Plentiful color in jewelry, often in the form of vivid gemstones, is something many of us crave as spring and summer come our way. But when you attain that same look through the expert use of metal, that’s equally exciting and inspiring.
When California jeweler August shared a photo of Sia Taylor’s Rainfall earrings on Instagram, I was immediately transfixed. Here was this rainbow of fringe, composed not of your typical array of gemstones, but solely of metal. Of course, I’m not referring to the same bright array you may get from fancy sapphires, but to the result of an artful arrangement of 18k, 22k, and 24k white, yellow, and rose gold combined with platinum—an inspiring display of the various metals we so often enjoy as a house for our gems. Each metal panel is handcrafted, textured, and hung just so, like the pitter-patter of rain that falls from the sky.
The earrings dangle freely, and could certainly be considered a statement, though they’re not so large as to not be wearable daily. In fact, for such a plentiful statement, they look rather demure on the ear—chic and polished.
Sia Taylor, who is based in England, often designs pieces inspired by nature—the wind, the rain, seeds, grasses. Each piece is made in that colorful combination of gold, offering a range of styles for many to enjoy (see the fantastically good necklace featured in Amy Elliott’s coverage of fringe jewelry from January of this year). While many feature this fantastic fringe, the designer also offers a “dot” design (appearing like teeny tiny coins dangling charm-style), leaves, beads, semicircle shapes mimicking a sunset, and more. She also has a series of faceted bands that would make the most glorious wedding jewelry you’ve ever seen. Put simply, browsing Taylor’s online store is like visiting the candy shop when you’re packing a serious sweet tooth—everything on the menu is mouthwatering, and your shopping cart is in serious danger of overflowing.
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