Queens, New York-based designer Ashley Volbeda draws on antiquity, sculpture and a love of history to make the handcrafted jewelry under her label, Aveta Studio. The Glow Hoops are no exception. These wavy one-inch-long earrings reflect Volbeda’s enamor of playing with shape and form and come in two color options: sterling silver or brass.
A gorgeous spin on the classic lariat, this ROCA Toggle Necklace by Seattle-based FARIS (helmed by Faris Du Graf) features a delightfully bumpy handmade T-bar and hoop that appear like molten metal. Available in sterling silver or bronze with a gold-fill chain, this piece will oxidize over time but can easily be polished. The box-link chain measures 17 inches.
The sculptural nature of Steff Eleoff’s lovely jewelry makes sense when considering the Toronto native spent time in NYC doing a Masters in fine arts. Partly inspired by nature and architecture, her pieces are show-stoppers—especially her gooey, liquid-looking 2021 collection. From that range, the DRIP single earring, handmade from sterling silver, appears to be almost fluid; dribbling from the wearer’s earlobe. Futuristic with a tinge of Y2K, her pieces can be worn individually or mismatched.
Featuring freshwater pearls of different shapes and hues, every Mudd Pearl “ricemilk” necklace is crafted by hand—no two are the same. Available in three lengths (14-15 inches, 16-17 inches, 18-19 inches), the necklace also boasts a sterling silver toggle clasp. The off-kilter take on a the classic string of pearls showcases the natural, stunning shapes and colors of baroque pearls.
A company dedicated to transparency within its supply chain and salaries, Pura Utz makes playful, intricately beaded jewelry, bags and other accessories. Based in Guatemala, they pay their craftspeople four times the market standard there, and are committed to existing beyond fair trade. This yin yang necklace is entirely handmade (no two are exactly the same) and crafted from freshwater pearls and glass beads. It measures 50cm, which is just under 20 inches. Price is in Swedish Krona.
Layered with thoughtfulness, this collaboration launches on what would have been Jake Burton’s 67th birthday in an edition of 1,977 units to commemorate the year he debuted his brand and birthed an industry. The set features a stainless steel Shinola Duck watch, a replica Burton Backhill Board (The BB1) and a 288-page coffee table book documenting Burton’s life journey. Also included is a leather cooler bag and accessory pouch with additional memorials.
Complete with beads, pendants and cords needed to design your own jewelry, this “Make It Super” DIY Bead Kit from Super Smalls offers hours of entertainment and rewarding finished products. Intended for ages 3+, the set includes an array of beads in various colors, textures and designs—from smiley faces to faux pearls—allowing for seemingly limitless experimentation. (And other beads and found objects can be woven into your designs.) The yellow box it arrives in provides storage solution, too.
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.