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Designer Spotlight: Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet

I spend a good portion of the summer on the Outer Cape. There’s a lot of good here—beaches, oysters, artists—but not a lot in the way of good shopping. Nantucket it’s not. There are a few treasures though, including the Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet, owned by the very lovely local artisan Jesse Horowtiz. (I featured her sister Neile Horowitz’s Cape Cod silhouette necklaces in the Boston Globe this time last year.)

The shop, a charming green clapboard building in “downtown” Wellfleet, a former artist’s studio, showcases the work of about a dozen artisans of Cape Cod jewelry. Jesse Horowtiz’s pieces, which she hand forges, hammers, and casts (from real life treasures found on the flats) in the on site  studio, includes representational tokens of area beaches as well as more abstract but still sea-inspired works. Lyrical and beautiful, never kitschy.

Stop in if you’re out that way and if not, Horowitz has a few pieces of her Cape Cod jewelry available in her Etsy shop.

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Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet, Cape Cod

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Horseshoe Crab Pendant Necklace

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Double Sprial Wave Bracelet

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Wave Ring with Diamond

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Gold Oyster Shell Stud Earrings

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Crystal Necklaces

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Cape Cod jewelry designer Jesse Horowitz

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Cape Cod Necklaces by Neile Horowitz

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The Studio at the Jewelry Studio of Wellfleet

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I love the authentic, original plywood wall in in the studio.

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Jewelry-making tools.

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Jewelry designer Jesse Horowitz in action in her studio.

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Trinkets on the work table.

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Cast clam shell pendant  in progress.

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Assorted stones and such waiting to be made into jewelry.

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Shell cast in gold. I think she should sell these as individual talismans.

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My special order “BlackFish” necklace designed by Neile Horowitz.

 

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Site Spotlight: Handmade Jewelry from Uncommon Goods

Around this time last year, I posted a roundup of jewelry handmade by jewelry designers in Boston. Today, I also pulled together a selection of delicate handmade jewelry, all sourced from UncommonGoods. The occasion? The site is hosting its 2014 Jewelry Design Challenge, which will be judged in part by the site’s Assistant Jewelry & Accessories Buyer, Jackie Udden.

The grand prize is $1000, along with the opportunity to work with UncommonGoods. Runners-up will receive a critique of their work, as well as tips for marketing and growing their businesses. Additionally, UncommonGoods’ buyers will review each entrant’s portfolio, and consider offering submitted  work for sale on UncommonGoods. You can enter Uncommon Good’s Jewelry Design Challenge here.

They’re looking for intelligent designs that tell a story, show your individuality and be responsibly produced from animal-friendly materials (that means no leather, feathers, or pearls). I chose a dozen pieces from UncommonGoods’ handmade jewelry collection that I really like, including pieces from San Francisco-based artist Vanessa Gade; Emilie Shapiro, who creates entwined vines of recycled rose gold; and Susan Harbourt, who makes necklaces from aged copper wire she removed from the walls of her Edwardian-era house in Illinois.

Study them… perhaps the designs will provide some insight in case you’re interested in entering the contest.  

 

Uncommon Goods Artisan Handmade Jewelry

S H O P P I N G

1. Copper Rays Necklace by Susan Harbourt

2. Fan Coral Wedding Band by Catherine Weitzman

3. Golden Path Earrings by Eileen Baumeister McIntyre

4. Rose Stalk Wedding Band by Emilie Shapiro

5. Baby Bird Earrings by Rhonda & Elijah Wyman

6. Aqua Raindrop Pendant by Jess Panza

7. Open Oval Sterling Silver Necklace by Cindy and Avril Joffe

8. Bullet Casing Cufflinks by Shannon Astali DeJong

9. Links of Love Bracelet by Beth Lawrence

10. Fern Frond Earrings by Katie Lime

11. Twigs Necklace by Eben Papele & Jude Rand

12. Inner Circle Necklace by Vanessa Gade

 

