Anna Sheffield's Fine Ideas

The last time I sat down with jewelry designer Anna Sheffield in her studio to talk about her metal based punk-inspired jewelry line, Bing Bang, was back in 2006 in her former Williamsburg, Brooklyn space. The contemporary collection, with its unorthodox pairing of sweet and tough was attracting lots of attention from buyers, consumers and the press.

Jewelry Designer Samantha Smikle's Midas Touch

  Heavy metal has always been dear to jewelry designer Samantha Smikle’s heart. “I think metals are everlasting and so beautiful. I couldn’t think of  ever designing without it,” Smikle explains inside her Bronx home studio as she slips on a couple of her gilded decorative cuffs, bracelets and rings from her megawatt embellished jewelry line TNEMNRODA (pronounced “nem-roh-dah”, adornment spelled backwards).

Pretty Dead

Skull motifs have long made appearances on everything from T-shirts, scarves and handbags. Usually associated with a goth or punk aesthetic, lately the cranium has been popping up in bold, colorful and dare we say sweet iterations. Jewelry lines like Anna Sheffield, Dannijo and Erickson Beamon have turned to Mexican sugar skulls, a traditional folk art from Southern Mexico used to celebrate the Day of The Dead, for inspiration.