Alexis Bittar launched his career selling vintage jewelry on the streets of SOHO in the later 80s. He launched his jewelry collection in the early 90s at the age of 22. He began designing a hand carved Lucite collection and elements collection which was comprised of semi-precious stones and found objects. He is the recipient of the CFDA’s Accessory Designer of the Year Award for 2010 and was named “Rising Star of the Year” by the Accessories council of Excellence in 2004.
Born and raised chasing seagulls and surfing in the blue-green waters of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, I ventured a little further south to Charleston, South Carolina. After dipping my feet in various industries and some soul-searching, I realized my zeal to design and create jewelry inspired by an undying love for the sea.
The name Barracuda Moon is inspired by my life lived by the ocean, planned according to the tides, orchestrated by the moon. I’ve always been fascinated by the magic of this rhythm and how connected it makes us feel to the sea, no matter the coast. The barracuda symbolizes the hunt; they are driven seekers, not afraid to roam wild and free.
I hand-make my jewelry with sea glass and seashells found here in Charleston, SC as well as treasures from recent travels. I use only natural gemstones, and gold-filled chain, wire, findings, etc. It is beachy-bohemian mixed with elegance; jewelry designed to wear with your bikini or your favorite cocktail dress. It is jewelry for anyone, especially girls who want to howl at the moon and say “Viva!”. How beautiful it is to be alive!
Beth Zink is a jewelry designer, based in Southport, NC, who creates designs with an elegant yet updated classic style. With no formal training in jewelry design when she started her business in 2001, her love of pearls and gemstones led her to create feminine classics from her imagination. Each piece of jewelry is created for the woman who is confident, accomplished and elegant. She encourages clients to wear her one of a kind and limited edition pieces every day for enjoyment because every day is special.
culturally inspired / globally minded
bluma project is a Brooklyn-based contemporary jewelry and accessories company. While our collection is designed in Brooklyn, it is inspired by global culture and is produced by artisans in Peru, India, Guatemala and other developing nations. Those design elements are elevated for the fashion customer.
Designer/founder Beth Schaeffer hits the road to be inspired, but also to work with artisans in the regions we discover. Using ancient techniques, all pieces are fully crafted by hand. The resulting designs have an organic, but very modern feel — an east meets west sensibility that bluma project is known for.
Color is a huge part of the bluma narrative and every season’s palette is sprinkled throughout the collection – whether it be a tassel, a gemstone, or dip-dyed earrings that go from gold to platinum. Color and texture give our handbag collection its bold look — created with artisans in the Andes.
bluma project is pleased to be working in these parts of the world, to continuously be inspired and to produce authentically handcrafted designs for our loyal and global customer base.
What do you get when you mix gold, sterling silver, bronze and semi-precious stones with a twist of elegance, a touch of edge and a hint of imperfection? CLP Jewelry.
A love of rustic, well-worn and well-loved pieces started back in Norman, Oklahoma, where designer Christy Lea Payne spent many days tinkering in her dad’s barn.
After college and several colorful and vibrant years designing against the Santa Fe landscape, Christy and her husband Zach moved to Colorful Colorado, where her childhood passion blossomed into a successful and thriving jewelry design business.
Inspired by her travels, the colors and textures of everyday life, and life’s perfect imperfections, Christy has honed her design and metalwork skills to create rustic, well-worn designs in all shapes and colors. Working with gold, sterling silver, bronze and semi-precious stones, Christy’s designs are the perfect combination of rustic and elegant. Each piece screams sophisticated simplicity, but are even more enchanting when worn layered together.
No two pieces are exactly the same. And that is by design. “I love to find the special imperfections in the pieces I design which makes each piece unique. So few things in life are perfect,” says Christy.