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Handmade to order with love

At Sweet Hyena, we have a love for minimalist style, quality materials, and crafting by hand. Every piece is designed and handmade in our Queens, New York studio.

We handcraft each piece of jewelry with care, using enduring metals to ensure that it looks beautiful even after lots of wear. Amongst our favorite metals are brass, bronze, and sterling silver. Read more about our metals and how to care for them here.

The handmade jewelry line was started by YiRan Carroll in 2016. With a diverse background in design and technology, YiRan weaves simplicity and wearability into contemporary pieces. Inspiration springs from a multitude of sources including mythology, nature, astronomy, linguistics, and geometry.

What's in a name?

Sweet Hyena is named after the eponymous African mammal. We're inspired by the beauty of all wild lands and wildlife on Earth, even those who have a reputation for being lowly scavengers and snarly villains. Our name is a reminder that there is beauty in all creatures.