Using a range of materials, these jewelry designers have come up with a wide array of exciting new designs at affordable price points that are guaranteed to please your customers and generate sales.
Fullerton & Bahr
Metalsmith Lynda Bahr of San Gregorio, Calif., refers to the unique aesthetic of her pieces as “post-apocalyptic.” Evoking the imagery of archaeological relics, she uses the ancient Japanese technique known as mokume gane—layering a billet of colored metals, firing it in a kiln and then adding silver, diamonds and pearls. Bahr spends time constantly learning new techniques, noting, “The more I learn, the more the work takes on a life of its own.”
“90 Degree Bracelet” Credit: Jason Dow
Honolulu artist Jason Dow’s show-stopping pieces combine Asian influences with modern Western designs. Mandala, his newest collection, is inspired by the motifs of Buddhist monks and cast in 18kt gold. The addition of various sized diamonds placed in the open spaces of his latticework take advantage of negative space while allowing the piece to remain open.
Erik Stewart’s creations display strong geometrical lines, soft flowing surfaces and highlights of the ethereal beauty of choice gemstones. With 17 years experience in the jewelry industry, his creative ideas stem from his love of music, fine art and architectural expression. Working out of his Tucson, Ariz., studio, his newest design references the signature Elizabethan collar.
Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
“Scroll Crush Mommy” Credit: Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography
Made exclusively from 22kt and 18kt colored gold, platinum and gemstones, Pamela Froman’s work is sure to turn heads. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, she spent time in Paris—easily noted in the classic European design elements in her pieces. Says the Los Angeles-based Froman: “Each piece of my jewelry is an expression from my soul.”
Interchangeable Neckpiece Collection Credit: Anthony McClean
Strong lines, colored gold and precious stones are signature elements in each of Pierre-Yves Paquette’s beautiful pieces. A graduate of the Montreal Jewellery School in Quebec where he now teaches, Paquette opened his own studio in 2009. His recent interchangeable neckpiece collection includes a stainless steel cable with alternating pendants featuring diamonds and other precious gems.
“Blackened Lunar Cycle Cuff” Credit: Hap Sakwa
Genevieve Yang’s current creations were inspired by a recent wilderness expedition in Wyoming, “Every night I was captivated by the moon,” she says. Her philosophy is to forge pieces with meaning, marrying timeless techniques with a uniquely modern aesthetic. Working from her Santa Rosa, Calif., studio, she uses the highest quality precious stones in various carats and colors of gold.
“Pink Tourmaline Rouch Slab” necklace Credit: Hap Sakwa
“Of all the creative paths I’ve taken, working with metal has given me the feeling that I’ve found my way home,” says Jill Hurant. Using ancient Greek and Roman techniques of fusing and granulation, 22kt gold, silver and diamonds are staples in her magnificent pieces. Her designs are exclusively hand fabricated in her studio in Morganville, N.J.
Lisa Jenks Jewelry
“Totem” bracelet Credit: Chris Callis
Fusing the influence of various exotic cultures with 20th century design, Lisa Jenks’ sterling silver works are a must-have accessory. It is the Brooklyn-based artist’s love of pattern that sets her apart. “The world for me visually breaks down into patterns and they all become launching points for my design process,” she says. After a stint creating home accessories, she has returned to jewelry making full-time.
Tia Kramer Designs
Fluttering Series: Necklace and Earring Demi-Parure Credit: Hank Drew
Looking at Tia Kramer’s designs, it is difficult to believe they are made from paper. “My adornments are architecture for the body,” says the Seattle, Wash., artist. Using plant fibers that she transforms into handmade paper, she uses cold form fabrication to create wire structures wrapped in vibrant paper. Her current line combines necklaces and earrings or bracelets in one detachable piece.
If there is one thing that Loretta Lam loves, it’s color. “There’s nothing like mixing up batches of lovely colors and watching how they interact with each other,” says the Carmel, N.Y.-based artist. Organic and sculptural, her polymer clay pieces are dramatic fashion statements. Beginning with base beads made from ultra-light materials, Lam adds a veneer sheet of color blends or patterns, then accessorizes them to create one-of-a-kind works of art.
Cassavoy & Company
“Pope Flower” Credit: Cole Rodger Photography
Using botanicals as a base for all her designs, Jamie Cassavoy mixes clean lines, organic forms and texture with sterling silver, 18kt gold and precious gems. A graduate of RIT School for American Craft, she created Cassavoy & Company in 1998 and now works from her studio in Atlanta, Ga., to produce beautiful jewelry that is both a “pleasure to wear and makes the wearer feel beautiful.”
Red Circle Metals
“3 Leaf Pin” Credit: Hap Sawka
To Suzanne Linquist, every piece of jewelry is a “small sculpture.” In a quest for a material that was very black, she came across a box of old piano keys. Compared to metal, the ebony ones were lightweight. She bought the entire box and never looked back. In her studio, Red Circle Metals in Junction City, Ore., Linquist pares the dark wood with metals including silver, cooper and brass to create beautiful forms.
Self-taught jewelry artist Melissa Borrell of Austin, Texas, first gained attention in the design world with her Pop Out collection—pendants and earrings that come as metal shapes still attached to the metal from which they are cut, making it necessary for the wearer to “pop out” the pieces. Constantly coming up with new and interactive pieces, her newest line, 2D3D, allows the wearer to create their own piece of 3D art.
A deep appreciation for nature is evident in each piece crafted by Gustav Reyes. In consideration of the complexities of the life cycle, he repurposes salvaged wood into beautiful jewelry, with a goal of representing past, present and future. His work is hand formed using a cold bend process and finished with all-natural beeswax. “Rather than working against the grain,” says the Chicago-based artist, “I work with it.”
“Soldio” bracelets Credit: Francesca Vitali
Francesca Vitali has two loves: jewelry making and science. Taking a cue from ancient alchemists, she strives to transform ordinary paper into precious objects of original and modern design. “Paper crosses our everyday life continuously and in multiple forms,” she says. “I enjoy the idea that fragments of our lives will remain trapped in my paper jewelry.” In 2008, she started her line of paper jewelry under the name of Frucci Design in Rochester, N.Y.
Lauren Pollaro Jewelry
Untitled brooch/pendant Credit: Dean Powell & Robert Diamante
Lauren Pollaro’s whimsical one-of-a-kind works of art are inspired by color and unexpected materials, including precious metals, wax, plaster and found objects. “I find it satisfying to harmonize the chaos of so many disparate materials in my jewelry,” explains the York, Maine artist. Beginning with a single element, she builds, layers and experiments with each piece until she creates the perfect visual journey.