A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll
“I pick a material and then bring out two sides of it—a feminine, hippie side and then a toughened-up, more modern side,” says Marisa Haskell of her line, which she handcrafts in her Oakland, CA, studio. Haskell sources deer hide and cowhide from Napa Valley and uses turquoise, brass, and vintage finds like African beads. The results are pieces Kate Hudson’s character in Almost Famous might wear.
Though they’ve settled in Connecticut, Louise Baldwin and Inger Mark make jewelry in the clean, unfussy aesthetic of their native Scandinavia. “We like using traditional materials in new ways, like taking precious pearls and putting them against leather,” says Baldwin. And they search far and wide for ideas: “We’ll go stone hunting and flower picking for inspiration—and travel to places like Ecuador and Turkey.”
Perfecting the Mix
Amy Hanna’s designs are like a fresh take on a great-aunt’s jewelry box. France is the true love of this former flight attendant, and each of her pieces has a Gallic inflection. “I love finding old things that have been tucked away,” Hanna says, “everything from industrial pieces to French antiques to old mourning jewelry.” She creates the beautifully layered, textured look by hand-wrapping and soldering each piece in her Southern California studio.
Smart Glass Jewelry
Kathleen Plate was working on a PhD when she fashioned a pair of earrings out of glass from a wine bottle and wore them to a party. That creative idea led to 17 years of professional jewelry design. She still uses recycled glass and adds luxe touches like sterling silver and antiqued brass. “My raw material is pieces of glass—empty beer bottles or the green glass from Coca-Cola bottles,” Plate says. “I love breaking that down and turning it into something beautiful.”