My husband has learned over the many years of our marriage – I’m not one for generic jewelry. I’m not one who wants him to go to Jared and I don’t believe every kiss begins with Kay. I don’t generally go gaga for the pieces you see on display at the department stores. What I love, is handcrafted, unique, statement jewelry. I love inspired earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces where you can tell that the craftsperson behind it has a distinct vision and voice. I love pieces that inspire conversation and spark the question, “Where did you get THAT?”
The jewelry curated in this collection is by a range of designers of various ages, genders and ethnicities. Some create jewelry that’s bold and tribal. Some create jewelry that’s elegant and classy. Others create pieces that are fun and trendy. These are pieces that I’ve been rocking with pride lately, sent my way by a variety of creators. Allow me to share some of my favorite new jewelry for you to get into!
The designer – Mishakaudi Jewelry – www.mishakaudi.com
The aesthetic – Mishakaudi pieces are so perfect for summer concert festival season! They’re bold and bright, so you can either make their necklaces and earrings your main outfit statement or use them as a complimentary accent. Think of bright beads of turquoise, triangular motifs, and the kind of jewelry Pocahontas might want to wear if she was a modern girl headed to Bonnaroo. Layer them on for a distinctive, trendy look, or go for one big piece (like the Cumbra Necklace, which I LOVE and get compliments on whenever I wear it). Designer Marissa Lewis is proudly vegan and so Mishakaudi jewelry is completely cruelty free – no leather, no feathers. Just gorgeous geometry meant to accentuate your look.
The designer – Rocks Paper Metal – www.rockspapermetal.com
The aesthetic – youthful, vibrant, and NEON are the watchwords for Rocks Paper Metal. Their earrings are like little bites of sour gummy candy made in colors designed to make any outfit POP. Their pieces are fun, affordable, and increasingly popular – just recently I was thumbing through Fitness (verify) magazine and saw cover girl Kelly Osbourne rocking these Sorbet Zig Zag Drape Earrings. They make the kind of jewelry that you can instantly recognize and appreciate, and I love that. And their price points are amazing – these Neon Yellow with Turquoise Pave Crystal Teardrop Earrings are just $20! Love. I want them in every color combination!
The designer – tweak boutique – www.tweakboutique.com
The aesthetic – unique, classic, just a little funky and meant to compliment. Ontario based designer Caroline Bruce creates pieces that fit effortlessly into your collection – pretty accents to add style to your ensemble. I love her Hooked Charm Earrings, they appeal to the Pisces in me! I love Caroline’s personal style (and hair), and I find myself wearing her pieces with everything from my favorite chambray shirt to my elegant dresses for evening events. So versatile!
The designer – Lexi Jewelry
The aesthetic – it’s all about making a subdued yet elegant statement. Miami based designer Lexi Segre uses gorgeous stones and pure metals to create jewelry that is feminine and tasteful but still unique and cool. I was immediately drawn to her 14KT gold filled aquamarine dangly earrings – aquamarine is my birthstone and I haven’t seen it done justice by many in jewelry design along the way. I’m a big lover of raw stones and their innate power, and her Amethyst Stalagmite Long Necklace is the perfect showstopper to add an individual touch to your ensemble.
The designer – Theorem.
The aesthetic – Theorem designs “party jewelry for high fashion ladies” and if you’re making waves on the social scene then you’ll love their pieces! Edgy, bold and trendy – and affordable. Their Gunmetal Waterfall Earrings are favorites of mine, I’m a fool for chain earrings with a difference!
I’ve been proudly rocking pieces that I was sent by these up and coming designers, and the responses I’ve been getting are phenomenal.
And there you have it, five brand new jewelers you may not have heard of before. See anything you like?