Giveaway :: Brooklyn Heavy Metal

Thursday, April 17, 2014



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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?

Brooklyn Heavy Metal is giving away Tentacle Ring (value: $70.) Cast from squid tentacles this ring is made of solid rhodium plated brass~roughly 3/4″ high. Available in sizes 6, 7, 8.  (Can be adjusted to additional sizes upon request.) To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, April 24th.
Please visit Brooklyn Heavy Metal and tell us: What aspect of nature most heavily influences you? Are you drawn the the shore, the water, the mountains, the wildlife?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Charlotte D. says:

    Love the water.  I grew up 30 minutes from the ocean and my family would go to the beach on the weekends.  Great memories of the whole family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) together.  The fresh smell of the ocean air, the sand on my toes, the feel of the water, the beauty and power of nature.  

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    Amie A says:

    I feel most inspired when I’m near the ocean.  I love every aspect of nature, but I’m most curious and intrigued by the marine life that lives in the darkest and deepest recesses of the ocean.  They look so futuristic and so surreal and I’m fascinated by how they sustain life in such conditions.

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    cindy says:

    I am drawn to the mountains and trails of any kind. I love the feeling of exploring and just going analog. I leave my phone and music behind and just breathe. It is a great way for me to reconnect with myself and my surrounds and makes me feel alive and connected with my surroundings.

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    Veronica says:

    I am drawn to the mountians, because thats where I grew up.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    Trees are by far my favorite thing in nature. I think of them as comforting and protective friends. 🙂 I could never live anywhere without them.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I am most inspired by the wind. I love to feel it and know the world is alive all around me. It’s magic, I’m certain. I love the wind on the coast, strong and sweeping. I like the wind in the mountains, refreshing and sweet. Most of all, I love the wind when I’m riding my bicycle, seeing a tree or a field, or a child, passing by me.

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    Meg T says:

    I have a peekaboo view of the Pacific from my home, but its the woods that I love. Whenever we drive inland to this different kind of nature, my soul relaxes.  It’s like the greens and browns let my sun-scorched eyes relax.

    sidenote-I took my kids to an ocean institute the other weekend and we got to dissect a squid and even write with it’s ink! It was FASCINATING!!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i’m an ocean girl!

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    Samantha S says:

    The mountains. I grew up in the Midwest, where everything is green and flat; but after transplanting to the West Coast I fell in love with the sheer size of the mountains. When I’m at the bottom, they remind me that there are bigger things than my life; and climbing up puts things in perspective and clears my head. And there is nothing more stunning or awe-inspiring than the Rockies in the winter!

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    Monica Borge says:

    I am 110% drawn to forests. My favorite past time is climbing trees and I am currently going to school in St. Louis so a lush dense forested area is difficult to come by but anytime I pass a park or see any small gathering of trees. I immediately stop, climb one of the trees, and relax because sitting in a tree top seems to be like the only thing that calms me down. And I am grateful for it.

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    Tiffany says:

    I love Abbi’s work (and think she’s pretty fantastic too)! I am always inspired by the water and have always chosen to live where there’s a constant, running water source. The sound of rushing water can be heard from our open windows and it’s that sound that we listen for to help calm the chaotic toddler in the house. While I love the woods…it is water that keeps me sane and creative!

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    Alexandra says:

    The sheer power of nature inspires me, it leaves me the most moved. Forces of nature such as floods, blizzards, lightening and hurricanes remind me that I am not all powerful as a human, reminding me that I am part of nature, not a ruler, regardless of how my kind builds strong buildings and manipulates the land for self-gain. Though they may not be beautiful in the same way as a flower or mountain, their humbling strength is beautiful and the fact that it reminds us that humans are children of the Earth, not its masters. Mother nature is, in her strength, the most beautiful. She’s not superficial in her appearance, but diligent and unbreakable like a truly beautiful woman.

    Gotta say, I love nothing more when mother nature knocks out the power or makes it difficult to walk home in a blizzard. It allows humans to show their strength and diligence as well. Sure, it’s inconvenient, but that’s the beauty of it!

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    audrey says:

    What most influences me in NAture is how i Re-Member myself. The way i get a direct experience and reflection . as cliche as it may sound, i truly experience wild places as an Earth mother with unconditional love and simultaneously a clear knowing that all that lives dies. Loving and letting  go hand in hand.I’m shobn both my wild and human nature at once. It iis truly humbling and enlivening. 

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    Kat Darling says:

    The sky and its lighting –or lack thereof– has the most influence on me. But not just me and my moods and sensitivities and affinities, but also what i am growing, what i am doing outdoors vs indoors, what i am craving and what i am despising. 

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    Regan says:

    I am an animal person through-and-through. I delight in their energy and freedom from preoccupation. There’s little I find as pleasant and relaxing as sitting outside watching them.

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    Jennifer says:

    I am most influenced by water.  Lured by soft waves.  Captivated by morning dewdrops.  Awed by waterfalls of every size.  
    A spring rain refreshes me.  An evening thunderstorm envelopes me.  A rejuvenating drink, a cleansing bath.  Tide pools, hot springs, lush rain forests…

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    brittany ss says:

    I am always drawn to water….lakes, rivers, ponds, creeks, and the wide, vast ocean.

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    Jennifer says:

    Without a doubt, the Atlantic Ocean has some kind of power over me. I am a slave to its influence.

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    Joren Robles says:

    I’m a city girl….but funny how we all gather around that one tree for shade. Or spread our blanket on the lush green grass for fests. We feed the pigeons, fly kites, drive to the beach and dance in the rain. May love the big city, but it’s nature that makes it so livable;)

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    HNR says:

    Wow, this ring and your work is incredible! 

    I feel very deeply connected to all animals great and small. In my courtyard I have the pleasure of observing hummingbirds and snails (quite a contrast!) every day, and I have the great luck of living near a lake with all types of birds, including Hank the resident pelican. In the midst of a city, I am that girl who stops to engage all the dogs (and sometimes cats and other creatures!) I cross paths with. Animals fill me with wonder and gratitude.

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    sparrow says:

    I am inspired by patterns. I love the look of things up close, the detail and the grandeur in the minute. For example, looking closely to tree bark, or the tendril of a fern or to the perfect spiral of a shell. I love looking into the complicated, geometric heart of pomegranates and at the rings like an ancient tree in closed flesh of the beet. I love nature. She inspires me in every breath and corner. 

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    Tiffany S. says:

    When exploring nature I am happy with the overall picture but I tend to focus on the birds. They fascinate me and I will spot even the most quietly hidden bird in the forest or will watch that sea bird run to and from the waves for hours. And I’m always thankful for those little moments when the busy little birds stop to say hello and allow me to snap a picture of them.

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    Rinny says:

    I feel a natural easement when I’m near the shoreline. Growing up in beach-filled Rhode Island helped mold the easy-going, calm nature inside of me. I never feared walking along cliffs or being swept away by the thunderous ocean. When I’m closest to the water, to the crashing waves on the rocky shoreline, to those hot sandy beaches, I always feel like nature is giving me a great big hug. I honestly don’t think I could live someplace where I couldn’t be near the water.

    Also, being a water sign (Cancer) I’m immediately drawn to all things water: the waves, the creatures below and above, the sun on my skin. Summer can’t come quickly enough!