Better Than Flowers: DC Area Made Jewelry
svetlana | Feb 12, 2016 | 11:00AM |

all photos: Emma McAlary

Don’t tell anyone this – but Valentine’s Day is this weekend. And sure you could go the expected route of flowers (some great winter suggestions here), chocolate (maybe from DC’s first fully fledgled chocolate factory), Making-A-Murderer VDay cards (those exist) and standing in line for Rose’s Luxury in 7 degree weather. But you could also get that special someone a super cool, DC area designed and made piece of jewelry.

To help you select something for those you love (and that includes yourself), we handpicked some of our favorite area makers and pitted them against flowers. We think they won. And while there are some very special, extremely treasurable pieces you’ll find below, sometimes it is truly the thought that counts (and not money): pieces below go for as low as $21.

Fully shoppable list of sites is at the bottom of the article (including some great local retailers that carry them).

Obviously, we start with putting a ring on it.

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Saturday 04/22
Paul Rodriguez LIVE from Original Latin Kings of Comedy @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
$25 / $25
Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeniable universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America and awarded the Ruben Salazar Award by The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, Rodriguez has remained a constant force in his community and the world of comedy throughout his career. Rodriguez's film credits include "Without Men" with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater; "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore;" "The Deported," "I’m Not Like That No More"with comedian Felipe Esparza (2010 "Last Comic Standing" winner), Disney’s blockbuster hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "The World’s Fastest Indian," "A Cinderella Story," "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass," "Ali," "Tortilla Soup," "Crocodile Dundee in LA," "Rat Race," "Bloodwork," "Chasing Papi"and "D.C. Cab," among others. The multifaceted entertainer recently wrote and performed his first-ever one-man show "Just for the Record," which is now available on DVD. In this tell-all theatrical piece, Rodriguez takes audiences on a journey through his remarkable life, including his childhood in Mexico, to his family's move to Compton, California (where he grew up), his illustrious career and the significant relationships and moments that helped shape his life along the way. Rodriguez has hosted several hit series, including the entertainment talk show "El Show de Paul Rodriguez," an entertainment talk show for Univision which reached over 50 markets throughout the United States and an international audience in over 17 countries in Central and South America. His additional hosting credits include the The NCLR ALMA Awards, The Tejano Music Awards, Showtime’s Latino Laugh Festival and his own television specials "Back to School" and "Behind Bars." He recently hosted "Mis Videos Locos with Paul Rodriguez” on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. As an accomplished writer, director and producer for television, motion pictures and feature shows, Rodriguez has several hit projects to his credit including the comedy concert film "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy," which he executive produced and starred in along with Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Carlos Mencia; the feature film "A Million to Juan,"which he also wrote, directed and starred in; six comedy specials for HBO including "Loco Slam, " "Live in San Quentin" and "Idiots and Armadillos." As executive producer, he recently struck comedy again with his Comedy Central stand-up concert DVD, “Comedy Rehab.” In addition to his many hit comedy specials in English, Rodriguez has the distinguished credit of performing the first-ever one-hour standup comedy special in Spanish, "Dime Con Quien Andas,"for Telemundo. Among his many credits, Rodriguez has also made guest appearances on several Late Night shows including "The Wanda Sykes Show,""The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Last Call with Carson Daly,"and "Politically Incorrect." Additionally, he has guest starred in several television series including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Shaken Not Stirred," DIRECTV’s"S upreme Court of Comedy,"Showtime's original series "Resurrection Boulevard"and"American Family." He has also lent his voice to popular animated series including "King of the Hill,""Dora the Explorer" and "The Proud Family." Rodriguez’s first big break came while doing comedy warm-ups for Norman Lear's show "Gloria."Lear ultimately wrote and developed a weekly series for Rodriguez entitled "a.k.a. Pablo," which is enshrined at the Smithsonian and holds the distinct honor for being the first television show about a Mexican American family on mainstream American television.
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Below: Silver Band, Mallory Shelter Jewelry, Black Onyx Ring-$135, Emma Marty; Pink Agate Ring – $135 Emma Marty; Silver Hand Cast rings – $95, UDOP Jewelry; Rhodochrosite Ring – $80, Emma Marty; Triangle Ring – $85, Emma Marty

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And we continue with…. More rings? MORE rings.

In the pictures below: Pink Cobalto Calcite Ring, $182 – Rachel Pfeffer Designs; Heart Scratch Ring $72 – Rachel Pfeffer; Triple Onyx Ring $135 – Emma Marty

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The Bar / Swiss Blue Topaz Ring -$85, Emma Marty; Flower of Hearts Ring – $25, Chris Bergman

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The Knucks – $95, UDOP Jewelry

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A bright, young and thingy mix of stepping up your every day accessory game.

Below: Flower heart pendant – $25, Chris Bergman; Woven Bangles – $21, Kicheko Goods; Handmade Pink Cloud Necklace – $65, Chris Bergman; Flying Amazonite Pendant – $112, Rachel Pfeffer.

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You know what your jewelry game was missing? A healthy mix of Seinfeld references AND Stevie Nicks inspiration.

Below: Shmoopy necklace – $42, Rachel Pfeffer; Geometric Faceted Heart Pendant – $55, Chris Bergman

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Below: Bronze textured amulet – $120, UDOP Jewelry; Hammered Disc Necklace – $115, Mallory Shelter Jewelry

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You stud.

Below: Fang earrings, $45 UDOP Jewelry; Prism Topaz Studs, $72 – Rachel Pfeffer; Polymer diamond necklace – Chris Bergman;

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A “thinking of you” pendant for any occasion (and any hashtag)

Nameplate pendants $25 – Chris Bergman

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And, in case you couldn’t decide on any one thing, a charm necklace that has IT ALL.

Necklace, $325, Chris Bergman.

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Shopping Guide:

Great retailers to score locally made jewelry & accessories at:

Recent Comments:
  • ATTIC DC says:

    Excellent photos. All of these jewelry artisans are on the new ATTIC Fashion, plus there’s a few more locals.