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When it comes to jewelry, finding a uniquely simple yet adventurously original necklace is a mission and a half. But it's an important one, as the right necklace can make our daytime outfit ready for a nightlife rendezvous. So when we found Puerto Rican artist Nora Maité Nieves and her jewelry line My nOma, we quickly embraced her pieces. Neon woven closures, chunky hardware pendants, and bound chains are well suited for quick day-to-night turnarounds. Her upbringing in the Caribbean, where the island life is translated in mix-and-match looks, informs her choice in colors and textures.

Shop online at My nOma

From the same technology that is used to design buildings, Hot Pop Factory, the jewelry line known for its 3D-printed style, has produced yet another interesting collection. The Boreal collection is made with recycled cherry and polymer wood from the Boreal forest in Canada. The collection is as unique as the forest itself; the chain and closure on each necklace appear exceptionally delicate when paired with the bold design of the wood pendant. There are eight different styles available from $74-$98.

The Boreal collection is now available online from Hot Pop Factory.




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Veering away from the highly embellished pieces that have been shown the past few seasons, SS2013's metal jewelry trend opts for boldness of shape and suggests an understated sophistication. Designers such as Pamela Love, Bliss Lau, and Balenciaga combine the sleekness of metal with interesting geometrical qualities, tribal influences, and cut-outs. Gold, silver, rose-gold are all fair game in this future primitive style and make an excellent companion to any warm weather ensemble.


Jill Golden necklace, $276


Balenciaga rings

Pamela Love cuff, $400

Bliss Lau body chain, $215


Kenzo pin, $402.38

Fringe is everywhere right now. Seriously. With the hippie look in full bloom for 2013 spring and summer festivals, you can't walk into a clothing store or scroll down a fashion blog without seeing a fringe bucket bag, fringe cropped top, fringe skirt, ad nauseum. However, as in-your-face as fringe has been lately, we think the manipulation of fringe into jewelry details is probably the most innovative and welcome sidenote to the fringe story. Whether it's subtle metal links cascading down a cuff or a leather fringe necklace, fringe jewelry provides options for riding the season's wave without embracing the trend in its entirety. Here are five options to get you started.

Adia Kibur cuff, $36 



Chola earrings, $120 

K/LLER necklace, $310

Auden Cuff, $388

Photo by: Laure Joliet

The Los Angeles gem known as Otherwild has a new location. The hybrid retail space and graphic design studio run by Rachel Berks and Marisa Suárez-Orozco opened last year in the thick of tourist mania on Hollywood and Highland. The first incarnation was a brave move for such an earthy outfit. But the new Echo Park location with neon sign suits it much better. On a block that's both tranquil and a bit rough around the edges, the new Otherwild is stocked like a cool kids clubhouse.

Inside, Otherwild has a laid-back witchy vibe balanced with a healthy dose of modern neons and iridescent plastics. The curated selections ride the line between art and craft. There is much to see here. From cast porcelain containers that feel like a nod to Rachel Whiteread, to swirly enamel rings gripping enormous chunks of pyrite, to that white neon Shangri-LA sign, these girls have an eye for simple beauty and West Coast style. The main criteria for what is sold here seems to be a solid belief in the pieces on the shelves and a desire to support the artisans that make the work. Otherwild feels like the kind of place that actually inspires real gift-giving, because everything here is so intimate and genuine.

The space itself serves as a great backdrop for the work in the store, with a hand-stripped wall and textured floor that give the whole place a warm and lived-in feeling. Dazzling smiles and the prettiest dog on the block welcomed us in; we were offered tea and were left to happily touch every single thing in the store with the most casual of chatter. It shouldn't be a surprise, therefore, that social events are a big part of Otherwild as well. Meanwhile, the graphic design studio operates at full steam, offering services that range from wedding invitations to web design. One gets the feeling that with a simple ask these ladies would be available to dive into whatever project presents itself.

Otherwild's new shop is open at 1932 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA.

This may just be one of the most bad-ass rocker/designer collaborations ever. In partnership with record label Drag City, NYC-based jewelry designer Pamela Love and artist/musician Jennifer Herrema (Black Bananas, Royal Trux) have joined forces as Feathered Fish. What does this mean? The pair will produce four American-made, limited-edition artifacts each year, à la effortlessly cool jewelry, art objects, and clothing. Just for you.

The company’s name, inspired by a 1966 song by Arthur Lee of the L.A. psych band Love, speaks to the ultra-cool duo’s style similarities—both are Pisces and both rock a trademark look that’s a fantastic collision of classic Americana, rock 'n' roll, and ethereal glamour all at once. 

First up is a remake of the Royal Trux skull ring in sterling silver, adorned with a traditional tribal motif and crossed arrows to replace the original version’s crossbones.

You can buy the Native American/RTX-inspired skull ring on the Feathered Fish website.  But you better hurry, only 40 rings will be made.