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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”