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Hello there and welcome to Black Sand Designs!

If you’re like me, you probably think mass-produced jewelry is dull and soulless.  You want something that shows you have a personal sense of style, but you don’t have time to piece together outfits every day before your work, family, and friends start needing you.

Easy-to-wear jewelry that adds a little flair to even the most ordinary outfits are my specialty. Which is why I started Black Sand Designs.


Hi, my name is Irene Woo, the owner, designer, and metalsmith at Black Sand Designs.  I design contemporary jewelry that adds some sparkle and fun to your personal style.

My design journey started almost 10 years ago during the last months of my career as an engineer. My design inspirations come from structure, science, and detail but I add artistic imperfections because I know nothing is perfect.  

I appreciate and find beauty in natural gemstones that have more character than their “perfect” cousins. 

I'm a one-woman show. My hands design, make, photograph, market, package and ship every piece. I’m extremely detail-oriented, perhaps because of my years as an electrical engineer, but I’ve found it to be one of the things that sets me apart.

I understand the importance of providing customers with a boutique experience. As such, I take care to share beautiful pictures and detailed descriptions of each piece of jewelry I make. I appreciate my customers and I strive to foster a sense of comfort, confidence, and connection for each order.

In my spare time, you’re bound to find me with tools in hand making something. I truly love creating - it isn’t just a business, it’s my passion!

When I’m not fiddling with new designs or crafts, you just may find me snuggled up on the couch for an Avengers marathon with my favorite drink, hot chocolate!

I hope you enjoy wearing my designs as much as I enjoyed creating them for you!