Solana Beach, Calif. Sept. 29, 2020. Mother Nature provided the peace that jewelry designer Julez Bryant needed during quarantine (think California sunsets and flowers), and this gave way to a new Better Days jewelry collection.
“During COVID, I’ve seen that it’s a blessing to be able to slow down and reconnect,” she explains in an email interview. “To get through the loneliness and solitude of quarantine, Mother Nature stepped in and provided me with beautiful sunsets and colorful flowers blooming. These scenes remind me of my childhood spent playing in the California sunshine and taking road trips along the coastline. These inspirations have been realized through my work.”
Little would an adolescent Bryant, roller skating in Gloria Vanderbilt jeans with her mind on “boys, art, music, and life,” realize that those carefree days would plant the design seeds for wonderfully retro-inspired jewels rich in the optimism of her youth.
To date, Better Days comprises mostly pendant necklaces made in 14k yellow gold with colored sapphires and colorless and black diamonds as well as one ring. Special hand-selected stones, too—like unheated sapphires from Madagascar—are included, as well as all of Bryant’s signature satin and hand-hammered finishes. Motifs include sun rays, stripes, and rainbows, and every piece is made in her Southern California studio. Offerings debuted this month, and retail prices start at $2,964. Initial store orders are shipping now, and most pieces are for sale on her website.
Everyone dreams of better days ahead, but this collection will ensure you don’t forget they are coming. Store buyers can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HOTT charm necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.4 ct. t.w. full-cut colorless diamonds and 0.1 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires and an alternating satin and shiny finish, $6,119; available online at Julez Bryant
EDEN ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.37 ct. t.w. sapphires and diamonds, $8,958; email email@example.com for purchase
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