Four sustainable versions of fall jewelry trends
When you need to change up an outfit without changing your clothes, jewelry provides an easy fix.
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Image courtesy of DLC Brooklyn
Whether it just feels too cold to change, or you've hit upon the perfect outfit, and you want to keep wearing it (mine these days is a combo of leggings, tall boots, a giant scarf and whatever shirt is cleanest), you can make it seem different with smart, appropriate jewelry choices. Those below are just plain pretty, and all are made from recycled or upcycled materials.
Filagree and lace-inspired cuffs and necklaces were all over the runways for fall/winter 2011, and this bracelet by Alkemie (made from recycled metals) which looks almost as if a crocheted piece was dipped in gold, is a perfect nod to this trend.
Western and Native American themes are absolutely everywhere right now, and what better way to capture that vibe than with a hand-crafted arrow with a real (found) bluejay feather tucked in the end? Delicate yet powerful, this charm is pure Americana. Available at Digby and Iona (and check out the rest of the "Me and My Arrow" collection if you like this one.
Long but light and airy chandalier earrings are perfect for wearing with your hair down so the earrings and the locks mix it up in a rock & roll, just-rolled-out-of-bed kinda way. These by DLC Brooklyn are made from vintage jewelry and chains that were taken apart and then put back together in just this way; I love those tiny clasps and charms intertwined with the various colors and sizes of chain that make up the asymmetrical Crescendos.
The uxmal ring is like a deconstruction of the traditional cocktail ring that's been so popular for years now. Made from five discarded charms on an adjustable ring band, it almost looks like a fun puzzle.