There’s layering jewelry, there’s delicate jewelry, and then there are stand-alone pieces. Of course, I love them all, but there’s something glorious about the stand-alone. You don’t have to worry about combining pieces for the right look. You can totally transform a basic outfit with the right piece. For years now, S. Tector Metals has been my go-to for these types of pieces.
Designer Sarah Tector lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, but she frequents Richmond for various events—I first discovered her work at a trunk show at Quirk Gallery and most recently scooped up a pair of earrings at Richmond Craft Mafia’s Spring Bada-Bing. She works in gold, silver, and “mixed media,” much of which is powder-coated aluminum cut into cool shapes in eye-catching colors.
These leaf earrings were my most recent purchase. Big and white but cut delicately to not overwhelm, they are perfect to throw on with a black dress or tee and go.
I scored this chevron cuff in red years ago and it remains another piece that always attracts compliments.
If big and bold isn’t your look, Tector also has more delicate designs. These triangular hammered open hoops are delicate, stylish and light, making them a perfect gift. Not to mention, they are a great price at $40 for a sterling silver, handmade piece.
Similarly, these hammered triangular bangles ($24 each) are dainty and pretty, but the shape takes them one step outside traditional.