Designer Profile #1: Stern Design Works

The creative team behind Stern Design Works, jewelry designer Becca Walker Stern and co-creative partner and design conspirator Cameron Stern, have an uncanny knack for pushing the envelope of creative expression while bucking the trends of jewelry for years. The outcome is an alchemy of sorts - an always fresh and innovative collection inspired by the natural world but a clear yearning for challenging jewelry fans of all stripes and colors to contemplate wearable art a little differently than they would with most. What makes for an arresting experience whether you find them at one of the many outdoor holiday fairs in and around New York or their frequent showings at Boston's ascendant SoWa market or elsewhere is the way they stage reliquaries and items from their Menagerie Collection, among the many lines, to playfully fit inside this make-shift world that plays with the natural and supernatural. Cameron's score earlier this Fall was to find an oversize piece of moss that he lacquered and sealed and turned into a shelf for a menagerie in sterling of a miniature chicken grazing on moss frozen in resin. Clearly, they make live shows worth attending.

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