There’s great handmade jewelry in all pockets of this country, but we think the designs coming out of Arizona are especially beautiful and worth introducing to locals and out-of-towners alike. To that end, Krikawa recently unveiled a permanent in-store and online display of Arizona jewelry. It’s the first space of its kind for area metalsmiths to show their work, and we’re thrilled to shine a light on this fine and very difficult craft. The display will offer a regularly rotating lineup of contemporary jewelry inspired by the natural beauty and history of our state. Here are four artists we’re featuring right now:
You could say that jewelry making is in Marilyn’s blood. The daughter of a rockhound, she grew up learning how to facet and cut cabochons, and these days creates colorful, bold pendants and earrings using untreated stones from our region and sterling silver or 14k gold. With their geometric design and exquisite craftsmanship, the pieces have a subtle Native American feel that feels fresh and current.
In-the-know locals snap up Lila Clare’s simple sterling jewelry, and for good reason: The Tucson resident (real name Clare Johnston) crafts very clean, well-crafted pieces that won’t break the bank. Many are $100 or under. Expect to see wire forms in marquis shapes, leaf shapes made out of sterling, and lots of the semi-opaque seafoam-green stone chalcedony.
Sean may be a local artist, but he has a cult following at major craft shows in New York City, Los Angeles and London. One look at his earrings, bracelets and rings, and it’s easy to see why. Each luxurious piece features an opaque, colorful resin, a hard plastic that Sean meticulously sands down and polishes to a brilliant shine.
Roni is the epitome of a classic metalsmith. Much of her work involves a complex Japanese technique known as keum-boo, or overlapping 24k gold over sterling silver. The end result? Carefully crafted pieces, like her gorgeous cabochons set in bezels, that are essentially wearable art.