May 23, 2015

Snap Judgment: Harp Designs’ Hand-Cut Geometric Chest Plate Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The one-of-a-kind Geometric Chest Plate Necklace, $185, available in hand-cut and -hammered brass from Berkeley-based jewelry designer Shelly Harper’s Harp Designs. Harper recommends pairing this bold, Southwestern-influenced style with a low-cut black top.

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Wood You Look: Sabi Collection’s Limited Edition Necklaces

We’re big believers in opposites attracting and more than a little in favor of bohemian earthiness mixed with a healthy dose of glam. So you’ll understand in an instant why we were taken in a glance by the Sabi Collection, a line of jewelery made by artist Jill McKeown using found wood pieces from specific locations and mixed with metals and chains.

Available at Circle & Square, necklaces ($70-$120) are available in series that carry the names of places where their materials were found. We’re especially enamored of the Bufalo 7, which hails from Buffalo, NY, for its clean shape and high-shine brass chain accent, as well as the dark imperfection of the Jersey Wood necklace and the glossy metallic sheen of the Boca Wood pendant.

A quietly luxe twist on the natural world, McKeown’s necklaces are the result of her science-meets-design background bolstered by degrees in both architecture and biology.

To view more of her work and scope fresh independent style by emerging artists and designers, visit Circle and Square online or in person at the Presidio Heights showroom (344 Presidio Ave., SF.).


This sponsored style series brought to you by Circle & Square, a San Francisco boutique and showroom offering the best in independent design and accessories from designers and artisans around the globe.

Snap Judgment: Rayo del Sol Coral Spike Earrings

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: A polished twist on hard core style, these golden hoops with coral spikes, $45, by Goldielockes Design are crowned with a vintage African brass bead and inspire us to kick off our shoes and dig our feet into the sand. We think they’d make the perfect finishing touch to a favorite beachcomber look.

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Snap Judgment: Summer Blue Pearl & Flower Statement Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: a romantic statement necklace with turquoise blue beads and a delicate fabric flower, $22.00, handmade and crafted by San Francisco’s Snobish Design, a local maker of affordable modern, bridal and custom accessories capable of complementing a summer dress anywhere from a backyard BBQ to a night out with that special someone.

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Sneak Peek: Vanessa Gade’s New Forme Collection

San Francisco jewelry designer Vanessa Gade‘s new Forme Collection launched over the weekend at L.A.’s Dwell on Design exhibition. Ushering in more of Gade’s streamlined, architectural approach to jewelry, the new pieces diverge from her past work with perfect circles and rectangles to focus on irregular geometric shapes in sterling silver, oxidized silver and 14K gold.

The collection ($75-$350) won’t be available for purchase until July, but Gade is offering a sneak peek of her latest necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings on her web site. Like her previous collections, her current pieces channel undercurrents of Japanese and Scandinavian design. The presence of delicate chains in many pieces adds complexity to the spare shapes. With their clean lines and modern aesthetic, Gade’s jewelry is understated in a way that makes it easy to where everyday, but is, upon closer inspection, a wearable work of art.

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