New engagement rings coming soon: Half Moon and Trillion

By Constance on July 27, 2015 at 9:21 am

Summertime is cooking right along, so let’s take a peak at two of our newest engagement rings that are the epitome of cool-girl style.

First up, The Trillion Ring, featuring two trillion cut white sapphires arranged north-south for a sleek, elongated look:

sapphire trillion ring

 

Next, the The Half-Moon Ring, also featuring two white sapphires, set in a subtle, stylized crescent shape:

 

white sapphire half moon

 

These silhouettes will have you (and everyone else) staring at your hand, inspiring endless bouts of daydreaming and conversation. Stay tuned for the release (ASAP) of these hot-off-the-press statement rings.

BNstyle: Viva la Françoise!

By Constance on July 14, 2015 at 5:50 pm

It’s Bastille Day, which gives as good excuse as any to kick off our inaugural post with a tribute to BNStyle Icon, Françoise Hardy.

This French muse has been at the top of the list of It Girls since she hit the Parisian fashion and music scene in the swinging 60’s. A seminal influence to a generation of future icons, including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, who name-drops Hardy at least a dozen times in her recent memoir Girl in a Band.

Enjoy this little round up of some of Hardy’s most GOLDEN moments. Happy Bastille Day!

Francois Hardy in metallic Paco Rabanne mini dress knee-high gladiator sandals
Francois Hardy in metallic Paco Rabanne mini dress, 1968.

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Maker’s Row meets Jeweler’s Row

By Constance on July 14, 2015 at 10:28 am
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Leslie setting a diamond in a custom Aparna ring wax.

From Making Ethically Sourced Jewelry in America, recently featured on Maker’s Row:

What does Made in America mean to you? Why is it important to you?

Our jewelry is handmade in our Philadelphia store, which houses our open workshop. In addition to creating our own collections, we also work closely with clients to create custom pieces, including redesigned heirloom jewelry. Certain fabrication techniques are completed with craftspeople on Philadelphia’s historic Jeweler’s Row who are specialized in traditional jewelry processes. Composed of nearly 300 small family-owned businesses, Jeweler’s Row is home to the oldest jewelry district in America (est. 1851) and continues to thrive as a creative and manufacturing hub in the industry. Supporting and learning from our local craftspeople is integral to our business.

We think the ability to make our ideas a physical reality ourselves is powerful.

–Page Neal

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Ethical Metalsmiths co-founder steps down

By Constance on July 5, 2015 at 3:46 pm
 
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We want to thank Christina Miller – Ethical Metalsmiths Co-founder and Executive Director – for helping to build the responsible jewelry movement. Her work has helped both to educate our industry about our environmental and social impacts, and to support powerful initiatives like Fairmined gold.

“In 2004, when I co-founded Ethical Metalsmiths with Susan Kingsley, traceable and transparent sourcing and responsible studio practices were threatening topics.  Now, a jeweler is expected to know where his/her materials are coming from and to choose sources that purposefully empower people and protect the environment. I believe that the organization, with its dedicated board of directors, and engaged members is ready to advance the ethical jewelry movement in new directions. Moving into the future I am looking forward to applying what I have learned about mining, jewelry, education and collaborative change in new and creative ways.” – Christina Miller
Miller recently stepped down from her role, but will remain active with as chair of the Advisory Council and as a member of the Ethical Sourcing and Education committees.
Best Wishes Christina! We are excited to work with you on new projects in the coming months.