Paradise Found: An Erotic Treasury for Sybarites compiles and contextualizes the pioneering work of sexual anthropologist and designer Betony Vernon. Written by Vernon, the book explores empowering, sensual design, jewelry as a form of the erotic and advice on how to use these tools to heighten pleasure. Tantalizing and riveting, the trove uncovers new sides to desire, sex and design.
For her eponymous jewelry brand, designer Aeri Go finds inspiration in the Korean virtue of inner peace connecting with harmony in the physical world (a concept traced to Confucianism). Soft curves and minimalist design reflect this equilibrium, as well as a resonance with nature. For the Smiley Flower Necklace, Go crafted a bulbous floral (sculpted with wax and then cast in sterling silver) to craft an elegant, thoughtful pendant that hangs from a delicate 18-inch chain.
This 18k gold-plated, mushroom-shaped earring shines with refined details, from its textured finish to its pearl-encrusted cap. Crafted by Natia Chkhartishvili and Tamar Svanidze’s jewelry house Eshvi, the single hoop is both earthy and elegant.
By Vikki Tobak (who has written for Paper, Vibe, i-D and more), Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History is a photo-heavy, historically comprehensive compendium of hip-hop jewelry over 40 years. Starting in the ’80s, the book features icons like Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC, and photographs by Lisa Leone and Jamel Shabazz. There’s information on specific pieces—like Radio Raheem’s rings in Do The Right Thing (which came from the Fulton Mall) and LL Cool J’s Jame$ ring (made by Tito Caicedo at Manny’s New York)—along with street shots of anonymous individuals in unknown jewelry. Tracing the shift from jewelry symbolizing status and wealth to its links with family, business, marketing and loyalty, the book moves into the ’90s with images of Tupac, Missy Elliott, TLC, Da Brat and others. Not only exploring changes through history, Tobak also writes about the various styles across the country as well as the rise of different pieces, from medallions to three-finger rings and grills. Featuring a foreword by Slick Rick and essays from A$AP Ferg, LL Cool J and others, the anthology charts and celebrates jewelry design but also, more significantly, a culture.
Feminist icon and activist Gloria Steinem has collaborated with jeweler Jill Platner on the Gloria Ring. All profits from this elegant accessory will be donated to Planned Parenthood. With a long oval shape (signed “Gloria” and “Jill Platner” on the underside), the piece extends Platner’s biomorphic-inspired designs. “At 88, I’m glad to add a job as jewelry designer,” Steinem says. “Especially because it can now benefit a good cause: access to safe and legal abortion in states where women might otherwise not find this basic human right to reproductive freedom.”
Made from pre-consumer recycled plastic and sterling silver posts, these asymmetrical earrings from eco-conscious brand dconstruct are delightfully psychedelic. With one mushroom-shaped dangle and one smiley face charm, the earrings come in a range of colors, from red and silver to yellow, checkered and more.
Dainty and whimsical, Beepy Bella’s Fungi Fantasy Studs endear with yellow, pink, orange and fuchsia hand-poured enamel set into 925 silver. These joyous mushroom earrings measure 7mm wide.
Handblown by a local artisan in Brooklyn, these glass earrings from contemporary jewelry designer Annika Inez are a playful take on classic hoops. Available in five colors (blue, aqua, mauve, purple or clear) these borosilicate glass pieces are fastened to a solid 14K solid gold post and catch light, adding to their shine.
Evoking the liquified, amorphous shape of molten lava, these striking earrings from Seattle-based jewelry line FARIS drip and shine across the lobe. Handmade to order, the Lava studs are a study in wearable sculptures and abstractionism. They are available in sterling silver or bronze.
An innovative Beijing-based brand known for uncovering connections between jewelry and the body, YVMIN teamed up with luxury fashion brand XU ZHI to create this striking jade and silver bracelet. Pairing a modern chunky chain with delicate, traditional jade beads, this piece accentuates the endurance and strength found in both materials.
Available in different sizes, metals and colors, these lab-grown diamond studs bring a sparkle to your ears. Also available loose and in other settings, Lightbox Jewelry’s stones are unlike other diamonds. Natural diamonds are unique and formed some 100 miles below ground one to three billion years ago, due to unique temperature and pressure conditions, and eventually pushed toward the ground through volcanic activity, but lab-grown diamonds are made using technology to replicate that natural process. Lightbox crafts them at their high-tech lab outside of Portland, Oregon using a Chemical Vapor Disposition (CVD) chamber, where a small slice of an existing lab-grown diamond is placed, gases are inserted and heated by microwaves. When the gases turn to plasma, it enables the lab-grown diamond to grow. It’s a linear and precise process, with a carat-sized stone growing in a month or so, and a two-carat stone growing in two months. Different gases create clear, pink or blue stones. Once grown, the stone is treated like any other: it gets cut, graded, polished and set. These blue 1.5-carat diamonds look fresh and clean in their 14k white gold setting.
Natasha Ghosn’s jewelry and fragrance line, MONDO MONDO, blends mythological inspiration and traditional craft with contemporary charm to make timeless pieces. The brand’s 14k yellow gold Mini Daisy studs are dainty (measuring about 6.5mm) with a vintage feel. The handcrafted pieces are sold as singles or in pairs.
From Justine Clenquet’s eponymous brand (which she founded when she was 18, in 2010) comes the Honey Necklace, a brass piece dipped in palladium and pale 24k gold, designed and handmade in France. Contrasting traditionally masculine and feminine elements, silver and gold and chunky and loose chains, this 46cm necklace is a subversive take on a classic style. Price is in Euros.
Made to order, each of these minimalist rings comprise a glass band upon which a transparent orb sits. Available in green, mustard, orange or yellow, this accessory is an elegant yet colorful everyday addition that enchants on its own or, for even more brightness, can be stacked with others.
Part of Zoë Chicco and Catt Sadler’s 20×20 collaboration, this oval signet features a white diamond within an engraved symbol that represents living in the present moment. Available in 14K yellow, rose or white gold, it’s made to order in size three to nine. Additionally, 100% of the proceeds are donated to The Loveland Foundation, an organization providing therapy, resources and healing opportunities to communities of color, especially Black women and girls.
Jewelry brand Awe Inspired crafts storied pieces from ethically sourced materials. The Snake Stud—available in 14k gold or sterling silver and as a single or a pair—calls on the motif of the serpent to symbolize rebirth. Throughout various mythologies, snakes have represented letting go of the past in order to transition to a better future, a transformation evoked through the shedding of skin. 20% of the proceeds from these earrings go to one of Awe Inspired’s charity partners—which include organizations like The Trevor Project, CancerCare, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and many others.