Designer spotlight: NYC jewelry designers

Adorn yourself with the intricate, artistic works from these four local bauble labels.

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  • Fervor necklace, $123 (normally $145), at shaylacox.com

  • Arrowhead necklace in Flame, $72 (normally $85), at shaylacox.com

  • Phoenix necklace in Cobalt, $81 (normally $95), at shaylacox.com

  • Praise necklace, $149 (normally $175), at shaylacox.com

  • Repose necklace in Ocean, $157 (normally $185), at shaylacox.com

  • Evolve necklace, $123 (normally $145), at shaylacox.com

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Designer Shayla Cox

Fervor necklace, $123 (normally $145), at shaylacox.com


Shayla Cox (shaylacox.com)

Who she is: Brooklyn designer Shayla Cox is no stranger to fashion: The Ohio-bred visual stylist majored in international merchandising at FIT, through with she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and lived in London while interning with French Connection. After returning stateside to pursue a full-time position as an executive trainee at Ralph Lauren, Cox initiated a career in visual merchandising, working for designers such as Tracy Reese and Donna Karan. It wasn't until she stumbled upon the documentary Mama of Dada, about American artist and studio potter Beatrice Wood, that Cox got the itch to pursue design. "I was really inspired by her story," says Cox. "She didn't get her start until she was well into her forties." Shortly after seeing the film, Cox fell into an opportunity to assist at a ceramic studio on Long Island University's campus, giving her unlimited access to practice her new craft. "Instead of going out with my friends on Friday nights, I was going to the studio and stirring pots," admits Cox. Her eponymous collection debuted in February 2011.

About the line: Currently focusing solely on neckwear, Cox's line consists of carefully molded ceramic pieces strung on brass chains ($75–$295). "In the beginning, it was all about really bold statement pieces and essentially wearing a sculpture on your neck," notes Cox, who mixes elements such as white clay and porcelain to create her delicate breastplates. She cites her father's career as a major source of inspiration. "I'm really influenced by interior design and architecture," notes Cox. "My dad works for an architectural design firm, so ever since I can remember, that's been such a strong part of my life." Although Cox's line may soon expand to include earrings and bracelets, an even more exciting development is her forthcoming necklace collaboration with Donna Karan, which combines her traditional ceramic designs with braided fabric and will hit Urban Zen stores this March.

Where to buy: Online at shaylacox.com. Use code "TONY" at checkout to receive 15 percent off all purchases through March 2.

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