In collaboration with Silver + Salt jewelry, Esther of Uncommon Cartography and I styled some choice hand-crafted bling and set off to West Seattle for a little photoshoot. Our plan was to shoot the jewelry while exploring West Seattle. It was pouring rain but we made an adventure of it and hopped in and out of the little shops in West Seattle. Photographer Josiah Michael was able to capture some really pretty shots between the time the rain subsided and the sun went down. We loved finding different ways to showcase Silver + Salt’s jewelry as we explored the area.
Silver + Salt is designer Christine Heidel’s hand-crafted jewelry brand. You may recognize Silver + Salt and Christine from my recent post about The Ruins Curiosity Cabinet Evening as she was one of the ‘curiosities’ at the event. It is also where I met Christine and talked about doing this exact collaboration! She’s incredibly sweet and very happy to discuss her designs, and like a lot of local artisans really gives off that vibe that she loves what she does.
Christine’s designs are made from recycled materials and conflict free, ethically sourced gemstones. Silver + Salt draws inspiration from nature and the idea is that there is beauty in what is unique and imperfect. Her creations feel cared for, precious, one of a kind (and many are), and even the delicate and minimalist pieces stand out because of their raw designs. One of my favorite stories was from one of Christine’s recent Instagram posts where she accidentally cracked an opal stone on a ring and fixed it by adding resin and 24K gold for a truly unique piece.
If you’re curious about her other pieces you need to check out Silver + Salt. But if you’re local and interested in seeing more of her work, Silver + Salt has a showroom in Ballard that is open by appointment or you can check out the Stockists and Events page on the site. For updates on one of a kind pieces, be sure to follow Silver + Salt on Instagram.
I went for Silver + Salt’s druzy styles whereas Esther went for the more minimalist designs. I love a good statement ring like the one of a kind black and white druzy quartz ring and pairing it with a bunch of delicate rings. For my outfit I chose the pebble ring and the tri-color textured stacking rings which are so pretty. Esther styled them as midi rings with the open circle ring.
Esther and I didn’t intend on both wearing black but it tends to be the go-to here in Seattle, especially black jeans. But I think it gives my jewelry choices a touch of edginess. While Esther’s pieces brighten up her look with that right amount of gold shine. We both went for the subtle yet edgy bar earrings, her wearing the golden bar earrings and me in the burnt bar earrings. Which also comes as a necklace (both golden bar and burnt bar).
You can’t see it in the photo above but I’m wearing the gorgeous druzy pendant necklace (as seen in the first photo) which is my favorite piece of the whole bunch, with the druzy ring coming in close second. What can I say, I love a good druzy. And if you’re a fan of raw gemstones, check out this beautiful agate slice necklace.