A wise person once said that a great outfit is never complete without a great accessory. And while Coco Chanel used to advise taking off an accessory every time you leave the house, lately I’ve started doing the opposite, especially when it comes to jewelry. The more the merrier, the more they prefer my approach, especially when there are so many amazing independent designers creating truly unique pieces that really make a splash. Who needs a dainty gold chain when you can have a ceramic pendant or gem infused shells? Below I’ve created a list of my favorite brands creating sculptural jewelry that blurs the lines between jewelry and art.
Based in Barcelona, Levens Jewels makes unique jewelry for unique people. Although they’re known for using ceramic as their base material, their latest collection is glass (all handcrafted, of course).
If you’re looking for beach jewelry without looking like everyone else on the Amalfi Coast, Dezso is your answer. Designer Sarah Beltrán works with Mexican artisans to handcraft each piece, drawing inspiration from the sea but creating pieces that can be worn far away. You can also mix and match different charms with its special chains.
Misho Designs describes itself as a brand creating “modern architecture for the body”. Their pieces are truly must-haves and are adored by celebrities like Zendaya and Winnie Harlow.
Parisian designer Charlotte Chesnais launched her eponymous brand after more than 10 years working at Balenciaga. Its pieces are handcrafted in France and the materials range from brass, vermeil and sterling silver to gold and diamonds. She draws inspiration from renowned sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi, creating organic shapes that flow with the body.
Fashion is meant to be fun, and that’s the approach Blobb certainly takes with every piece. Rings (or “mini sculptures” as they call them) come in all shapes and colors and instantly elicit great joy. Each is one of a kind and handmade by designer Sofia Elias in Mexico City.
Hannah Jewett’s limited edition pieces are created in New York and have been seen in publications such as vogue and She. They embody the concept of high editorial accessories (with a little punk edge), but are still extremely wearable. It’s no surprise that her pieces are favorites of stars like Billie Eilish and Bella Hadid.
Ute Decker Studio epitomizes the concept of sculptural jewelry – it’s often difficult to determine which pieces are wearable and which may in fact be art. Pieces are unique or limited edition and made from Fairtrade recycled gold and silver.