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Summer’s Perfect Jewelry is Edgy Cool: Enter Natalie Frigo’s Handmade Designs

The Playing Cat Cuff is made from recycled brass with white sapphires for the eyes. A simple piece that makes everyone look closer.

Jewelry is especially important in the summer months; I know I just want to wear as little as possible, and most of my usual accessories sit on the my dressing table as I think about how sweaty they will get. But rings, necklaces like this womens solid silver necklace and bracelets add tons of interest, and usually a spark of color or shimmer in the form of a metallic – without steaming you up or weighing you down, and so they are a winner when the temps climb.

Natalie Frigo‘s designs, each, as you can see, an incredibly unique and totally interesting piece, are the perfect complement to tank tops, bare arms and plunging necklines. And they are made with recycled silver and gold, as well as rigorously-sourced, conflict-free gems. Since a single newly-minded gold ring, according to Natalie’s site, is responsible for around 20 tons of waste, I’m not sure why any jeweler with half a conscience isn’t using recycled metals.

Icicles and Rock Crystals necklace is perfectly cool and for summer.

“Sculpting all of the designs by hand in her lower Manhattan studio, Natalie personally attends to each detail using the ancient practices of metalsmithing and ‘cire perdue’ (also known as lost-wax casting). The organic forms are then handcast and finished in New York City, marrying recycled sterling silver and 18K gold with personally selected, ethically sourced gemstones.”

The Ocean Rock Ovals earrings are lighter-weight (due to the holes) and summer light (due to the holes) – overall they remind me of breezes.

The Sabre-toothed cat ring is one of the coolest I’ve seen, well, ever.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.