glazed jewels

by Grace Bonney

It’s funny how some trends seem to come and go, and some need only appear once and they’re forever ingrained in our minds. For me, that “forever” trend/style (which I guess makes it less of a trend and more of a tradition for me) is facets. I’ve been following them like a devoted groupie since 2006, when I wrote one of my first mini-trend posts on the look. And despite my best efforts to embrace curves over angles, those faceted edges win me over every time. Over the weekend, Kate and I were shopping around Brooklyn when we stumbled onto these incredible glazed jewels by Michele Quan. I wrote about Michele’s amazing clay bells last year, but these may be my new favorite pieces of hers. Their sweet faceted edges are slightly irregular, and I love the subtle (and colorful) lines that Michele used to enhance the form. These would be great to display, to use as a dramatic paperweight or, in my wildest dreams, as a modern garden decoration nestled between succulents. You can view more of Michele’s jewel designs right here and buy them in person (approximately $175 each) at Scosha. xo, grace

More images of Michelle’s jewels after the jump . . .

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