Hand Made in L.A.: Something to Bling About

Artful, edgy, refined—jewelry to suit just about any occasion

krysjackKrys N Jack
In a Culver City home studio outfitted with power tools, Krysta Henry and Jacquetta O’Dell use scraps from their Krys N Jack wooden clothing line (seriously) to make delicate pins, necklaces, and bracelets. » Available at EM & Co., 7940 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323-782-8155.


binnsTom Binns
Venice’s Tom Binns, a Council of Fashion Designers of America winner, creates intricate pieces as well as collagelike works from found objects. He’s known for irreverence, as with his necklace of silver-plated disks, each stamped with the name of a gem: ruby, emerald, big diamond. » Available at Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Ave., L.A., 310-274-8800.


chocsteelChocolate and Steel
Christine Street etches birds, leaves, or flowers on brushed or oxidized silver that’s been mined from discarded X rays and film negatives. A pair of quarter-inch stud earrings features a recessed heart, each a tad different from the other. » Available at Venokado, 7714 Fountain Ave., West Hollywood, 323-850-1600.


A former mechanic, Rich Sandomeno tends toward sterling silver butcher-knife pendants and molar cuff links that have a macabre allure, but for the squeamish, the Echo Park artisan also offers rings in the shape of wrenches. » Available at Handmade Galleries L.A., 14556 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-382-3444.


ronnikapposI. Ronni Kappos
Vintage beads in vivid hues are the stock-in-trade of I. Ronni Kappos. Many of the beads have several holes, providing the Hollywood-based designer myriad options when threading together her necklaces and bracelets. » Available atPlastica, 3405 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323-655-1051. 


Photographs by Mindee Choi