(geo) metric

Hi! I’m Charlie Wright from Vint. I’m a Los Angeles-based photographer, maker and obsessive thrifter. I make things under the label Minor Thread and sell affordable vintage housewares at Vint. Thanks for having me, Jen!

Lately, as I cruise around the most dangerous parts of the internets (you know, any site that has a button reading “add to cart”) there is one thing that’s been catching my eye—geometry. Not exactly my favorite subject in school, but its influence had been popping up in many a bauble and jewel.

I’ve always been more attracted to curves than angles, but there’s just something about the recent crop of geometric jewelry that really suits me. I love that this theme is equally effective across a variety of materials—sterling silver, brass, hand-turned wood, acrylic… even 3D-printing!

Here’s a few stand-out items from Etsy, as seen in my {geo} metric Treasury.

faceted cube studs / gem facet ring / ghost crystal necklace / fragment ring

I love the chunky, faceted, gem-like quality of these pieces. It’s got the charm of a huge stone with the crazy sparkle—it’s a subtle kind of bling! I could see wearing the Faceted Cube Studs from Knock Knock Studios with the Gem Faceted Ring from Arosha Taglia. For a softer edge, Ghost Crystal Necklace from Una Odd pairs sweetly with the Fragment Ring from Jibby and Juna. Both pieces are made from painted and distressed polymer clay, so they have the patina of recycled wood.

brass hexagon ring / pyramid necklace / escher necklace / double hexagon

Going into fall, I love the warmth of these brass pieces. I’ve never been much for gold jewelry, so these brass pieces skirt the edge of that gold tone, without going overboard. The Brass Hexagon Ring from Miscellenia by Valerie Tyler is great cocktail-style ring, but I’d be tempted to wear it every day. Same goes for the Escher Necklace from Geodora Designs. The Brass Pyramid Necklace from Metalista is super simple, but very lovely. This Double Hexagon Design from Little Pancakes has a little extra sass—plus I love her shop’s tagline: Triangles rule everything around me. Yay, triangles!

stella octangula ring / geometric abstraction necklace / prisms & triangles necklace / cuff bracelet

Never one for the more advanced mathematics, I admire the intricate designs of these larger pieces. From one of my favorite lines, this Geometric Abstraction Necklace by Plastique is rendered in black acrylic. Simple, yet sturdy and not precious. Following the laser-cut theme, this Prisms and Triangles Minimalist Necklace is also rendered in acrylic, with a choice of a silver or gold chain. Archetype Z Studio’s Triangulated Cuff Bracelet uses a 3D-printing technology that is allowing jewelry designers to really work some magic! A sculpted look at a great price. Using a more traditional method, the Stella Octangula Ring designed by Canada’s Dave Curoe is made using a hand-carved wax mold.

irregular tetrahedron studs / simple peaks studs / silver geometrics earrings / recycled paper earrings

Despite the swooning over complicated patterns, I still have love for the simple lines, shapes and folds of these next few. From Truche we have these simple, stunning everyday stud earrings—Simple Peaks. I have these, and I love the scale and the feel of the materials. A little bit of graphic interest is created using a folding technique for these studs–Les Géométriques by AG Design in Paris. Irregular Tetrahedron Studs from Elaine Ho look a little dangerous—dangerously awesome! And speaking of awesome, would you have ever guessed that these Näätä Ecodesign earrings from Ikioma in Finland are actually made from recycled watercolor paintings? The paper is cut, folded and specially treated to make it water resistant. Now that is some math I can get behind!

Guest Blog by Charlie from Vint. You can also find Charlie on Twitter!

5 Responses to “(geo) metric”
  1. Melissa says:

    Love the fragment ring up top! Reasonable, too.

  2. Charlie says:

    Thanks, Melissa! I sorta want one of everything, too. But I think that ring is at the top of my list. :)

  3. Valerie says:

    Love this! Thanks for including my hexagon ring. I love the graphic layout you did with all the items. Great feature.

  4. Wonderfully written and beautiful post! Thanks for including my Escher I necklace! -Geodora Designs

  5. Just came across this post today. Great collection of geometric inspired items here! Some I’ve seen (and favorited!) and some I hadn’t come across yet. All really great pieces and I’m happy to have my Triangulated Cuff among them. Thanks for the post!