These four jewelry lines are making their JCK debuts.
Brand: Blackbird and the Snow
Designer: Marie-Juliette Bird
Based In: Boulder, Colo.
ShowCategory: Design Center
Booth Number: S11105
Year Founded: 2012
Number of pieces in collection: about 50.
Back Story: While apprenticing in London under master jeweler David Courts, creator of the original Keith Richards skull ring, Marie-Juliette Bird began a collection of Victorian charms that serve as the inspiration for her own line, Blackbird and the Snow.
Handcrafted from recycled metal and ethically sourced stones, the collection of antique reproduction, fine and fashion jewelry includes diamonds, gold and sterling silver. It maintains a delicate, antiquelike aesthetic while taking its cues from themes in nature: insects, wings, stars, the moon and, not surprisingly, birds. Forgoing the use of a computer, each Blackbird and the Snow piece centers around a handcrafted charm made using pre-industrial era artisanal techniques.
Retail prices range from $440 to $5,700.
“The natural world is my source of true inspiration,” said Bird. “I also love Victorian jewelry design, particularly the Darwinian fascination with nature. My jewelry line echoes this era of fine craftsmanship while creating a wearable ode to nature. Each piece is custom created and handmade in America using recycled gold and ethically sourced stones.”
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