International jewelry labels (and most jewelry labels, really) can sometimes be under-appreciated in the fashion world. Compared to clothing labels or big multi-category brands, really talented jewelry designers can be a little bit tougher to find out about unless you're obsessed with jewelry and are really cool and good at finding new things, I guess.
Anyway, yesterday, I stopped by a showroom that had a ton of amazing (like I wanted everything) jewelry from Scandinavian designers that I didn't know much about. Now I do and I thought you should too! So, click through to learn about Bjorg, Maria Black, Sabrina Dehoff and Uncommon Matters and see some of their lovely work and where you can find it.
Bjørg Nordli-Mathisen hails from Norway and makes all of her industrial, yet nature-inspired, jewelry from 100% natural materials obtained in accordance with environmental preservation. Her "classic" collections contain cool, wearable, yet still interesting and directional pieces for everyday, while her Odyssey collection features bolder statement pieces, like rings made with ponyhair and sculptural ear pieces. You can shop online here or at Henrik Vibskov in NYC.
Maria Black knows her stuff--she became a Goldsmith in Copenhagen after a four-year apprenticeship and received a grant from the Queen of Denmark. She makes precious, high-quality jewelry that's fun and playful and at a price point that falls in between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. You can shop online here.
Like many people who wind up in jewelry design, it seems, Sabrina Dehoff has experience in a few different aspects of the industry. She has a degree in womenswear from Royal College of Arts, has worked for Lanvin and done consulting. Her jewelry is whimsical and feminine, but still a little tough. Available online or at Urban Outfitters, Curve, Lefrontee and Eden & Eden.
Amelie Rich uses an uncommon material (hence the name) to craft her jewelry: porcelain. Her large pieces are strong and sculptural and look almost more like art than an accessory. All of the pieces are handmade in an historical porcelain district of Germany and molded around the female silhouette. Available online and at Maryam Nassis Zadeh.