Yes, $10,000 worth of designer gems around your throat make a statement, but these hand-crafted works of art will get you noticed too. They may say something a little different though: You prefer art over status symbols. You’re more interested in design than intrinsic value. Maybe even that there’s irony in your sense of aesthetics?
Some of these necklaces are made with recycled materials, all are constructed with innovative and painstaking craftsmanship. More importantly, all are, in my opinion, very wearable. (Does this have anything to do with the fact that they were made by women? I didn’t choose with gender in mind.)
You’ll find these and more at the Smithsonian Craft Show, opening tomorrow (April 14-17).
Sa necklace of hand-drilled beach stones with hand-fabricated sterling hinges by Andrea Williams
Necklace and earrings of recycled rubber by Kathleen Nowak Tucci
Raisin Garland necklace of knitted silver leaf forms, patinaed copper and diamonds by Carla Reiter
Black Frost necklace of handblown sculpted glass with 18k gold and freshwater pearls by Joyce Roessler
White Hot necklace of lampworked borosillicate glass bubbles on sterling cable by Melissa Schmidt
Betty necklace of carved ebony set with diamonds in white gold tube by Mayra Orama Muniz (Erica Millner)
Swirl necklace of fabricated oxidized sterling and rolled leather by Andrea Janosik
Body necklace of forged, constructed sterling and handmade paper by Biba Schutz
Kinetic necklace of woven recycled Yellow Pages on steel cable by Francesca Vitali
Shield pendant of sterling and 22k gold on stainless steel cable by Sandra Enterline
Other jewelry artists I’ve profiled who are showing at the Smithsonian Craft Show:
For more about the Smithsonian and other upcoming craft shows:
Best crafts shows in the U.S.