Heavy Metals

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This fall, we’re focusing on jewelry that lends an interesting touch to every outfit and has that one-of-a-kind feel. Naturally, we were drawn to Heather Levine’s structural designs and wanted to incorporate her vibe of modern-meets-eclectic into our newest collection of necklaces, rings and bracelets. Heather’s hands-on approach ensures that her creations possess authenticity, an aesthetic we were determined to reflect in each piece of jewelry featured in her collaboration with us. We took a visit to her L.A. studio to learn more about her influences and artistic process. Here’s what she had to say…

What inspires your designs?
The clay materials that I prefer to use remind me of nature and craft made in the ‘60s and ‘70s in California. The combination of the unglazed materials and shapes I use remind me of the California landscape. Simple shapes can come together to evoke a certain time frame or location. I am inspired by light, nature, the handmade and smart effortless design.

How did you approach translating your work into jewelry? Have you always been interested in designing jewelry?
I was interested in designing jewelry but never loved the idea of ceramic jewelry, so when I was asked to design a line of jewelry in metals I was intrigued. The design became more about the shapes I already love and use and configuring them in patterns that could be worn.

Initially I made all the jewelry designs in clay because this is the material I am most comfortable working with. Once there was a variety of designs to look at, we played with the scale of each piece to get it right. Getting the right texture was important to me. I am not attracted to shiny jewelry and wanted the pieces to feel a bit vintage and textured.

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What interested you about working with Lucky Brand?
Lucky Brand approached me because they appreciated my work and had the vision to see it translated into wearable jewelry. I saw this as an opportunity to explore something new in terms of designing works and learn the process of making a line of jewelry.

Who do you imagine wearing these pieces?
A person that appreciates vintage clothing, furniture, and a simple design with an accent piece to style themselves. Someone that loves to be creative with their accessories while wearing their favorite perfectly worn jeans and t-shirt.