Everybody and her ugly kid sister claims to be a jewelry designer these days. Waris, that guy with the turban, draws diamond tear drop cufflinks that he hands over to Roman artisans in between fashion parties. Pamela Love casts gold bird heads in between drumming for her band. But the eye now turns to Justin Giunta, nominated twice for a CFDA award for emerging talent. The guy seems to have experimented with everything but the kitchen sink. He needs to quit trying to make the BIG pearls subversive. (His entire bridal collection verges on ridiculous. The looks seem fit for reality housewives not hip kids.) But, his turquoise tile bracelet from the “Fit to Print” collection ($699) takes my breath away. His “Sunken Treasure” and “Rainforest I/II” collections rock my world. See film producer Elma Cremin’s neck above. WOW.
Honorable mention goes to a gal from Deitch Gallery who handcrafted her own ecological bracelet from recycled plastic. Apparently, everyone can make a little jewelry. Justin Giunta, he’s a master contortionist. LINK: www.subversivejewelry.com
Home fashioned, from recycled plastic