Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jewelry Like You've Never Seen It

18K gold and gray agate geode earrings

Jewelry can be ordinary. We sometimes go through life and we see nothing but solitaire diamond rings, simple stud earrings in a variety of gemstones, or maybe some other conservative piece. Now I’m not saying that the world should abandon these staples of jewelry, but once in a while it’s nice to see designers taking chances.


Australian black opal pendant
Take the geode, this is a formation that I first saw while visiting a natural history museum when I was very young. I loved the craggy raw gemstone and crystal interiors. They varied in color giving off tons of sparkle and a rainbow of shades. They came in a multitude of sizes, colors and shapes. The most interesting part was how the plain exterior hid a treasure trove of colors within.


Rose gold and black opal earrings
Designers such as Kimberly McDonald are using geodes and other natural crystal formations to make jewelry. She uses these beautiful and unusual gems to make stunning, bold and very contemporary jewelry. It is safe to say that she is thinking entirely outside of the box. I haven’t had the pleasure of viewing her jewelry in person but the images in magazines and on her website are great. She also makes other amazing pieces.


Turquoise chrysocolla druze ring
I love when designers take chances; it gives the world a view of jewelry as art. While I will be the first to admit that some designs are too bold for many of the population it’s nice to think that creativity in jewelry design still exists. Much of what we see today is bland and it’s fun to see jewelry like we’ve never seen it before.
Love these, Montana agate earrings

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