Everything that’s old is new again: jewelry designers who do it the old-fashioned way

Garnet Hill Jewelry Designers

Before there was Etsy, before there was Pinterest, before there were celebrities sporting jewels so valuable the designs themselves had to be accompanied on the red carpet by security guards, ancient peoples were crafting necklaces, bracelets, and earrings (and in Cleopatra’s case, headdresses) to adorn and express themselves. Each of the jewelry designers spotlighted here takes these traditions seriously, and incorporates old-world techniques and artistry into their collections.

Dana Kellin

Dana Kellin Beaded Teardrop EarringsWire-wrapped jewelry is an age-old style reminiscent of Victorian filigree. But where others dabble, Dana Kellin excels, with artistry and attention to detail. She developed an original method of wire wrapping. Time-consuming and painstakingly precise, it’s truly a labor of love. This technique produces pieces that are textural with an earthy glamour. There’s nothing quite like it.

Kristen Mara

Kristen Mara Elements NecklaceDedicated to using sustainable metals and ecologically responsible materials, Kristen Mara is drawn to the metalworking method of pre-mechanized jewelry making — a skill requiring patience and dedication. Her commitment pays off. Her work has the same timeless artistry of the ancient artifacts she is inspired by.


Satya Engraved BanglesSatya, the spiritual word for “truth,” began with the dream of making  jewelry of all truths and spiritualties. Influenced by ancient cultures and religions, Satya jewelry is meaningful and powerful, each piece incorporating semi-precious stones and sacred symbols to honor the infinite potential of the woman who wears it.

Jane Diaz

Jane Diaz Jewelry at Garnet HillJane Diaz has been collaborating with Nepalese metalsmiths since 1989 to create jewelry with worldly, earthy beauty. Though the industrial world has rendered most ancient crafts and techniques obsolete, Jane values the distinction of a personal touch in every piece. She sees jewelry as adornments that accompany you through life, special pieces that you show to sisters and friends, telling them the life stories that are connected to each piece.

Our latest collection from Jane Diaz fully embodies her vision. It effortlessly merges her traditional artisan flair with classic silver and gold coloring, and features four contemporary trends.

Jane Diaz Hoop EarringsTREND #1: THE HOOP EARRING
Seasonless and stunning, these hand-forged hoops by Jane Diaz are go-to pieces that take you from white sands and pool parties to evenings out.

Jane Diaz Stacking RingsTREND #2: THE STACKING RING
These rings are a timeless classic with a beautiful artisan touch to mix, match, and wear every day.

Jane Diaz Modern Circle EarringsTREND #3: THE MODERN CIRCLE EARRING
A modern twist on a traditional design, these hooped earrings feature a slight drop in the form of small gold or silver circles. An elegant and chic finishing touch for any occasion.

Rounding out our list of the latest jewelry trends is this set of five bangles. Layering multiple bangles creates a stylish look, and the metallic colors easily coordinate with every outfit.