Current Obsessions: Jewelry

May 16, 2012

1. Collarbone by Catharine Luckett / XX Long Gunshell Necklace / $145
2. DANNIJO / Naomi Collar / $172
3. DANNIJO / Finnegan Ring / $172
4. DANNIJO / Alessandra Cuff / $395
5. Odette New York / Bronze Rib Ring / $138
6. DANNIJO / Abacos Necklace / $436
7. Noble Town Vintage / Brick Chain Diamond Necklace / $38

My grandma runs a trading post in southern Utah and she’s always decked out in chunky Navajo squash blossoms, turquoise cuffs and big rings. Growing up I may not have appreciated the look, but now I think she’s as cool as it gets. That inspiration is very much evident in a few of DANNIJO’s pieces. I love the modern take on styles that are familiar to me. Besides the Indian-inspired pieces, I love brass, gunshells and unexpected shapes like the Odette rib ring.

I don’t have the skills or equipment to make anything similar, but I’m going to bust out my seed beads today and see what happens.


  • maddie

    Isn’t it funny how we eventually come to like all the things our mothers, grandmother, aunts, and all other older people wore even though we hated it at the time?

    • stephanie

      YES. It really is – I love the style of both of my grandmas. One is super southwestern and the other wears really, really bright colors and flip-flops. Both are well into their 80’s.

  • sallie

    This has happened to me too! i think I can only hope to be as cool as my grandma’s…
    Love this jewelry – If I lived in the SW I think I’d deck myself out in nothing but trading post wares.

  • Lavender

    The rib ring is to die! As is the cuff. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the turquoise necklace is gorgeous. Seriously, I thought turquoise jewelry was so tacky when I was younger. Love how tastes change over time. Deck yourself out, girl.

    I found a bin of seed beads in my old bedroom a few months ago. Oh, high school!

  • Amanda

    I freaking LOVE that Naomi collar, and the turquoise Abacos necklace… just beautiful! 🙂

  • Ginger

    Gorgeous! I love all of these, but the last one is my favorite. Your grandmas sound awesome!

  • Amy

    I’ve always loved turquoise jewelry and especially how the older women of the southwest wear them. Such ornamental style. That rib ring is amazing!

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