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RANDI MATES WAS A HISTORIAN WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE IN MATERIAL CULTURE, DOING RESEARCH ON ANCIENT METAL WORK. SHE VISITED AN UPPER WEST SIDE INSTITUTE THAT ONLY TEACHES GREEK AND ROMAN TECHNIQUES, AND SHE BECAME FASCINATED WITH THE ANCIENT TECHNIQUES AND STARTED TAKING CLASSES. HER JEWELRY LINE AESA WAS NAMED FOR THE GREEK PERSONIFICATION OF FATE OR DESTINY. RANDI SAID, "I LIKE THE IDEA OF KEEPSAKES OR OBJECTS WITH DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS THAT OUTLIVE TREND-DRIVEN THINGS."SHE LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK AND LIKES TO VISIT MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES FOR INSPIRATION.
AILI Jewelry, is handmade by Monica Ruzansky in her Brooklyn studio.
As a professional photographer herself, light has always been an essential medium in her work and it is also the inspiration for AILI (meaning 'light' in Gaelic), which was born as an ode to this primary source of energy and life. Observing light in different situations and through the contemplation of nature, Monica explores ways to materialize and interpret beauty.
Anthony Lent has been handcrafting fine jewelry for women and men for almost fifty years. Our collections are based on the sculptural creations of master goldsmith and jewelry designer, Tony Lent. He has dedicated his life to the painstaking transformation of visionary images into intricate pieces of wearable art that are among the most detailed and conceptually profound works of jewelry being made today.
Bisa Orest is created by designer Jovana Djuric in memory of her grandmother, Bisa. Bisa embodies for all the values Jovana hopes to immortalize in her collection: strength, endurance and female power. Trained in traditional sculpture at the University of Art in Belgrade and jewelry techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Serbian-born Jovana now resides and crafts her jewelry in New York City.
Half Chinese and half American Bliss Lau’s internalized combination of two cultures manifests itself in each concept, thought, and creation in her collection. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and educated in New York City at Parsons School of Design, her first collection was a group of leather handbags all patterned after the outline of an eye. Four years later, in her exploration of the manipulation of form, Bliss transformed her collection to the trademark body jewelry of today, using chains as lines to draw on the body.
My name is Cat Bates.
I spent my early childhood, and summers through grade school, on Monhegan Island off of the Maine coast. I remain strongly influenced by the island's nautical history, rugged landscape, and the resourcefulness and hard work that one needs to live there year-round. For an extended biography, please click here.
Belgian designer Celine D’aoust draws inspiration from nature and the symbolic meaning associated with precious and semi-precious stones. She unveiled her signature collection in 2009, and currently travels between her studio in Brussels and Jaipur, India to select the stones that will guide her creative process. Her work often draws on organic forms, while celebrating the unique beauty of each individual stone she uses.
Raised on beaches in Hawaii, San Diego and the Philippines, much of her inspiration comes from the nature she was surrounded with.
She is moved by ancient cultures, islands, oceans, ink, her deep rooted faith and the intricacies of works done and made with hands.
Daisy currently lives and pursues her love for metalsmithing in San Francisco.
The husband and wife team began to create together after relocating from the California coast to the high plains desert of Trans-Pecos in 2003. Influenced both by the materials and simplicity of living in the desert and their background of coastal living, the duo created Garza Marfa - a line rooted in the juxtaposition of the modern American West with the effortlessness of the West Coast.
Rhiannon Griego is the designer behind all Ghost Dancer collections, from exquisitely beaded jewelry to woven necklaces and garments. Her practice as an artist constantly navigates the tenuous boundary between the present moment and the ancient past, between innovation and sacred tradition, between matter and spirit. Griego’s artistic journey began with intricate beading, inspired and influenced by the traditions of indigenous relics and ceremonial regalia of all First Nation's peoples. These traditional styles have served as guides and jumping-off points, allowing Griego’s own sense of ceremony and sacred adornment to blossom through her designs.
L.A. native Jennie Kwon launched her namesake line after the birth of her twins, inspired by their perfect innocence and beauty. Her designs reflect the art, natural beauty and southern California style that surround her daily. Each piece is thoughtfully designed to be graceful, balanced and wearable. All of Jennie’s pieces are meticulously made by hand in her Los Angeles studio from the finest materials.
Karen Karch is a fine jewelry designer out of NYC who has been stretching the boundaries of bridal design for 25+ years. Her work is “Of-the-moment yet everlasting, Karen Karch’s sensibility is inspired by contradiction: glamorous & gritty, feminine & masculine, opulent & restrained.”
In January of 2011, designer Katrina LaPenne left her five-year career with the renowned Manhattan goldsmiths Reinstein Ross to follow her dream of launching her own namesake brand. The company would not only be built on her incredible foundation as a studied jeweler, but would maintain her strong ideals as a designer – she would develop one of a kind pieces that were built completely from scratch, creating each and every detail by hand and offering her customers true collection pieces that would always come from the work of Katrina LaPenne.
Kaylin adorns the body as a metalsmith, appreciating the challenges that the body imposes and seeking to provoke a new perception of its features. Her feminine and bold pieces are created using traditional metalsmithing techniques, held to the highest standards of innovation, design and craft. A Kansas City native, Kaylin now produces her eponymous line out of her Los Angeles studio.