Replace your stash of trinkets with original pieces by local designers
The Brooklyn-based creative uses domestic materials and reclaimed metals for rock-star-worthy crystal chunks (rainbow/white quartz, pyrite) nested in bronze, sterling silver, or gold.
Select styles available at Love, Adorned, 269 Elizabeth Street, between Mott Street and Bowery (212-431-5683); online at andylifschutz.myshopify.com, $250-$2,500.
A DailyCandy favorite since 2004, the Manhattan-based line continues to stun season after season. The current collection pairs heavy gold chains with delicate flourishes like blue stones and colored suede.
The gold and silver jewelry designer — a gallery director by day — does everything from wax molds to final polish in her East Village apartment. Many pieces are made to order and take two to three weeks to deliver.
The collection of delightfully moody unisex jewelry by designer, carpenter, and Maine native Aaron Ruff recalls the woodsy lifestyle of log cabin dwellers (who’ve been enjoying their fifteen minutes of fame on the runway).
Available at Catbird, 390 Metropolitan Avenue, at Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg (718-388-7688); online at digbyandiona.com, $150-$425.
Designers Gillian Conroy and Danica Wilcox’s sophisticated rings, bracelets, and earrings are understated and elegant. Yet they still manage to make you wide-eyed, thanks to stones sourced from Brazil, East Africa, India, Madagascar, and Sri Lanka.
The thin, stretchy power chains — designed by two NYC orthodontists with the help of Lulu Frost designer Lisa Salzer — are studded with teensy metal brackets surrounded by contrasting elastic bands. Mix, match, and stack.
Sculptor and designer Nina Fagiola crafts jewelry inspired by art, architecture, and landscapes. She uses wood, pyrite, briolette gems, and kyanite, resulting in the kind of keepsakes you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
The store owner/jewelry designer’s multitrinket necklaces, earrings, and rings are assembled from a growing collection of estate pieces picked up across the country. The most eccentric part: Almost everything is under a grand.
Erica Weiner, 173 Elizabeth Street, between Spring and Kenmare Streets (212-334-6383 or ericaweiner.com).
Each piece of the Aussie native’s LES-made line is inspired by natural minerals and ice crystals meticulously digitalized with architectural software.
Made from sustainable porcelain, squared-off rings and three-sided amulets are inspired by an ancient belief that certain shapes hold mysterious powers. To complement the raw texture, Parsons prof Cecilia Elguero finishes each piece with a metallic or smooth glaze.
Available at Mary Meyer, 56 Bogart Street, at Harrison Place, Bushwick (510-703-8164 or marymeyerclothing.com); Life:Curated, 186 Grand Street, between Bedford and Driggs Avenues, Williamsburg (347-689-9143 or life-curated.com); online at nidodesuenos.com, $80-$160.
The bold line of bib necklaces, headpieces, and bracelets pairs chiffon (dip-dye, ikat) with exquisite hand-beading. Not for wallflowers.
Talk about a sister act: Design-minded Lizzie and business-savvy Kathryn combined their antipodal genius to create the fresh aesthetic that is now LF while they were in college. Nowadays they’re legit on the LES.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Love channels the pulse of her hometown, a deep love of the Southwest, and roaming interest in religion, folk tales, nature, and astronomy to create her mixed-material (leather, gold, beads) pieces.