#ShopSmall with Our Favorite Fine Indie Jewelry Brands

The Indie Jewelry Instagram Takeover

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Indie fine jewelry brands on Instagram have given us nothing but joy in our leisurely perusal through the influx of gleamy, glitzy, light-reflecting precious metals, jewels and trinkets. It’s no secret that there are tons of perks to shopping small. A transaction we don’t think about earth-friendly way to support artisans in your local community and the jewelry is better quality because their materials are reliably sourced. The best part about shopping small is that with every purchase, you can be 100% assured that the money you’re spending goes directly into the pocket of the artist that works tirelessly at their craft. And that is a good feeling — especially in this living canon of an economic sh*t show we’re currently stuck in.

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Fine Jewelry is Here to Stay, Past the Special Occasion

earrings by Nialaya Jewelry

Right now, we are living for chunky hoops or rings that resemble delicious French breads à la patisserie, layered gold chains, stacked jewel tones, mixed metal arm parties, dainty ear jewels and huggies, etc. We’re here for it and we aren’t just about decking out in our heirloom jewels on special occasions — we’re here to get glammed up every damn day, we’re here to *elevate* our favorite go-to denim and sneakers vibe. Here are a handful of our favorite indie fine jewelry brands:

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Our Favorite Indie Fine Jewelry Brands Worth Following/Supporting/Drooling Over

Blue Billie (@bluebillie)

Our picks:

small hoop earrings in matte gold
Small Hoops Matte Gold, €119
gold sun hoop earrings
Sun Hoops Gold Pair, €98
big gold dome ring
Big Ring Gold, €189
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79 Hour (@79hour)

With a soothing, gold-hour-aesthetic instagram feed that is #goals alone, 79 Hour prides itself in serving up classic gold jewelry with a modern twist.

Our picks:

gold lion choker statement necklace
Lion Choker
bold chain linke gold bracelete
Bold Bracelet Gold
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WOLF CIRCUS (@wolf_circus)

For everyone that is just as obsessed with the 60’s-inspired, chunky gold and jewel tones. I mean… just look at these gorgeous chunky gold hoops, could it get any better after these?!

Our picks:

Ophelia Earrings in Gold
Ophelia Earrings, $240 CAD
Isla Hoops in Sapphire and Gold
Isla Hoops, $220 CAD
Small Remy Hoops in Gold
Small Remy Hoops, $160 CAD
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ARGENTO VIVO (@argentovivo_us)

Agentino Vivo is based in NYC with an aim to ‘elevate’ your everyday fine jewelry essentials. If you love everything about the chunky gold hoop trend right now, then these hoopy favorites are *just* up your alley.

Our picks:

MINI TUBE HOOPS gold earrings
The Mini Tube Hoops, $78
THE BENITA HOOP gold earrings
The Benita Hoops, $68
THE MYLENA TUBE HOOPS
The Mylena Tube Hoops, $98
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Past Midnight The Label (@pastmidnightus)

Past Midnight The Label‘s mission is to make affordable, sustainably made fine jewelry to serve as timeless pieces worn alone or to elevate any outfit. Their pieces are 18k gold plated and made out of stainless steel material. PM is serving up some majorly cute stuff to support our current obsession for layering chunky gold jewelry.

Our picks:

Foxy Chain
$42.00
Moon Ring, $52
Moonlight Bracelet, $58

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Mejuri (@mejuri)

Mejuri is one of the OG brands to champion the rise of the indie fine jewelry movement. Their mission tosses out the idea of reserving fine jewelry for special occasion and aims to create fine jewelry that’s affordable for everyday wear.

Our picks:

croissant dome hoops, gold earrings
Croissant Dôme Hoops – $75
mejuri gold croissant dome ring
Croissant Dôme Ring – $75
mejuri boyfriend mini gold hoop earrings
Boyfriend Mini Hoops – $50
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Stone and Strand (@stoneandstrand)

“Envisioned as a haven from the stuffiness and pretension of the typical fine jewelry shopping experience”, the NYC based label STONE AND STRAND provides dainty, affordable fine jewelry for the modern woman.

Our picks:

Gold Vermeil Labradorite Cloud Inlay Ring
Gold Vermeil Labradorite Cloud Inlay Ring, $95
Pave Topaz Safety First Earring
Pave Topaz Safety First Earring, $125

Amarilo Jewelry (@amvarilo)

The cutest gold jewelry to satisfy all of your layering needs. Amarilo Jewelry is not only female-owned by two women of color, but the brand understands that humans are clumsy, flawed, and that life is messy. Their mission is to provide “Solid gold jewelry designed to be worn in water, working out, or wherever the day takes you.” Gold can sometimes wear off over time, so this is a huge deciding factor for me personally. Their pieces range from classic, to modern bride, to pieces that are inspired by abstract elements and linework. Could it get any better? I’m sold.

Our picks:

quinn pearl chain ring
Quinn Pearl Chain Ring, $165
gold abstract ring
Abstract Ring, $230
"fuck it" gold ring set
“Fuck It” Ring Set, $385
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Monica Sordo Jewelry (@monicasordobk)

Wearing Monica Sordo jewelry is like high-end architecture on your body. I’ve never associated the adjective, “voluminous” with jewelry until I saw her pieces for the first time. My favorite part is that they serve dual purpose as a cool statement piece worn or a cool piece of art on my vanity. And of course, if Kelly Rolland is seen wearing a pair of Monica Sordo earrings in a scene on Black is King, then we just love them so much more.

Our picks:

ORIENTE EARRINGS
Oriente Earrings, $390
PUERTO CHOKER
Puerto Choker, $390
NAUTILUS EAR-FANS
NAUTILUS Ear-Fans, $620
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Dylan Lex (@dylanlex)

If you’re a fine looking for super cool, original, one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Dylan Lex jewelry is where modern edge meets traditional elegance with *heirloom quality*. All pieces are handmade by artisans in LA or NYC.

Our picks:

dylan lex beau statement necklace. ingold
Beau Necklace, $145
guilded brooks gold statement necklace
Gilded Brooks Necklace, $580
Frida II gold earrings
Frida II Earrings, $335

Cali Tiger (@cali.tiger)

Australian indie jewelry brand, Cali Tiger, is inspired by the golden hour of the sun with an aim to create fine — *truly* affordable — jewelry. All of their pieces are handmade with 925 silver and an 18k gold plating, giving us all the feels for that *extra* yellow gold.

Our picks:

Cali Coin Necklace, $49
Adella Hoops, $42
Carla Chain Necklace, $42

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