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.
Hannah Blount creates handcrafted, fine jewelry for modern storytellers. Each HBJ piece sets out to empower its wearer, and evoke the nostalgia and narrative the piece was selected to commemorate. The Hannah Blount Jewelry studio utilizes recycled metals and sets out to use ethically-sourced stones when producing the finest, handcrafted pieces.
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.
Petra Class is the force behind a small, exclusive jewelry studio in San Francisco. She uses materials traditionally perceived as precious, working mostly in high carat gold and gemstones. Her classical training and connection to the cutting edge European design world combines with the organic and nature inspired attitude of California to create Petra’s unmistakable vocabulary.
Luana Coonen is known for her mystical nature-inspired jewelry, created with traditional goldsmithing techniques, with a modern feminine design aesthetic. Dedicated to sustainability, she uses environmentally-friendly studio practices and responsible sources for all her materials, including recycled gold, fair-mined gemstones, and reclaimed antique diamonds.
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.
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.
Elliot Gaskin has a passion for creating hand-crafted fine jewelry, often inspired from mythology, European architecture, and steel work. He creates small collections that put a twist on classic designs. His work plays on the juxtaposition between vintage and modern styles. Committed to ethical practices, Elliot uses recycled gold and fair-trade diamonds.
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.
INNER ISLAND is the run by jeweler Gemma O Leary. She is inspired by geometrical forms, frames and structures and is currently exploring jewelry as a sculptural wearable element. The ethos of the brand is to bring a refined, subtle approach to design, starting with simple shapes and introducing unexpected details, with the intention of creating pieces that will surprise and delight with a modern contemporary aesthetic. Everything is handcrafted from her studio in the Ireland.
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.
Todd Reed is an American artisanal luxury jewelry company renowned for creating works of art using recycled metals and sustainably-sourced raw and fancy-cut diamonds. Todd Reed creations are all one-of-a-kind, hand-forged and finished by master jewelers in the Boulder, CO studio. Todd Reed creates an alchemy of precious metals and stones that merge rugged natural beauty with refined sculptural elegance – Raw Elegance. It is a vision that fuses the iconoclastic spirit of an artist, the unwavering, hand-made ethos of an artisan, and the sustainable methods of a modern-day steward.
Kendra Renee spends her days in her cozy Oakland studio hammering away on earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings that delight and inspire. Each piece is entirely handmade, starting out as a pencil on paper sketch, or occasionally, a daydream over a Manhattan. She brings each design to life in precious metals using old-school techniques, hand-carving wax models for casting and forging shapes from sheet or wire. Kendra strives to make each piece so textural you’ll want to touch it, so finely crafted that you’ll treasure it, and so thoughtfully designed that you’ll never want to take it off.
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.
London-based designer Ruth is renowned for meticulously handcrafted jewels with an ethereal, otherworldly appeal – eclectic, intricate, rare and precious. She employs inventive techniques to ensure that originality prevails in each new collection, evoking a sense of wonder around the work. The collections take on a personal approach and demonstrate sensitivity to the value and history of gemstones that are individually sourced and selected for their own unique character.
Camille Torres has been making jewelry since she was 10 years old, more recently earning her BFA at California College of the Arts in Jewelry/Metal Arts. Growing up near the beautiful landscape of Sonoma County, her work is inspired by the natural cycles in life; the subject intertwining nature and the human interaction within it. Many of the shapes and designs are constructed in sacred geometry and act as homage to our myths and lessons of the ancient religions, which revered nature.
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.