LTH Studio pre-Mother's Day Trunk Show: Rubies, Turquoise, Beads, Oh My!

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Wearing a simple necklace and earrings has its place, but in Heidi St. John’s world, anyone wearing only that is an exciting blank palette for her to work some styling magic.

LTH Studio's Heidi St. John. Photo: Karen Young

“I love when people walk in without much jewelry or with pieces they really love [that they want to work with] because it gives me the opportunity to help them figure out their own personality with jewelry,” says St. John, who owns LTH Studio in Studio City.

Top to Bottom: Sharon Kaplan vintage Coco Chanel pendant with turquoise necklace; Sharon Kaplan enamel peace sign; Ginger Peachy multi- prrecious gem necklace.

St. John, a Sherman Oaks native, has made Ventura Blvd. her business home for the past seven years — first, inside the now closed Lisa Angel boutique, and now, her own store which she opened five years ago.  She doesn’t just sell pieces of jewelry — she styles and customizes according to personal taste.

LTH Studio is a most unassuming, yet upscale boutique, filled with an array of unique jewelry — mostly meaningful pieces from over 35 designers — many of whom make one-of-a-kind items. Think “girlfriend’s closet” with a tad of inspiration thrown in for good measure.

Top-Bottom: Kazzie gold plate leaf necklace on oxidized silver chain; Romy Ivsik tourmaline briolette drop necklace.

This Friday and Saturday (May 7 and 8), St. John is celebrating Mother’s Day with a trunk show featuring four designers who will be available to meet and greet: Stormie, who does native American beading with inspirational images; Judith Adelson, whose playful, elegant designs combine a modern look often with 4000 year old trade wind beads from Southeast Asia; Ginger Peachy, a 14 and 18 K fine jeweler who used precious stones; and Sharon Kaplan, noted for her pearl and enamel jewelry.

St. John’s mission is to help her customers grow their personal style with layering and unique pieces. She also makes it an accessible and casual environment where women can freely peruse and men can feel comfortable and know that if help is needed, St. John is there with her intuitive and creative eye.

“I love mixing fine jewelry with raw materials, such as beads and leather, with gold,” explains St. John. “I like to create an eclectic look.”

Top-Bottom: Judith Adelson ancient trade beads from South East Asia with 18kt; Ginger Peachy gold stacking rings.

St. John has a close relationship with all the designers— most of whom have found her over the years. While LTH Studio is chock-full of ready-to wear jewelry (all handmade), St. John will work with individual customers and her designers to customize and create  personal pieces.

“I work with customers to help tell a story with the jewelry. If someone brings in their own pieces, I will use that as a base to incorporate other pieces,” says St. John, who adds that her clients are those who are seeking something a little different.

St. John’s appeal has also made Hollywood take notice over the years. Among the latest, jewelry from LTH can be seen on the upcoming Love and Other Drugs starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathway, as well as in the latest Transformers. Her pieces were also recently seen on Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters.

Top-Bottom: Jewels & co 18kt gold hoops with rubies; Stormie "Owl" bracelet, Seven wishes bracelet, "world" vintage turquoise bangle, single bracelets ancient trade beads.

If you’re looking for Tiffany’s, LTH Studio might not be the place for you.  What it is, however, is a boutique for those interested in creating personal style with a mix of precious, semi-precious stones, antique beads, silver and gold — in necklaces, rings, charms, bracelets, leather and more.   Elegance, spirituality, boho chic — whatever your personality dictates — all wrapped up in a most special type of “bling.”

LTH Trunk Show highlights four designers but all inventory will be available for purchase. Friday, May 7 (3 – 8pm ). Saturday, May 8 (11am-6pm). Refreshments will be served.

LTH  Studio 12182 1/2 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA, 91604,  818-985-1278.  Open 11=6 Tues-Sat. (Street parking). Located just west of Vantage.  Find LTH on Facebook.

Karen Young is the Editor/Publisher of MY DAILY FIND.

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.