Do you have a go-to spot for jewelry shopping in Minnesota? We’ve snapped up cool pieces at Art-A-Whirl, Art Attack, and various pop-up markets, but we’ve also found numerous boutiques stocking quirky, fun, and otherwise unexpected pieces.
Top of mind is Kristofer Bowman’s Show and Tell, which opened about a year ago on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. (If his name sounds familiar, maybe you met him over the summer at Upstate MN in Grand Marais, a boutique he runs seasonally.) When it comes to jewelry, Show and Tell leans edgy: Think rough anthraxolite studs, gold vermeil hoops cast from actual twigs, and brass-and-oxidized everything. This is in addition to stocking billowy scarves from Scarf Shop, locally made pottery by Adam Gruetzmacher, limited-edition wood-cut prints from HVRNT, and more. Stop by on your holiday shopping rounds and see for yourself. 🤗
Other heavy hitters on the handmade jewelry front include Golden Rule Gallery in Excelsior and its tightly edited kiosk inside Minneapolis salon Bang Bang; the Walker Shop at Walker Art Center and peanut-sized gift shop at the Textile Center; plus Hazel & Rose, Rock Paper Scissors Goods, Northland Visions, Gallery 360, The Future, Northern Clay Center, Patina, and The Big Lake in Grand Marais. Well-curated and affordable, the lot of ‘em.
Brick-and-mortar stores aside, we’re huge fans of Minnesota makers and designers. What follows is the second installment in our seven-part Ultimate Minnevangelist Gift Guide, dedicated to covetable #MNmade jewelry. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind and may be sold out; in that case, we encourage you to check out the artisan’s other goods and follow them on social media for news on their latest releases.
1. Angelou polymer clay statement earrings ($20), handmade in Minneapolis by On the Shelf. Ten percent of proceeds are donated to local public schools.
2. “U” Leather Bracelet ($28) from Urbain MN. It’s made with Minnesota-tanned leather from Red Wing and cut in St. Paul.
3. Candida Gonzalez of Las Ranas Jewelry makes all kinds of magical earrings. These pyrite fire starters were inspired by the cover of a Junauda Petrus title Gonzalez spotted at Moon Palace Books. DM her at @candida612 for price info and to find out which markets she’ll be selling at next.
5. Curlicue brass hairpin (pictured on left, $58) by Annika Kaplan, a Minneapolis-based jewelry designer who recently decamped to Galisteo, New Mexico. She also makes lovely textured bands, carved by hand in wax and cast in solid 18-karat yellow, rose, or white gold (from $665 at ANNiKA Jewelry).
6. Handmade tassel earrings FTW! These are made by Empressed Threads and available in all kinds of crazy colors. DM her at @empressedthreads for purchasing info.
7. Perennial also makes fun “Big Ass” tassel earrings ($34). They’re fashioned from yarn and surprisingly lightweight.
8. Ancient bronze needle pendant necklace ($78) by metalsmith Aisha Formanski of Everthine Jewelry, whose studio is located in the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis. What it says: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside of your comfort zone.”
9. Heart Berry mixed media earrings ($32) by Anishinaabe artist and community organizer Sarah Agaton Howes of the Fond du Lac Nation in Minnesota. She is best known for her beadwork and moccasins, which often incorporate strawberry, a.k.a. heart berry, themes.
11. Hammered copper bangles (pictured on left) from Modern Meets Whimsy in Minneapolis, $10 each. Discounts for multiples! Designer Courtney Nielsen also makes these cool, modern, 14-karat gold-filled hoop earrings ($34). 😍
12. Isosceles-shaped triangle earrings ($28) by St. Paul artist Melinda Wolff.
13. By now you’ve probably seen the Larissa Loden x Ashley Mary squiggle earring collab ($60, pictured top left). But Larissa Loden makes all kinds of amazing pieces. The Tina Fey-inspired earrings ($60, top right) are brass half moons with rubberized textured fringe. We’re also lusting after her Empress necklace ($50, on bottom): Impression Jasper gemstones and brass hung on an antiqued chain.
14. For your Vikes and/or Prince fan… a lava turquoise tie clip set in sterling silver ($199) from Jewelry By Johan.
15. Love these happy-go-lucky, ’60s-inspired leather pieces from Hideaway Leathercraft in Duluth. Each one is cut, tooled, and painted by hand. DM her at @hideaway_leathercraft for pricing and availability.
