Bonnie Riconda’s jewelry design philosophy is based on her love of brilliant, bright colors, a light feeling of airiness, and of all things truly hand-created by the artist. Everything is made by hand in the studio, and all gemstones and beads are wrapped by hand, and other parts and findings, such as hoops, clasps, and french wires, are made by hand as well. Precious and semi-precious gemstones, crystals, freshwater pearls, and other stones are used in combination to create a wonderful palette of colors in her original designs.
After getting a BFA from York College of PA in 1998 and an MFA in painting and sculpture from Long Island University of New York in 2000, Bonnie’s love of jewelry and creating things by hand determined her course in starting her business Calico Juno Designs. With no experience or training in jewelry design and creation, she started experimenting with some gemstones and wire she bought in a little store in Long Island. After many trial-and-error flops she came up with about 30 original designs, and then the creation of the website www.CalicoJunoDesigns.com.
Now over 12 years later, and with the help of some great girls that make up Calico Juno, the website now features over 1,500 designs, all still handmade in our studio. Calico Juno Designs is carried by retailers all across the country, and internationally as well. Magazine features include INSTYLE, LUCKY, MARIE CLAIRE, SHOP, SEVENTEEN, GLAMOUR, MODERN BRIDE, THE KNOT, YM, FIRST, BRIDES, JEZEBEL, COSMO GIRL, FAMILY CIRCLE, REDBOOK, COASTAL LIVING, ESSENCE, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, and many more. Calico Juno Designs has been worn by MTV and VH1 vj's, by Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives, Dylan Lauren, Kathy Lee Gifford, and Geri Ryan. She is also featured on many other jewelry websites.