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February 8, 2017

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Self-taught jewelry designers Paige Booker and Alice Trahant choose materials for their hand-crafted pieces that catch their eye and have a little history behind them.

The company: Atlanta-based Empire State Finery started in 2014. It creates handcrafted necklaces and earrings, weaving various elements including bones, beads, leather, vintage finds and recycled vinyl into the pieces.

The founders & designers: Booker grew up in Rome, GA, and went to the University of Tennessee. After graduation, she spent a couple of years in Charleston, SC, before moving to Atlanta. Trahant grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Rollins College (Fla). Following college, she lived in in Austin and New Orleans before landing in Atlanta, where she and Booker met.

What’s popular: Boars tusk necklaces ($225 to $375). Also earrings ($55), often using hand-painted bone, recycled vinyl and Czech glass arrow beads.

Other favorites: The color-happy “Banded and Stranded” collection ($105 to $155), which can be worn alone or mixed and layered.

Fun request: When people ask us to work something personal into a piece.

Claim to fame: Featured in the August 2016 issue of InStyle Magazine, which the creators grew up reading.

Where to buy: www.empirestatefinery.com

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