Thursday, March 16, 2017


I have a problem when it comes to jewelry, I know that. I also know that I'm not alone in my near-constant desire to put more holes in my ears and adorn those holes with tiny diamonds, flecks of gold and tiny irreverent designs. See also: delicate chain necklaces, anklets (yes!) and precious rings. If you like all those things and contributing to your 401K, keep reading.

I found this retailer on Instagram! (How millennial of me, right?) When I followed @Catbirdnyc the other week, I was prompted to follow some similar accounts, one of which was @Stoneandstrand. Naturally I popped over to their website... And then instantly felt a connection—as well as the urge to get out my wallet.

Jewelry! Founded by a Wharton MBA student and a former fashion editor, the site is a treasure trove of both in-house and independent brands / designers. Their pieces are right on the money for anyone who has a sweet spot for dainty earrings, stacking rings and all the tiny diamonds

The first thing that drew me into Stone & Strand was the price points. While you can find a ton of pretty, delicate jewelry between $15 and $150 from mainstream retailers (Nordstrom, Shopbop, Baublebar), most of it is either plated in sterling silver/gold or made from solid surgical steel. Faux jewelry like that turns my fingers black and makes my ears burn with irritation. 

Stone & Strand is focused on showcasing high-quality, trend-forward pieces and promoting up-and-coming designers who make good stuff. I have yet to find a piece on the site that isn't made with solid metals and real stones (14k gold, sterling silver, genuine diamonds).

As you might expect, that means some of it is affordable—like the earrings under $200 category—and some of the jewelry from designers like WwakeManiaMania, and Jennie Kwon, for example, are more in the "ask for it as a gift" range.


This post is the start of a new, ongoing series here on the blog called On My Radar, where I'll be showcasing new-to-me brands and shops that I think you should know about! Check back every week for a new feature.


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