5 Jewelry Makers from Middle America to Check Out Right Now

 In Guide, Style

If your jewelry box is in need of a summer refresh, we’ve got just the thing for you. The five designers below offer innovative, versatile and—most importantly—gorgeous gems and jewels that never fail to make a statement.


Photo courtesy of Mahnal

St. Louis designer Mahnal takes inspiration from the places we find most meditative, exploring themes like silhouettes in nature, the repetition of lines in architecture, or how light plays against texture. Designer Shayba Muhammad works from her home studio, where she aims to inspire and adorn.


Photo courtesy of AnnKat

AnnKat Designs
The work of metalsmith Ann Kathryn Kehoe, AnnKat Designs are created and produced in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. AnnKat’s jewels are handmade using a variety of traditional metalsmithing techniques, including wax carving and lost-wax casting, forging, stamping, soldering, and hand-fabricating raw materials.


Photo courtesy of Shikama

Sarah Shikama is a designer and visual artist working across disciplines. Launched in 2010, Shikama aims to produce timeless jewelry, simple and sculptural pieces drawn from the artist’s deep interest in material and form. Handmade in Chicago, Shikama collections are free form in design, with limited runs in sterling silver and bronze.


Photo courtesy of Fable & Lore

Fable & Lore
Fable & Lore is a small, one-woman business owned and operated by metalsmith/designer Chelsie Hellige. As a former advertising copywriter, Chelsie regularly found herself cranking out work she didn’t love. Now, as a full-time maker, she believes in taking time with every design, only producing minimalist, bohemian pieces that stand the test of time.


Photo courtesy of Mineralogy.

Mineralogy is a collection of limited-edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry designed and handcrafted by Chicago metalsmith, Theresa Cowan, who began the design after being Inspired by an earth science class lecture. Mineralogy creates unusual statement and heirloom quality pieces that pay tribute to the beauty of natural gems and minerals.


Cover photo courtesy of Mahnal.

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