Marilyn Monroe wasn’t joking when she said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But for most women, jewelry doesn’t have to include diamonds to be great. Sometimes a unique piece of handmade jewelry can be just the thing to spruce up an outfit, give as a gift or just brighten up your day. Las Vegas may be known for rhinestones and glitter, but these local jewelry designers will show you a new perspective on Vegas glamour.
The Jeweler’s Daughter
896 E. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Polly Weinstein is the woman behind The Jeweler’s Daughter. Coming from a local family of jewelers, it was her time spent on the showroom floor that inspired her to create her own line of art deco jewelry. From a little space inside her father’s shop, she designs and crafts affordable rings, necklaces, earrings, cufflinks and bracelets. Her collections are made from sterling silver, sterling platinum and gold plating with diamond and semi-precious stones. Many of her designs can be ordered with or without gemstones. Stop by the store or visit the collections online.
Cosmic Firefly is an Etsy store that hails from Las Vegas. Cosmic Firefly has sold over 18,000 steampunk and gothic creations, placing designers Bryan and Nathan in the top 100 of accessory and jewelry sellers on Etsy. From a simple chic elephant necklace to a whimsical giraffe locket, you’re sure to find something unique that speaks to you. Cosmic Firefly also creates men’s accessories like tie clips, cufflinks and money clips.
Markie Char Jewelry
The Market LV at Tivoli Village
420 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Markie Char Jewelry is located in the popular pop-up microcosm The Market at Tivoli Village. Owner Faith Lozich curates a collection of handmade jewelry lines including her own. The Markie Char lines incorporate raw stones with gold-filled and sterling silver metals for an organic look. Her store also sells several jewelry lines such as Thirty One Bits and Goodworks that give back to the global community.
Vexed By Design
1017 S. 1st St., Suite 185
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Vexed By Design is a downtown artisan boutique specializing in original handmade art by local artists. The goal of Vexed By Design is to encourage locals to shop homemade, supporting artists and the community. The inventory is always changing and jewelry items include necklaces, charm bracelets and brooches. Vexed By Design does not accept items that are not produced in southern Nevada or items that are mass produced.
6539 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite X-112
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Gulten Dye designs convertible and versatile jewelry pieces inspired from her upbringing in Turkey. Made from precious and semi-precious stones, Dye’s necklaces, earrings, rings and charms are also meant to be soul inspiring. Her line includes tassels and charms that are used to build and transform existing pieces. Artisans-to-be can stop by the Creative Playground at the Town Square store to make their own personalized piece from thousands of beads and accessories.
Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.