Accessories make the outfit, but jewelry is even more special when it’s tied to a person or place you love. That’s why we set out to find the most darling baubles inspired by the South. These four jewelry designers make us proud in their support of some of our favorite Southern towns, and remind us why it’s better to sport pieces that have a story to tell.
Gogo Jewelry – Cumberland Island, Georgia
Janet “Gogo” Ferguson relies on her morning strolls along Cumberland Island to inspire her intricate designs. The designer looks to the rattlesnakes, seaweed, and shells for pieces like this ring that tell the story of Georgia’s barrier islands.
Lauren Amos Designs – Charleston, South Carolina
Lauren Amos’ coral branch necklace is delicate and simple enough for everyday wear, and represents Lauren’s love for Edisto Beach. She says, “The Edisto Collection has a soft and neutral color palette comprised of natural gemstones, fresh water pearls, gold charms and a few sparkling beads to create dainty necklaces and dangling earrings.”
Porter Lyons – New Orleans, Louisiana
Fashion in The Crescent City is booming, and Porter Lyons is a perfect example of that for its envelope-pushing designs. Most of Ashley Porter’s rings, earrings, and bags are inspired by alligator backbones she finds in the bayou. “It’s the perfect conversation starter,” she says. “People can’t quite put their finger on what it is.”
Katura – Atlanta, Georgia
Katura Designs complements the elegance and sophistication of Southern women, and Lee Wiser McIntosh says her clients inspire every piece. “Southern women have classical roots, but also a willingness to make something like pearls completely contemporary.” As for that perfect pearl she says, “This is a pearl that could only come from the rivers of the Southeastern United States–very rare, and the shape is next to impossible to find.”