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One of the best things about living in the Florida Keys, is the amazing amount of art and culture. So many artists have chosen to make the Keys their home and that means that we have access to some beautiful local art work for our home and our wardrobe.
Art galleries are one of my favorite places to shop for statement jewelry. Unique, handmade wearable art is a great conversation starter and sure to elicit the question from your friends. "Where did you get that?". Wearable art can be fun, interesting and even glamorous and in most cases, the price point is very affordable.
Ariella Hogan has been making jewelry for more than 30 years. Originally from Israel, she settled in Key West in 1989, inspired by the diverse colors of the sunset and the unique wildlife of Key West. Her handmade jewelry is not only incredibly affordable it's also durable. She uses a synthetic clay that is flexible, unbreakable, lightweight, water proof and if it gets dirty, it can be cleaned with soap and water.
Ariella makes rings ($12), earrings ($18), bracelets ($28) and necklaces ($40-$60). You can buy a matching set or you can buy individual pieces to add to your jewelry collection. My favorite is her bracelets that wrap around your wrist for an effortlessly chic look.
Find her jewelry at The Island Arts Coop at 1128 Duval Street in Key West open Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information go to: ariellacreations.com.
Stephanie Martin has been working with glass for 12 years specializing in glass fusing and combining dichroic two-toned glass and artisan glasses. Her pendants and earrings have a beautiful metallic coating on its surface that reflect light creating a beautiful glow. Because these pendants are actually clear, the colors will change with what you're wearing, picking up blues, pinks or yellows based on your outfit. Each piece is unique, ranging in price from $40 to $65 for a pendant and $20 for earrings.
Stephanie's Seaside Glassworks has two storefront locations. Located in the Rain Barrel at 86700 Overseas Highway on Plantation Key open Monday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a south location at 81902 Overseas Highway in Islamorada open Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to seasideglassworks.com.