Nadia Todorova of Labulgara Jewelry Collection created her NYC-based brand in 2016. Her work takes an irreverent approach to fine jewelry, crafting precious metals and stones into edgy designs. The signature piece of her collection is the needle earring. Resembling a sword, the earring cuffs around the top of the ear and plunges downward through a piercing.
Sometimes you come across a brand that just makes you happy. For me, that brand is unquestionably Candy Shop Vintage with its charming designs like a French 75 charm bracelet and a champagne pendant and an equally charming designer at the helm. Candy Shop Vintage was founded in 2009 by designer Deirdre Zahl. Her experience in fashion and design in New York led to a passion for vintage jewelry. Pieces from her collection have been featured in national magazines, popular blogs, and even on the hit TV show “Mad Men.” After years of collecting and selling vintage jewelry, Deirdre designed and launched The Candy Shop Collection, her own jewelry line that was inspired by vintage designs and reflected the quality and craftsmanship of those pieces. One of her brand’s flagship lines is the Charleston Rice Bead collection, which pays homage to the port city’s history and the importance rice played as a commodity in South Carolina.
Canada-based designer Jenny Bird is one of my favorite jewelers right now. Her sleek, modern aesthetic seamlessly mixes gold and silver to create eye-catching statement pieces. And if you’re not already familiar with the brand, you’ll be shocked by how affordable her pieces are. Take this necklace for example. That kind of attention to detail and quality in such a large piece is unheard of at $145 at most retailers. Jenny sums it up best:
I founded my line as an extension of myself; rooted in an innate desire to build something. I am a self-taught designer, and, as it turns out, it’s the most intuitive, effortless process that I have ever known. I am committed to a personal philosophy: the market does not need more soulless, short-lived fashion jewelry, nor does it need over-priced plated pieces. Each piece I design is deeply inspired and well thought-out; produced in the highest quality, and sold at a fair price.
Not only does her approach to creating beautiful, accessible pieces earn my respect, it earns my total fangirl approach to her brand. My collection includes these major statement earrings, this pair that has incredible movement, and this minimal choker. Up next? I’ve got my eye on this pair of oversize studs in oxidized brass. Don’t they just look like the perfect accent piece for summer’s bohemian-inspired dresses?
Jezebel London has reimagined classic diamond jewelry for edgy, everyday wear. Each piece of the urban collection is designed by the team in London with versatility in mind. Not only can every piece be worn seamlessly from day to night, many of the pieces are thoughtfully created to give the wearer a chance to express her personality when she gets dressed in the morning. There are dangling earring backs to jazz up a pair of studs and rings that can be worn as a midi or on your little finger. The pieces are produced in Istanbul with 14k rose gold and diamonds of various colors. Read on to learn more about the women behind the brand, Yasmin and Tumay, below!
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Hoxton stud earrings, £315 | Chelsea hand chain, £550 | Victoria stud earrings, £ | Soho necklace, £415 | Charlotte triangle ear cuff, £140 | Sloan earring backs, £700 | Charlotte hook earring, £175 each | Dalston ring, £475 | Chiltern ring, £850 (This pinky ring is my favorite!)
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When it comes to America’s most iconic jewelry designers, it’s impossible to overlook Isaac Manevitz’s illustrious career creating the Ben-Amun collection in New York for over 30 years. In the early ’80s, Isaac pioneered the statement jewelry movement, kicking off a robust career that would land his work in top fashion publications, on runways, and on prominent A-listers, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. These crowning achievements are perhaps no surprise given the Cairo native’s family history in jewelry design. He’s the son of the jeweler to the Egyptian royal court. Isaac draws on his heritage for inspiration, along with his passion for travel and history to create stunning works of wearable art.
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Gypset large necklace with tassels, $670 | Modern Pearl cuff, $295 | Moroccan Coin pendant necklace, $130 | Sculptural Pole pearl pin, $120 | Crystal Branches earrings, $245 | Gypset cuff, $395 | Moroccan Coin bracelet, $400 | Bohemian drop earrings, $155
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