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Handmade Jewelry

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The Science of Design

August 11, 2011

Do you have a formula for success when it comes to design? Do themes in your work emerge as a signature style? We’d love to see your original jewelry designs! Enter our first ever Jewelry Design Challenge for a chance to win $500 and the opportunity to sign a vendor contract with UncommonGoods.


Some people see math formulas, the Periodic Table of the Elements or text books and feel overwhelmed. Tiffany Ard sees these things and gets inspired. From her Chromosome Earrings to her Math Symbol Cufflinks, Tiffany is proud to produce beautiful jewelry for fashion forward nerds.

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Style Map

August 4, 2011

A few days ago, we launched our first ever Uncommon Jewelry Design Challenge and we’re already seeing some fantastic submissions! Is jewelry-making your passion? Did an “aha moment” lead you to a unique new piece? Stand behind your work and send us your best designs for a chance to win $500 and the opportunity to sign a vendor contract with UncommonGoods!


Jewelry designer Charlotte Leavitt has an eye for design and a talent for jewelry making. She also has a love for sailing and a collection of charts. The former may fit together, and the latter make a practical pair. Charlotte actually found a way to combine her passions wholeheartedly.

It started when she was inspired by a creative friend. “I spotted a cute pair of earrings on a friend,” she says. “I asked her about them and she told me she made them. I thought, ‘I can do that!’ and promptly drove to the bead store and bought some supplies. One pair in, I was hooked.”

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String Finger

July 24, 2011

Guitar String RingHand-twisted by California artist Christopher Stiles, these Guitar String Rings are made from actual guitar strings. The artist sources the upcycled strings from music stores and guitar shops in his neighborhood. After twisting the strings and fashioning the bows (a play on tying a string around your finger), he caps the tips with sterling silver-plated beads.

Would you give this ring to a musician or music lover as a reminder that you care? If you want to see this product in our assortment, visit our community voting app and let us know!

Need a gift for the guitarist in your life now? Check out the Guitar String Bracelet, Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Necklace and our new community approved Ridged Glass Guitar Picks.

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Smell the Roses

July 22, 2011

ETA July 28, 2011: Congrats to Audi Arellano, for winning a handmade Bouquet of Roses necklace!


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. And read on to find out how you can win one of Ellen Thurmond’s handmade necklaces.


Ellen Thurmond says she’s never been particularly “girly” or a “flowery” person, but when she was asked to create a rose necklace for UncommonGoods, she couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Instead, she thought about how to carry themes from existing designs into her new piece and looked to nature for inspiration.

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Do We Have A Bullseye?

July 22, 2011

Rachel said: “I LOVE this necklace! Perfect for everyday!”

Handmade by Nancy Nelson, this offbeat take on target practice hits the spot when it comes to quirky style. The hammered sterling silver square is threaded with forest green and hangs from two delicate silver chains.

Do you share Rachel’s enthusiasm for this unique, stylish piece? Share your feedback on the Bullseye Necklace and more fun potential new goods in our community voting app.

Maker Stories

Sugar and Spice

July 15, 2011

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!

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Handmade Jewelry in our Hometown

March 30, 2011

One of the wonderful things about working at UncommonGoods is getting to hang out in beautiful Brooklyn every day. Not only is Brooklyn our home, it’s also home to some incredibly talented artists.

Instead of letting all the Brooklyn pride well up until we burst, we decided to gush about a few of the artists that help make this borough great!

We’re kicking-off our “Made in Brooklyn” series with two local jewelry designers, Yayoi Inada, whose pieces contain little reminders to slow down (definitely something that can come in handy in a busy city like New York!) and Nguyen Le, who blends classic jewelry pieces with soft, knit accents.

Message in a Bottle
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Guggenheim Features UG Artist Kathleen Plate

March 25, 2011

Glass artist Kathleen Plate is known for her creative passion, her bold yet uncomplicated designs and her use of recycled materials. She’s achieved much in her more than 17 years as a professional designer, and she just added another feat to her résumé.

Chosen to participate in the Guggenheim Museum Store’s Studio Program, Kathleen created a stunning spiral chandelier inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The handmade piece, which features a white globe light and recycled glass rings, debuted at the Guggenheim Store at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York on Monday, March 21.

Before the chandelier hit the Guggenheim, two of our buyers, Carolyn and Erin, had a chance to check out the piece at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show on March 18.

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