What to Look for in Unique Handcrafted Jewelry


If you’re looking for unique handcrafted jewelry that begs to be worn every day, here are some helpful criteria that can guide you to the perfect collection. By focusing on the artist, the inspiration, the materials and the design, you’ll have a broader sense for how the jewelry “speaks to you” as opposed to the pieces just “looking pretty.” As an example to follow, we present the Lauren K Collection, which we proudly carry at our Winston-Salem store.

Understand the Artist

Lauren KThe person designing the jewelry says a lot about the jewelry. Somebody with a desire to inspire and to create, Lauren K is the fourth generation to run the prestigious N. Zaidens Co. Jewelers, a leader in the fine jewelry arena for over 90 years. In her college years, Lauren worked alongside her grandfather learning both the mechanics and the artistry of creating fine jewelry. After graduating college, she knew that the family business was in her blood, but also found it to be in her heart.

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Know What Inspires the Collection

Lauren KYou may better appreciate or feel a connection to a collection if you understand what motivated the designer to create it. The inspiration for Lauren K line was not from a particular stone or setting, but instead, from the women she wanted to reach with her designs. These were women who wanted feminine jewelry with an edge that they could buy for themselves and wear every day.

Proudly crafted in New York City, each piece in the collection is designed to complement a woman’s lifestyle and not be locked away in a jewelry box. Lauren has continued to evolve the line over the past 20 years while staying true to the ever-changing lives of the women who inspire her artistry.

Concentrate on the Stones

Laruen K Pendant SetThe gemstones should always be the star of the show. In the Lauren K Collection, each piece of jewelry is comprised entirely of handpicked gemstones, carefully selected for a variety of reasons. In fact, very few are ever chosen for their unspoiled beauty. Instead, most stand out for their character and flaws which give the finished piece a distinctive personality. Lauren K GemstonesAll of the Lauren K pieces are accented with full cut diamonds and most incorporate the beautiful colors of pink tourmalines, aquamarines, yellow beryls, and peridots.

Find One-of-a-Kind Jewelry Design

Bohemian ChicThe design is ultimately what will catch your eye. The bohemian chic jewelry designs of the Lauren K Collection feature an abundance of character and utilize unexpected combinations of gems and color palates, creating jewelry that is both unpredictable and dramatic. Long layered necklaces crafted in 18 karat gold, earrings in brushed gold with gemstones in earthy hues, striking one-of-a-kind pendants in textured gold, and rose-cut sapphire and diamond stacking rings are staples in the continuously evolving collection.

Lauren K EarringsThe surprisingly price-conscious Lauren K line is a fusion of tempting creations, ranging from stylish daywear to exquisite statement pieces. Due to the fact that the line is comprised of such truly unique pieces, each retail partner is able to tell an individual story that creates a unique shopping experience for you. Come by the Windsor Jewelers location in Winston-Salem and see for yourself the beauty and exquisiteness of the unique handcrafted jewelry from Lauren K.