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Pieces that feel special but without over-the-top glitz make sense right now, says L.A.-based jewelry designer Devon Leigh. “People are reaching back to the earth and to things that happen naturally,” she explains. “There are a lot of negative things happening in the world, and ideas found in nature are balancing and comforting.” Leigh uses geodes — plain on the outside, glittery crystal on the inside — in her work, slicing them for one-of-a-kind earrings and necklace pendants.

I’ve always had an appreciation for naturalistic jewelry, and Devon Leigh has some wonderful designs in utilizing natural materials and motifs.

Her website also offers a selection of lovely pieces for under $200. Just in time for Mothers’ Day!

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13 Comments

  1. May 4, 2009 / 1:13 pm

    I like the necklaces- especially that amethyst slice- and the prices are very good! Prices are low b/c they gold plate which is fine for necklaces, but I go for real gold for bracelets, which wear differently. (I’ll be posting soon on jewelery of natural materials.)

  2. May 4, 2009 / 1:41 pm

    Stunning pieces. I love original and unique pieces.

  3. May 4, 2009 / 3:19 pm

    So pretty! And nice to have the trying dilemma of what to wear — your stunning necklace or your wonderful scarf. . . 😉

  4. May 4, 2009 / 3:59 pm

    Duchesse – I think with earrings too one can get away with gold plate, as they don’t get a lot of wear and tear. Looking forward to your upcoming post!

    Bonjour Madame – so much better than “mall jewelry,” n’est-ce pas?

  5. May 4, 2009 / 4:01 pm

    Rita – I love anything that showcases geodes or minerals in a more natural state. I was a rock hound as a kid, and I think it’s carried through.

    materfamilias – oh I wish that necklace were in my closet to issue a throwdown to my scarves! I’ve had to content myself with admiring from afar for several months now.

  6. May 4, 2009 / 6:00 pm

    GORGEOUS, Miss Pseu. Thanks much for sharing the site.

  7. May 4, 2009 / 9:51 pm

    I love the colors in that first necklace. It’s like a string of ocean drops.

  8. La Belette Rouge
    May 4, 2009 / 6:59 pm

    I love the price of these gorgeous pieces.

  9. May 5, 2009 / 2:12 pm

    I actually love the organic and hand crafted feel of these pieces, especially the “slice” jewelry.

  10. May 5, 2009 / 4:11 pm

    Miss Janey – glad you enjoy. I discovered Devon Leigh when we used to have Sunday breakfast regularly on 3rd St. right next door to one of her boutiques. I was always drooling over the pieces in the window as we walked by.

    La Belette – yes, for designer pieces they are quite affordable.

  11. May 5, 2009 / 4:14 pm

    Phantom Minuet – I lifted that first picture from the LA Times article, but am not certain who the designer is. (It’s not clear from the article.)I just thought they were gorgeous pieces.

    Imogen – actually, no, at least not this year. I’m trying to discourage mon mari from gifts as we’re about to go on an expensive vacation.

    Belle – aren’t those neat? I think the gold dipping takes them up a notch from something you’d find at a crafts fair.

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