Please join us in-store on Saturday June 6th for an Uno de 50 trunk show.
10am- 6pm at Art Effect 934 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago 60614
We’re excited to bring this iconic Spanish jewelry line to Chicago! Join us on the 6th to shop special pieces brought in from Madrid exclusively for the event. The extensive line features a range of styles from simple bangles to statement necklaces and earrings starting at $69. A representative from Uno de 50 will join us in-store to help you find the perfect piece and style your selections. Uno de 50 designers combine a modern sensibility with traditional artistry to appeal to women of all ages.
Get a sneak peek at the Uno de 50 trunk show with the collection in store now. The handcrafted jewelry is plated in Silver or Gold and incorporates Swarovski Elements crystals and leather into the looks. Shop now to find your next favorite wear-everyday style, or a perfect gift for someone special. We love to stack Uno de 50 bracelets, the mix of textures and shapes create endless styling possibilities.
The brand was created in the late 90’s by a team of designers striving to create something unique. The first Uno de 50 collections limited production to fifty pieces of each design. Over the years, as the brand grew and demand increased, they produced larger quantities, but continue to create editions of 50 for special pieces each season. The line is completely handmade in Spain with great attention to detail. Uno de 50’s signature process uses a metal alloy cast in hand carved molds. The cast pieces are plated with 15 micron Sterling Silver or 3 micron Gold. Today the line is sold in 40 countries and has been featured in Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire.
Save the date for our June 6th Trunk show and Shop Uno de 50 online.
Make a statement with our most colorful jewelry with gems in every hue of the rainbow.
Consider gems in lush green to add a fresh vibrancy to your style. (Outside to in)
1) A chunky strand of mottled gemstone beads from Avindy with a faceted Citrine stone and links of Peruvian Opal nuggets. $195.00 in-store or online.
2) The natural variation of color in the natural stones add interest to this simple necklace from Joseph Brooks Jewelry. Faceted chunks of Green Aventurine Quartz strung on a Sterling cable chain. $135.00 in-store or online.
3) This pretty necklace from Anna Balkan features a trio of cushion cut Citrine and Chalcedonia clustered on a Gold Fill rosary style chain with Pyrite stones. All the colors of a sunny summer day! $92.00 in-store or online.
4) A faceted drop of green Perdot strung on a brown cord. This simple style from Margaret Solow is a brilliant way to add sophistication to your everyday look. $135.00 in-store.
Choose red when you want to stand out! Fiery red gems can be playful or sultry. (Outside to in)
1) Faceted chunks of Red Jasper strung on a Sterling cable chain from Joseph Brooks. The simple design highlights the true essence of each handpicked stone to amplify natural properties and energies. $135.00 in-store or online.
2) Dainty drops of prismatic Quartz dangle from a contrasting Oxidized Silver chain. This fun style from Anna Balkan adds lots of color to everyday. $70.00 in-store or online.
3) A juicy Ruby Quartz is bezel set in Gold on a contrasting Oxidized Silver chain. This style from Anna Balkan is perfect for layering. $70.00 in-store or online.
4) This cheerful necklace from Anna Balkan features a colorful trio of cushion cut Citrine, Chalcedonia, and Rose Quartz clustered on a Gold Fill rosary style chain with Labradorite stones. $92.00 in-store or online.
Consider gems in cool blue to add a refreshing and calming color element to your look. (Outside to in)
1) The natural variation of blues in the natural Dumortierite stones add interest to this simple necklace from Joseph Brooks Jewelry. $135.00 in-store or online.
2) A clear round blue Quartz is bezel set on a Gold fill chain. This style from Anna Balkan is perfect for layering. $70.00 in-store or online.
3) The simplest styles from Margaret Solow are a brilliant way to add sophistication and subtle color pops to your everyday look. A faceted drop of Amethest strung on a brown cord. $125.00 in-store.
Don’t be a shrinking violet! Shop all our colorful necklace options!
Big things come in little boxes! Our favorite gifts sparkle and shine with diamonds, gold and silver.
When only the very best will do, consider this stunning jade beaded necklace from Aviva Rose. The leaf pendant is Sterling glittering with pave Diamonds. $750.00 in-store.
A less conventional pick is this Diamond studded tulip petal necklace from Swallow. The sculptural pendant is a stunning conversation starter the perfect gift for an offbeat style star. $400.00 in-store or online.
Dainty charms to fit any personality, these delicate necklaces will become wear everyday favorites and can be layered with other pieces.
Hand carved key pendant from Avindy is stamped on the back with tiny letters reading “Peace” and studded with a single White Topaz. A lovely gift for $125.00 in-store or online.
