Jewelry 2015: Sassy Show-Offs

Here’s a selection of fashion jewelry from a dozen designers who all just want to have fun.

 

1 – Dangle earrings from the Etruscan Collection by Deborah Bushinski of Tessoro, are 23k gold leaf on natural birch bark with freshwater pearls on 14k gold-filled ear wires. PHOTO CREDIT: ERICA DUFOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

1 – Dangle earrings from the Etruscan Collection by Deborah Bushinski of Tessoro, are 23k gold leaf on natural birch bark with freshwater pearls on 14k gold-filled ear wires. PHOTO CREDIT: ERICA DUFOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

 

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2 – “Birth Control Dial Brooch” incorporates sterling silver, brass, garnets and the plastic dial from a birth control pack to “show off the daily choices women make,” says jewelry designer Kristal Romano, “and to celebrate the beauty of it.”

 

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3 – Brass pendant with ocean blue cotton knot detail, driftwood and coconut shell on sterling silver chain with handmade clasp, from Joanna Otten of Twisted Whimsy.

 

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4 – Shiny surfaces, vibrant colors and accessible materials go into the making of jewelry like these funky plastic chains, part of the Rapid Produce series designed by experimental artist Rachel Timmins.

 

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5 – “The Gardener” designs, part of the Verdant Collection by Momo Glassworks artist Edo Mor, are a marriage of fused glass techniques with elements of collage, cloisonné and ceramics, brush-painted by hand onto upcycled glass.

 

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6 –“Cusco Rings,” in 24k gold-plated bronze with lacquered inlays, are created by artist Carrie Bilbo, who imagines her designs as wearable pieces of art rather than mere ornamentation.

 

 

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7 – Asymmetrical necklace in mesmerizing hues, from artist Peter Gilroy, who works almost exclusively with titanium and niobium to create pieces “with a touch of playfulness.”

 

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8 – “Marquis Reflection,” by NICHE Award-winning jeweler Greg Geyer for Mar of Santa Barbara, is handcrafted from 14k gold-filled and brushed sterling silver with pearl accent and oxidized interior.

 

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9 – Abstract oxidized copper pendant, by designer Candace Stribling, is set with onyx, a mosaic triplet opal and a large 40mm pyramid-patterned inlaid cabochon on an 18-inch strand.

 

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10 – Reversible good luck necklace, part of the Exotic Nature Collection by Evelyn Brooks, is handcrafted with sterling silver and small, bright red and black huayruro seeds braided together to create a bold statement piece.

 

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11 – Laura Jaklitsch offers a fresh take on the cocktail ring with this design in wood, plastic and sterling silver, which includes the artist’s signature inlay/casting technique and a ring band with an oxidized finish.

 

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12 – Shredded and repurposed U.S. currency, together with silver, latex and monofilament, go into the statement-making experimental adornments created by Lauren Tickle. Shown here is a construction titled “$84.00.”

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