Summer’s a time for maxi dresses and flowy tops, sandals and flip flops, bold, bright colors and big, bangin’ jewelry. In my opinion there’s nothing more summertime sexy than short natural hair, sizzling eye makeup and huge earrings.
You know I love my jewelry, and I love my up and coming designers. I have been collecting and reviewing and curating a list for you bellas for a minute now! If you’re seeking some hot new jewelry with which to adorn yourself this summer, read on. But don’t blame me if you wind up doing some shopping halfway through this post!
Jewelry designer #1 — Jaz Jewelz.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jasmin Mitchell of JazJewelz at events here in Chicago, and I currently own two pairs of her earrings. I would describe her jewelry as subtly stunning. Jasmin has a unique style and her jewelry is funky, yet understated. JazJewelz makes use of a variety of natural materials — seeds, fossils, feathers, shells and semi-precious stones. In person Jasmin is very laid back and sweet, and if you live in Chicago you might be lucky enough to catch her selling her wares in person at a natural hair meetup!
These are her 14 karat gold filled and amethyst briolette earrings, to give you an idea of her style. Click here to check out her Etsy page, and click here to follow her on Twitter!
Jewelry designer #2 — KFleye.
KFleye’s jewelry is not for shy girls or shrinking violets. If you’re the kind of woman who loves turning heads with truly unique, statement making jewelry, prepare to fall in love. In person, Kelley of KFleye is as sweet as pie, super friendly and genuine. Her jewelry is most often made from leather, stone, wire and acrylic, and many of her pieces are definitely conversation starters.
Jewelry designer #3 — Cab Crochet.
When Cheryl, the creator of CabCrochet, contacted me to share news about her new jewelry line I was excited to see her work even before clicking on the link to her Etsy shop. Cheryl is a Trini like me, and besides that she is also a breast cancer survivor! Cheryl’s jewelry is made from thread and wire, and as the name would indicate, it’s all about crochet. Her big, bright crochet earrings just define summertime outdoor festival chic, but my favorite of her pieces are made of gold and silver metallic wire, which she crochets into bracelets and dangling earrings. They’re very fly and cool while still being feminine and classic.
Jewelry designer #4 – Lingua Nigra.
Bold, edgy and fierce – Lingua Nigra jewelry is not for the timid. Made in Brooklyn by Alicia Goodwin, Lingua Nigra means “black tongue,” and her jewelry is best described as organically funky. I first saw her jewelry in Chicago at the One of a Kind Show (I think!) — all I remember is, Lingua Nigra jewelry made me stop in my tracks and turn around to see more. Alicia uses brass, gold, coins, and etched sterling silver to handcraft truly unique adornments.
I think I need her Alien Key necklace in my life! Click here to follow her on Facebook.
Jewelry designer #5 – Adha Zelma.
OK, so Adha Zelma isn’t a person. It’s the name of the jewelry line made by Brooklyn-based designers Cherise TrahanMiller and Sheanan Bond. All I can say is, this is jewelry for rock stars. If you’re a lady who wears studs and button earrings, Adha Zelma may not be for you. But if you’re a performer at heart, if you love the kind of jewelry that a rock star would wear, don’t look any further. Feathers, abalone, moonstone, 24 karat gold – these designers create audacious jewelry out of an interesting collection of materials.
See anything you like, you need, you have to have? Feel free to thank/tell me off on behalf of your bank account in the comments!!