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As it happens, I have a custom blackened cage chain in the medium size (as opposed to the small) with a gold link) that I got for my birthday. It's really unique and quite nice.I really like Henson's designs, and I hadn't heard of them til you turned me on to them. I'll probably supplement my Iron Heart with some stuff from them. Their "cage link" chains look really good.
Been really enjoying the Iron Heart bike chain bracelet. It was blingy to an extent that made me a little uncomfortable at first, but as it's taken on wear it's started to quiet down in a really satisfying way.
Has made me realize I could probably pull off a lot more Good Art than I originally thought.
I'm all about quality first then looks. I assumed werkstatt would be pretty up there in terms of quality... What do you mostly look out for when trying to determine whether or not jewelry is well made or not?Honestly, many of the Werkstatt Munchen pieces I've had are a disappointment, with obvious lazy work like unsoldered joins and use of cheap siver wire, simply bent into place. They do some nice work - but get lazy in key areas.
Tobias Wistesen I find always does nice work - this is a piece that I wear regularly: https://madlords.us/collections/mens-bracelets/products/tobias-wistisen-bracelet-box-bead-brown - I got it custom made with black leather - but I don't know why the slider are all separated there. They all tend to come together when on the wrist anyway. I will probably also get this made at some point: View attachment 1237641
I also like Good Art's stuff, and wear this Jutta Neumann barbell bracelet with a silver barbell and "cordovan" leather most:
For things like curb chains, get them from some outfit like Good Art, where all the links are properly sealed, or a luxury brand like Hermes (I love my Hermes Chaine d'Ancre bracelet - it really is unisex in the larger sizes, and they make specific mens versions regularly - like a blackened distressed silver one with a gold toggle). It costs more, but jewelry is one place where you can really tell the difference in "quality". Like, this non-native bracelet is, to me, unacceptable. There is no reason that a jeweler can't close the join at a structurally critical link, like so:
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You don't see that on an Hermes or Good Art bracelet.
I can definitely understand this so i've been thinking of just wearing it outside when going for drinks. I don't dress as conservatively (but still very acceptable) compared to the office and probably have an unwanted reputation of being the one that dresses "nicer" so it should work as long as I plan outfits accordinglyI find it's hard to wear jewelry in conservative outfits, like the ones you'd wear in a bank. Personally, think jewelry looks best when it's part of a larger aesthetic message. Like a sleazy rock n roll outfit or some kind of Visvim-y workwear.
When it's done in a conservative outfit, it just looks like someone is trying to punch up a boring outfit with a bracelet. And then it's like fun socks.
That's a great collection you've got there. Pretty soon you'll be able to try Kei's work on in person in SF, PDX, LA, NY, and SJD.Rings: Good Art and Kei Shigenaga. Really liking the GA stuff and the Kei 5 combo ring also lived up to my expectation. Was the first time seeing something like it.
Bangles: Mt Hill and Kei Shigenaga again. The Mt Hill bangle fitted my criteria for something simple and plain but with some decorations while Kei's was all simplicity. However, I'm kinda disappointed with the Kei bangle if only because it was much thinner than I expected. I wanted something a little more thicker but alas online shopping what can you do.
We don't stock that one, but can order it for you if you email [email protected]
Yeah, I know that you have a ton of stuff. I'm just a man who needs instant gratification sometimes. But yeah, I'll most definitely email you. There are Christmas gifts that need to be given!We don't stock that one, but can order it for you if you email [email protected]
We do have 23 other Good Art pendants right here though: https://www.selfedge.com/index.php?route=product/search&description=1&search=good pendant