I recently saw a display of C.H. MacKellar’s jewelry and was amazed by the beauty of her creations. Stunning necklaces, bracelets and earrings are created from sterling silver and 18K gold. Patterns are impressed upon the metal with a rolling mill, hammers and engraving tools.
Beautiful materials go only so far, though. It takes a special artist with an incredible design sense to elevate jewelry to this level. And it all takes place in a studio in Brooklyn.
One-of-a-kind custom designs, like the gorgeous pendant necklace above, are also available.
I’ve always enjoyed wearing my wedding ring and, when I was young, a silver puzzle ring. The down side? There have been a couple of occasions where bicycle crashes and other accidents have left me with a swollen finger and I had to have the rings cut off. So, the thought of a silicone ring with a bit of built-in flexibility is really appealing to me.Enso Rings manufactures a range of rings made from a hypo-allergenic silicone compound. The rings are also engineered with what they’re calling “Anti-Ring Avulsion Technology,” meaning that the ring breaks away and protects your finger. These rings also feature air flow channels that helps keep you finger dry.Enzo makes a complete line of rings for both men and women.
Here’s one of my favorites.
If you like to dazzle in diamonds or shine in pearls, you probably already know that these items are not mined or harvested in the USA. The same is true of many gems. However, the stone is just the beginning of a piece of jewelry, and you CAN buy dazzling items that are handcrafted by jewelers in the USA.
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Allurez, a jewelry-maker that manufactures in New York, is having a Fourth of July sale on American-made items. Check out some of the beautiful pieces you can buy for a loved one or -why not – yourself! The sale runs through July 5.
In 2004, Carolyn Rafaelian started making jewelry in Rhode Island. Her goal, she said, was to create items that “adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit.” She named her business Alex and Ani, after two of her daughters. The company manufactures and/or assembles all of its jewelry in the USA.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!The latest jewelry from Alex and Ani is a departure that reaches a new level of sophistication.The new crystal necklaces are especially attractive. Left, the Golden Ray Spike Pendant Necklace. Center, the Rose Glow Spike Pendant Necklace. Right, the Icy Moon Spike Pendant Necklace.Matching earrings are also available.
The newest “Carry Light” necklaces are really special, made with copper saved from the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
See all the Alex and Ani designs here.
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What’s New Week continues with an innovative, worry-bead-replacing ring from the Grommet. Are you the person who’s constantly tapping your pen on the desk, bending paper clips or drumming your fingers on the computer mouse? We have something way better-looking for you to play with.The unisex Hammered Spinner Ring is hand-made in Maine and designed to help you burn off nervous energy. Boss driving you crazy? Spin the three outer rings on the wider, sterling silver band to calm yourself a bit.The band is made from 925 sterling silver and you can choose between copper, brass, or sterling silver for the spinners.
They’re quite beautiful, even if you’re having a good day.