When I was young, I traveled with my school class to the beach for a tidepool field trip. One of the women who worked at the ocean center wore a large silver conch shell pendant on a chain and I remember thinking her simple gesture of adornment spoke volumes about how we wear our hearts on our sleeves in a multitude of ways and how beautiful this great world was. (A lofty observation for a grade schooler, to be sure, but I always noticed the details and missed the bigger picture.) I have always been drawn to organic shapes in jewelry, always found myself smitten with raw, natural states. Yet I have never lost my need for a pretty aesthetic.
Brooklyn Heavy Metal by designer Abbi Stern is a treasure chest of elegant, organic jewelry that speaks of Stern’s marriage of her influences of nature and industry. Throw in a little androgyny and you have the recipe for strong, simple shapes that have merit, have weight. The Coyote Necklace is strikingly beautiful and the Small Bark Band is absolutely on the top of my wish list. Celebrating a connection with our natural surroundings is something that is easy to do when you have such a elegant option with Brooklyn Heavy Metal, don’t you think?