When it comes to fashion, who doesn’t want to be original? With the help of local jewelry designers, you can purchase one-of-a-kind pieces in store or online. There’s nothing like quality assurance and a well-crafted accessory to give any outfit the style addition that it deserves. As creators and innovators of DC, these designers have a story to tell, and tell they do – through their jewelry. Expose yourself to refreshing talent, as each designer has something different to offer.
4885 MacArthur Blvd.
Washington, DC 20007
Ann Hand is a Washington, DC staple, well known for her signature pins and brooches. The nation’s leading ladies have been spotted wearing Hand’s pins, including First Ladies, Congresswomen and Ambassadors. The American Collection consists of her popular Liberty Eagle pin, American flags and Washington landmark pins. Throughout Hand’s lengthy career as an established designer, she has been commissioned to design brooches for Washington’s elite at the White House, Smithsonian, Department of Defense and various other respected organizations. One of her newest designs, just in time for the 2012 presidential election, are Mitt Romney cufflinks.
4238 Wilson Blvd. Suite 2216
Arlington, VA 22203
Stephanie Fornash is the creative mastermind behind the chic Northern Virgina accessory boutique, Fornash. Fornash called Georgetown home for nearly a decade before moving to Ballston Common Mall in Arlington April 2012. A favorite of Oprah Winfrey, the icon picked Fornash’s glamorous and versatile Boa Scarf as one of her favorite things in 2009, drawing a lot of attention to the small shop. The Fornash Gecko Bangle, a customer favorite, was featured in O Magazine‘s February 2012 issue. The Fornash store is preppy, bright and welcoming, hence their motto, “Classic Palm Beach Meets New York City Chic.” Thanks to a helpful and friendly staff, shopping online is made easy and orders generally ship that same day.
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Mojee jewelry is sold exclusively online. Most items aren’t designed for those on a budget, as pieces are made of high quality gold and semi-precious stones. The style is luxurious, tasteful and, most importantly, wearable. Although the jewelry boasts a large price tag, Mojee bracelets, necklaces and earrings can be worn everyday and will last a lifetime. Mojee supporters understand they are definitely getting their money’s worth. Mojee has received an immense amount of press, including praise in local publications such as and worldwide publication Lucky Magazine.
Heidi Hess is the owner and designer of Poppy. Hess has an education in metals art and was trained by her grandmother in jewelry art and metalsmithing. Needless to say, she is an extremely qualified and experience jewelry maker. Hess considers her designs to be storytellers. “The materials and the clients that I work with inspire me to create stories that evolve the piece as a whole, and reflect the personal history of the wearer. People love holding stories that define them close to them and also love sharing those stories. My pieces are symbols for this storytelling,” she explained on the company website. All Poppy customers enjoy free shipping.
Troy Montana Jewelry
1614 17th St NW, #805
Washington, DC 20009
With an array of different styles comprised of semi-precious and precious stones in both silver and gold, Troy Montana has jewelry for every personality. Each product is completely hand crafted and reasonably priced. See something you like, but want to change it up a bit? No problem, because Troy Montana specializes in custom orders. The address listed above is by appointment only.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.