17. Tibetan turquoise set in sterling silver by jewelry designer Jennifer Sheely. She’s a regular at the pop-up art fairs. DM her at @jennifer_sheely for deets!
18. Deer antler and ambrosia maple wood ring ($160, pictured on left) by Austin, MN-based designer Logan Conley of MN Handcrafted. He also makes these cool denim and plaid rings with copper inlay for $130. All rings are finished with a water-resistant protective coating.
19. Ojibwe beaded bracelets for children ($40 each) from Native Harvest, a subdivision of the White Earth Land Recovery Project in Callaway, MN.
20. Hennepin Noir watch ($725) made with Sapphire crystal and surgical-grade stainless steel by Padron Watch Company in Minneapolis. It’s water-resistant up to 100 meters.
21. We’re #OBSESSED with these Ruth Large Disco Diva polymer clay earrings by Jac & Violet ($64, pictured on left). They come in so many beautiful patterns and color combinations and they were inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Another favorite from Jac & Violet: the Emily Saturn Dangles ($64).
22. Fern gold stacker rings ($20 each, pictured on left) from Sudify, made of gold-coated brass. These are real Minnesota ferns pressed and embedded in clay and encased in resin. Sudify applies the same treatment to locally collected lichen ($20 a pop, on right).
24. Boxwood Necklace ($32) made with polymer clay and raw brass by TyAnn Zeal Designs in Minneapolis.
25. Ananta brass-and-seed bead danglers from Mountain Metal in the Minnesota prairie. The pieces are inspired by the designer’s Thai heritage. These earrings are usually $40 but currently on sale for $30.
26. Who loves a bolo tie? We do! We do! This petite sterling silver and brass Gemini bolo on a hand-braided waxed cotton cord ($68) was made by ILO Studio in Minneapolis.
27. Subtly asymmetrical Geo Pop seed bead earrings ($482) by Nelie G. Mae. Designer Meg Elaine Veitenheimer’s work is inspired by her Anishinaabe grandmothers and each piece is one-of-a-kind.
28. Extra-long Abacus danglers ($62) by Jovy Rockey Jewelry in Winona. You can find a lot more of her work for sale at the aforementioned Show and Tell.
29. Simple but perfect: the Surround ring ($42) by Kris Singleton of Kiki Koyote. The circle is sterling silver; the band is 14-karat gold fill.
30. Whim Dip polymer clay earrings ($44) by The Ochre Stone in Duluth.
31. Is it possible to own too many polymer cay earrings? Nahhhhh. Especially when they’re Juliyah earrings ($23) by Minneapolis artist Happy Girls & Company.
32. Modern, minimalist clay hoops ($45) by Laura Christine of Ellen House Jewelry. Lots of color choices, too, including latte, mocha, rust, olive, indigo, ruby, mauve, onyx, and salt.
33. Peach raspberry earrings ($36) by Nina Perkins of Pompa Goods in Minneapolis.
34. Northern Clay Center sells a ton of eye-catching ceramic jewelry, including these red clay and mica earrings ($32) by St. Paul potter Brenda Ryan.
36. For the uber-minimalist love of your life: solid 14-karat yellow gold moon studs ($225) by Minneapolis-born, Brooklyn-based maker Nicholas Lundeen.
37. Another pick for the diehard Prince fans: A silver impression pendant ($165) from ITSNONAME, cast from a concrete sidewalk at Paisley Park where the Purple One was often seen biking.
38. Last but not least, we wanna plug Madison Holler of Rubinski Works in St. Cloud. Her exquisite beadwork is inspired by her Dutch, Swedish, German, Norwegian, Anishinaabe, Obijwe, and Chippewa heritage. As soon as Holler could hold a needle and thread, her mom taught her how to bead. She later learned peyote-style sticking from her Native American family and friends. She assembles her stunning jewelry works off-loom and applies each glass and metal seed bead by hand. It’s a painstaking process; it can take up to 12 hours for Holler to craft a single pair of earrings. Pieces start at $50 and climb well into the triple digits. Follow @rubinskiworks for details or check out her inimitable work in person at the Walker Shop at the Walker Art Center.