Fungi Fantasy Studs

$185

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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.

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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.

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Jade Beads Chain Bracelet

$218

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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.

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Lab-Grown Diamond Cushion Cut Studs

$1600

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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.

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Smiley Flower Necklace

$160

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Minimalist Glass Ring

$19

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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.

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20×20 Diamond Signet Ring

$395

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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.

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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.

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Brooklyn-based artist Carol Li blends sculpture, object and costume design into her kitsch yet elegant jewelry line, Janky Jewels. Handmade by Li, the “Telephone” necklace demonstrates her unique ability to form style-defying pieces. It melds the classic beauty of freshwater pearls with the modern edge of a stainless steel chain, unified by a baroque freshwater pearl pendant. As each piece is made to order, Li recommends ordering three weeks out from the preferred delivery date and before 3 December for guaranteed holiday arrivals.

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Amos Carbon Ring

$60

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Founded by Jenny Wu, LACE is a future-forward jewelry collection that uses high-tech innovations to create detailed designs. The Amos Carbon Ring has been crafted from carbon fiber using a proprietary composite 3D printing technology. The process involves layering 209 sheets of 3D-printed carbon fiber fabrics. The Amos makes for a timeless design and can be stacked with others (and has been designed to sit perfectly with the Amor Ring) or worn alone as a statement piece.

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Essene Recycled Silver Earrings

$140

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Loveness Lee’s Essene Earrings are a modern take on ancient skeletal textures and historic ideals of beauty, drawing on the raw forms and materials used to make jewelry 115,000 years ago. These asymmetrical pieces are handcrafted in London, using certified recycled sterling silver, freshwater rice pearls, marine-grade nylon and synthetic post-stoppers. While they evoke the elegance and simplicity of the past, the Essene earrings reflect thoughtful contemporary craftsmanship. Price is in Pounds.

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Each one of KEANE’s striking glass pieces has been hand-blown, so no two are identical. Helmed by artist and designer Colin Lynch (who was classically trained in glassblowing in Venice before earning a degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design), the Brooklyn-based brand combines traditional techniques with contemporary style. The aptly named Molten Ring looks liquified and gooey, and comes in various lovely colorways.

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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.

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