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Trendlet: The Anti-Gold Rush

With the price of gold at an all-time high, jewelry designers are branching out into alternative metals.


Chicago-based designer Winifred Grace trades Indian gold for silvery African beads, brass, and waxed linen (drop earrings, $155 at Bird, 203 Grand St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg; 718-388-1655).

Anna Sheffield’slower-priced spinoff line, Bing Bang, plays with brass, copper, and silver (concho bracelet, $125 at Cloak & Dagger, 441 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-673-0500).

Meredith Kahn of Made Her Think creates crystal-studded costume jewelry in white metal—a blend of nonprecious metals(Moonlit Pave Thorn cuffs, $184 at Bergdorf Goodman, 745 Fifth Ave., nr. 57th St.; 212-753-7300).

Goldsmith Randi Mates of AESA now relies on brass to lend nuanced color (ribbon chest plate, $985 at Maryam Nassir Zadeh, 123 Norfolk St., nr. Rivington St.; 212-673-6405).

Nervous System’s biology-inspired 24-karat-gold accents now come in lower-priced stainless steel (hyphae ring, $50 at Alibi, 241 Mulberry St., nr. Prince St.; 212-226-7373).

Martine Ali’s latest designs swap in silver-plated brass chain mail for her trademark gold (lodolite ceremonial collar, $525 at End of Century, 175 Rivington St., nr. Clinton St.; 646-602-9556).


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