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Fresh Shops: Emerging Jewelry Designers

Nov 25, 2014

by Valerie Rains

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Every day our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, we spotlight new and noteworthy sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales.

Accessories aficionados know: a great piece of jewelry is one of the easiest ways to take your look to the next level. Turns out, the same applies to Etsy itself. The newest jewelry designers to arrive on the site are adding not just style, but substance — manipulating wood veneers and cast-off construction materials into sculptural (and eco-friendly) statement pieces, brightening up our screens with edgy slivers of vibrantly colored perspex, and hammering metal into bold designs that manage to look futuristic and prehistoric all at once. Today we invite four of our favorite emerging jewelry designers to tell us a little about their work in their own words.

Objects and Adornments

“I’ve been a maker my whole life, but when I was introduced to jewelry and metalsmithing about eight years ago, I knew that I had found my passion. I love the meticulous work involved, the small scale, the materials, and even the tools. Quality and craftsmanship are extremely important to me. Although I do love a distressed finish, each mark, each skewed line is completely intentional. I spend a lot of time in the design and finishing stages creating the perfect imperfections. When I’m feeling uninspired, I have containers of small pieces left over from old work that I always go back to. I sometimes get ideas for new work by reassembling pieces from old work. It’s my version of sketching.” — Nicole Bills, designer of Objects and Adornments

eF Efrat Ezuz Jewelry

“The inspirations for my designs could be anything that visually catches my eye, leading me to the colors, textures and materials I use to create my collections twice each year. For example, my latest collection is called “Wild Beauty”; as I was developing it, I looked through lots of images of tarantulas and snakes. I found a lot of beauty in these scary creatures and interpreted it into my jewelry. Each season I pick a new inspiration for my collection, but whatever the theme, my you will find statement pieces that can be worn to upgrade an everyday outfit or to accompany an evening gown. They must also always be lightweight and comfortable — a very important factor to me when I design.” — Efrat Ezuz, designer eF efrat ezuz Jewelry

Timber Line Jewelry 

“Sam and I have been designing and building furniture for about a decade, and have always designed products in ways that minimize waste. The jewelry line stemmed from our desire to use some very beautiful offcuts from our furniture production, and also to elevate others that aren’t so intrinsically beautiful. At times, patterns preexist in the materials and we shape them into forms that compliment those patterns; other times, we create patterns using multiple wood species and other elements. We use techniques of joined-block construction that are similar to a traditional Japanese style of woodworking called Yosegi, where wood pieces are combined as a surface using solid wood to form the patterns. This allows for a sculpture lighter in feeling and lends itself nicely to complex geometric patterns.” — Nikki Kragiel, co-owner and co-designer, with Sam Kragiel, of Timber Line Jewelry

Ezekiel Handmade 

“Our names are Shimon and Zohar, and we are designers based in Tel Aviv, Israel. We met when we were both attending the Avni Institute for Art and Design — Zohar for Fashion Design and Shimon for Industrial Design — and discovered that we shared the same approach to design: maximum information with minimum details. When we became a couple and moved in together, we started sharing a workspace in our apartment; working long days and longer nights in the studio, we quickly realized how similar our research was and that working together would benefit us in so many ways. Merging our two brands together in our Etsy shop was the next natural step. Over time, our one-stop-shop concept (combining fashion, accessories, and home decor) has evolved from being a practical solution to one of the core principles in our work. It helped us form our perspective on design — to see design as not merely a field of work, but an outlook on life.” — Zohar Kalev and Shimon Ezekiel, designers of Ezekiel Handmade

 

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