A classic token of affection is given a modern edge with the addition of an oversized jumpring and Oxidized Silver chain. Zoe Chicco’s hinged 14k yellow gold tiny heart locket features an engraved starburst and white diamond in the center. This sweet remembrance is $375.00 in-store or online.
Show fierce love with the gift of Workhorse Jewel’s Rose Gold dagger pendant. The hilt is studded with Black Diamonds adding to the drama of this iconic necklace. $395.00 in-store.
Dainty bindi teardrop studs from Freida Rothman are elegant for day or night in Black Rhodium and 14k Gold Plated Sterling Silver. $70.00 in-store or online.
Flat Gold plated hoops stamped with a charming floral motif on both sides. These boho earrings from Lulu designs are $120.00 sold out.
A hand hammered gold topaz oval charm accents this Avindy wrap bracelet. Wraps around wrists three times with spinel, cream mottled aquamarine, gold pyrite and rustic gold brass accents. This versitle piece can also be worn as a necklace. $175.00 in-store or online.
Find more gifts that sparkle in our jewelry section!
Melissa Joy Manning’s jewelry has been described as “Joyful. Spiritual. Unique. Empowering.”
I was able to interview Melissa, gain insight into her design process, and she even shared a recipe for a scallop ceviche. Read on, then shop her fabulous jewelry!
Your work honors the raw beauty of your materials. I’m fascinated by the geology and history evident in each piece. Tell us about the stones and how you source your materials.
Each of the stones I use is unique. Unlike cut gems, no two are alike; it is the diversity of shape and originality of color that make each of the stones I use interesting, collectible and engaging. I am intrigued by the history of objects. Using metamorphic stones in my work, I am bringing nature to the wearer. Druzys and Agates are formed in beautiful occurrences; they encapsulate the history of the earth’s development- lightning storms, plate drifts, volcanic eruptions, even asteroid landings. It is this knowledge, that I am holding a piece of nature’s history in my hands, which impels me to make jewelry of these stones.
Sourcing some of these stones can be difficult- A lot of the gems and minerals I use are South American. I have trusted suppliers with whom I meet every year. At that time I dig through their vast supplies and look for the most interesting stones I can find. Beautiful color, age rings, surface texture- these are all things I am looking for when I purchase a stone.
I love the elegance of your settings. Delicate links, chains, and prongs create interesting contrast with the substantial stones in your designs, how does your education in Mexican silversmithing influence your metal work?
I’m a metal purist. I love French jewelers- the over the top elements, the Rococo quality in some of the work. However, at this stage of my career, I’m all about the purity of line. For some reason I enjoy allowing the stone to speak for itself. I often lay them out, one by one, on a desk and walk by them for months before I can even think of designing with them. Then one day I have it- the piece has come through and it’s just a matter of making it. Studying in Mexico has enabled me to work cleanly with a material and give it an inherent respect. Many other schools of design do not honor the simplicity of a Mexican esthetic; the fluidity of line, the simplicity of plane and excellent craftsmanship. Having had the opportunity to study under a Mexican master metal smith has shaped my understanding of craft and has allowed me to honor my instinctual respect for natural materials and honorable workmanship.
Your background in art history, and interest in indigenous culture is evident in your timeless collections. Is there a particular culture you find yourself drawing inspiration from more than others?
I have always felt compelled to honor the histories of our ancestors. The tradition of tribal craft has forever inspired me. My original collection (designed in 1997) incorporated teeth and bone and was influenced by Non-Western Culture. It is said that when you take an animal you are to honor ALL parts of it. In using teeth, claws and fur, tribes were giving thanks to the spirit of an animal for giving its life for their survival. They also believed that wearing the relics of a killed animal imbued the spirit of the animal into the wearer- carrying its spirit into the future while simultaneously imbuing the aspects of that animal’s spirit into the wearer. I absolutely love this precept of gratitude, history, spirituality and responsibility. Many of these ideals are still alive today in Africa. I was able to visit Kenya last year- it was a truly amazing experience. However, as amazing as it was, I can’t truly claim that there is any ONE culture that has inspired me more than another. I think, for me, it’s been more about learning as much as I can from all Non-Western cultures and assembling their mark in my collections.
How do you think your pieces are best worn? Do you envision a wearer when you’re designing?
Never. I love the idea that my jewelry is being worn by someone I don’t know! It’s kind of cool that a piece I designed will go out into the world and begin it’s own life…and have a new history when, or if, I ever see it again. The idea that someone treasures something I have had the privilege of making is inspiring. I spent hours as a kid digging through both my mom’s and grandmother’s jewelry boxes. Continuing my personal history by creating pieces for future imaginary dress up is so wonderful- I guess I think more about this then if someone is going to sport my necklace with a wife beater and flip flops or a designer ball gown! (But for the record, I think both would be equally acceptable and gorgeous!)
