We really thought we had seen it all when it came to statement necklaces--edgy metal collars, Swarovski-encrusted chains, floral bibs. Then we stumbled across Ariel Clute?s Tumblr page.
Each of the designer?s necklaces is a one-of-a-kind global bazaar on a waxed linen string. Made with a smorgasbord of seemingly random materials (bright metallic beads, strips of leather, wool pompoms), every piece is embellished with at least one of Clute?s trademark tassels. And, on a sentimental note, they all integrate a souvenir she?s picked up along her world travels.
Born and raised in Point Reyes, Clute tagged along with her mother on trips to Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong in her youth, all the while collecting turquoise stones, hand-blown beads and other keepsakes that she now weaves into her eclectic necklaces.
More recently, Clute has settled in Berkeley and works out of Oakland, where she also teaches art at Creative Growth. Her necklaces (which range from $180 to $280) are sold at several East Bay shops, including Erica Tanov, Atomic Garden and Esqueleto, and a few are available on her brand new online shop.
We do love to layer, but these necklaces can hold their own solo.