Made to order in Brooklyn, Octave Jewelry’s pieces explore contrasting shapes, colors, textures and styles. Ope Omojola—founder and lead designer—hand-cuts every stone to suit its individual shape and character, and above all wants her jewelry to be worn and enjoyed. Inspired by the corona around the sun, Octave’s AURA Hoops feature a geometric Mother of Pearl stud above a blue and white asymmetric borosilicate glass circle. Striking but understated, these lovely earrings are lightweight for everyday wear.
One of queer-owned, NYC-based fine jewelry designer Automic Gold’s various chain rings, the two-millimeter Butch Ring is available in reclaimed, SCS-certified 14k gold in rose, white or yellow. Made in numerous sizes (from two to 17), each ring is crafted in midtown Manhattan and ships for free.
Playfully asymmetrical, these PLIE earrings are handmade in Seattle by Faris. Available in bronze (with lapis, jade and pearl) or sterling silver (with red glass, pineapple jasper and pearl), they will naturally oxidize over time, but can be polished up to their shiniest state easily. Designed by Faris Du Graf, they are sculptural and bold, while remaining sleek and elegant.
Bittersweets NY’s gold “Beyond & Back” necklace is at once sweet and morbid: two skulls representing commitment now and well into the afterlife. The 14k gold skulls hang from an 18-inch petite cable chain and can be engraved with two letters in the brand’s custom Storybook font.
Reminiscent of a Russian wedding band, LA-based J Hannah’s Duo Form Ring is a sculptural, timeless piece of jewelry. Available in sterling silver or 14k yellow, white, or rose gold, it offers a smooth gradient shape that’s satisfying to look at and comfortable to wear—heavy enough so you know it’s there, but not too much to weigh you down.
Made from eco-friendly recycled brass, Inspired Pins’ jewelry collection centers around safety pin charms with a word crafted into one prong. Available in necklace or standalone pin form, they’re an intricate way to display positivity. Our pick is the “Peace” necklace version. It’s a hopeful expression printed in weighty, polished brass. And, $1 from every order goes to Equality Now and their efforts to help make equality real.
Based on the OY/YO series of artworks by celebrated artist Deborah Kass, this 18k gold-plated necklace is playfully luxurious. Combining riffs on Ed Ruscha’s text-based works, Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” pieces, classic nameplate necklaces, and her own identity and as a “total, absolute, 100 percent provincial New Yorker,” the piece is a glorious play on language. Reading the Yiddish exclamation “OY” or “YO,” depending on the wearer’s mood.
With the look of a ceremonial relic, these Worry Beads—also known as kombolói—from Fredericks and Mae are a modern take on those of Greek and Cypriot culture. The wooden beads are made to fiddle with as a means of passing time. Available in three sizes and many colorways, when not in use, they also make a great decorative piece thanks to a pleasant horse hair tassel.
Carry a token of love and positivity everywhere you go, with this Little Cloud amulet from FriendsWithYou. The art collective will also be donating 10% of proceeds to the ACLU. The brass-plated lead-free pewter trinket is limited to 1,000 pieces.
Jen Gotch, founder of ban.do, has, admittedly, struggled with mental health issues for most of her life. “I know how challenging it can be both personally and professionally. It’s so important for us to open up a dialogue about how we are feeling and get to a place where we are comfortable asking for and receiving help,” she says. She believes that one way to get there is to eliminate the stigmas surrounding mental health. She hopes that the 7.8 necklace, a simple and stylish charmed chain, can be a conversation starter. “7.8” began as Gotch’s “magic number”: “In an emotional rating system that Jen created with her mom… 1 is depressed, 10 reflects a manic state and is too high, and 7.8 is just right,” an accompanying inscription reads. 100% of the proceeds will go to Bring Change To Mind–a non-profit dedicated to ending the stigmas surrounding mental illness.
Shinola, in collaboration with Detroit-based artist Eric Lowry, has released a line of hand-stitched and hand-painted Apple Watch compatible bands. The high-quality leather is painted over by Lowry, giving the classic strap a more modern look—one that matches the high-tech watch it’s attached to. This one in particular is a black leather band with brown and gold art deco adornments and space gray (brushed gunmetal PVD) adapters and buckle.
Made from brass, acetate, and sky jade, these drop earrings by IUO measure 8cm. Speckled and bright while still being pared-back enough to work with lots of looks, they make a colorful statement without being gaudy.
All of the proceeds generated from the sales of this necklace from SexyBeast will go to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Designed by Gabriela Artigas, the open cirlce design is inspired “by cycles of transformation and the way that networks of support strengthen the individual.” And, at the circle’s most delicate point, there is a single diamond (or a ruby if you desire).
Shaped like the cheerful Monstera leaf, these slightly translucent Jennifer Loiselle earrings make a bold statement. Much like the plants themselves, these earrings are also oversized and playful. With gold-plated brass hardware (including the posts), they’re nickel-free.
Evoking the untouchable desert plant, Cartier’s Cactus de Cartier ring uses emeralds and carnelians to build an imaginative design. The 18K gold piece gets a brilliant-cut diamond punctuation point on top. It’s a work of pure imagination from the luxury house and it doesn’t look the same from any two vantage points.
Brandon Maxwell’s collaborative earrings with the Lunch at the Ritz jewelry brand by Zander Elliott shift—legs, tails, head and more—as the wearer moves. There’s a ferocious charm to the whole range, sold exclusive on Maxwell’s site, but the Panther and its ready-to-pounce look really captivates. The pieces will only be produced until 20 November 2017—and each is handmade in the US, meaning no two are exactly the same.