Metro Detroit is no stranger to creative energy, which is why it makes such an ideal community for crafters both near and far to display their work. Renegade Craft Fair, a nearly 15-year-old, national traveling showcase, is one of the more recent organizations to take notice.
The fair set up shop in the city’s Eastern Market neighborhood this past weekend for the first time, and despite its nomadic nature, featured work by a variety of independent creatives that call Michigan home. From ceramics to clothing, beauty products and home goods, there was a little bit of something for everyone. But, with fall fashion trends, such as statement earrings and pretty jewels at the forefront of our minds, we couldn’t help but pine over some of the made-in-Michigan jewelers we spotted.
Elaine B Jewelry
After studying metalsmithing and glass blowing at Virginia Commonwealth University and later launching her line in Charlottesville, Elaine Butcher, founder of the namesake jewelry line, relocated her business to downtown Detroit. In addition to impeccable craftsmanship, Butcher brings with her a clean aesthetic with a strong focus on fine lines, geometric shapes, and surprising stones. Shop her line for everyday earrings for the modern minimalist, or an unexpected engagement ring for the non-traditional bride-to-be.
Detroit-based maker Yvonne Spampinato delivers new age pieces with a vintage flair. Mixing materials like metals with crystal and vibrant tassels, or hammering brass into lunar shapes, Spampinato creates dreamy designs for the bohemian shopper.
Letters to Sarah
The makers behind Letters to Sarah know how to pay homage to the Great Lakes state. Specializing in hand-fabricated metal pieces, the company carries a selection of Michigan-shaped rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Notably, the company also offers a fall-appropriate Roots Couture collection, which features twig, branch, and vine-shaped jewelry.
Little House Studio Co.
Dubbed as “wearable pieces of sculpture,” Little House Studio Co. jewelry are statement accessories for the art enthusiast. Founder Kimberly Tomlin mold, cuts, and marbles each piece by hand. With a background in graphic design, Tomlin also illustrates Little House’s packaging and promotional material, including the brand’s frameable abstract logo.
Pebble and Stone Jewelry
The founder behind Pebble and Stone Jewelry crafts her raw gemstone creations in her Ferndale home studio using a technique called electroforming. The process, which uses electricity to grow copper on and around natural objects, results in one-of-a-kind designs. Check out her selection of dainty rings and jagged earrings to complement this season’s cozy ensembles.
Third & Co. Studio
Dana Pearson, the creative behind Grandville-based Third & Co. Studio, has her eye on sustainability. According to the company’s website, the graphic design graduate’s semiprecious stone necklaces, earrings, and bracelets always incorporate something vintage, recycled, repurposed, or reclaimed. The result? Eclectic jewelry made from a variety of materials.