5 Unexpected Jewelry Makers In The Middle of America

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All that glitters is gold, and when it comes to scooping up unique jewelry, we’ve found you have to look beyond the expected big-box labels.

No matter your taste or budget, these five independent jewelry makers and labels in the middle of America are sure to have a bauble or two ready to make their way into your jewelry collection.



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Photo credit: Collections by Joya

Collections by Joya: St. Louis, MO
Drawing visual inspiration from India, Indonesia, Europe and beyond, Collections by Joya is a St. Louis-based jewelry line with intentional, heartfelt designs. The brand’s variety of necklaces, earrings and rings feature nature-inspired touches, making for unique jewelry pieces that don’t feel too perfect. Expect to see natural gems like moonstone, smoky quartz and druzy set in unpolished metals for a look that’s sophisticated yet natural. For hardcore jewelry fans, don’t miss Joya’s subscription services, which offer monthly, quarterly and annual boxes of handpicked jewelry delivered to your doorstep.

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Photo Credit: Fable & Lore

Fable & Lore: St. Louis, MO
Fable & Lore calls itself  a jewelry line for the modern free spirit, which is conveyed in its line of trend-forward bangles, pendulum necklaces and statement rings. Launched by maker Chelsie Hellige in her St. Louis-based home studio, Hellige handcrafts each and every piece within the jewelry line. While based in St. Louis, Fable & Lore’s free-spirited goods are also available in select stockist locations across Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and California.

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Photo Credit: Mary Mooney Studio

Mary Mooney Studio: Nashville, TN
An abstract artist by trade, Mary Mooney has elevated and expanded her artistry into a line of jewelry that showcases her artful brushstrokes. Each piece within her Lather line features replicas of painted sketches, with the line’s color palette intended to highlight how the female gender role has been defined over time. For fans of simple and sleek pendulum necklaces, Mooney’s wearable line of art is not to be missed.



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Photo Credit: Rebel Nell

Rebel Nell: Detroit, MI
Rebel Nell launched in Detroit with a mission: to employ, educate and empower disadvantaged women in the city. Each jewelry sale supports that very mission, and the brand has quickly established itself as a stylish and self-sustaining social enterprise. Make sure to peruse Rebel Nell’s line of bracelets, pendants and rings, which feature graffiti sourced from the local Dequindre Cut Greenway.


Photo Credit: Mineralogy

Mineralogy: Chicago, IL
Rooted in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, Mineralogy Jewelry Studio + Goods takes a more traditional approach to jewelry-making—with a twist. Each classic piece is limited edition and only handcrafted once, ensuring a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to be worn forever. The brand also places a heavy emphasis on social responsibility, with its team providing monthly donations to surrounding charitable organizations. In addition to its line of engagement rings and statement jewelry, Mineralogy also sells unique home goods, ceramics and candles.

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