March 31 2016

Spring is in full swing, which means warm weather fashion is here! Jewelry in particular, is something that can accentuate any look, whether that be the early spring layers or exposed shoulder summer tops. In general, spring jewelry tends to be lighter and more reflective than its winter counterparts. Popular themes of light, maximalist, and industrial can be seen in some of this season’s most popular items including long gold-chained necklaces, statement earrings, chunky chokers, voluminous bracelets, and graphic clutches.

Let’s take a look at jewelry and accessories which exemplify spring 2016’s key motifs. 

Graphic Clutches

Bulgari’s Spring/Summer collection features an array of brightly clad purses and clutches, which are perfect for the office, a night on the town, or simply a walk in the park. Giving off a bright, cheery look, these bags stray from Bulgari’s well-known colors of turquoise and coral, yet are instantly recognizable as the Italian designer’s work. Bulgari’s spring line features bags with a snake-like brass gold plated "Serpenti" head closure and a slithering chain. While the snakeskin pattern and emblems fit the designers Greek and Roman heritage, its 2016 collection specifically fits into the season’s playful tones and loud patterns. 

Voluminous Bracelets


Any fashion enthusiast will tell you, gold never goes out of style, and there are always innovative ways to flaunt this precious metal. As spring heats up expect to see more dramatic pieces. Whether you’re in the market for chic rings or thick bold chains, expect to see this trend last throughout the summer. AUrate New York’s 18 karate gold plate over sterling-silver ring is a perfect example of this style. Designed with an eye toward the unique diversity of femininity in New York City, the designer’s co-founders create high-quality gold pieces at a fair price. This season’s line features bolder shapes and tones, which are created to be daily accessories. 

Chunky Chokers

Sticking with the industrial metallic theme comes this season’s “in” necklace and chokers: chain-links. Varying in length from a true choker to hitting just above the neckline, everyone from Etsy shops to big names like Alexander Wang are embracing this trend. This is Wang’s first major foray into jewelry, and he jumps in with a splash, creating “chunky, bike chain” inspired pieces. Complete with large chain links, and bulky locks, these brass-plated items make a bold first statement. 

Statement Earrings

Dainty earpieces such as studs and thin bands have been all the rage for the past couple of years, which has caused a reactionary period of large, more outlandish pieces. Now with the style really coming into its own, modest, more traditionalist names as well as newcomers have tried their hand at creating a splash. Rosie Assoulin, a relative newbie to the fashion scene, made her mark in playing with color, symmetry, and tone in her early lines, and 2016 is no exception. Each of her looks is paired with a quirky yet intricate brass earring, which beckons a surrealistic aesthetic. 

Long Chained Necklaces

Another variation in this daring trend comes from Genevieve Yang, who has created many works within this now chic theme. Inspired by her time in the Wyoming wilderness, Yang, a three-time PMA Craft Show exhibitor, uses the spirit of nature, in particular the moon cycles, as her muse. Her gold chains are made of recycled 18k gold, palladium, and sterling silver, the combination of which elicits an emotionally striking response. 

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October 21 2015
Jewelry maker Heather Stief is a 2015 Craft Show exhibitor in the Emerging Artist category.

What drew you to apply to the PMA Craft Show this year?

This show has always been on my "bucket list" of craft shows I want to do in my lifetime. I never imagined I would get accepted at this stage in my career!

What do you hope to get out of the experience?

Meeting a new group of collectors and getting my work exposed to a larger audience is going to be very exciting. I'm also eager to see work in person from artists that I've only previously seen in books or magazines—Biba Schutz and Reiko Ishiyama have been an inspiration since I first got interested in metalsmithing. There's such a great mix of new and veteran artists, and there's so much to learn from everyone else's experiences. It’s really invaluable.

As an emerging artist, what excites you about this stage of your career?

There are so many new and inspiring experiences to be had every year, and I feel like this stage of my career will have the most rapid movement of change and development I'll ever experience. My work is constantly evolving, and my skills are increasing with every passing year; which in turn allows for my work to become more refined and more inventive all the time. It's a constant cycle.

What sort of work are you preparing for the show?

I'm expanding my nature-inspired body of work to include increasingly more abstract representations of forms found in nature. Going into the fall season there's so much inspiration out there—plants are transitioning from flowers to seed pods and it's a fascinating process to witness if you pay attention. I'm also thinking more and more about my work in the round—creating pieces that can be worn more than one way, flipped around to the back or having interchangeable parts. I want the wearer to not simply wear my jewelry, but to interact with it.

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August 12 2015

Meghan Patrice Riley is a New York-based jewelry artist who mixes metals with textile techniques and a 2015 PMA Craft Show Artist.

Where is your studio?

My studio is located in Greenpoint, a traditionally Polish neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, overlooking Manhattan Midtown and the Empire State Building.

I've set up a full metals studio with a soldering station, two fabrication benches, and a lofted office for all the non-making that goes with making. We also have a mini-kitchen area because snacks and tea make life better.

Why did you choose this space? What do you like about it? What makes it special?

I searched everywhere but this spot was my favorite because it's close to Williamsburg, food, the post office, the police station, the park, and all the bustling activity I need while I walk around taking breaks from making.

I love the proximity to life in NYC but I also love having this respite that’s tucked into its own small-town-esque neighborhood. The studio is filled with other makers—ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, custom surfboard fabricators, record producers. It's a fascinating cross-section of creatives.


Describe a typical day at work.

My typical day starts with a HUGE coffee, a review of paperwork and email, and then I check in with my assistants on the schedule for the day or any questions they have with regards to patterns, making, fabrication, spreadsheets, and orders. But that's where the normalcy ends—it's a swiftly tilting and constantly changing schedule. If we're working on orders for shipment then I'm chained to the desk making and mentoring on patterns. If I'm doing a paperwork day, then I'm focused at the computer and putting out fires. My favorite days have a blend of the two with lots of walking around and drawing mixed in. I also try to not go to the studio one day a week so I can venture out to museums, galleries, and to just meet with other artists and poke around their studios.

What's the most fun/interesting thing you've done in the studio?

Play dress-up! Me and my assistants try on the work constantly and then ham it up for each other. It's instant feedback on whether or not a piece is working and it's just FUN! I definitely dress for the studio in anticipation. I make people come over and I pull mountains of work so we can just play. Because why not? and why else? Hands down, it’s the best perk of the job.


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November 03 2014

The cross-country artistic team of Steven Ford and David Forlano use polymers, sterling silver and other materials to create colorful, sculptural and coveted one-of-a-kind and small series statement jewelry. Their collaborative practice involves sending work between their Philadelphia and Santa Fe studios – and we get a peek into their workspaces with this video.

“While David's strength has always been to push color, pattern and surface in new directions, Steve is constantly fascinated by three-dimensional structures and how things fit together mechanically,” say the collaborators. “Throughout our collaboration, we have often looked to nature for inspiration. In seed clusters, shell formations, and flower buds, for instance, there are carefully organized parts which are arranged beautifully and made up of numerous, seemingly identical, but unique units. These exquisite structures lead us into new ways of envisioning a necklace, for example, both three-dimensionally and texturally. The work feels complete to us when the balance of elements – abstract and imagistic - comes into focus in some unusual way.”



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April 26 2013

We are so taken by jeweler Christy Klug. She's inspired by the sumptuousness of 17th century Dutch still lifes, the color sensibility of fashion photographer Chen Man, the line work of Sol Lewitt, Brice Marden and Cy Twombly and post-World War II German stained glass. Whew! She creates by hand (of course) in her studio small quantities of finely crafted pieces that are intimate, honest and feminine. See her work here.

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