I can happily waste hours discovering quirky jewellery designers on Instagram. Through intelligent algorithms within social networks, you can ‘stumble upon’ (virtually speaking) the most niche and authentic accounts that resonate exactly with your style. Since working in the wonderful world of jewellery, my Instagram horizons have tilted to spotlight some of the most incredible jewellery designs I have ever seen.
JewelStreet is all about supporting independent jewellery designers around the world. We boast a talented designer network of over 200 independent designers, and we’re constantly looking for more. In support of the unique craftsmanship within the wider jewellery community, I have scouted the top five quirky jewellery pieces spotted on Instagram this week.
From pasta-inspired accessories to wearable art, let these designers breathe fresh inspiration into your summer style.
Tortellini in love with these pasta pieces - LUISAVIAROMA x TRINE TUXEN JEWELRY
Calling all carb-lovers. I have found the ultimate jewellery piece for you - pasta meets jewellery. Have we entered fashion paradise? Quite possibly. This amazing ravioli pendant is one piece from a small jewellery collaboration between Danish jeweller Trine Tuxen and luxury fashion house Luisaviaroma. Affordable and quirky, this collection was only revealed in the past few days, but has already been spotted during Copenhagen Fashion Week and featured in Vogue. If you’re more of a Farfalle or Conchiglie kind of girl, fear not. You can be sporting a pasta hair or hoop, whatever your carb preferences are.
The trapezium - Paola Vilas
The highly-esteemed Rio-based jewellery brand Paola Vilas continues to captivate fans with their unique, artistic pieces. This brand undoubtedly finds inspiration in modern art movements, with many of their pieces emanating artistic vibes such as Matisse and Botero. When I saw these incredible earrings on my Instagram feed, I couldn’t help but smile. The designer puts a charismatic and unique spin on the classic hoop earring with a suspended female form. Authentic jewellery like this commands attention, so find yourself a piece to kick-start the conversation.
For the killer creative direction - Alighieri Jewellery
I discovered Alighieri Jewellery this week through a post featuring lots of old school polaroids. From the film photography to the provocative creative direction, everything about this brand instantly caught my attention. Their intricate jewellery is a complete reflection of their original and stylish branding. From suspended glass ‘tear catcher’ necklaces to paperclip-esque chains, this brand is definitely for the fashion-forward woman who wants to harness her edge.
Roadkill made chic - Tessa Metcalfe
My affinity with Tessa Metcalfe’s amazing jewellery goes far back… I remember during my first year of university, I purchased one of the designer’s signature pigeon claw rings. It has not left my finger since. I remember meeting Tessa at her small workshop in East London, and it’s amazing to see how her brand has soared. From rock-sized bespoke gemstone designs to incredible commissions like this gypsy coin necklace, everything about Tessa Metcalfe’s jewellery hits the mark. Proving that there is a huge appetite for unconventional, alternative, and outlandish jewellery, Tessa Metcalfe’s designs encourage us to channel our individuality unapologetically. Needless to say, I’m so on board.
Go bananas - Pura Utz
Pura Utz is an ethical jewellery brand that aims to connect women through caring craftsmanship. Pura Utz translates to ‘pure quality/ pure good’ and underscores the steps the brand takes to honour and create a sustainable income for the Mayan women who craft their jewellery. Their brand is considered to be an ‘empowerment project’ - showcasing the amazing talents of the women they collaborate with in Guatemala. Their beaded jewellery is bang on trend. Dainty, cute and contemporary, their amazing range will imbue your wardrobe with a carefree and happy vibe - what more could you want?
Thumbnail image credit - Alighieri Jewellery