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equestrian elegance

May 3, 2017

 

Mark Lexton 

Drawing inspiration from wife’s lifelong love of horses, South Carolina’s Lex Matthews created an equestrian line of jewelry. Since then, the third-generation goldsmith has expanded his classy collections to include an oyster and sporting themes.

The designer & owner: At an early age, Matthews was exposed to the family jewelry business. His grandfather, a skilled watchmaker, owned a jewelry store in Lake City, SC. His father opened his own store in nearby Florence. To hone his skills, Matthews headed for Bowman’s Technical School in Lancaster, Penn. After graduation, Matthews returned home, married his wife Lisa and crafted his first jewelry line, inspired by her riding gear.

The company: Mark Lexton, based in Florence,  started in 2000. Matthews hand carves and casts jewelry and accessories – with outdoor themes — in sterling silver and gold. Pieces range from rings and necklaces to belt buckles and cuff links.

What’s popular: In the equestrian collection, the Stirrup bangle ($295 and up) and the Stirrup and Pearl bracelet ($325 and up). In the oyster collection, the Oyster clasp bracelets with Freshwater Pearls ($225 and up) and the Oyster shell cufflinks ($225 and up).

Other favorites: Triple Crop ring ($525); Oyster shell dangle earrings ($115 and up); the Redfish cufflinks ($250 and up) in the sporting collection.

Fun requests: To honor the memory of a beloved mare, a customer asked the company to match her blue saddle pad with a stone for the Snaffle Bit Ring. A faceted Swiss Blue Topaz matched perfectly.

Where to buy: www.marklexton.com

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