10 Jewelry Designers to Follow on Instagram

by Aria Baci

There’s something genuinely thrilling about discovering new jewelry, especially handmade pieces designed with thoughtfulness and care. This kind of jewelry — full of personal flourishes and one-of-a-kind details (especially when minerals are involved) — is what I’m always looking for. And I’ve found a good amount of it through well-curated Instagram feeds.

I love knowing that a designer’s own hands have touched each piece, from workbench to gift box, and getting to peek inside their process and personal story online is a bonus. Here are 10 indie jewelry designers whose Instagram feeds share their inspiration and their creative process — as well as their beautiful final pieces. —Aria

Alicia Goodwin founded Lingua Nigra in 2003. She sources all of her materials in the US and assembles each piece in her own studio in Brooklyn, creating everyday jewelry with dreamy organic shapes and unexpected finishes. Her metal etching technique creates a painterly effect on gold-plated brass and copper. However lightweight they might be, Lingua Nigra pieces have a visual heft that makes them distinctive.
Metalsmith Theresa Cowan was first inspired to create jewelry while attending an earth science class lecture on minerals. She works in brass, silver, and gold, but the focal point of her designs is the natural, variegated beauty of gems and minerals. Her style demonstrates a relaxed elegance. She fabricates every piece by hand in her Mineralogy studio in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, and she prides herself on using only 100% recycled precious metal pieces and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.
Inspired by the healing properties of crystals and other minerals, Pound jewelry was founded by a mother (Linda) and two of her three daughters (Becca and Mia). Working mostly in dangle necklaces, each handmade piece reveals a witchlike rawness that is potent in its simplicity. And there's something of a celebration of motherhood and sisterhood about it, too.
Although they also create multi-stone statement pieces and unpolished pendant necklaces, Pound's signature design is a crystal pendulum connected to a long brass chain by a tiny brass fist. Their Instagram feed is an array of the luminous colors and visual textures created by their favorite materials.
The FFS, with studios in both Los Angeles and Miami, is a collaboration between sisters Cheryl Freeman and Donna Freeman Hughes (their name is an abbreviation of the Fabulous Freeman Sisters). Cheryl's formal training is counterbalanced by Donna's intuitiveness, and their pieces commingle leather with copper and vulcanite with diamond. They cite references as diverse as Gustav Klimt and Grace Jones, and indeed, their work hints at Art Nouveau, with a gentle nod toward Afrofuturism.
Custom bracelet designs by The FFS.
A fashion model before she was a jewelry designer, Edie Charles was one of 17 transgender models featured in the Barneys New York Spring 2014 campaign "Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters" photographed by Bruce Weber. That same year, she graduated from Central Saint Martins in London with a BA in Jewellery Design, launching her first collection as part of her final project.

Photography by Lia Haley.
Edie aspires to create jewelry with unisex appeal. Her designs combine elements from Egyptian Revivalism and Maghrebi traditions with an Art Deco sensibility. The result is an overall aesthetic that is delicate yet formidable, understated yet opulent.
Army of Rokosz is a collection of sculptural jewelry created by Vancouver-based designer Andrea Rokosz. Her pieces are fabricated by hand primarily from silver, and occasionally from bronze, brass, and copper, and are often accented with semi-precious stones and raw crystals. Sometimes ornate and sometimes playful, her designs are infused with folkloric elements and pagan symbolism, and finished with a pop culture flair.
Pilar Agueci is an artist, a goldsmith, and a mother. After graduating from Ontario College of Art and Design, she was resident artist at the Glasgow School of Art. She then studied at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School and with the Dutch sculptor Ruudt Peters before setting up her own shop in the Rosemont—La Petite Patrie district of Montreal.
Pilar works with traditional metals like silver and gold and contrasts her choice of materials with surprising lines and unconventional finishes. Her final product displays a graceful precision and a unique strength.
Allison Hourcade, a silversmith who works under the label RockLove, combines her fascination with the ancient and arcane with her passion for exotic travel. She apprenticed with a jeweler in Florence, Italy, and enhanced the classical knowledge she acquired there with her rock and roll edge.
Each piece of RockLove jewelry is designed by Allison herself or molded from relics from historical eras, from Viking to Victorian, and most are cast in sterling silver or artisan brass; although she also works with semi-precious gemstones, bullhorn, and bamboo coral.
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who focused her studies on sculpture and light metals, Lindsay Lewis creates everyday jewelry that demands a closer look. Her style might be described as Art Deco Futurism and suggests astronomy as much as it suggests astrology. Geometric shapes of polished brass, set with crazy lace agate and jasper, create a gorgeous contrast between the sheen of the metal and the luster of the stone.
Dallas Maynard is a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America who describes her aesthetic tendencies as archaeological and zoological. Many of her pieces evoke something Paleolithic as much as they suggest what Antoni Gaudí might have done as an accessories designer, and this hybrid of primitivism and modernism makes her work uniquely contemporary. [Photo by Asrai Garden]

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