L.A.'s Coolest Designers Pick Your Spring-Jewelry Buys

Photo: Courtesy of TOMTOM.
When we realized our spring wardrobes were severely lacking in the accessories department, we didn't beat around the bush — we beelined straight for the bona fide experts. We tapped 16 of L.A.'s best jewelry designers to share their favorite item from each of their new collections. Who better to trust with our jewelry boxes than the local ladies who know baubles best? 

Some of these designers you may already know and love, while other up-and-comers you should definitely add to your radar. One thing's for sure: These are some of the most talented ladies in the game, and their picks are stunning. If you consider yourself a minimalist, you'll be all about Kelly Wearstler's simple cuff and Ariel Gordon's dainty earrings. More of a statement maker? Irene Neuwirth's chandelier earrings should do the trick. 

No matter what your taste, you'll find something to love here. Click through for 16 stunning, hand-picked pieces, all ready to be shopped now.
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The designer: Sophie Monet
The spring must-have: "Marble is having its moment right now, and I've fallen for it. I'm in love with the milky white texture of this howlite stone, and how the braided rope adds a modern touch. I like to design jewelry that's versatile. This necklace can be worn day or night, and is super light and airy for spring. I would style it with a pair of distressed jeans, a simple T-shirt, and heels to make it the focal point of the outfit."
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The designer: Kelly Wearstler
The spring must-have: "This is my favorite piece. The shape is architectural, easy to layer, and plays upon negative space, showing a hint of skin. I love jewelry that feels equally at home with jeans and a tee as with cocktail attire. There's something distinctly Californian and cool about that sort of laid-back elegance."
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The designer: Elena Howell of TOMTOM
The spring must-have: "The Pyramid Star Earrings are a signature TOMTOM piece — and one of my favorites, because it's a variation on the ear jacket. For spring, I added these gorgeous, deep blue Swarovski crystals to give the original earrings a pop of color. The outfit I've had on replay so far [this season] has been these earrings with a vintage, white boho dress and my black Acne Pistol Booties. I love the mix of sweet and edgy."
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The designer: Cynthia Sakai of Vita Fede
The spring must-have: "In the spring, I love to wear white, and I think our Tre Pearl Band Ring [would] pair seamlessly with the personal pieces [you already have] in your jewelry collection. It's already pre-layered, making it easy to style."
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The designer: Rhianna Cooper of VidaKush
The spring must-have: "The item I chose is called the Peyote Crown. Each one is handmade, and makes you feel like a goddess when you are wearing it. It is definitely a must-have for festivals, and catches light perfectly for some amazing pictures."
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The designer: Jennie Kwon
The spring must-have: "Although we love all of the beautiful golden girls in our collection, our favorite for spring is our Diamond Cage Cuff Ring. Completely handmade, the ring's six pristine diamonds look like they're suspended and floating on your finger — they even catch the subtlest glimmer of light. You literally can't stop staring once it's on your hand! It's statement-making, but in a super subtle, I'm-totally-not-trying type of way. There's really no wrong way to style it, since it looks great on its own or alongside any ring stack."

Jennie Kwon Diamond Cage Cuff Ring, $985, available at Jennie Kwon.
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The designer: Kathleen Whitaker
The spring must-have: "Maximal simplicity is a hard balance to strike. But, that's why these earrings are the perfect accessory for spring — they're chunky pieces of solid 14 karat gold in a sleek, sculptural form. Plus, the plate stud earring (in the front) can be worn alone, without the cuff part. So, the earrings are versatile, giving you two looks from one piece."
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The designer: Ariel Gordon
The spring must-have:
"My must-have piece for spring is my Mini Diamond Dust Hoop. Dainty, mismatched gold earrings are having a moment thanks to places like NY Adorned, and I'm big into this trend. I wear this in my cartilage piercing along with a few other gold studs and hoops. Very subtle. Very chic."
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The designer: Maya Brenner
The spring must-have: "I've been just a little obsessed with our Petal Bar Earring lately, because I think it's delicate, but still makes a statement. I'm literally always wearing it, whether to a school drop-off or out to dinner. Depending on where I'm going, I either dress it up or down by pairing it with my Letter M Earrings for day, or Pave Horizon Earrings for a dressier look at night. It's the most recent addition to our line; I love it because it's new and different."
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The designer: Gabriela Artigas
The spring must-have: "The Infinite Tusk Earrings have been one of our staple pieces, and we now have a reloaded version with beautiful, sparkling white diamonds along the front tusk. The design is minimal and elegant. They can be worn down to see both tusks, or you can flip them up and push the tips of the tusks together to get the effect of a double-piercing earring. Another great thing about them is that you can slide them through without worrying about the backing and post poking you behind the ear. They are the perfect piece to never take off."
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The designer: Irene Neuwirth
The spring must-have: "These [drop earrings] are one of my classic pieces. I love that they’re just as easy to wear with a cocktail dress as with a T-shirt and jeans.”
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The designer: Chan Luu
The spring must-have: "I love the juxtaposition of this necklace; it has an organic yet structured look. It is hand-carved by Vietnamese artisans, and is the perfect layering or statement piece for spring and summer. It would look great layered with a white-pearl horn necklace, paired with a shell-tassel bracelet and wrap bracelet."
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The designer: Zoë Chicco
The spring must-have: "My favorite piece for spring is the Fringe Stud Charm (or ear jacket). I am so into all of the fringe pieces I’ve been seeing for spring, and decided I had to make a collection to complement the trend. Ear candy is so popular right now: cuffs, crawlers, jackets, etc. This season is all about wearing multiple pieces up the ear. Personally, I love mixing earrings and wearing different styles in each ear, so we sell these styles as singles (or if you prefer you can order two for a pair). I love this particular style because it is so wearable, and you can pair it with any studs."
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The designer: Nikki Erwin of Established Jewelry
The spring must-have: "I'm obsessed with my Nail Earring. Every time I wear it, people stop me about it. It's such a bold piece that you only have to wear one. So, I love to mix and match with my other studs."
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The designers: Sara Smith and Mara Rothbart of SMITH+MARA
The spring must-have: "We are loving our new Suspender Earring for spring. We brought our SMITH+MARA edge to this reinvention of the classic 'huggie' earring. Instead of hugging the lobe of the ear, our Suspender hugs the cartilage. It's the perfect earring for the girl who wants to make a simple-yet-bold statement."
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The designer: Ambyr Childers of AC Jewelry
The spring must-have: "The Bald Eagle Cocktail Ring is special to me, because it’s so representative of the Native Americans' bond between nature and the Great Spirit. I love how the feathers grasp the slice diamonds. It’s very powerful and elegant."

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