by Daniela Perez
I have scoured the city for some of the best jewels on the market. And I found them in our local artisans and their one-of-a-kind pieces. Here in Austin, no jewelry need goes unmet. Regardless of your personal style, these five jewelry stores have the perfect pieces for your wardrobe.
After working in the metalsmithing department at the University of Texas, Rachel Roberts realized creating jewelry was her calling. In 2005, she founded Mingle Jewelry, a minimalist jewelry brand.
“I knew I wanted to try and make a living as a creator or designer. Making jewelry seemed like it could be a viable product, so I worked hard to find the distinct style that set me apart,” said Roberts.
Mingle Jewelry’s distinct style comes from Roberts’ appreciation of nature. She uses an organic and natural approach to create a minimalist and elegant product. This is obvious in her store, Flourish, where shelves are lined with succulents and tables are decorated with Mingle Jewelry.
“Whether it’s the natural forms in nature or just letting art and design happen organically, [nature] ties into what I do,” Roberts said.
Mingle has also been inspired by Austin’s fashion scene. Roberts said the laid-back style contributes to Mingle’s subtle and simple pieces, like the Open Oval Ring and the Wave Bangle.
Mingle Jewelry has grown organically and is now being sold by independent jewelers all over the country. Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Nashville are just a few of the locations.
This season, we should be expecting more dome-shaped earrings, simple cuffs and hoop style earrings from Mingle Jewelry.
Flourish is located at 215 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
“You need to go to Austin. Your jewelry is too weird for San Antonio,” was what people commonly told Limbo creator, Edson Enriquez, when he first tried selling his jewelry in 2002. Limbo Jewelry was conceived as a college project the year before, and when people started trying to buy his product, Edson realized he had created something special.
Enriquez began selling his product at the SOCO Outdoor Market. Later, Limbo Jewelry moved to a brick and mortar store. Enriquez owns two neighboring stores at 1604 and 1606 S Congress Avenue, with his second business, Triple Z Threadz specializing in custom-embroidered pearl snaps (if you haven’t seen laser cats embroidered on a flannel, you’re missing out). As such, Enriquez’s story has come a full circle on South Congress, but it hasn’t stopped there. They recently opened a second Limbo Jewelry at the Domain.
Limbo Jewelry’s aesthetic is modern and innovative. Anne Rutt-Enriquez, Edson’s wife and Limbo’s co-owner, said Edson’s Mexican roots play a role in his work. “The architecture and the aesthetic in Guadalajara, Mexico has clean lines, and I think that’s where he first developed his style,” said Anne.
Limbo’s inventive style comes from various inspirations. The creativity is showcased in jewelry like the Dobla collection, which was inspired by origami during a trip to Japan. It has also been influenced by fashion and trends in Austin. “When Edson feels his work is similar to other [Austin] jewelers, he does a crazy offshoot, like the Dobla or Ferro collection,” said Anne.
Edson also lives by the rule of Karma and believes preserving the planet is an important part of Limbo. In turn, 85% of materials used by Limbo Jewelry are recycled.
As for Limbo’s next collection, Anne said, “it will highlight and elevate a lot of the old Limbo favorites.” This includes Threader earrings, Lariats, and clean lines.
Limbo Jewelry has two stores in Austin: one located on South Congress and the other in the Domain.
Jahnavi Sievert’s relationship with jewelry started at age 13 when she made a leather strap with some African beads. Today, her and her husband’s company, Mana Culture, boasts three locations in Austin.
Mana Culture’s bohemian vibe is a result of Sievert exploring Southeast Asia as a child, where she cultivated her love for mother nature. This is exemplified in their Kauai collection, which features stones and natural symbols. Nature has remained Mana Culture’s backbone, and the collections range from simple to more elaborate pieces.
“[When I first started], my designs were much more dramatic and larger. As I’ve aged and the company has grown, [Mana Culture has grown] with my style. I’d call our style sophisticated bohemian,” said Sievert.
Interestingly enough, all Mana Culture’s locations have come from gut feelings or natural signs. “I kept having dreams and premonitions of opening [a third store] at the Hill Country Galleria for about two weeks. My husband offered to call, but I told him I wouldn’t want to be in an outdoor mall unless we would be in the center. Sure enough, smack dab in the center was a vacant spot,” said Sievert.
Sievert also feels Mana Culture is perfect for Austin’s casual fashion scene. “Most of our designs can be worn to Barton Springs, swimming, or dressed up with a fancy dress. It’s all about how you style it, and how many pieces you put together,” she said.
This season, Mana Culture is debuting a new line of charmed anklets, shark teeth, and bangles. They will also be coming out with a bridal line with Swarovski crystals.
Mana Culture has 3 locations in Austin: 2214 S 1st St Austin, Tx 78704, 1107 E 11th St Austin, Tx 78702, and 12800 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, Tx 78738
After a destined trip to Rio de Janeiro, Shaesby Scott created his company, Shaesby, a handcrafted and creative jewelry company headquartered in Austin. Brazil’s indigenous tribes, art, and artifacts heavily inspired Scott and inspired him when creating his business.
“From headdresses with great plumage to hand-carved tribal findings, the hand of the maker is fundamental in the process,” Scott said. He puts this thinking into practice by hand-making jewelry in Shaesby’s Austin studio. As a former sculptor, Scott used his background and continued using similar techniques when making his jewelry.
Many of Shaesby’s pieces are one-of-a-kind pieces, crafted by artisans in their studio. These pieces each have unique gemstones and are ethically sourced. Their process also varies from collection to collection because of their dedication to uniqueness.
“The process ranges from starting with an idea that is developed into a collection and beginning with a technique that drives the creative path,” Scott said.
Additionally, Scott is continuously inspired by the world around him, more specifically, Austin’s creative community and culture. “It is a town that supports art and artists. It is an inspirational town to live and work,” said Scott.
Locally, you can find their pieces in jewelers ranging from Eliza Page to Neiman Marcus. This season, we should be expecting a 22K gold inlay in an oxidized silver mixed metal collection.
Shaesby can be found in Anna Gray’s Bee Cave Location, Eliza Page’s Downtown location, and Neiman Marcus: 3400 Palm Way Austin, TX 78758
Eliza Page, created by Elizabeth Page Gibson, has two locations in Austin. Not only does Eliza Page curate independent artists in Austin but also sells their own bridal collection. Eliza Page prides themselves on quality jewelry that is beautiful and modern.
Eliza Page’s greatest emphasis is using materials that have been ethically mined and sourced responsibly. Since many people customize their own jewelry with Custom Design Consultants, Eliza Page is dedicated to giving consumers the ultimate experience by using “conflict-free dealers.”
This custom design process allows customers to get hands-on while customizing their perfect piece of jewelry. Customers work one-on-one with consultants and the process usually takes about 4-8 weeks.
Some of Eliza Page’s newest pieces include oval opal rings and open-circle diamond necklaces.
Eliza Page can be found in Downtown Austin and Domain Northside.
It’s very fortunate that here in Austin we have an array of iconic local jewelers as fixes for our retail needs. So next time you’re looking for that perfect go-to necklace or ring, consider supporting one of our local artisans. •
Daniela Perez is freshman Journalism major from Boca Raton, Florida. This is Daniela’s first semester writing for Spark Magazine. Daniela hopes to return to her home country, Venezuela, to report on their current crisis. But for now, she enjoys petting mini-dachshunds, eating Cabo Bob’s, and complaining about how Austin has no beach.