We have two incredible jewelry artists at Art Mecca of Charleston. Kelly Wenner Grossman and Mackenzie King, co-owners of the gallery, both have studio space on site. Mackenzie makes bold, colorful enameled pieces from recycled metal. Kelly makes delicate necklaces and bracelets that are perfect for layering or claiming as an everyday statement piece.
Jewelry is the finishing touch to an outfit - it can provide contrast, texture, color, or sparkle that makes a look polished. It's much more fun to wear a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry than to wear something that's one of seven million just like it.
Here are some tips for choosing the perfect artistic accessory:
Layering necklaces and bracelets is the easiest way to put together a unique look. If you don't have pieces that layer, choose a piece that is built in layers such as this necklace by Kelly.
Long necklaces flatter everyone
Long strands cause the eye to travel up and down, making you look longer and leaner. Long strands look great with clean lined clothing such as boat neck blouses and shift dresses. Kelly's adjustable necklace allows you to change the length of this piece to suit your outfit.
Every outfit needs three accessories, even if you're just wearing a simple sundress and sandals. Choosing a streamlined necklace like this one means you always have a go-to piece that works with anything.
Add something bold
The surest way to add interest to an outfit is to add a bold accessory. Mackenzie is well known for her bold jewelry, such as the necklace below. There's plenty of visual energy in this piece so it's perfect for spicing up plain tshirts and dresses.
Buy classic clothes and update them seasonally with accessories
This is a game-changer, especially if you're a fan of the capsule wardrobe. Keep your clothing classic and simple and change up your look every season with unique jewelry. With a show-stopping necklace like Mackenzie's circle necklace, even the most understated outfit becomes memorable.
Artists know that if a work is lacking energy, contrast is your friend. For example, this statement piece from Mackenzie has an orange focal point is the perfect contrast for a predominantly blue blouse or dress.
Handmade jewelry is simply more interesting than jewelry that is mass produced. Take time to build a jewelry wardrobe of bold and understated pieces of different sizes and lengths and you'll always have the perfect finishing touch.