Statement earrings are still having a moment. If you’re looking for a pair that’s elevated and simple enough for the office, but also different to those all over your favorite shopping site, then try Alta Ora. Each piece is hand-carved in wax, and then cast in silver or brass in Brooklyn. With a background in graphic design, designer Natalia seeks to transform abstract shapes and curves into wearable objects. The name, in misspelled Portuguese, translates to “elevated times” which represents the brand’s belief that fashion shouldn’t be fast or mass produced, but something made responsibly and worn for years to come.
To meet Annika Inez is to understand just why her label is so instantly want-able. Dressed in a jumpsuit with her blonde hair pulled into a ponytail, she is both cool Nordic girl and sophisticate. Her line, which is full of hand-blown glass and kidney-shaped fine wire earrings, is handmade in Brooklyn from recycled and ethically-sourced sterling silver and gold.
Laura Lombardi is the queen of hoops. Browse her Instagram and you’ll find pic after pic of endless hoop variations (each cooler than the last). They’re affordable, look incredible, and frequently sell out before you even get a chance to browse her site. Based in Brooklyn, she grew up between New York and Italy, and constantly references the incredible style that only Italians possess in her work. These are the hoops you’re always searching for, but never seem to find.
Sometimes an earring (or a new label) catches your eye and you Can’t. Stop. Thinking. About. It. Jewelry label Leigh Miller is one of those. Her Dahli-esque earrings, necklaces, and rings, are the type that make you stop scrolling through your Instagram feed. After a career as a ready-to-wear designer, she set out to launch her own jewelry line as a one-woman team in Los Angeles. She sculpts each piece first in wax, perfecting the gorgeous organic-ness of them, then casts and hand-hammers, adding things like organic pearls and glass baubles. Consider us hooked.
The hoop is maybe one of the most iconic pieces of jewelry for a reason, but when you’re sick of that shape, turn to Abel. Designer Kelsey Lim’s organically shaped earrings look a little like avocados, but the elegant, updated version you’d expect to see at a store like The Line. Based in Brooklyn, she launched her collection earlier this year, with the latest addition being a pear shaped earring with a pearl in the center. Another win for this emerging designer.
Puerto Rican-born designer Luiny Rivera is self taught, which makes her incredible designs (our favorites are the hoops and drop earrings featuring glass and wooden balls), all the more special. Inspired by her travels and current home base (New York) each piece is incredibly unique.
Some designers have a knack for making pieces that are both new and completely refreshing, yet somehow become classics in your outfit rotations. Luz Ortiz, a New York-based designer who launched her line with a collection that got everyone talking, is such a designer. From simple gold hoops to sterling silver shell-inspired studs, her architectural creations are always exciting.
There’s a tipping point where cool meets unique, and Lila Rice has found it. Based in Brooklyn, NY, her double hoop earrings are unique but polished, and her overzised chain necklace is a bold statement. She also nails the combination of statement and everyday, all finished in a variety of gold and silver.
For those who love simple, quietly considered jewelry that is elevated and beautiful, then Winden is a line you should invest in. Created by Becca Mapes, each piece of jewelry is made by hand in Brooklyn. The stones used in her gentle necklaces are sourced from the shores of Lake Erie, and then hand polished. Her new hair barrettes are made from sustainable acetate in France. These are the pieces designed for the individual who needs only the slightest addition to her look to feel exquisite.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.