Katherine Sturgis Jewelry

>> Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Katherine Sturgis- a jewelry designer is famous for her handmade bracelets and necklaces. Stunningly elegant, her pieces are thoroughly rough-and-tumble at the same time. Thick oxidized silver chains entwine with silk thread, thin leather bands and the occasional strand of vintage rhinestones. Sophisticated hardware, glammed-up friendship bracelets, luxe lanyards...the list of dichotomies go on.

Katherine Sturgis worked for several years in corporate fashion, buying and merchandising mass-market items, Katherine concluded that big business wasn't for her. Instead, she opted to follow her passions – home.

Katherine always loved jewelry. And she always loved the appeal of owning one-of-a-kind pieces. She began crafting glammed-up friendship bracelets – silk-threaded pieces fashioned from new and vintage materials – in her New York City apartment. These first few bracelets were intended just for Katherine and her girlfriends, but as her list of "friends" quickly flourished to match her growing number of designs, so began Katherine Sturgis Jewelry. Katherine Sturgis Jewelry combines disparate elements and materials to create pieces that are playful, elegant and above all, wearable.

Each piece of Katherine is unique, and exquisitely handcrafted with time and care. But remember: Katherine Sturgis' jewelry is meant to be loved and worn often, as every piece softens and changes over time – and the wearer make it more unique.

Just as her jewelry is a study in self-evident contradictions so is Sturgis herself. In one wrist, you'll find fantastic layers of delicate rhinestones and baubles, while the other is canvas to a sprawl of inky tattoos. Her closest friends refer to her as "blanche neige" for the way her ebony-black locks juxtapose against her pale, alabaster skin, recalling a modern-day Snow White. And she's bi-coastal too, balancing her time between Brooklyn and sunny Los Angeles.

Each piece is handcrafted by Sturgis herself, yet despite the precious artisanship that goes into each item, she maintains that her jewelry is meant to be worn and worn often. "I wanted the mix of all the different materials to make these pieces very adaptable to just about any occasion," she says. The final paradox is that it's everyday jewelry that couldn't be further from mundane.

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