 

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Get the Look: 40 Pieces from Boston Jewelry Designers

For this season’s Style issue of the Boston Globe Magazine, in addition to a few profiles of Boston’s Most Stylish (friend and art/science documentary producer Alberta Chu, jewelry designer/computer scientist Jessica Rosencrantz of Nervous System, and Deborah Z. Porter Founder and Executive Director of the Boston Book Festival), I also wrote “Jewelry’s Big Moment.”  The spread includes nine pieces from wonderful, emerging local jewelry designers. With Mass Art and the SMFA in town, (not to mention RISD in nearby Providence, but that’s a whole other post) the artisan jewelry scene is absolutely thriving. Below are additional works from the featured artists, as well as a number of local metalsmiths that we didn’t have room to feature in the magazine. Lots of talent!

 

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1 Petra Seibertova Nest Earrings, $50 at MassArt Made.

2 Ripegoods Rain Drop Hoop Earrings, $78.

3 Dev Bennett Three Dot Studs, $32 at 13 Forest.

4 Lauren Passenti Fish Jaw Bracelet.

5 Hannah Blount Barnacle Ring, $198.

6 Petra Seibertova Disc Cup Earrings, $340 at MassArt Made.

7 Little Pancake Stamped Triangle Necklace, $36.

8 Nikky Bergman Deer Antler and Leather Amulet.

9 Dev Bennett Geometric Solid #1 at Cambridge Artists Coop.

10 Sophie Hughes Slit Drop Chain Earrings, $240 at Fire Opal.

11 Sasha Walsh Ring, $360 at MassArt Made.

12 Becca Straus Maria Feather Necklace at Michele Mercaldo.

13 Alison Storry Rose Gold Heart Charms Necklace, $44 at Etsy.

14 Iolyte Stackable Ring, $340 at M. Flynn.

15 Dev Bennett Small Metropolis Necklace, $150.

16 Sasha Walsh Stackable Crystal Ring, $56 at Wicked Peacock.

17 Lauren Passenti Claw Necklace, $87 at MassArt Made.

18 Marissa B. Orchid Blossom Earrings, $62.

19 Sasha Walsh Druzy Ring, $220 at MassArt Made.

20 Julia Groos Halo Designs Gold Bead Ring, $220.

21 Beatrice Kim Karung Watersnake Cuff at Good.

22 Sasha Walsh Cuff, $330 at MassArt Made.

23 Hannah Blount Raw Crystal Brass Ring, $88.

24 Dev Bennett Four Post Earrings, $56 at 13 Forest Gallery.

25 Bree Richey Gondola Earrings.

26 Leah Meleski Infused Series Earrings

27 Lauren Blais Garnet Spire Studs, $210.

28 Nikky Bergman Hannah Bangle, $160 at MassArt Made.

29 Leah Meleski Recycled Impurities Earrings.

30 Monique Rancourt Small Granulation Ring, $200.

31 Monique Rancourt Cuff at Society of Arts & Crafts.

32 Lindsay Minihan Felt Bud Earrings, $120.

33 Filomena Demarco Double Feather Earrings, $95 at 13 Forest.

34 Monique Rancourt Feather Series Necklace, $400.

35 Sophie Hughes Razor Shell Earrings, $290 at Fire Opal.

36 Beth Solomon Ring at Alchemy 925.

37 Rachel Pfeffer Hearts on a Wire Ring, $88 at Wicked Peacock.

38 Joyo Small Squares Necklace, $50 at Wicked Peacock.

39 NYX Studio La Damme Earrings, $190 at Wicked Peacock.

40 E. Scott Originals Topaz Stud Earrings, $60 at Wicked Peacock.

 

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 Read “Jewelry’s Big Moment” in the Boston Globe Magazine here.

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Covet: Tina Frey Macy Necklace

Tina Frey Macy Necklace

Six shapes of resin on natural leather cord
$275 at Anica,  a boutique in San Francisco

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