Lately, I’ve been on a mission to simplify: Buy less stuff and get more use out of the things I already have. When it comes to style that means shopping for less clothes and spending my pennies on a few great pieces of jewelry that can transform my existing inventory. These designers spotted at AthFest music and arts festival in Athens, Georgia, create pieces that not only have the power to dress up any old rag, but are also great conversation starters—double win.
Adonis by Anne Taylor Duease
Founded by mother-daughter team Kim and Anne Taylor Duease, Adonis’ signatures are leather and freshwater pearl necklaces and bracelets that can be adjusted into different lengths. The pieces offer a slightly country slightly beachy feel any Southern gal can get behind. If you’re in the market for an investment piece, their natural seashell rings are the kind of gems that’ll get you compliments for life.
For metalsmith Amy Pieroni, no materials are off limits when it comes to creating her one-of-a-kind designs. Growing up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Pieroni spent her childhood foraging for animal bones, leaves, and stones to turn into accessories. Now, she uses anything from vintage shoe buckles found at estate sales, to keyholes from old homes, to Goodwill planters, to create her upcycled baubles that promote sustainable fashion. Everything is made by hand from start-to-finish and covered with a wax to prevent oxidation (read: no green skin).
Grateful Beads Jewelry
We can all appreciate the beauty of living in a state of gratefulness. Gratitude beads are used as a mindfulness tool, with each bead representing something in your life for which you are thankful. Atlanta designer Ridley Fleming Baird mixes collected beads and vibrant stones for necklaces that stand out and bring a little joy into your life. Pile them on top of flowing dresses for the worldly traveled look, or wear one with a crisp white shirtdress to add flair to a classic outfit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and orders.