Do you have a favorite piece in your personal collection of jewelry?
I have some amazing tribal pieces that are extraordinary examples of talismanic objects. Holding them is an honor…imagining how they were worn and who wore them is beyond inspiring. Sometimes I imagine a tribe hurling through the jungle on a hunt (witness the Duran Duran Hungry Like A Wolf influence here!) Or women encircling a camp fire sharing oral traditions…. I also have a ring that I can’t seem to take off. It was given to me by one of my favorite Afghan gem vendors on September 10th 2001. The ring was once a men’s stick pin. It is a disc inscribed with the Muslim prayer of protection. I think the timing of my acquisition of the ring was extraordinary. It serves to constantly remind me that every person is capable of beauty. I also think it is a powerful example of how adornment can speak to a culture and reflect identity. I am constantly stopped by people and asked if I made my ring. When I tell the inquirer the true maker and history of my treasure I can see a marked reaction. It is wonderful that something as simple as a ring can change an idea of a culture and make someone think beyond the propaganda of a society. Honestly, I think it’s the pieces that hold the most history and impact that I value the most. I only hope that one of my pieces will live as long and be as treasured as some of the pieces I have in my collection.
Do you cook? Do you have a favorite recipe to share with our readers?
I love to cook. Right now I am obsessed with ceviche. The heat in NYC is cloying- almost like it’s alive. Cooling off and eating lighter foods is essential! I don’t really have a recipe but I’ll give it a shot…
Dice 1/2 pound fresh scallops. Cover with lime juice and salt & pepper. Place in refrigerator and allow to rest for 1 hour.
Meanwhile: dice two red, ripe tomatoes, 1/2 a yellow onion, 1 jalapeno and 1/2 a bunch cilantro. Mix together with the juice of a lime and more salt & pepper. Allow to sit for an hour.
After an hour, mix scallops with a good ratio of the fresh salsa cruda you have just prepared. Allow this mixture to sit for another hour to hour and a half. Top with chopped cilantro and serve with tortilla chips, a salad or plain old saltines. If you want to be really fancy dice up an avocado and mix that in too. And hey, if this doesn’t work change it up until it does. Like all things, ceviche should be made to your own taste! Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to share so much with you! It is an honor.
Thank you Melissa!
This Melissa Joy Manning interview is originally from July 25, 2007
Each piece of Melissa Joy Manning jewelry is handmade in her Berkeley, California studio by a team of skilled artisans. Her jewelry has been featured in numerous magazines, feature films, and television programs. Melissa’s celebrity clients include Jennifer Aniston, Sheryl Crow, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Debra Messing, Usher, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In 2011 Melissa was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
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Painter and installation artist Julie Rofman has translated her passion for color and pattern into a stunning collection of hand beaded bracelets. She begins each piece with only an initial color palette in mind. “I think this is what makes it most enjoyable, the decisions arise throughout the process,” she explains in a cool hunting interview, “I like seeing how matte beads interact with sparkly beads and the interaction of bold and muted colors.” The designs are inspired by the rich variety of colors and patterns found in some of the most beautiful and exotic locations around the world, from Stockholm to Tahiti.
|Julie Rofman Havana Beaded Cuff $156.00||Julie Rofman Hana Beaded Wrap Bracelet $135.00||Julie Rofman Poa Beaded Cuff $200.00|
Informed by traditional Native American bead weaving and geometric Bauhaus designs, she creates brilliant pixelated color fields of hand-crafted glass delica beads. The uniformly sized beads are sourced from a small family run studio in Japan. Each bracelet is hand woven on a small loom by women artisans in Guatemala and finished in Julie’s Northern California studio. Rofman holds an MFA From California State University, Long Beach and a BFA from Tulane University.
After 25 wonderful years, Jeanine Payer is closing shop. Don’t miss your last chance to own a piece from one of our most beloved jewelry designers. View pieces from Jeanine’s final collection in store or special order from her classic catalog. Special orders must be placed before Dec 23rd, supplies are limited and holiday delivery is not guaranteed.
Art Effect purchased Jeanie’s very first collection 25 years ago. Over the years she has become a customer favorite and source of endless inspiration.
A note from the designer:
Dogeared stud earrings are petite jewels that pack a serious punch of style! Our favorite styles are back in stock, alongside a few new ones, starting at $36.00. Check them out!
The new Dogeared “From A To Z” Collection takes the personalized jewelry trend and makes it all yours. Wear one, two, or combine pairs to spell out exactly what’s on your mind.
Single gold initial studs are $26.00.