Step into jewelry maker Erin Considine's Williamsburg studio and you might think you're in the kitchen of an alchemist or amateur chef. The sustainably minded designer spends much of her time at the stove, boiling garden-grown dyes made from cabbage, onion skins and turmeric while tending to pots of soaking silk and cotton.
Considine weaves and crochets her exquisite dip-dyed fibers around found gems, deco-inspired brass pendants and recycled metals, making for collections that have a homespun, artistic vibe.
We loved the sunken-treasure aesthetic of her spring 2011 collection, but Considine's most recent works showcase her talent for sculpture and form. The Brass Datum earring ($138) has an ancient Greek feel, while the gleaming Isos necklace ($240) looks deceptively simple: Considine hand-dyed the silk chain, then braided it in the intricate Japanese style of kumihimo.
Those who are enchanted by Considine's conscientious pieces don't have to cross a bridge to get them. Her jewelry is stocked at some of our favorite eclectic boutiques, including Castor & Pollux and Love Adorned, and will be on sale at Nolita's Deck the Halls shopping event from December 10 to 22.