Betsy Barron has been creating jewelry since her teens, eventually earning her BFA in jewelry and light metals at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her style is classic, elegant, and earthy, focused on pieces that transition easily from everyday to a special evening. In addition to her own collection, Betsy has collaborated with some of the premier names in fashion, including Cher, Betsy Johnson, and Kate Spade.
From her studio in Berkeley, California, Elisa creates work that is inspired by industrial design, modern art and architecture. Her creative vision is realized through the interplay of geometric shapes, contrast in scale and repetition of form in her jewelry.
Lola Brooks is an artist living and working in New York City. Her fascination with the history of the “jewel” drives the conceptual content of her jewelry and her underlying interests in material and cultural hierarchies. Lola has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Georgia. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ashley Buchanan individually hand-cuts each piece of jewelry from brass sheet metal using a traditional jeweler’s saw. She then applies color using an industrial process called powder coating. This method of painting electrostatically covers metal with a dry pigment, which is then cured under heat to create a durable, uniform finish.
Stephen Dove earned his MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. Stephen draws his creative inspiration from the art, jewelry and metalwork of the Renaissance. His passion for old-world design and craftsmanship is evident in his earrings, which he handcrafts in his garden studio in Berkeley, California.
Nick Engel is a San Francisco-based goldsmith who brings nearly two decades of fine jewelry experience to his new line of unique, limited-edition pieces. Integrating platinum, gold and silver with precious gems, Nick blends classic and contemporary elements to create striking pieces that appeal to the sophisticated urbanite.
Etke celebrates the rich landscape and cultural heritage of the southwestern United States with a collection of fashion-forward beaded bracelets, hand woven by Native American men and women in New Mexico. Etke is focused on creating quality jobs in underemployed communities that honor the traditions and customs of its makers, humanizing production as a force for good in the fashion industry.
Peg creates work that elucidates the juxtaposition of raw steel and 14K gold. Her work is the perfect balance between the tough edginess of blacksmithing and the delicate intricacy of jewelry. Peg creates and teaches metal arts in St. Louis, Missouri.
Through her apprenticeship with a master goldsmith and over 20 years of experience, Heidi Nahser has attained a virtuosity in her craft and a unique and bold style influenced by Medieval and Elizabethan metalwork. You can see Heidi’s work in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (she created the Red Queen’s sceptor, her ring and many other props), Men in Black (she crafted the charm the cat wore), and SALT.
Working from her studio in the hills of Echo Park, Los Angeles, surrounded by oaks and palms, Samantha Grisdale creates jewelry and accessories that are inspired by art nouveau and the natural sciences. Her bold and classic forms use personal motifs inspired from a family history in art, fashion and design, and her travels.
Maya Kinni’s minimalist sensibility, use of unconventional materials and sculptural approach to her jewelry creates a look that is unique, exciting and fresh. Her dog can often be found sleeping alongside her bench in the sun, as Maya draws, sculpts, and creates jewelry in her studio in Sacramento, California.
Jade Mellor is the latest rock star to emerge from Manchester, UK. Her influences include fossilization, the structure of minerals and ancient civilizations. Each piece is handmade and unique combining natural materials with resin to give the feeling of newly unearthed gems.
Elise is most inspired by nature’s perfect design. She explores translating complex and balanced forms found in nature in to wearable small metal sculptures.
Johnny Ninos creates jewelry as wearable sculpture, using conflict-free stones and recycled metals. Drawing inspiration from the tensile connections found in nature, he plays with silhouette and dimension to balance the organic and industrial, resulting in edgy and sophisticated one-of-a-kind works.
Liz creates organic jewelry in gold and silver using a Japanese hand-sculpting wax technique called Mitsuro. Stretching and manipulating this wax creates furrowed texture called hikime allowing her pieces to maintain complexity while remaining simple and natural in their forms.
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Maral is a San Francisco based designer who re-engineers vintage and antique metal mesh purses into contemporary, wearable pieces of jewelry. Glittering fragments of a bygone era result in works that are rich with history yet decidedly modern.
Alice received a masters of architecture from UC Berkeley and in 2004 began making jewelry, adapting her design sensibility to a smaller scale. Using a combination of fabrication and casting Alice works with silver and gold, crafting simple, sleek forms that complement the body. The exploration of architecture and the act of building continues to guide the creation of each piece of jewelry from start to finish.
Sisters Pratima and Prerna Sethi, the designers behind Sethi Couture, create fine jewelry of heirloom quality that is purposefully imagined to both elevate everyday life and celebrate milestones.
Tura Sugden is a San Francisco-based artist and goldsmith. Her collection utilizes recycled high-karat gold and ethical diamonds, redefining classic fine jewelry compositions through a detailed construction inspired by light, shadow, and the changing seasons. Traditionally rooted fabrication and finishing is an integral component of Tura’s work, and every element of the work is produced in her San Francisco studio by hand.
Polly’s work embodies a rough luxe aesthetic, capturing an imperfect evolving beauty. Polly casts gemstones inside precious metal, allowing stones to break though at random points of the jewelry and penetrate the surface of gold, creating a raw and luxurious treasure.
Bill is an independent artist, DJ, illustrator, and designer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His aesthetic employs bold colors and patterns, exposing geometric leanings and retro-futuristic tendencies. Find Bill’s prints, collages, and cards at Love & Luxe.