Laka Jewelry Specialties, Inc. is a family owned and operated company located in Layton, Utah. We pride ourselves on our unique designs, high quality hand crafted jewelry products, and personal customer service. We currently produce over thirty specialized jewelry lines including officially licensed pieces with popular fantasy authors. Working directly with the author, we bring to life the precious metals and gems from their fantasy worlds into our reality. High quality materials are used for every item we create. We also offer custom jewelry in many of our designs to make each piece your own unique jewelry item.
President and Master Jeweler
Paul J. Badali
Paul J. Badali, President and Master Jeweler, has more than 40 years’ experience as an accomplished jewelry designer and gold and silversmith. Paul has a BS in Zoology Teaching. Paul's designs are influenced by his love of fantasy and science fiction novels. He has also been fascinated with gemstones and crystals since a boy. Click here for more of Paul's story and how he came to create the One Ring of Power™.
Ryan Cazier, Lead Jeweler, started out as an apprentice jeweler with Laka Jewelry. He is now an accomplished gold and silversmith and talented jewelry designer. His designs include the Earth, Air, Fire and Water Elven Element Bands, Thor's Hammer, Snake Eating Its Tail Ring. Ryan’s more recent designs are the Rings Of Men TM including the Witch-KingsTM Ring. Ryan informs us all, that one day his evil plans to take over the world will succeed. All hail the Cazier.
Hillarie Gowers, Jeweler. Hillarie has a BFA in Photography and Film, so everyone was very surprised when the jewelry career path stuck. Hillarie is a jeweler, designer, and the social media manager. When not at the jewelry bench, she helps promote sex education and sex positivity in SLC. She enjoys video games, cosplay, photography, table top board games, and frozen Sour Patch Kids. She has a very long back log of books that she should be reading/listening too, but is on a horror podcast kick and isn’t entirely sure how to get out of the existential hole she has found herself in.
She wishes she could have photoshop loaded into her finger tips.
Minka is a lifelong nerd that has always had a love of art, music, and creating things with her hands. Growing up with four brothers, she often found herself getting into the same things they did, like comic books, video games, fantasy novels, and nerdy movies. She dreams of the day that science will find a way to make a functioning holo deck so she can visit all the amazing worlds she has seen and read about, but until then, she is content to help create jewelry that can be enjoyed by many others like her, bringing little pieces of those worlds into our own. She originally started in the offices of Laka Jewelry, helping with shipping, but quickly moved over to becoming an apprentice jeweler. After a stint of time away where she learned leather working and prop making while working on the CW series, "The Outpost", she spent some time working at the Red Cross until she finally found her way back to the offices of Laka Jewelry where she now works directly with customers and authors.
bek Birkett appeared under mysterious circumstances on a roadside in New York about ten years ago. Adapting to life in this plane, bek has worked as a bookkeeper and office manager and enjoys skiing and camping. They also enjoy spreadsheets and shiny things, so you can usually find them cawing happily in the back offices at Badali. While waiting to see if they slip back into Mid-World, bek is a passionate advocate for queer causes and racial justice, and hangs out with their dog, Jack.
Events Manager and Webmaster
Loria Badali Call, Events Manager and Webmaster, is the product of good solid geek stock. Named for the mythical forest, Lothlorian, from Tolkien's Lord for The Rings novels. Loria worked in regional theatre for 5 years and has even appeared in a little movie called Napoleon Dynamite - she was the "I want that" lady buying tupperware. Loria has a BFA in Musical Theatre.