It’s our favorite day, it’s Independent Fashion Friday! Following on from our #MondayMustHaves theme, we have found five beautiful independent jewelry designers that simply have to be on your radar.
Brand: Michelle Pajak-Reynolds
As a little girl, Michelle Pajak-Reynolds spent hours playing with pop-beads and jelly bracelets in front of a television watching Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. “Wonder Woman’s jewelry gave her super powers, confidence and enabled her to change the world. My passion for making jewelry is to help my clients feel like the most beautiful and confident women in the world and as though they can conquer anything.”
Michelle Pajak Reynolds jewelry is highly sought after by fashion stylists, celebrities and collectors. Her pieces have been exhibited internationally and worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, Dina Manzo, and Miss Brazil 2010 Debora Lyra. Michelle’s designs have also been featured on the cover of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, LA Brides, and Created Woman magazines and the runways of New York Fashion Week.
Brand: Bijoux Coquette
Designer Noémie Arrigo comes from Switzerland, where she trained as a graphic designer before becoming a self-taught jeweler. After earning a Graphic Design degree at the High School of Design in Zürich, she worked for several fashion magazines. The urge to create jewelry was unexpected. It came as a shock, in fact. But slowly, the shock gave way to “le chic” and the idea of Bijoux Coquette grew.
Bijoux Coquette is a delicate and precious jewelry brand. Every jewel is exclusively made of massive 18 carat red gold and precious gemstones. Bijoux Coquette jewels are handcrafted one by one by Noémie herself in her workshop in Switzerland, making each piece unique, with its own singular charm. At her workbench, a pendant becomes a clasp, gold becomes black. Precious materials merge with subtle designs for a delicate intimacy between the jewel and its owner. A Bijoux Coquette jewel is a nude almost intangible luxury on the skin. For women being elegant but feeling free and wild as the red luster in gold.
Brand: Meghan Patrice Riley
Meghan Patrice Riley jewelry was founded in 2009 by designer MPR to create light and wearable sculptural jewelry. With a background in math and geometry, each piece is inspired by volumetric forms.
Each MPR piece is fabricated by hand using sterling silver and gold fill tubing with nylon-coated steel wire as textile-like “fiber” to form the structure of the collections. Mixing metals with textile techniques, MPR experiments with classic, elementary materials like miniature bridge cabling, industrial ball chain, electrical wire, safety pins, and findings mixed with fine metals to reinterpret them to create industrial jewelry that is feminine, luxurious, and alluring. The resulting collections are lightweight, flexible, and adapt to the wearer. The pieces can be thrown on with a t-shirt or enliven an elegant dress.
Tara Atsalis is a young, fresh, and upcoming fashion designer bringing visions of Greece to the fashion spotlight here in the US. She is currently located in Miami, Florida where she handcrafts her one-of-kind Grecian inspired designs.
Every part of her jewelry collection is created with an evil eye, hamsa and the Greek fret giving protection to those who wear it as well as embracing its owner with a lucky spirit within for eternity. Atsalis’s designs allow women to feel an inner goddess way embracing the variety of sparkling gold’s, silvers and Mediterranean Sea palettes.
Brand: Victoria Beckerman Studio
After graduating from Buenos Aires University with a degree in International Affairs, Victoria moved to New York. Once here, she was inspired by the energy, immediacy, and eclecticism of the city. She soon discovered her inner calling in design. She studied jewelry making under the supervision of Robert Streppone and Hiroko M. Streppone. While this gave her a strong foundation in skills, her sense of taste and dedication are her greatest assets. Her designs reflect her philosophy in life. “Life is simple, why complicate it?”. Her esthetic is minimalist and clean, yet interesting. This esthetic gives her pieces broad appeal to women from various demographics.
Her designs are simple yet sophisticated, both modern and enduring. The pieces are classic, feminine, and delicate. “I design for dynamic women with active lives, that share a love for beauty and simplicity, but still want to look fabulous”. She is currently working with sterling silver, 14K gold-filled, gold vermeil, semi-precious stones and vintage found objects. The signature look of her last collection is a mix of blackened silver and gold in a way that feels airy and feminine.
Independent Fashion Fridays
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