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.
Hobo nickel coin carver Steve West has added to his repertoire of unique jewelry with two Commonwealth Rings. Both feature a sterling silver exterior with a Venetian finish. One, however, is lined with 14K gold and the other 14k rose gold. For such a subtle handmade accessory, there’s notable nuances that really make each and every ring distinct.
Drawing upon the geometric “Swiss Style” which originated in Russia, Germany and the Netherlands in the ’20s but became popularized by Swiss designers in the ’50s, jewelry design firm Rabbitneck created their Lustig ring. In contrasting blue and neon green acrylic, the statement-making (and stackable) piece was hand-assembled. All of the work—from construction to sanding and polishing—takes place in Rabbitneck’s Red Hook, Brooklyn studio.
Jill Platner discovered her love of metalworking in NYC while attending the Parson’s School of Design, and began creating jewelry as a side project to her sculptural pieces. Her weighty bronze and silver keychains make an ideal gift for Bowie fans or anyone possessing an electric personality.
Spooky and sophisticated, this Sydney Evan ring is perfect for Halloween—and beyond. Made from 14k rose-gold, the skull features ruby and green garnet eyes and white enamel teeth. Bold enough to make a statement, the ring also measures about 1/4-inch by 1/3-inch so it steers clear of being gaudy or flashy and keeps the scariness subtle.
Paris-born Anissa Kermiche released her debut collection this spring and it’s a doozy. With playful yet beautiful pieces making up the bulk of her fine jewelry, our pick is Rubies Boobies. The necklace is available in sterling silver, rose gold and yellow gold—in either a shiny or textured matte, “sand effect” finish. With two strategically placed rubies, this curious design is a social media-friendly way to free the nipple. Price is in British pounds.
M. Spring Studio’s sage necklaces do more than just look good—if you’re a believer. Since sage is thought to ward off evil, this necklace can be worn as a protective amulet as well as a design item. With each piece hand-cast from real sage leaves and no casts used more than once, each necklace is truly one of a kind. Made from sterling silver, in Brooklyn, these necklaces are available on a 20-inch chain or as a standalone pendant. Prices vary, but start around $130.
Two Hills’ fifth collection—which is space-themed—is full of minimal but eye-catching designs that have a timeless appeal. Our pick from the range are the Solar Earrings—circular stud-drop earrings that play with positive and negative space. Handmade in Melbourne, Australia, these earrings are available in sterling silver, rose or yellow gold.