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Happy Jewelry

BY Intern Arielle in Style

Handmade jewelry is awesome. Colorful jewelry is awesome. Handmade colorful jewelry is way awesome. As someone who still wishes they could dress up like Rainbow Brite, you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled across Tierra on Spring street, a small store full of handmade jewelry in the most rich, vibrant colors these eyes have ever seen. The store, which looks more like a wooden hole in the wall, is one of the happiest places in the LES. Being inside Tierra is like entering a rainbow. Read More
Iconic Brit jewelers (and longtime BUST favorites), Tatty Devine have sparked a huge response on Twitter in the last 24 hours after posting these pictures on their blog highlighting the dubious similarities between some of their classic designs and those currently on sale at UK high street chain, Claires Accessories.  Coming at already challenging times for all UK retailers, these cheaper mass produced versions pose a real threat to the well-loved indie label. Tatty Devine say they hope that the response will persuade the company to withdraw these pieces. Read More
Much like Flavor Flav, I enjoy a large “statement” necklace, so I plotzed when I saw Young Frankk’s brass chokers, which resemble giant metal collars. You can special-order them by contacting her through her Etsy store ($78, including shipping in the U.S.), where you can also find a selection of other ridiculously cute pieces. I got mine yesterday, and I’m already planning on never taking it off: The mastermind behind Young Frankk is Christine Young, a former BUST intern and an all-around rad designer and artist. Check her out on Etsy, or peep her artwork here. Read More
BUST Magazine is teaming up with saucy Parisian sister brands Locher's and Maude & Tilda to give one lucky winner a prize package full of naughty jewelry and edgy eco-friendly tote bags!Nicole Locher opened her design atelier in 2005, taking inspiration from flea market found objects in Paris and London. The basic concept behind her vintage yet modern designs is "perversions with a touch of class." This giveaway is now closed. Read More
Artist Katrina Balling started Ball and Chain Jewelry after she designed her own jewelry for her wedding in 2006. Her clever kitschy sterling silhouettes and crocheted chain jewelry are inspired by flea market finds and other unexpected sources. The wood grain ring collection is a collaboration with her husband John Jacobsmeyer, who is also an artist, painter, and print maker -- he lends his engraving skills to the wood grain patterns. Stop by Ball and Chain Jewelry at the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2011 this weekend, December 10th and 11th, at 82 Mercer St. Read More
CMJ is over and now I can stop telling everyone about how I talked to more people in these past five days than I have in the past two months. I also feel like I’m going to have a hangover for the rest of my life, but I guess that’s just a price to pay.  Aside from the fun there is to be had in seeing a crap ton of new and exciting bands back to back to back, my favorite thing about CMJ is all the free stuff. And don’t try to lie, because I know it’s your favorite too. Read More
Faith Evangeline of Girl World Design and the awesome Evil Pawn Jewelry has created a portion of her website that goes out to the ladies: the Girl Revolution section works to engage female positivity and be an open space where women of all ages can spread a little (or a lot) of joy about themselves and each other. Seeing a lack of female bonding in the world, Faith started hosting parties where she and her girlfriends hang out and get “girl-friendly,” doing everything from creating vision boards and jamming out, to bowling and movie outings. Read More
I miss my dog. I haven’t seen Itchy, my family’s 14 year-old lhasa-poo, since I left Ontario in April. You know what would be great? If I could carry around a memento of her all of the time that would remind me of her cuddly softness, her twitchy whiskers, her cold wet nose… And finally that day has come. Artist Jackie Kaufman’s custom pet-nose print necklaces allow this kind of pet-to-owner long-distance intimacy that you can carry close to your heart all day long. Read More
I’m the kind of person who hates delicate jewelry. I don’t wear much jewelry in general, but if I do, I like for it to stand out. That’s why I’m officially obsessed with this whimsically wonderful ring designer, Maud Traon. I stumbled upon photos of her amazing designs via tumblr and I’m in love with the craziness of each one I see. These eccentric pieces are definite conversation starters. Read More
    One of the appeals of accessorizing is that we can use ourselves as an outlet for artistic expression, re-designing an entire look with a necklace or making a statement with a brooche. At an early age, especially in educational environments where girls are required to wear identical uniforms, jewelry and accessories are how we express our individuality.  Appropriately, the word jewelry can be traced back to the Latin word jocale, meaning "plaything". The message, to me, seems clear: jewelry is meant to be decorative, fresh, and playful. Read More
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