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Jewel of the day: Katerina Psoma Nuwa Snake Drop Earrings

Fabulous and fierce, these snake motif earrings by Greek designer Katarina Psoma will amp up any outfit.  About Psoma: “Originally from the heart of Athens, Katerina Psoma developed her sense of culture and style while she was studying History of Art in Rome and London. During her travels, she accumulated a selection of fine stones and rare ornaments which later became the backbone of her first jewellery collection in 2001. The seasonal collections are mostly influenced by either artistic movements such as Jackson Pollock’s brushstrokes, or female personages such as 19th century women archeologists, have inspired previous collections. On the other hand, the influence of architectural proportions and Byzantine mosaics is strong throughout her Signature and Fine collections. The fine rosaries and long-chain necklaces, comprising up to 10 different elements, echo the art of uniting tiny tesserae.”

These earrings are,”carved resin coral snakes. Their lower part carries a white coral paste drop and yellow agate bead. Crystals set in gold-plated metal add an extra sparkle. The hooks are gold-plated 925 sterling silver. They offer the definite accessory for an impressive appearance. The pair is delivered in a satin pouch within our branded paper box.”

These sell for €145.


Jewel of the day: Pono Azores Resin Necklace

When the weather heats up, it’s great to have a lightweight option that still offers style points. This resin necklace by Pono is colourful and easy to wear. It adjusts with a bolo-type tie that enables the wearer to make it longer or shorter. This sells for USD$365.


Jewel of the day: Cold Picnic Grotto Stud Earrings

Cold Picnic is a life and work partnership that offers a range of lifestyle goods, including jewellery. The site’s “about” page notes, “Cold Picnic was formed in 2010 by partners Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, both of whom have backgrounds in fine arts and worked in corporate fashion design – Sung as an apparel designer and Buer as a print designer. The pair met in Boston in 2006 while in school and have been living and working together ever since.

Deeply influenced by indigenous crafts, national parks, film and art, the couple began working on various side projects together in an effort to view traditional crafts filtered through modern sensibilities. Before long these projects coalesced into Cold Picnic, a line of textiles, macrame home goods, leather accessories, and handmade jewelry.  Cold Picnic’s work explores imagined and misremembered landscapes, and the effects of time and the elements upon their surfaces. In these landscapes, rugs function as maps, brass jewelry as treasures unearthed on long walks, and leather bags fit everything found or needed along the way.

Sung and Buer design all Cold Picnic pieces from their Brooklyn studio and they work with two small family run factories in Manhattan to cast their jewelry and sew selected bag styles, and another family owned business in India to produce their line of handmade rugs.

Cold Picnic has been featured in publications such as the New York Times,, Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky Magazine, Elle, Vogue Mexico, Brooklyn Magazine, Nylon, Golly, and Foam Magazine. Their studio has been photographed for Elle Sweden and Racked New York, and the line is widely available across the United States, as well as in select international locations.”

These earrings are a stylishly mismatched pair. They are cast in brass with resin inlays; colour choice is cream/blacks/coral. They start at USD$100, with the price rising slightly for gold posts. As shown, these are $100.

Jewel of the day: Museum of Modern Art Corsi Jewelry Resin Necklace

One of my first stops in NYC is typically the Museum of Modern Art, but for the gift shop. (Yes. I’m a Philistine.) I love the jewellery in their store collection and love rummaging around in the shop.

This necklace by Corsi Jewelry is made of resin to mimic precious gems, complete with bubbles/inclusions. It sells for USD$125 to non-members, $112.50 to members. There are also matching earrings available for USD$65/$58.

Jewel of the day: Elke Kramer Compound Ambrosia Ring

Australia-based Elke Kramer has a fresh take on jewelry, mixing resin with base metals in a way that makes old seem new. Here, a resin ring with a brass band. The site notes, “This solid statement ring features a half metal band and contrasting stacked resin discs. This ring fits comfortably on the hand to create a unique silhouette from any angle.”

The chunky silhouette is perhaps its coolest feature. This sells for $105.00 AUD.


Jewel of the day: David Yurman Resin Sculpted Cable Cuff Bracelet

The Sculpted Cable collection is something new from David Yurman; the brand notes, “In Sculpted Cable, David Yurman transforms his signature design element from its original helix shape into an imaginative carved form. The effect is an entrancing wavelike pattern that retains the dimensional look of the original Cable but reveals a smooth interior surface.”

This iteration features black resin with a underside of 18k gold plated silver. Yurman’s signature is raised along one side.

This sells for USD$850.

David Yurman resin cable bracelet

Jewel of the day: PONO by Joan Goodman Picasso Arctic Resin Choker

This piece is just fun to look at. I’m not sure if it channels Picasso as much as the Memphis pieces from some years back, but it’s interesting. By PONO by Joan Goodman, she describes it this way: The Picasso Artic Resin Choker is true to its name, with an angular centerpiece of metallic Italian resin elements anchored with frosted ice cubes, blending geometry and color.

It comes in other colours and sells for USD$275.

Joan Goodman Picasso choker

Jewel of the day: Wanderluster New York Badwater Bracelet

In the words spoken on the TV classic, this has spunk. And I love spunk. (Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant…)

A fabulous fake comprised of a dyed resin tusk with gold plated base metal links, the Badwater bracelet from Wanderluster New York has all the attitude your wrist can handle. And then some. It sells for USD$85.


Jewel of the day: Shark Alley Hare Brooch

I think it’s safe to say that anyone in snowy climes is pretty much desperate for spring weather and some warmth at this point. I know I am. This pretty little brooch is very springlike; a resin hare with a tiny acrylic flower “tail” and Swarovski crystal “eye”.

Shark Alley is the creation of Sarah Kelly: All Shark Alley pieces are hand made in the UK by designer-maker Sarah Kelly.  Sarah is Brighton-based artist who has been working for over twenty years in illustration, textile design and mosaic.  Sarah set up Shark Alley in 2010 to return to hands-on making after several years of working digitally. As a passionate jewellery-lover of many years standing, this seemed a good place to start. Gradually more products have, and will, be added to the family. The medium may change, but the inspiration of animals, colour and pattern remain constant.

This piece sells for £18.

Shark Alley Hare Brooch

Jewel of the day: Macha Pluto Bangle Coal

Resin has become a popular material for jewelry, able to be carved, shaped, inlaid, studded … here, a cuff by Macha takes the form of rough hewn coal, with its glossy, craggy black surface. It has a metal core (no actual metal is specified, so I’ll go with stainless steel…)

The piece is described this way: Each bangle is hand-poured and created in an eco-resin, sourced from non-toxic industrial waste. The tiny imperfections and slight variations of colour are a natural result of the process making each piece unique. Resin should be treated as ceramic, durable but it can break if dropped.

It sells for USD $250 from OakNY.

Macha Pluto Bangle Coal

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