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DIGBY & IONA | Aaron Ruff went from woodworker to jeweler, a fact reflected in his line – handmade knives, signet rings and wax seals, and some of the most thoughtful fine jewelry we’ve seen. His work is full of history and made so that the pieces feel like old world relics, as if lost then found as treasure years later. Originally from Maine, he now works and lives in Brooklyn.
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LAUREN WOLF | A former New Yorker now working from her studio in Oakland, Lauren studied jewelry making and design in the mountains of Mexico and nowhere is this juxtaposition between dark, earthy power and industrial, urban elegance more apparent than in her jewelry. Provocative and simple, Lauren’s work is full of strong contrasts, like an abandoned warehouse covered in vine.
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DAISY SAN LUIS | Raised in Hawaii and California and now living in San Francisco, Daisy’s work is a meditation on the symbols of our inherited human heritage. Combining classic metal techniques with the icons of our shared histories, she balances old world with new, ranging from expressions of life through the most modest of teensy diamond rings to powerful representations of death, rebirth, and protection.
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AMANDA HUNT | A free-spirited metalsmith, Amanda’s work enchants through distinctive uses of mythology, countercultural lore, and ritualism – all expressed through her signature textured heavy metals. With her background in dance and ballet, she believes each piece is expressive of its owner’s inner beauty, talismans that find their keepers rather than the other way around.
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SHEILA B JEWELRY | Known for her show-stoppers, former stylist Sheila B’s line is borne from a sharp eye for harmonizing organics – raw and powerful stones, Egyptian relics, all in bright gold. Sheila’s pieces provide their owners with powers of confidence – not for the faint of heart. Handmade in Oakland, where she lives with honorary shop dog Roo B.
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HART VARIATIONS | One of our favorite visitors is Oakland’s Katie J Evans. It’s like a visit from Mauricio Babilonia – Meme’s infamous lover who’s followed everywhere by masses of butterflies – the shop suddenly becomes the most colorful of swarms. Katie takes found objects – bird skulls, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies – and captures them in glass and silver – forgotten objects transformed into precious reliquaries.
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KATIE DIAMOND | How many people have you met who can seamlessly fuse Moroccan design with punk rock into a tiny piece of gold that dances, yes dances, with its diamonds? We’ve met exactly one, and it was love at first sight. From the East Coast with two little ones & a storefront of her own, she’s the type of maker whose lovely work embodies her lovely personality to a t.
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ARMY OF ROKOSZ | From Vancouver, British Columbia, we first found and made contact with Andrea, the head huntress of Army of Rokosz, many years ago, but we were not ready. Her pieces are large, symbolic sculptures, at once tongue-in-cheek but as serious as a mountainside of vibrating quartz. Real deal old school handmade stuff, & the very reason we love her.
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CLAIRE KINDER | When we first met Claire her hands were covered in the tiniest gold rings and her eponymous line reflects her deep loves for itsy wearables and timeless heirlooms. We always fall in love with the objects she produces for us – delicate, delicious, addictive. Living and working in Brooklyn, Claire uses only the best fair-source materials and workmanship.
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NICK POTASH | LA based artist, sculptor and jeweler Nick Potash is the real deal. He combines powerful classical symbolism – claddaghs, skulls, eye of providence – with old diy techniques, using precious metals, leathers, found vintage as material basis. No two pieces are ever the same – he numbers each one separately, and works with a vocabulary of symbols grounded in the ancient arts, giving his work rich meaning and history.
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DMD METAL | We’d been friends with Derek of DMD, a graffiti artist turned goldsmith, for years before he finally made his way into our shop & our lives are now the better for it. Having apprenticed for years in the Bay Area his skills are matched only by his sharp eye for detail, shape & symbolism, all meticulous nods to art deco’s Egyptian Revivalism. He’s a recent transplant to Raleigh, NC, in search of new beginnings.
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GOLDENGROVE | Goldengrove Jewelry, by our friend Maggie Cross, was borne of sturm und drang, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the sheer volume of raw emotion packed into each piece because it is, quite simply, overflowing. Inspired by human sentiment & mourning and drawing on a background in printmaking and an art degree from Pratt, each piece is handmade with care in Brooklyn, where she works & lives.
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BETSY & IYA | We met Betsy when she and her now husband drove cross-country searching for stores that the line would fit. Having since opened her own shop in Portland, where she lives and works, her line is cool, artful, and precisely crafted geometries – perfect angles, smooth curves – it’s as trend-proof as it is easy to wear.
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MOTHER OF GIDEON | Launched by goldsmith Seth Fainkujen and slow-fashion industry expert Charis Elliott, the young couple believe that it’s possible to make jewelry that’s symbolically and visually powerful, effortlessly cool and fair-source. Each piece is meticulously detailed – the mark of true craftsmanship shines in each – and handmade in San Francisco. We feel lucky to be able to work with them closely.
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SILVERELLA | Drawing on her love of ocean lore – high seas piracy, fantastic ocean creatures, buried treasures – Rebekah Harris narrates journeys of discovery using symbols of self-empowerment. She began as a student of fashion design, then struck out on her own to study with the East Coast’s best silver and blacksmiths – she even knows how to make swords – where she currently lives and works.
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ADELINE | Born and raised in Oakland Lindsay Olson’s line is all simple shapes contrasted with industrial finishes, providing fresh and original perspectives on classic staples, making her work the kind that you put on once and don’t take off. Launched in 2012, she makes each piece from her studio and workshop in Oakland.
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MASAMI KELLY | Using her signature method inlaying patterns of crocheted lace deep into precious metals, Masami’s line stands out for its contrasts. Her lace casts are vintage-looking and modern, tough and bold, girlish and delicate. She lives and works in San Francisco, is recent mother to a beautiful girl and giant Rhodesian Ridgeback who tries to work the counter as often as he can.
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GHOST DANCER | Oakland-based Rhiannon Griego’s line of dramatically patterned beadwork comes from her deep respect for old-world indigenous crafts. Each piece made by hand, the patterns her work yields are vintage-inspired but thoroughly refined. Dramatic collars in wild patterns and easy-to-wear everyday pieces make her work, in two words, totally cool.
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ELEANOR AMOROSO | Eleanor’s line is modern and elegant with a dark, post-apocalyptic feel. She weaves each piece by hand, and the level of detail she achieves is totally unmatched. After University, she developed her own technique of making accessories from single strands of fringe, fully modernizing an ancient craft. She currently lives and works in London.
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AVROCOMY | Focusing on the means & processes in metalsmithing rather than the complexity of its ends, Allison Jenetopulos produces simple, clean shapes accented by beautiful, deep stones, all framed within classic & ancient shapes like a sun burst or a lambda, the sign of the Spartan sheild. Each piece is made meticulously at her Chicago studio, which she shares with Hunter the Pup.
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FIAT LUX VINTAGE | Like all of the makers we carry, our vintage & antique collections are small and focused. We travel a few times a year, returning with collections like 1940s Americana, 1960s Native American, mid-Victorian, Masonic oddities & more. Each piece is chosen for its unique voice, a sign of the past that makes a special contribution to our present.
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FIAT LUX | Handmade in our studio just a few blocks from the brick & mortar, our house lines are shaped by our lovely customers. Simple and classic – stackables, tiny eternity bands, the occasional oddball diamond, all fabricated by hand with love. Keeping it Doug E, twice a year we go super secret project and release limited production objects meant to get your heart racing.