Last week, you met some of my favorite artists, and this week we’ll dive into some of my other favorite artists (but art in a different medium) - JEWELRY DESIGNERS! Yes, I AM a jewelry designer myself, but that by no means I can’t love and support other jewelry designers. There’s more than enough success out there for all of us; plus, we all have different styles (and price points) so if organic, edgy modern cast jewelry by yours truly isn’t your thing - no worries, I got you. Ready to Shop Small?
Business Name: Bent by Courtney
Owner: Courtney Johnson
Location: Columbus, GA; available for purchase online & retailers nationwide
Instagram Handle: @bentbycourtney
Offerings: fashion gold-fill and silver jewelry, copper ornaments
What They Have To Say: "Courtney Johnson’s namesake jewelry line, Bent by Courtney, is creative, contemporary & refined. Artisan vibes, specialized techniques & environmental elements narrate her rare aesthetic. A relentless pursuit to challenge the familiar yields an ethereal quality & supreme blend of masculine & feminine counterparts. Encapsulated by artistry & passion, Bent by Courtney jewelry is bent to wear, meant to last."
My Personal Favorites: Harlow | Mother of Pearl; Shooting Star | Gunmetal; Skye | Lapis
Business Name: Candy Shop Vintage
Location: Charleston, SC; also available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @candyshopvintage
What They Have to Say: "Working with US based jewelry manufacturers dedicated to quality and craftsmanship, we have been able to replicate much of the high caliber charm of the vintage pieces Deirdre collects and sells with her own Candy Shop Collection and her popular line of Charleston Rice Beads. Starting with jewelry and more recently moving into apparel and accessories, Deirdre’s relentless attention to detail and charm continues to be infused throughout all of our products. From collaborations with century old jewelry brand Ciner, to working with eco-friendly manufacturing facilities up and down the east coast, we strive to make everything offered at Candy Shop Vintage on par with the vintage heirlooms we all love."
My Personal Favorites: Rhinestone Moon Brooch; Cocktail Gown | Dusty Blue; Charleston Rice Bead Necklace | Gunmetal
Business Name: Erin McDermott Jewelry
Owner: Erin McDermott White
Location: Charlotte, NC; available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @erinmcdermott1
Offerings: fashion jewelry, personalized subscription boxes
What They Have To Say: "Hi, I’m Erin McDermott White, creator of Erin McDermott Jewelry. My passion is to design and handcraft jewelry that makes you feel beautiful, “put together” and confident. Our customers love our fresh and modern spin on timeless classics - unique pieces that are easy to wear working effortlessly throughout the day. You’ll find jewelry that allows you to express your personality - transitioning beautifully in your busy life whether you are at work, running errands after yoga, enjoying cocktails, attending a black-tie function or spending the day with friends and family. I invite you to explore our collection and find the “go-to” jewelry that you will love."
My Personal Favorites: Middles Resin Earrings; Snakeskin Wrap Bracelet; Mornings to Margaritas Subscription Box
Business Name: KB the label
Owner: Katie Boyle
Location: Toronto, Canada; available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @kbthelabel
Offerings: modern fine jewelry
What They Have To Say: "Founded in 2013 by Katie Boyle, kb, is dedicated to producing jewelry designs that are fresh, current and timeless. We understand the importance of quality, and push the boundaries to exceed expectations with all the materials used. All kb pieces are produced and manufactured in Canada. It’s important to us that we keep it in the family."
My Personal Favorites: Accent Stud: Labradorite; August: Aquamarine & London Blue Topaz; Ella Slim
Business Name: Nina Kastens
Owner: Nina Kastens
Location: Hamburg, Germany & NYC; available for purchase online
Instagram Handle: @ninakastens
Offerings: fine jewelry & bespoke wedding jewelry
“I’d describe my style as clean, feminine and elegant. I also use symbolic forms such as the scarab, an Egyptian lucky charm, which has become my signature piece.“ Nina’s most precious piece is the I Am Good ring. “Every woman wearing my ring has her very own unique story behind it to tell. The ring should remind you of what and who you are and to motivate you to keep doing what you do best. Every day. I feel very happy to pass strength, confidence and motivation to my customers."
My Personal Favorites: Heart Hoops; Mini Face Choker; Crumbs Bracelet
Business Name: Yearly Company
Owner: Ann Williams
Location: Nashville, TN; also available for purchase online
Offers: simple solid gold bangles meant to layer and stack year after year, gold hoops and rings
The perfect gift. Year after year."