Thursday, March 24, 2016

Paper Jewelry Artisan Round Up - Part 1

Few things make me happier in blogland than putting together a post about paper jewelry. Unique designs and pretty pictures are my cup of tea. While scouting around, I came across so many paper jewelry artisans who are doing great things, I've decided to break this post into two parts... next one coming soon.

White Paper Bauble Necklace by Alfieri Jewel Design

Alfieri Jewel Design in Milan, Italy created these first three contemporary examples. Verde works with a wide variety of materials in addition to paper... metals, pearls, natural stones, Swarovski crystals, and silk.
 Orange Paper Discs and Silver Wire Necklace from Alfieri Jewel Design

Admittedly, it takes a dramatic person to carry off statement pieces like this disc and looped wire necklace or lacy collar with crystals. Verde fittingly describes the black one as 'stars in the universe'.

Black Paper Disc and Bead Necklace by Alfieri Jewel Design

Alfieri Jewel Design is on Instagram.

Origami Pendant Necklace by Nicole Lopez Mendendez

This origami necklace by Nicole Lopez Menendez is almost demure in comparison, but it is equally pretty and unique. She folds beautiful papers, often with a metallic sheen, and sources special findings. These silver triangle earrings are a bolder example of her work.

Origami Silver Earrings by Nicole Lopez Mendendez

You might remember Nicole from a previous feature about the remarkable paper flower arrangements she creates for NLM Origami Passion.

Origami Rose Necklace by Nicole Lopez Mendendez

I came across her separate paper jewelry account on IG recently - NLM Origami Spring  - and was amazed she has time for both. Seriously, she posts something new almost daily! Nicole welcomes custom orders at

Black, Pink and Silver Paper Bead Necklace by Der Papierfuchs

Kathy Tsangaridis is an Australian living in Germany. With a lifelong passion for making and a degree in fine arts, she recently began selling her creations via Etsy shop Papierfuchs Jewellery. Her necklaces have a polished, streamlined look, and I think the combination of vivid, multi-size paper beads is eye-catching.

Black, Gold and Silver Paper and Resin Pendant and Earring by Der Papierfuchs

Kathy also makes cut paper and resin necklaces and earrings. This glass-like pendant makes me think of a tuxedo jacket, and I love the way she has combined hot pink, black and patterned black/white papers (below) for a modern, asymmetric look.

Hot Pink, Black and White Paper Bead Necklace from Der Papierfuchs

Papierfuchs Jewellery is on Instagram as @derpapierfuchs

Green, Black and Brass Leaf Earrings by Lee Owenby

Lee Owenby hand paints paper that she uses to make one-of-a-kind earrings and necklaces. Sealant gives the paper a leather-like feel and makes it water resistant.
 Kraft Paper Earrings by Lee Owenby

Her eclectic designs often include recycled paper and parts of upcycled jewelry, and sometimes clay and beads, repurposed vintage buttons, cloth, metal findings and other doodads. Such interesting combinations! I told Lee the earrings above remind me of wood even though they are painted paper.

Her striking black and white earrings would surely attract attention!

Black, White and Red Paper Earrings by Lee Owenby

Lee's jewelry can be purchased at Herron & Wills in Paris, Tennessee. She is on Facebook as Artist Lee Owenby and can be contacted directly via her website, Lee Owenby, where she has a page of colorful jewelry samples.

Corrugated Paper Earrings with Woven Silk Scarf by Hanga Mathe

Hanga Mathe of Bablefish Jewelry in Philadelphia uses corrugated paper with silver and surgical steel components that result in solid, yet lightweight earrings and necklaces. Each piece receives a special enamel coating so it is splash-resistant.

Red and Orange Corrugated Paper Necklace by Hanga Mathe of Babelfish Jewelry 

She has set up a 10% off coupon for All Things Paper readers that is in effect through March 31, 2016 at Etsy shop Babelfish Jewelry. Use code ALLTHINGSPAPERBLOG at checkout. See her latest designs on Instagram where she is @babelfishjewelry.

Corrugated Paper Earrings with Woven Silk Scarf by Hanga Mathe of Babelfish Jewelry

So there you have it... lots of ideas to liven up your spring wardrobe! By the way, Mother's Day is a bit early this year - May 8 - AND there will be an exciting paper jewelry giveaway coming up on Monday.


HJ said...

All these pieces are so beautiful. I love the inspiration and creativity.

Divya N said...

They are all gorgeous , thanks for sharing

Ann Martin said...

So glad you enjoyed the post, HJ and Divya.

afroniqabi01 said...

I love creating with paper and re-cycled and up-cycled materials! Maybe one day I'll be known too!These are absolutely beautiful!

Ann Martin said...

afroniqabi01, I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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