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geometric & asymmetrical

June 8, 2016



Inspired by old buildings, bridges and other industrial structures, Lauren Markley designs jewelry that is both architectural and sculptural.

The company: Lauren Markley Contemporary Jewelry is based in Raleigh, NC. Markley has been making jewelry since 2007.

The goods: Earrings ($75 to $345); necklaces ($180 to $700); bracelets ($160 to $360); rings ($90 to $300), brooches ($200 to $700); and occasionally some men’s jewelry, such as cufflinks.

What’s popular: Asymmetrical silver-shape earrings ($80). They come in a matte, brushed finish or an oxidized finish.

Other favorites: Enamel earrings (shown above). Available in five colors: robin’s egg blue, light green, yellow, white and gray.

Fun request: Invited to participate in a project for the reopening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in May.  Several jewelers were asked to create pieces inspired by an artist or work of art in the opening exhibition. Louise Bourgeois is a favorite of Markley’s, so she created a neckpiece and earrings of white wood and oxidized silver, inspired by Bourgeois’ Persistent Antagonism sculpture. These pieces are for sale in the SFMOMA shop now.

Where to buy: and

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