The Bespoke Blog

Brass is the New Gold

Owing in part to the rising price of gold, brass jewelry in minimalist geometric designs was last year’s hot item—so much so that the trend migrated into interior design.

The good news is this striking, affordable trend shows no sign of disappearing. Brass is still hot for 2017. Here are just a few of Bespoke’s fave artisans in metal.

Photo: Laurel Hill

Photo: Laurel Hill

Laurel Hill

Leaving her native Georgia for California, Laurel Hill took the 21st century version of the covered wagon trek across the country, carrying her impressive talents in traditional metalworking and picking up inspiration along the way. The result is a mix of metals and stories, and a gorgeous collection of boho-chic pieces, like her brass Gate Earrings.

 

Photo: Besty & Iya

Photo: Besty & Iya

Betsy & Iya

All of Betsy and Iya’s jewelry is handmade in their Portland studio and retail space, where they celebrate the imperfections of a handmade life. “We’d love to live in a house from Dwell magazine,” their mission statement reads, “but we don’t.  And if we did, you might find a stray sock in the hallway or a ‘temporary’ stack of dishes in the sink.” This embrace of the quirky and the loveable filters into their jewelry. The Cathedral Park ring is made of hand cut raw brass, and each one is a little different.

 

Photo: Kiersten Crowley

Photo: Kiersten Crowley

Kiersten Crowley

There’s another Portland artist expressing her unique aesthetic through brass jewelry. “I’ve always been a scavenger at heart,” says the New England-born Kiersten Crowley. A broad range of influences comes through in her spare, simple designs. A brass half oval necklace called the Ida, for example, combines an art-deco sensibility with a romantic flair.

Photo: Marisa Haskell

Photo: Marisa Haskell

Marisa Haskell

California native Marisa Haskell’s jewelry has a decidedly western feel. She started out as a leatherworker, then moved on to assembly jewelry with bits scavenged from Navajo, Zuni, and Mexican pieces. Her current work, like this Francisco Chain with brass knife pendants, has the laid-back feel of an artist who knows herself.

Photo: Favor Jewelry

Photo: Favor Jewelry

Favor Jewelry

Designer Monika Reed finds her inspiration in the play of light and shadow on shapes. Favor Jewelry is sustainably-sourced and exceptionally well made, with a portion of profits earmarked for Women for Women International.