Statement jewelry is all the rage on the runways and on the red carpets these days, with Los Angeles-based designers providing much of the bling that you see in these rarified places. However, every resident of this Southland metropolis is able to own particular pieces that shout out something about that individual simply by spying on the jewelry being worn with both pride and moxie. The following are five of the best places for handmade jewelry in the City of Angels.
8413 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Wearable art arguably began at this immaculately curated boutique owned by Carol Sauvion, a charismatic woman who has a keen eye and a wicked smile. Her customers can always count on the latest in handmade jewelry from the workshops of Los Angeles' most creative talents. Currently on hand at Freehand are the handmade baubles by jewelry artist Denise Barr who mixes metals and patterns to create earrings, necklaces and brooches, most of which are miniature abstract collages so appealing that you'll have to resist or you'll end up owning her entire collection.
Chariots on Fire
1342 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Venice shops are always fascinating and this one is no different. Chariots on Fire provides the opportunity to buy some of the best in handmade contemporary jewelry found in the Southland. Baubles for both men and women are amongst the many collections offered here, including pieces from Marianne Anderson, Ruth Tomlinson and Marion Vidal. In addition, wedding rings that won't be seen anywhere else are available at this keen boutique where every article up for purchase has a mind of its own.
1516 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Camille DePedriniis the go-to haunt in South Pasadena for high-end artisan jewelry that doesn't hold back. Available alongside a myriad of other wearables like candy-colored flats and exotic bridal wear, the bling in this boutique is unmistakably unique. Among the selection are the works of Los Angeles-based designer Christy Jackson in her Verge collection, an assortment of organically inspired jewels featuring rough-cut stones and asymmetrical designs that are bohemian, edgy and classy all at the same time in the same piece.
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Co-op 28 Handmade & Vintage
1728 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
One customer said this Los Feliz-based consignment store is where "an Etsy store come to life." That was a great way to put it, and explains why so many devotees frequent this unusual mainstay on the east side of Los Angeles. Inside, amongst the furniture, furnishings and plethora of wall art, both vintage and contemporary, are all sorts of bling created by Los Angeles' army of local artists. While some pieces are bold and bright, others are understated and quite chic. The selection is so astounding that you'll want to plan to spend at least an hour looking at all that's on offer.
Liza Shtromberg Fine Jewelry
2120 N. Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Lisa Shtromberg came from Israel to Los Angeles at the age of 16 with plenty of experience in the jewelry business. Indeed, her dad is both a cameo designer and expert stone cutter and he took her under his wing to teach her as much as possible. This talented lady was born to create her own lines of rings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces, starting early while attending Hollywood High. Back then she came up with baubles that creatively combined native Indian peyote beads and crystals of all sorts that were sold on Los Angeles streets. Since that initiation period, Liza has moved on to own a beautiful, namesake boutique located in the Los Feliz shopping district that draws fans of her work from all corners of the city. In particular, Shtromberg's selection of bridal jewelry--including men's wedding bands, engagement rings and bridesmaid jewelry--will touch your heart and make you want to wear that special something forever, just as that particular piece was intended to be worn according to its imaginative creator who calls herself an artist of heirlooms and lives up to that promise in spades.
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