By David Scott
Berkeley native Ianya Young, founder and owner of ‘’Young Jewels & Blessed Things, is following her life’s dream creating handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry and handbags for ladies of all ages and ethnicities.
Her vision was born in 2008 when a jewelry maker in a homeless shelter taught Ianya how to make rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Just three months later, she acquired a business license and adopted her new uniform – a t-shirt printed boldly on the front and back with the words “Jesus Is Lord.’’
With the help of a co-worker, she developed a business plan that focused on selling jewelry at conferences private parties and special events.
“ I want to help ladies who may have self-esteem issues by creating affordable jewelry to make them feel special and loved,” said Young.
The youngest of 4 brothers and sisters, she graduated from Berkeley High School in 1991. Understanding the importance of education, she attended Merritt and Laney Colleges, earning A.A. degrees in Social Science and General Studies. She continued her studies at Cal State Hayward, graduating with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, and earned a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.
Young is an active member of Newbirth Church under the leadership of Bishop Carl Smith, where she helps with the Women’s Ministry. She works as a supervisor with the Department Of Corrections.
She has shown her jewelry at the Seafood Festival in Pittsburg, the S.F. Jazz Festival and the Juneteenth Festival in Berkeley.
“I credit God for all his blessings. All things are possible with God,” she said.
To reach Ianya Young call (510) 755-7398, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit/www.youngjewelsandblessedthings.com.