7 Jewelry Brands That Don’t Look Like Everything Else
01.31.19

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ike Cardi, I like dollars, I like diamonds, I like stunting and I like shining. I also like going to the jeweler, but I have yet to reach the point in my life where I can afford to “put rocks all in my watch.” I’m more at the “browse Instagram for hot yet accessible shit” stage in my jewelry-buying career, which is typically what I do when looking for jewelry (or as the part of my brain that is still firmly planted in the early aughts prefers to call it: bling) to add to my collection.

I tend towards designers who are, in one way or another, doing something different — whether it be smashing the gender binary or piercing actual earrings. As luck would have it, I have compiled a list of my favorite jewelry designers currently on Instagram below — so scroll down to see just what I mean. And then do tell me: Who are your faves?


Ophidian Guild Chainmail

 

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I did not know that I needed a marriage of the Iron Age (chainmail) and the official neckwear of the good state of Arizona (the bolo tie) until I saw the above Ophidian Guild piece (their website says they are “currently catching up on orders,” but DM them on Instagram to inquire about pieces). Such disparate influences being brought together in such a uniquely striking way really gets me going! I recommend browsing all of the brand’s handmade metal and leatherwork for a rousingly good time — you won’t be disappointed. For all my freaks out there, they even make harnesses. Their work is specific and intricate and like nothing else I’ve ever seen. Go look now.


Melody Ehsani

 

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The pay gap is real but with these rings from Melody Ehsani you can make your demands known. Featuring a unique design style inspired by “paradox, controversy, justice and pushing the envelope,” M.E. jewelry looks good and sends a message. (Bonus: She designs clothes and accessories — like these women’s lib lace locks, a.k.a. jewels for your sneakers — too!) My internal sailor thinks this ring is the best, while the old Floridian lady in me finds these flamingo earrings to die for.


Aziza Handcrafted

 

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Who are these jewels for? Who cares! Aziza’s line is described as “fluid for men and women” and I loooove a smash-the-gender-binary flex, especially when it looks as good as this. I am particularly drawn to the rings that double as long nails, which are perfect for people like me who need to keep their nails short but want to get their Flo Jo on every once in a while. While they are not yet available on the website (maybe DM about them?), this fantastic double knuckle ring is and I highly recommend.


Titty Hawk

 

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Full disclosure: Laila is a friend of mine. I am a huge fan of her work, which features many objects of deep cultural significance, like Felix the Cat, ice cream cones and boobs. Her standout skill is the way she mixes mediums and messages to strike an unexpected balance between playful and sophisticated design — just take a look at her Instagram and you’ll see what I mean. Hard for me to pick a fave here, my own personal wishlist includes these hoops and this pierced tit necklace (LOL because: lesbian, but also child).


Georgina Trevino

 

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Georgina Trevino makes jewelry that wears jewelry and I truly feel like that’s all that needs to be said about this delightful work, but I’ll add that scrolling her feed satisfies my soul in a way that’s hard to put into words. Pretty sure it has something to do with all the hoops and nameplates — which are not only relics of my past, but basically the Platonic essence of my truest self. I’m especially into her take on the bamboo hoop.


Open House Projects

 

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I got six words for you with this one: pear pendants with petite rattlings seeds. The alliteration is just a bonus. Seriously though, my friend got a pair of face earrings made by this designer and I have been obsessed ever since. Everything is made by hand in New York, pears feature prominently in the collections, and the brand’s Instagram is expertly curated. A+


L’Echanteur

 

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There is a piece in twin designers Soull and Dynasty Ogun’s jewelry collection called the “transform your life amulet” and I can’t think of a better way to describe the potential this line has. My favorite pieces are the finger caps, which have the power to transform you into King Midas.


(With all this talk of fire jewelry, I would be remiss not to mention that MR’s very own Emily has started making really cute earrings, too! )

Feature photo: Laila Lott

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