WHO WE ARE
ABOUT CHEYANNE SYMONE
Cheyanne Symone is the embodiment of elegance and ease specializing in timeless handcrafted indigenous style jewelry designed with the professional woman in mind. We are committed to innovating style with elegant designs, women empowerment and sustainability.
An Indigenous Woman-Owned jewelry company headquartered in Ypsilanti, MI, Cheyanne Symone was founded by Brittany Cheyanne Turner in 2018. All jewelry is handmade in the USA.
Incredible women wearing beautiful jewelry.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
FOUNDER, ARTIST, & SCIENTIST
Brittany is an Environmental Scientist with roots from the people of the red earth, Haliwa-Saponi Tribe in Hollister, North Carolina. She designs and handcrafts Cheyanne Symone earrings in Ypsilanti, MI.
"I started Cheyanne Symone in 2018 when I saw a need for high quality and sustainable indigenous style beaded earrings that were versatile enough to be worn everyday in a professional work environment and yet bold enough to make a statement. Cheyanne Symone is a combination of my identity as an indigenous woman, environmental/energy scientist, and artist."
Cheyanne Symone design concepts are modern, reflective of contemporary Native American/Indigenous beadwork. Some pieces are tied to stories and causes while others embody minimalism and the beauty of simple elegance and sophistication.
Time Intensive - Beadwork is time intensive. Depending on the pattern and size of each design, it can take our Beaders between 2 - 8 hours to give life to each piece. Cheyanne Symone Beaders are indigenous women from across turtle island.
At Cheyanne Symone we are committed to crafting beautiful jewelry that does not compromise responsibility. Our company was started by a couple of energy nerds so sustainability has been interwoven throughout the fabric of our brand. Learn more HERE.
Seventh Generation Promise - The life cycle of our products does not end with your final purchase. In the event that life happens and something goes wrong, we will repair products hassle free, anytime, guaranteed.
MEET OUR TEAM
Marketing and Data Director
Kate is an energy professional skilled in systems thinking. She leads marketing and data at Cheyanne Symone. Kate and Brittany met at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor while pursuing their graduate degrees. Together, they worked on a team that developed an energy plan for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. From the start, their strengths have complemented each other. Kate’s day job is as an Energy Analyst for an efficiency-focused mechanical engineering firm headquartered in State College, PA.
Rebecca is a Two-Spirit artist from the Little Traverse Bay bands of Odawa Indians pursuing a degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is the artist behind Queerkwe Designs where the purpose of her work is to create representation for LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Indigenous folks. Check out her designs on Etsy HERE.
Natani Notah is an interdisciplinary artist and a proud member of the Navajo Nation. Her current art practice explores contemporary Native American identity through the lens of Diné womanhood. Notah has exhibited her work at institutions, such as apexart, New York City; NXTHVN, New Haven; Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson; Gas Gallery, Los Angeles; The Holland Project, Reno; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; Axis Gallery, Sacramento; SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Notah has received awards from Art Matters, International Sculpture Center, and the San Francisco Foundation. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Hyperallergic, Forbes, and Sculpture Magazine and she has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Grounds for Sculpture, Headlands Center for the Arts, This Will Take Time, Oakland, and Kala Art Institute. Notah holds a BFA with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University and an MFA from Stanford University. Currently she is a 2021-2023 Tulsa Artist Fellow. Check out more of her artwork HERE.
Claire McWilliams is a student at Colorado State University studying Environmental Engineering. She is also an artist and Navajo/Diné woman, from the Tangle People Clan and born for the White Clan. Claire started beading at the beginning of the pandemic, drawn to the intersection between art and culture. Claire’s greatest influence is nature and its geometry, and her camera roll is usually full of pictures of her cat, the moon, and rocks she finds outside. She is the creative force behind Nishlthi, which you can find HERE.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:
Brittany C. Turner