I've gathered images from a handful of my favorite paper jewelry artisans and will be featuring more in the future.
Luis's work has been shown internationally and is in museums and private collections worldwide, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
Ombretta Banfi in Toulouse, France, owner of Etsy shop Vasariah Creations, is an editorial illustrator who has been creating paper jewelry for four years. Ombry hand rolled recycled paper to make this multi-colored cabochon and affixed it to a brass ring.
These lovely and unusual stick earrings are composed of rolled paper and colored sand, a technique Ombry developed while collaborating with an Italian firm on a sand-made drawings project for children. She coats the earrings with a water-based varnish, thus they aren't waterproof, but they will be fine unless you take them for a swim.
I've featured British artist Liz Hamman and her woven and origami-based paper jewelry previously here and here, and I always admire the varied pieces she creates. Liz works almost exclusively with recycled or upcycled paper. She folded sheet music to create the pine cone necklace above. The polished beauty below is part of a TextTextureTextile series and features a book (text), crochet (textile), and embroidery with beads (texture).
A visit to Liz Hamman Paper Jewellery on Facebook is where I learned her work is included in a current exhibit titled Boundless - The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona through August 10. The opening reception is Friday, May 9.
Txe in Spain of Paper in the Pocket is a designer and painter who relies on paper folding to make many of the items in her Etsy shop - not just jewelry, but also lamps, mobiles, and home decor. She used squares of paper imported from Florence, Italy to make these pretty OKU origami earrings.
This statement necklace in her SHIRO collection has me thinking of watermelon slices on a hot summer's day! Txe told me she paints the paper after it is folded.
Philadelphia designer Kimberlee Mason of PULP by Rogue Theory creates paper earrings in retro-modern shapes... cubes, eyes, and circles in vivid color combinations. The components of the Mobi pair (above) can be rotated at will...
...while the circles in this Orbium pair are fixed. With a background in architecture, Kimberlee is also a partner in Etsy shop Rogue Theory, makers of stylish fabric iPad cases and more.