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Jewelry Now: Today's Personalized Tokens

JEWELRY: WHY IT'S IMPORTANT NOW

Wedding rings are passed down through families and remind us of our heritage, charms are collected to mark our travels, particular stones are worn to symbolize a birth month, and some tiny bit of string might adorn the wrist to remind us of our spirituality.  

 

In all cases, the way we choose to adorn ourselves has never lost its importance. We can't simply dismiss jewelry as a frivolity.  It is an intimate form of self expression that's as artful and full of meaning today as in ancient times.

 

Often there is more than one reason why we wear a certain piece, but is usually because it makes us feel more like ourselves. This fall, stacking continues as the key trend, paving the way for plenty of stylish self expression.

 

SURE, YOU LOVE IT. BUT DOES IT MEAN ANYTHING?

JEWELRY DESIGNERS WITH PURPOSE 

Above: Ashley Pittman's iconic bangles.

ASHLEY PITTMAN

The Power of Place

Ashley Pittman donates 10% of all profits to help fund the Kamboo Dispensary and Kathiani Primary School in an area of Kenya particularly hard-hit by prolonged drought. Through the Ashley Pittman Foundation, the school has been provided with a source for clean, de-salinated drinking water, student uniforms, school supplies, hot lunches for the students, and teacher salaries.

Ashley reinterprets the power and simplicity expressed in the shapes and textures of centuries-old African jewelry. Each piece is entirely handcrafted in Kenya featuring repurposed horn, semiprecious gemstones, bronze and materials indigenous to East Africa.

 

Above: Heather Benjamin's unique, organic inspiration.

HEATHER BENJAMIN

Tribal Elegance

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Trish Deerwester

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