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Mixed Materials

Spring jewelry mixes things up by using unexpected materials such as concrete, leather, and bone

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Diamonds aren’t the only way to dazzle. Jewelry designers are thinking beyond basic gold and silver to juxtapose unexpected materials such as nylon, concrete, silk, and bone. With warm color, texture, and hints of softness, the resulting pieces are a perfect nod to spring fashion trends—and great conversation starters.

Photo by Steve Henke. Clockwise from top left: Pearl, silk necklace ($895), by Lanvin, from Neiman Marcus, 505 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.; knit lycra, polypropylene necklace ($425), by Yoko Izawa, and wool felt necklace ($80), by Amy Pfaffman, both from Walker Art Center Shop, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; Tahitian pearl, tourmaline necklace ($2,250), by Patricia Tschetter, from Max’s, 3826 Grand Way, St. Louis Park; leather, pearl, peridot necklace ($268), by Jill Smith, from Gallery 360, 3011 W. 50th St., Mpls.; crystal, satin bracelet ($190), by Lee Angel, also from Neiman Marcus; bone beaded mala ($45), by Julian Capelle, from Blink, 700 Washington Ave. N., Mpls.; concrete necklace ($350), by Hadas Shaham, also from Walker Art Center Shop

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