Created by Loren Barham, Loren Hope is a jewelry line best described as a modern – and colorful! – approach to vintage. An array of rhinestones, semi-precious stones and Czech glass embellish Loren’s hand-crafted designs. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite from her collection, but the darling sunburst studs in malachite top my list.
Ashley Dodgen McCormick, CEO & Creative Director, ASHA
Ashley Dodgen McCormick started her line in 2005, pulling inspiration from her time living abroad in Florence and Paris while earning her art history degree from Georgetown University. Focusing on top-quality craftsmanship, the artistry of Ashley’s pieces could compete with fine jewelry. I’m particularly drawn to the bone and white topaz pieces for their youthful elegance.
Hassan Bounkit, Founder of Bounkit
No one creates colorful gems better than Hassan Bounkit, founder of Bounkit. As you see above, his pieces are bold, yet undeniably elegant. Even a pair of simple round studs is given special treatment with an refined setting. I’ve got my eye on a pair of floral studs, but I’m dreaming of these stunners. His work has been featured in major fashion publications, worn by countless celebrities, and featured on television shows like Gossip Girl.
I’m excited to share the first installment of “Behind the Baubles!” This monthly feature will give you insight into the designers behind your favorite jewelry brands and the collections that should be on your radar.
This month, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite designers: Lele Sadoughi. Before branching out on her own, Lele gained acclaim by launching J.Crew’s jewelry line back in 2006 and worked with the retailer for five years. Her first independent collection, heavily inspired by ancient Egypt, has already been featured in the nation’s top fashion magazines.