Jane Winchester, the Philadelphia-based jewelry brand launched by designer Jane Winchester Paradis in 2017, has added some delightfully summery styles to its stable of accessibly priced, gold-plated pendant necklaces.
Riffing on the classic nautical anchor from the brand’s popular Strong coin pendant, Paradis created the Strong Summer Charm set ($498)—a three-pendant necklace featuring the Strong coin, a compass-star charm with diamonds, and an elegant gold vermeil Fish Hook design (see it above).
Also new is the Sun charm, a gold vermeil-and-diamond pendant sold on a 16-inch chain ($198, see below), and the Strong Wood Bead, an oversized wooden ball charm with a gold cap and pink tourmaline details, sold on a 14k gold 15.5-inch chain ($398, also below). The Fish Hook is also sold separately, on a 16-inch gold-fill chain, for $178.
“Summer has always been a time for adventure for me—and sun!” Paradis tells JCK. “So the new designs came straight from my spoiled summer life. The jewelry gets a bit more layered in the summer. As a kid it was the wrist stack of woven bracelets made by friends and a collection of silver bangles. Remember how you would move your braided bracelets to gauge your tan? Now I layer up necklaces more than bracelets. Our coins are always the base layer, but I wanted to design some smaller more sparkly items, like the sun, to wear with the coins.”
Winchester says the designs were developed at the behest of brand fans: “Social media and cocktail parties—it’s where you learn everything!” she enthused. “On Instagram people will direct message with suggestions, or we get the same kind of request over and over…people were looking for smaller items to layer in the summer. At cocktail parties both men and women give ideas, and I love it.” The Fish Hook, she notes, “came from a conversation about everyday items becoming jewelry.”
The young brand, which launched in 2017 offering the oversized coin charms (which are based on early-20th-century Gypsy coin jewelry), dove into 10k and 14k looks a few months ago. And Paradis says that ball will keeping rolling through the fall, when the line launches “a collection of exotic critters.” Expect 10k gold butterflies (earrings and necklaces), adorned with pink tourmaline, and what Paradis calls “the anti-butterfly”—a collection of 10k gold snakes with rose quartz scarabs “that are just insanely cool.”
Top: Strong Summer Charm set, $498 (all photos courtesy of Jane Winchester)