By Regina Connell.
At All Things Artisanal, we have a point of view about jewelry: it should be beautiful, it should be high quality, and most of all, it should be wearable. There is a lot of gorgeous art jewelry out there, amazing and magical sculptural pieces with big ideas. That’s great. Problem is, they’re not so wearable. For us, they are small sculptures, diminutive works of art.
So here are some extremely wearable but personality-packed picks from just some of the amazing artisans on All Things Artisanal. (But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Get over there and see—and pick out—something for yourself. And yes, we know, this is all just in time for that day of jewelry and chocolate in mid-February.)
Loving Niki Ulehla‘s apatite and pyrite studs. In California, we seem to be having summer already, but for the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, the pop of color is especially welcome.
We loved these for our holiday guide and we love them still: the astrology bangles in morse code by Coatt. So delicate, they should be worn by the stack. Get one for each of your kids or besties to keep them close to you.
Also in that same general category: Sharon Zimmerman, whose elegant take on edge is the perfect grown-up complement to that rugged, beat up 20-year-old biker jacket.
As a Bay Arean, I adore these super-subtle Sutro Tower earrings.
Did you think pearls went out with Barbara Bush? Not if Elisabeth Newton has her way. Of course, I don’t think the former First Lady has this spiked necklace in her collection…but good for her if she does.
And finally, because I’m still obsessing about pops of color, I’m loving these rings from Nancy Troske. The fact that they’re made using ancient goldsmithing techniques makes them all the better. Style and substance. They’re the real deal.