This week, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Los Angeles-based jewelry designer, Erica Clum. Erica is the truly gifted artist behind Earthling, a line of handmade jewelry you need to know about. She is an upstate New York transplant like myself and I love that her pieces really do have an east coast, nature-inspired vibe. Her east side-based studio space, “Gold Mine,” really echoes this vibe too–especially with the antlers mounted all over the walls that immediately showcase her design aesthetic.
Erica started her Earthling line about five years ago because she found the art of jewelry-making to be cathartic and a great release.
Growing up, her father was an avid hunter and he would constantly bring back game to the house. At a young age, Erica became fascinated with both nature and the beauty of animal bones and antlers in general. Somewhere along the way, she began casting different animal bones and stones from nature into beautiful works of wearable art.
Today, Erica’s line is comprised of all different types of bronze jewelry casts–from beautiful bangles like one of my personal favorites, the Earthling Rib Bone Bracelet–to rings like her Earthling Cigar Band Ring. Erica’s Earthling Bone Cuff, which I am also wearing above, contains casts of Herkimer diamonds from a mine in upstate New York that she and I both happened to go to as kids.
Herkimer Diamond Mine is basically a giant quarry where anyone can come in with various tools to “mine” for quartz crystals that look very much like diamonds.
In the end, you’re able to keep whatever crystals you find, so as a kid, I thought this was one of the greatest places on earth. I love that Erica actually uses her childhood pastimes like this as inspiration for her line.
My Favorite Pieces
Today, I’m rocking a bunch of her pieces that I highly recommend. Loving all of Erica’s dainty gold necklaces, skinny cuff bracelets, chunky gold rings and more. I especially love that all of the pieces are so inspired by nature.
Visit Earthling Jewelry and be prepared to treat yourself–you won’t regret it!
THE LOOK: JCrew Black Sweater (Click here for an Extra 40% off with Code “BYEWINTER”) / Earthling Rib Bone Bracelet / Earthling Cigar Band Ring / Earthling Bone Cuff / Earthling Shark Tooth Cuff / Vintage Skirt (Similar Here:) Faith Connexion / Marc By Marc Bolt Studded Earrings / Rebecca Minkoff Orange Mini Mac / Rag and Bone Harrow Booties / Pink Wildfox Sunnies / Club Monaco Leather Jacket