + The Gypsy Designs to find out her story and what inspires her on the West Coast. Catch her this Mother’s Day weekend at the Queensborough Pop-Up Shop.

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It’s not enough for our jewelry to be beautifully made; we want to be transparent about where our materials come from and the steps I am taking to ensure our methods are sustainable and reflect our commitment to the environment.

Typically when we choose a piece of jewellery, we consider its style, the design and how it will look with our favourite outfit. But how often do we consider how that piece was made? We believe that sustainability can be achieved through longevity. Which is why each piece is forged by hand to create timeless quality pieces that you will love to wear year after year, eventually passing them down to the next generation.

The Pirate + The Gypsy is committed to protecting and preserving the planet we live on. While I am not perfect I am doing my best and am constantly researching and educating myself when it comes to making earth-friendly and sustainable choices for my business and personal life.

Respect - I have so much love for the planet we live on from the mountains to the deep blue waters we see everyday. The earth we live on nourishes us and provides us with the materials used to create our jewelry, so it is important we take care of it. From green solutions to the water based inks used in the packaging, I am conscious of what is used and its impact on the environment. This includes the tools I work with–especially how I solder. In an effort to maintain a clean air environment on our planet and in my home I have switched to a hydrogen torch system which runs off of electrolytes and has a by-product of water so there are no harmful fumes or gasses.

Reduce – I am committed to reducing our waste and our carbon footprint as much as possible. All of the scrap metal created from the making of the jewelry is collected, refined and reused in the making of our cast pieces of jewelry and are minimizing our footprint by working with local Canadian businesses to provide us with materials, packaging, photography, prototyping, etc.

Reuse – I believe that everything can be reused and that nothing should go to waste, upcycling and repurposing is my specialty. I pride myself on keeping metals out of our landfills by taking your unwanted sterling silver and gold jewelry and giving you a credit towards a new piece from one of our collections. Alternatively, I will work with you to design a new piece that fits your style.

Recycle - I use recycled metals in almost all of our jewelry and all of our packaging and business cards are made from 100% recycled paper products. Want to know more about the materials we use and why? Send me an email and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

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