Philip Crangi Mixes Fashion and Fine Jewelry

If you’re familiar with the railroad-spike bracelet—an über-popular cuff inspired by America’s first transcontinental railroad of 1869—then you are at least somewhat acquainted with the work of Philip Crangi. It is under the Giles & Brother label, founded in 2001, that Philip, along with his sister, Courtney “Giles” Crangi, popularized the style.

While Giles & Brother continues to offer its selection of rustic American jewelry—categorized as fashion, by use of materials such as brass and sterling silver—the brother Crangi embarked on a solo venture in the summer of 2018: Philip Crangi & Co.

That hand-hewn, pioneer quality of the Crangi siblings’ brand is carried over into Philip’s eponymous line, though the latter seeks to explore a higher price point, mixing familiar materials such as brass and sterling silver with diamonds, malachite, and lapis lazuli.

Philip Crangi leopard earrings
Leopard earrings in brass with sapphires and diamonds, $3,200

Though comparably more, retail prices on this line are still relatively budget-friendly—the highest-priced item on the brand’s website is the pair of leopard earrings (above) going for $3,200, while many others ring in at under $500.

Philip Crangi malachite stud owl mask
Stud owl mask bracelet in brass with malachite and champagne diamonds, $1,120
Philip Crangi lapis drop earrings
Drop earrings in brass with lapis lazuli and diamonds, $400

These jewels have that sought-after vintage vibe, with an upper-crust aura that brings to mind images of a classically decorated New York home: plush, glossy brown leather seating, colonial wood furniture, nautical decor. Not stuffy—casual but rich, as classic as it gets with pieces that have been curated carefully over time.

Philip Crangi Rosette cuff
Rosette cuff bracelet in hand-finished brass with 1.95 cts. t.w. black diamonds, $1,800

I probably owe the conjuring of my classic American home to the fact that Philip Crangi & Co. offers a home line in addition to its jewels—drawer pulls, wall hooks, towel rings (some featuring leather or anchor motifs, so it looks like that’s where I got that from), as well as mirrored and brass trays just begging to be graced with a decanter filled with 75-year-old scotch.

Philip Crangi small snake head ring
Small snake head ring in brass with 0.12 ct. t.w. champagne diamonds, $375
Philip Crangi multi cab cuff
Wide multi-cab cuff in brass with lapis lazuli, turquoise, and diamonds, $1,800

The beauty of this brand’s offerings is that one doesn’t necessarily need the deep pockets required to own such a pristinely decorated home as described to procure one (or two) of them. Though most items are currently experiencing backorder status (I am assuming current COVID-19-related restrictions are partially to blame for that), that is not the case for all of them. (It should also be noted that the home items are made-to-order.)

Top: Snake cuff in brass with turquoise, price on request

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