profile | amanda hunt

i love a good moon piece.

enter Norcal designer amanda hunt, fellow moon lover!

her pieces are made from brass, silver, gold and gemstones, and her fine jewelry has diamonds. her work is inspired by myth and nature, with moons, snakes and scarabs used in nearly every piece. she describes her work as being a representation of the collective unconscious. featherbest_web

my favorite ring, in 14k gold.

i first saw amanda hunt on the finger of a girl working at a boutique in kansas city. she wore the ring pictured above, but in brass. it was so gorgeous, and so perfectly suited the wearer.

i don’t own anything yet by her, but i still have my eye on the two moon ring!

no one in chicago carries her work, which sucks.

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drooling over that moon bangle, too.

Spend or Save: Bordeaux Sandal

Left: Stuart Weitzman ‘NearlyNude’ sandal, $398; Right: Sam Edelman ‘Susie’ sandal, $119

Yes, my mind is set on fall! It gets cool in Chicago around October, and while I realize the window for warm fall weather is pretty small, I want to take advantage of it. While I LOVE the color of the Weitzman’s, the silhouette of the Edelman’s are very cute, feminine, with a vintage aesthetic thanks to the chunkier heel.

Decisions, decisions!

profile | mineralogy

i have been immersed in the world of jewelry for exactly a full year; 14 full moons rose, started building my my big girl wardrobe and i ate too much gelato.

i gained a new hobby, too: gemology. i am fascinated by gemstones, with their rich histories in symbolism, and natural creation. i only buy jewelry made of gold or sterling silver, as i now understand the value and craftsmanship of jewelry. my jewelry is my talisman, and every piece is magic.

another thing i’ve come to favor is locally/regionally made jewelers. i am a midwestern girl  and chicagoan, and i love supporting a brand that i have something major in common with!

so i bring to you my most favorite discovery, mineralogy, by chicago metalsmith theresa cowan. her pieces are so unique, and are one of a kind creations. these pieces are heirloom quality and crafted with natural gems and minerals.

 

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her studio is so cool, incorporating sharp lines and shapes with organic surroundings.

and the jewelry, oh… her jewelry is from another world.

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… & i love a brand that expertly matches home goods to their work; this gives the brand personality and genuine flare. creating a lifestyle, if you will.

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i am so obsessed! her designs are wonderful, and i am slowly collecting her work. so far i have two beautiful pieces; my boyfriend gifted me this sweet opal baby, but with moisanite (instead of a diamond) on sterling silver, and this diamond sunrise but crafted using moissanite and sterling silver.

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how could i leave this without even mentioning the ring of my very dreams?

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diamonds and gold, what could be better?

you can find her here, or if you’re local, from these stockists.

 

ulyana sergeenko

Ulyana breathes Russian folklore and gold into an otherwise style-barren country. Her designs are magic, from the dramatic silhouettes to the jewel-toned and metallic textiles. Ulyana’s heroine extends her style outside of Russia, influenced by her travels to Eastern Europe and often borrowing details found in masculine attire. In the most recent years of her career her looks have calmed down some, becoming less costume and more contemporary, she hasn’t lost her fairytale touch that captured an audience since her debut nearly five years ago.

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sirenic

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown 130
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

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