As jewelry enthusiasts, we all have that one item that's transformed from just an accessory to an extension of our body over time, with talisman-like qualities of comfort. Here at Toile, we love helping people find that perfect piece for them or their loved ones - that minimalist, classic item that just fits right, and never gets taken off again. We know the story behind the jewelry plays a big role in this, and our customers are looking for ethically produced, artisan made items that contribute to the social good of our community. With so many wonderful artists out there, the choice paralysis is real. The good news is we're here to help!
We've compiled a list of our most reputable, women-owned, independent Philly jewelry designers. These brands design everything themselves, manufacture domestically and are committed to sustainable eco-friendly practices. They work exclusively in small batches, treat their employees well and source their materials ethically from respectable businesses in our community. And it's all done at reasonable & affordable prices! If you're looking for a truly special piece that was created with love by someone dedicated to their art, read on.
In no particular order, here's our most beloved women in the Philly jewelry world:
One of our top sellers, Nuance Jewelry carefully crafts high quality, long lasting fashion jewelry. Every step of their production, from designing to manufacturing, is done domestically with great involvement from their team. Every part that goes into creating the product - from jewelry metals to the print on their packaging - are sourced from like-minded ethical small businesses that pay their employees well. Started by Wendee Dalhousen, an expert jewelry designer & friend of the store, Nuance creates fun, high quality fashion jewelry at fantastic prices!
Charm necklaces, gold-filled chain, $79-$89
If you walk into Toile looking to buy jewelry as a gift, you're guaranteed to get a Susan Rifkin recommendation. Our go to for timeless, everyday wear pieces, Rifkin's minimalist designs never go out of style. Susan Rifkin evolved from a design student making jewelry for personal wear into a well-loved Philly designer with clear design language, known for using high quality materials at accessible prices. Susan & her small team make all their items by hand with upcycled metals (mainly gold filled and sterling silver,) as well as many different semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and glass beads.
If you lean more towards the gothic, grunge and dark-witchy end of the aesthetic spectrum, you'll adore Hellhound Jewelry. A one-woman operation, HH is run entirely by musician Laura Nunzi out of her Philadelphia studio. Inspired by 60's-70's fashion and rock&roll, Laura designs and produces her creations by hand, imbuing them with protective energy & unique meaning. Hellhound/ Laura are avid supporters of social justice causes that uplift marginalized communities, with donations made on its behalf to Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, as well as various local benefits.