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AOKO SU

Minimalist, modern, gold jewelry handmade in the United States with precious and semi-precious stones… It’s as if AOKO SU was crafted specifically with STH aesthetic in mind. This absolutely gorgeous jewelry line is everything I want out of personal adornments. They are delicate, yet strong and have just enough architectural interest to standout from the handfuls of minimalist gold jewelry that’s flooded the marketplace in the past couple of years. There’s something raw and special about this line. Bold but quite. Strong but delicate.

Designer Ashley Jerman is a true talent and quintessential STH woman. Without any formal jewelry training she has created a coveted line that is adored and adorned by the modern woman. Inspired by the raw aesthetic of Montana, the simplicity of Seattle and modernism of Columbus and Richmond you can feel how the intersection of these places come to life in each piece. I’m obsessed to say the least.

Shop AOKU SU here and for daily inspiration follow AOKO SU IG here.

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Michelle Ross

I was first turned on to Michelle Ross by my sister. She gave me one of her designs as a birthday present this year and I was an immediate fan.

Michelle lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Using semi-precious stones and metals, she pairs her designs with everything from ceramics and glass to vintage findings. The result are pieces that are equal parts feminine and strong. They carry an undeniable weight that has an old world quality yet in the same breath feels fresh and modern. Each piece has the transformative ability to paired with almost anything in your closet, accessorizing a formal outfit or my favorite, juxtaposing your favorite white t-shirt.

Check out some of my favorites below from her most recent and past collections. Her imagery and how she styles each collection is just fantastic. I personally love the editoral.

Make sure to hop over to her site to see more designs or her e-com to get your shop on. Enjoy!

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Neon Zinn

I love a good statement necklace, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this rope necklace collection, Neon Zinn. It’s almost an injustice to just call them necklaces; they are far more than that. Part architectural, part sculptural, these necklaces are works of art in their own right. The collection, hand crafted by Artist/Designer Seth Damm, is inspired by the unique and particular in all of us; each necklace acting as a communication vessel with our creative potential. And with that I say, all abroad!

Starting with plain 100% organic cotton rope, each section is hand dyed in small batches. Using different techniques of twisting and braiding the rope is then fastened together with twine, thread and ribbon helping to anchor each piece.

The use of color and material is just outstanding. Structural because of the way the rope is bound together yet wearable because of the material, cotton rope. Add some beautifully placed color to this juxtaposition and we’ve got a winner. I’m obsessed.

I’ve picked a few of my favorites below along with an image to show scale. They androgyny of them is just another check on my list of loves. These pieces truly are wearable art.

To check out more of Seth’s work jump over to his site.

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Besty & Iya Voyage

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… Betsy & Iya. They are one of my favorite jewelry designers from right here in Portland and they have a new collection, Voyage. Pulling inspiration from three destinations, Portland, Scandinavia and Mexico, Voyage is strong, geometric and architectural; everything we’ve come to expect from their jewelry. But it’s also something else, colorful. The three destinations each have a color pallet that lends its self to the jewelry, adding just the right pop to give each piece a truly unique personality. I don’t have much color in my everyday jewelry so I can’t wait to pop down and pick a few pieces up this weekend. Check out the lookbook below and some key pieces from the collection.

Two friends who wanted to make jewelry and run their own schedules formed Betsy & Iya in 2008. They now have a fantastic little shop in NW Portland where they not only make the jewelry right there in the back they also carry other lifestyle goods. It’s pretty much a one-stop shop for any gifting needs, including that little reward for you. I hear there’s an expansion on the way and I couldn’t be happier! I wish these two all the luck in the world. I can’t go a day without someone commenting on my rings and I have Betsy & Iya to thank for that.

To shop online and learn more about the brand head over to their site.

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Maniamania

Established in 2009 and sparking an immediate cult following Maniamania continues to oooh and ahhh with each collection. The latest, Babylon Collection, stays true to their feminine but bold aesthetic with massive stones and silver and brass metals. Seriously though, this collection looks straight from the set of Game of Thrones. I swear any of these pieces would look right at home adorned on Khaleesi, making them a perfect for any modern, strong woman, who knows just what she wants and how to get it. The Theda Choker and Vixen Stacked Ring are among personal favorites and there is no denying we’ll be seeing plenty of fashionistas adorned all over the web very soon. Shop the collection here.

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