About Vada

VADA is a fine jewelry & eyewear line founded in 2013 by Katie Caplener. Our jewelry is designed + produced inside our studio in Austin, Texas. We produce in small batches and everything is made to order. The brand houses a handmade collection and a curated vintage collection. We also offer custom services, please email info@vadajewelry.com to inquire. 

We work with recycled metals and post-consumer diamonds wherever possible. We proudly source conflict-free materials and any out of studio labor within the United States of America. We are a team of two women.

VADA eyewear is designed in Austin, Texas + handmade in Japan of the finest cellulose acetate, all custom tooling and unique frame shapes.

We believe in staying true to ancient artisanal techniques, which in turn create heirloom pieces built to endure generations of love. The elements that surround VADA Jewelry are mystery, romance, symbolism, ritual, and eternity.


Katie Caplener is a designer and creative director living and working in Austin, Texas. She is the founder of VADA, a line of fine jewelry, antique heirlooms and eyewear that is sold in select retailers around the world. Katie’s work draws from a deep well of ranging references, from ancient art to modern dance, neoclassicism to New Wave, and the obscurest of corners that exist in between. VADA is made from the finest materials and is always responsibly sourced. Its Austin-based studio employs an all-female production team. VADA’s line of eyewear is hand-crafted in Japan.

Katie named her line for her maternal grandmother, “Vada Joy,” and her need to make jewelry appears to have been inherited too: Her late paternal grandmother “Dot” sold a line of popular costume jewelry and melted down scrap jewelry to make designs of her own. Katie has worn an anklet adorned with Dot’s initials every day for the last decade.

In advance of establishing Vada in 2013, Katie worked in specialty retail, content creation and brand strategy. She hails from Arkansas and spends part of the year in Los Angeles.