I'm always on the lookout for modern minimalism jewelry: it's easy to wear, goes with everything, and it's timeless. So when I recently discovered a jeweler in my hometown who was making just such a thing, I had to learn more. Below is a q&a with Danica Roth, the designer behind Sticks and Stones, which is sold online here and at Home/Work in Santa Cruz.
How did Sticks and Stones come to be?
About two years ago I saw a pair of simple brass hoop earrings in a store and thought, "Hey, I could make those!" I had been crafting and making jewelry in some form or another since I was a little kid, but that pair of earrings spurred my venture into hammering and metalwork. My best friend started wearing my pieces around her work and the response was so supportive it convinced me to open an Etsy shop.
What's the aesthetic of Sticks and Stones?
I think my jewelry reflects the balance of minimalism and adventurousness that I try to maintain in my own life: simple, clean lines with an elegant modern aesthetic, and a touch of flair. It's also highly versatile and practical because I hate the concept of choosing form over function, or vice versa—I think you can insist on both.
What's included in the current line?
I carry a range of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and hair pins made from hammered brass, sterling silver and 14k gold and gold fill, as well as a few paper and resin pieces. My prices go from about $10 to $60, and I'm always happy to take custom orders. I'm also constantly experimenting with new designs and materials, so you never know what I might start to carry in the future—I'm planning to try rings next!
What do you love most about what you do?
It's given me the opportunity to be a part of the local Makers' community. This has to be one of the best places in the world to start a small, handmade type of business. I've met so many amazing local artists, crafters and small business owners in the last year, and it's an incredibly warm, inspiring and supportive community. I also really love developing new designs, learning new techniques, and playing with new tools. The element of experimentalism is the most exciting part of crafting for me. And bashing at metal with a hammer is a pretty great form of stress relief.
What's in store for you and your line in 2016?
I'm hoping to sell with more local businesses and markets, and, of course, grow the collection with new styles and designs. I'm especially excited about rings and expanding my line of gold, silver and brass stud earrings, as well as playing with color and glass enamels. I got some new toys for Christmas that I'm super excited to use!
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