Wednesday, December 29, 2010


You have the choice of either hiking or driving along the 185-mile stretch known as Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, Canada.

An area filled with picturesque scenery of incredible parks and beaches it is the go to place for anyone that enjoys the best nature has to offer. Canada is also home to featured jewelry designer Karyn Chopik.

Chopik’s daring yet simplistic aesthetic has a Scandinavian flair characterized by hammered mixed metals of hand-forged brass, sterling silver and bronze with accents of chunky gemstones that include labradorite, brown quartz, Montana agate, and Crystallized Swarovski Elements.

Her designer jewelry of striking multi-hoop sterling silver earrings, silver charm bracelets, and circle link necklaces possess an uninhibited, earthy sprit punctuated by an assortment of fairly malformed, irregular shapes and surface textures.

This somewhat incomplete design approach is Chopik’s signature; an exploration of imperfection that lends itself to the fashion jewelry’s unique beauty.

“The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, the art of imperfection and the natural cycle of growth, strongly influences my design style,” says the University of Alberta alumna. “I love the unique combination of textures on the sterling silver and bronze wire link pieces that create a rich tonality.”

I like the classic essence of her pieces particularly her ear pieces the foundation of which are built on timeless, large hoop earrings that expand into stylish, boho chic renderings.

The earring designs highlight a variety of combined hoop sizes, metal colors and textures with inclusions of oblong clear crystals or lampwork glass beads as an attractive offset.

The tactile surfaces and pairing of different forms of white and brassy metals are just the right balance.

It is a fresh yet tribal turn on classicism that is a testament the slightest deviation of form can generate a lush visual language.

“I love playing with the dynamic of irregularity. I believe there is an intrinsic balance created through the movement of materials.

My fall 2010 Collection is all about unique combinations of textures. It speaks volumes to keeping it real.”
Photo 1 (top right): Cuff Bracelet from Moonlight Sonata Collection
Photo 2 (center): Model Wearing Necklace from Muse Collection
Photo 3 (bottom left): Sterling Silver, Brass and Citrine Earring
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