We round up the most popular jewelry designers that young shoppers and collectors can’t get enough of!
1. Vrai & Oro
LA-based jewelry brand Vrai & Oro brings jewelry design back to basics: think gold hoop earrings, solitaire diamond pendant necklaces, and an assortment of timeless solitaire and three-stone engagement rings. Younger generations are drawn to these classic designs but Vrai & Oro’s dedication to ethically- and responsibly-made jewelry has garnered the brand a loyal following.
2. Anna Sheffield
Independent jewelry designer Anna Sheffield specializes in unique and custom engagement rings. Sheffield’s aesthetic has an Art Deco bent, but, through her use of unconventional precious and semi-precious stones like rutilated quartz, grey diamonds, and rainbow moonstone, has a distinctly modern feel.
Mociun’s collection of asymmetrical diamond three-stone and cluster rings and earrings make for a cool and funky twist on vintage jewelry designs. If you can swing through their Brooklyn brick-and-mortar store, you can shop the full Mociun collection and a selection of home goods, including handmade stoneware ceramics and bar soap made from goat’s milk in Portugal.
4. Erica Weiner
Self-taught jewelry designer Erica Weiner started her namesake brand with a collection of re-fitted vintage charms and chains in the mid-2000s. Today, Weiner stays true to her roots with a collection of antique-inspired jewelry using recycled gemstones that occasionally includes a tongue-in-cheek design like the Erica Weiner Lost Weekend Locket which features a tiny coffin pendant, a token by which to remember a particularly debaucherous weekend.
5. Jemma Wynne
Jemma Wynne’s collection boasts a fresh assortment of bangles, rings, necklaces that exude a relaxed femininity without being an overly delicate or dainty design. The New York brand’s pieces effortlessly flow from an outfit’s focal point to a low-key addition to your everyday jewelry line up like their baguette and pave diamond studs and rose gold open cuffs.
(Left image courtesy of Stone & Strand)
The French brand MESSIKA gained stateside notoriety after they debuted their recent Move Addiction collection, designed in close collaboration with supermodel and fashion icon Gigi Hadid. Lead by Valerie Messika (whose family is a stalwart in the French diamond industry), MESSIKA specializes in diamond jewelry but without the stuffy or overly precious feeling of traditional diamond jewelry. MESSIKA’s designs are feminine, bold, and made to be worn every day, for every occasion.
7. Jennie Kwon Designs
Jennie Kwon’s understated jewelry line offers an attractive minimalist-luxe aesthetic. Each piece is hand-made in Los Angeles with an incredible attention detail with fascinating flourishes—like three diamonds suspended in a channel setting or milgrain details along a bezel-set sapphire.
8. Love Adorned
Love Adorned’s jewelry store is little punk, a little hippy-dippy, and a little rocker. The New York shop carries a wide range of independent jewelry designers whose styles are an eclectic mix of organic-shaped ring settings, textural gold cuffs flush-set with un-cut diamonds, and long chain necklaces. Love Adorned’s in-house collection is made up of rare vintage finds, from Art Deco fine jewelry to funky signet style cocktail rings.
9. Dana Rebecca Designs
With A-lister fans like Mandy Moore and Mila Kunis, Chicago’s Dana Rebecca Designs is a brand on the up and up. The collection focuses on minimalist and delicate designs that are meant to be stacked, mixed, and matched together to create a highly personal look. The collection’s crisp designs feel immediately personal and easily fits into any woman’s jewelry wardrobe.
Seemingly an outlier on this list of largely independent jewelry designers, Cartier is starting to appeal to more and more young shoppers who are falling in love with the brand’s signature nail-shaped bracelet, the Juste Un Clou, just in the same way tastemakers snapped up the Love Bracelet in the 1970s.
By TrueFacet on 10/24/2018
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