five non blondes

Modern Jewelry is a Girl’s Best Friend
April 6, 2008, 9:35 am
Filed under: design, fashion
We all know the saying “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. While I think Marilyn was on to something when she was singing that famous song, I think it’s safe to say that most of us “designer types” aren’t your typical kind of women. We have a flair for the unusual and the avant garde. Over the past few years, I have stumbled across a few jewelry designers that create things that I truly love. And, thanks to my wonderful husband, I have been lucky enough to receive a few pieces as gifts!      

While in college, I came across Konzuk jewelry. I was instantly attracted to their use of unique materials (like concrete and powder coating). Their website states: “Konzuk rejects the perception of jewelry as a mere accessory burdened by unnecessary details and overly complicated flourishes. Konzuk jewelry, with its highly personal elements such as a subtle use of color and innovative use of materials, is faithful to the clean, minimalist aesthetic of contemporary industrial design and architecture.” To see the different collections, check out:

A couple of years ago, while flipping through the ads at the end of Dwell Magazine, I noticed a small ad for a company called Small Things Designs. And, when I went online, I became very interested in the modern touches and the level of detail with this jewelry. All of the designer’s pieces are hand cut from sterling silver and then layered over stained glass for a unique and original looking piece. To see more, go to


More recently, a friend of mine at work came into the office with a very unique looking necklace. I immediately began asking her where she got it, what it’s made of, etc. She said she got it from a company called Stubborn Works. This jewelry is handcrafted and made of stainless steel, aluminum, and silver, and is then filled with an opaque resin. Check out these amazing pieces at


 Abbie, Sacramento, CA

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