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Handmade Jewelry

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Beauty in Boulders

September 9, 2011

New York City designer Anna Rabinowicz studied Industrial Design as an undergrad, went on to earn an MFA in Design and an MS in Engineering from the Product Design Program of Stanford University, and has a background in technology and medical device design. Of course, with this high-tech, industrial background, it only made sense that Anna’s next step was to start working with multimillion-year-old stones.

Anna works with agate, an exceptionally strong mineral formed from cooled lava as it changes over millions of years. The volcanic rocks look average from the outside, but crack them open, and you’ll see something extraordinary–beautiful patterns of color created by water rising and falling within the bubbles in the rock over time.

The stunning stone has been incorporated into jewelry for centuries, worn and treasured to symbolize truth and inner beauty. Now, in this age of technology, Anna uses her knowledge of modern design and production to bring the age-old talisman to a new generation. Her Agate Drop Necklace is a way to own millions of years of natural history for only $120.

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This Just In: Astrology Jewelry

August 31, 2011

We love Julie Nolan’s astrology necklaces and bracelets, but we just weren’t quite sure which our customers would like more. Luckily, we have our handy community voting app for predicaments such as these.

We asked our voters to share their thoughts on these stellar cuffs and pendants.

Jennifer said: “Both are great! Love the idea & would make a great gift if it came with something explaining it. Will have to have the necklace for sure!”

Heather said: “Love them both, but especially the bracelet.”

Susie said: “The cuff style would be nice for a guy. I would prefer it in a necklace form.”

The verdict? You loved them both! Based on your fabulous feedback, the necklace and the cuff are now available for purchase. What else is in the stars for UncommonGoods? You decide!


Zip Tied!

August 17, 2011

Jackie said: “Great idea..I think it is a very fair price for such a unique ring!”

This solid sterling silver ring is sure to get a few second looks! Modeled after a real plastic zip tie, this unique ring makes a better fashion accessory than the ties you use to cinch up your loose cords. Would you love to see this ring zip into our lineup? Then give it a thumbs up in our voting app!

Maker Stories

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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Maker Stories

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.

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