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5 Best Handmade Jewelry Brands

09/29/2020 05:00PM ● By Josh Maxwell
By: Josh Maxwell   Photos By: Rachel Benavides

Jewelry is an important component to practically every outfit. Whether it be a sophisticated business suit or an urban streetwear look, jewelry can help make it stand out or look the part. Luckily, these five amazing local (and woman-owned!) brands are here to provide Coastal Bend shoppers with a flair that exudes creativity and style! 

Festiva 
You can't help but be captivated by the cultural heritage that is embroidered in every Festiva piece – such as the Hispanic influences seen in the Frida Kahlo earrings. Each piece is handmade by artisans in Hidalgo, Mexico. The wide spectrum of color is one of the defining characteristics of Tamara Cibrian’s jewelry, meaning it can go with a plethora of outfits and makeup looks. With a piece from Festiva, you're sure to make an impression wherever you decide to go. @shopfestiva

PHAT KNITS
Often funky and always phat, Amanda Howell’s earring designs which make up the local brand PhatKnits have us in a constant state of swoon. Her fiber and polymer clay indulgences come in an array of colors, shapes, sizes, and patterns. She certainly has an earring for whatever ensemble you’re looking to complete. @phatknits

Strawberry Moon Beads
Carley Cunningham’s beadwork has a very colorful and flashy style that can make anyone stop in awe. The inspiration in Cunningham's colorful shop is vividly seen throughout her Instagram feed, and the attention to detail and craftsmanship in her artwork is unmistakable. Each earring is handmade and not mass-produced. 
@strawberry.moon.beads

Daze Jewelry

Under Amanda Whitaker’s leadership, this gemstone brand makes modern bohemian-style jewelry – rings and necklaces with designs that are chic, simplistic, and flattering to the wearer. These pieces are great ways to enhance a look, provide a sense of peace and freedom, or add a little mystery to your outfit. @dazejewelry

Lavender+Lee
Run by Sam Thurman, this jewelry brand prides itself on its dainty and elegant look. When visiting this brand’s Instagram page, one can't help but stop and look at every picture. The extra care really shines when you zoom in to each perfectly crafted piece to take a closer look. Offered in a variety of colors and materials, this brand is the definition of simple yet elegant. @shop.lavenderandlee