August 1, 2014

JLD Jewelry Collection Launches

Oakland furniture designer Jason Lees has launched his first jewelry collection made using the same materials and aesthetic present in his handcrafted pieces for the home and inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese design, African tribal art and California mid-century modern craft. With a long track record of producing high quality goods in the Bay Area, Lees has serious ties to the local maker scene: he’s married to SFMade champion Janet Lees.

Available in his online shop, the JLD Jewelry Collection relies on chunky shapes revved up with blocks of color and hung on leather cords. Several could easily be worn by guys or gals, and we could see dressing several styles up by replacing the leather with a silver or gold chain of your choice.

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SF Fashion Events: Snakeskin Kaleidoscope, Fashion Social + More

It’s a quieter week than most in San Francisco style land, what with Burning Man drawing droves to the desert and the long weekend ahead beckoning others on late summer jaunts. If you’re City-bound, take heart. You can learn how to manufacture locally with SFMade on Tuesday, mingle with other Bay Area fashion industry folks during Thursday’s Fashion Social at The Factory or party amid art, fashion and music at the latest installment of RAW SF. Friday wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Snakeskin Kaleidoscope at Fiat Lux, where Oakland jewelry designer Katie of Hart Variations will be unveiling all-new and one-of-a-kind wearable art made using a found snakeskin with rare rainbow hues.

Find details on these and other upcoming San Francisco fashion events waiting on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar. And of course, as you know, it doesn’t stop there. We’re adding new fashion happenings all the time, so check back often.

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A Novel Idea: Braeden Glass Jewelry

The plot: a queer-identified transgender man from Oakland wants to spread awareness, write a novel and pay for surgery, roughly in that order. To advance this page-turner of a tale, he launches a jewelry company named after a key character in the novel. It may sound like fiction, but that’s essentially the story behind just-launched jewelry line Braeden Glass by designer Ayden Oliver Alberry.

The jewelry line is the real-life company of a fictitious character in Oliver’s in-progress novel, and there’s an etsy shop, a web site and a Kickstarter campaign that go along with it. If the Kickstarter goal of $500 is reached by late next week, Alberry will use the funds to expand the line.

But beyond the backstory, the reason to scan the line’s moody, bohomenian-chic necklaces and bracelets is based purely on looks. Wood, mixed metal charms, pyrite beads, crystals and leather mingle on multi-strand wrist-wrappers that would fit right in during your next arm party.

And that certainly makes for a happy ending.

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Earth with Edge: Sarah Swell Fall Collection



If you think earthy can’t be edgy, then you clearly haven’t met Sarah Swell. For fall, Oakland jewelry designer Sarah Greenberg has launched a collection where fossils, one-of-a-kind crystals and conflict-free diamonds mingle with chunky brass, bullet forms and mixed metals. The result: a striking balance of tough girl charm and sweet, starry-eyed appeal.

The collection ($117 and up) includes the perfect-for-stacking, hand-carved Ridgeback ring, bullet-shaped rings and necklaces and fossil pendants, available in a choice of metals (silver, brass and patina brass, among them) and with or without diamonds. If making a statement is on your list, one-of-a-kind Crystalline Slice rings featuring crystal from Uruguay or the silver Fishbone bracelet should do the trick, and then some.

Select fall pieces are available in Greenberg’s online shop, and you can more styles available online at The Marin Store or in person at San Francisco boutiques such as Collage Gallery in Potrero Hill and Gallery of Jewels on Union St.

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Phot0graphy courtesy of Sarah Greenberg

Snap Judgment: Bright Light Designs Sagitta Ring

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the wink of elegant danger from the hand-fabricated Sagitta ring in polished brass, $85, by Oakland’s Bright Light Designs, the limited production jewelry house of artist Meagan Esther Reelitz.

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