10 Covetable Examples of Fabulous Paper Jewelry

Dare I say paper jewelry is becoming even more popular than it was just a few years ago? Using Etsy as a barometer, there are more than 250 pages of paper jewelry listings! I came across enough stellar examples to fill several blog posts, but for now, here are ten wonderfully creative finds... something for everyone from dressy to boho chic.

geometric multicolor paper earring with golden hue 

The geometric shapes of Japanese Ikue's paper earrings are so appealing... they seem like little books with perfectly splayed pages, and actually, that isn't far from the truth as a bookbinding technique is used to create them. The pages have gilt edging that adds elegance. The website ikue.work is gorgeous with lots of information about the making of these lovely pieces.

multicolor paper bead necklace

Paper beads have come a long way from the ones we made in elementary school. Sophie Burande of Ginger-Bijoux in Switzerland designs playful, wearable art with recycled paper beads. This dimensional necklace is complex, yet so light you'll hardly remember you're wearing it - except when it gathers admiring glances! Her website is a work in progress, but meanwhile she can be contacted via Instagram, @ginger-bijoux, if a piece catches your eye.

 open hoop copper and paper mache earring on model

Another more casual look is provided by Susanne Pinard of Pappelini in La Ciotat, France who creates chic paper mache jewelry with copper findings. These open hoop earrings capture the fun and lightness of a summer day. Find her on Instagram - @pappelini_pappenstiel.

purple and gold paper bead dangle earrings with crystal beads

For admirers of feminine, sparkly things, these recycled paper bead dangle earrings with glass beads by Tina of Whispering Ruby in Norway fill the bill. Arabian Nights-inspired, they have a magical vibe. She also sells printable patterned paper bead templates if you prefer to make your own jewelry, and is on Instagram, @whisperingruby.

 turquoise and purple paper mache beaded long necklace on black cording

A paper mache artist whose imaginative work has been featured several times on this blog is Alessandra Fabre Repetto in Italy. (Perhaps you'll remember her beautiful paper mache table decor.) I follow Alessandra on Instagram and noticed new styles added to her Etsy shop, including these chunky, yet lightweight beaded necklaces. The vibrant colors in this piece in particular caught my eye - summertime perfection.

paper, wool, bead and silver whimsical art brooch

Alexandra Floria of Foam Bubbles Jewelry in Romania creates artistic, yet whimsical necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, all while working as an architect. She has always enjoyed making things by hand and has been creating jewelry from a variety of materials including leather and wool since 2009. Recently, Alexandra began combining paper elements with small touches, seed beads and pearls, in striking ways. She is @foambubblesjewelry on Instagram where you can see additional pieces in her Metamorphosis Collection.

grey, green and gold circular paper pendant on black necklace cord

I've admired the work of Liz Hamman for more than a decade, as my first post about her refined paper jewelry proves. Fairly recently Liz began incorporating paper strips into her designs. For example, this handsome necklace pendant... and yes, even the case is made of paper. She sells her paper jewelry in UK galleries and museum shops, but you can reach her via Instagram where she is @lizhamman.

black and red chunky wide cuff bracelet with silver endcaps

Anthony U Nsofor of Ileke.co (Ileke Coalition Ltd.) in Africa wrote to introduce his company that tranforms discarded paper into hand rolled pieces, such as this ruggedly stylish Ubé cuff bracelet. Composed of a waste paper bag, it has been painted with a blend of plastic waste. The sterling silver end caps feature an African-inspired tree logogram. See many more pieces on Instagram where he is @ileke.co

colorful recycled paper bead necklace with silver and wooden bead spacers

AnDee Lumsden (@musejewl_paperlove on Instagram) in Bargara, Australia makes yet another kind of recycled paper bead that she fashions into attractive necklaces and stud earrings. And for the makers in the crowd, she shares her technique via written tutorials for both necklaces and earrings, available via her Etsy shop, MuseJewlPaperLove.

pink, purple, and gold watercolor paper and glossy resin earrings with crescent moon and bead accents

Bethany Hartwick is a watercolor artist and fan of metallic shiny bits. Keep an eye on her site (better yet, sign up for notifications once you're there) so you'll know when to expect new releases of her one of a kind Earswoops. There are a few pairs in the shop right now, so make haste if you covet these glossy golden violet moons. Follow Bethany via Instagram.

I'd love to know... do you wear paper jewelry? Why or why not?

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  1. I admire all these artists and their paper jewellery.


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