Sugar and Spice

Next month, we’re hosting an Uncommon Jewelry Challenge, with an open call for jewelry and accessories from designers across the US. This month we’re highlighting our favorite jewelry and accessories makers. Find out more about our design challenges and learn how you can become UncommonGoods’ next favorite jewelry or accessory designer.


At UncommonGoods, we love that our customers have a taste for uncommonly cool accessories. We took some time to chat with artist Stephanie Simek, whose crystallized sugar jewelry was added to our line-up of unique jewelry when you approved it through our community voting app!


In both her accessories line and art creations, Stephanie likes to, “push boundaries and play with and explore new materials.”  Instead of creating jewelry from more common materials such as quartz crystal, Stephanie was inspired by the, “intricate facets of sugar crystals that are really unique and beautiful, and just as perfect as a precious stone.”

Stephanie allows the natural raw beauty of the crystallized sugar to shine through her creations, and each necklace or pair of earrings she makes in her studio is one-of-a-kind. She chisels off pieces of crystallized sugar from a larger rock, then adheres the crystals with non-yellowing epoxy resin for protection.

Stephanie is constantly inspired by what is interesting, and she describes her new crystallized sugar jewelry as, “adventurous, playful, and have a sense of humor.”

Adventurous, playful and has a sense of humor. Does that seem like you?

If you want to win one of Stephanie’s necklaces or a pair of her sugar studs , tell us about your personal style in the comments below. Are you sugar and spice? All sharp edges? Or do you have your own uncommon look?

You must enter to win by Wednesday, July 20 at 11:59 ET PM. Leave a comment on our Facebook wall to double your chances. Two winners will be selected at random, and announced by Friday, July 22.

Written by ashley

19 Comments

  1. Ann Fudge Cluck

    I just wear what I like. I don’t wear much “costume” jewelry. I love bling~~

  2. Kary

    I like anything unique, especially vintage pieces, pieces made from repurposed goods and natural stones and wood.

  3. Corey-Jan

    Look for the interesting, the different, the unique. The item that nobody else is likely to have. The thing that makes people do a double-take. That’s what I wear.

  4. Joanna Z

    I LOVE it. Sharp and a tad bit edgy, but also a conversation starter. What a great idea!

  5. Rebecca

    I love the modern, raw look of the crystal, especially paired with the silver chain. Gorgeous pieces!

  6. Claudia Beck

    I’m picky…and tend to continue wearing the same pieces until I find something else to add to the rotation. I want to own more options, but I’m reluctant to splurge unless I’m sure. My favorites are handmade pieces, but so often handmade turns into “homemade” in that *other* sense. :) It’s hard to find things like this.

  7. Carrie

    It’s got to be fresh and light! Jewelry that you can wear instead of jewelry that wears you.

  8. Jen

    I love fun and interesting and unique pieces. I’ll wear anything from dainty filigree earrings to phillips head screw studs – the sugar crystals seem to walk the line between the two!

  9. Jan Loomer

    Love the necklace! I like big & chunky but it has to be cool!;) The bling from the sugar is just my style but I am trying for a bit more spice in my life!;)

  10. Amanda M.

    I love daintier jewelry and chunkier pieces – it all depends on what it is. I have fun and funky stuff, such as chunky glittery rings and pendants made of polymer clay that look like food (cupcakes, ice cream cones, waffles, etc.), but I also have some beautiful more petite gemstone rings and small pendants. It all depends on my mood as to what I pick for the day. Love this sugar jewelry, especially given my love for baking and fun foodie things. :)

  11. Jennifer W.

    Depends on my mood or event …. but mostly vintage or classic. Then there’s those time where I want something arty or uniques looking. What I see she has done above is just beautiful!!

  12. Becky

    I wear what makes me happy. The feeling I get from finding a great piece of jewelry reminds me of the feeling kids get at Christmas.

  13. Rebekah

    I love anything that’s simple, practical, playful, and goes with almost everything. Casual but nice is my style.

  14. Crystal

    I’m a little bit of sugar and a little bit of spice! =) My style tends to strike up a compliment or conversation. I like to wear jewelry and clothing that compliments my tattoos. This beautiful set would be a wonderful addition to my collection!

  15. Chimene Kirkpatrick

    I used to say (in regards to jewelry), “If you can’t wear the real thing, then don’t wear anything at all. So my collection is limited and I often go without. However, when I see something unusual and handmade, I view it just as much as a precious gem. After viewing this talented artist, I am swayed to believe that wearing one of a kind art can be a step above sapphires and rubies! My style would be something that says I’m different, but refined.

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