New York City–based designer Fern Freeman will be in store this weekend with extra gold styles for holiday shopping! Fern is one of Diane and Lisa’s favorite artisans, and it’s not hard to see why given her rich inventory of dramatic long earrings and sexy bolo-tie bracelets.
With a background in fashion design, Fern fell hard for jewelry when a friend urged her to take a Byzantine jewelry-making class for fun. It wasn’t until people started requesting to buy the pieces Fern wore—her own handiwork—that she officially traded clothing racks for jewelry cases.
That was 15 years ago, and today Fern’s love of old-world techniques, wire wrapping, and granulation take shape in 18k yellow gold designs made by her at a jeweler’s bench. Her undeniably sultry and 1970s-esque signature style is evident in mismatched, stiletto-drop, and shoulder-duster earrings, and long tassel necklaces on slinky chains. For sure, pieces with movement define the Fern Freeman aesthetic.
“I’m motivated by fashion and love chains, fringe, and pieces that move,” says Freeman. “I look to the runways for inspiration and use gems like Ethiopian opals that do not limit wearers’ color choices in clothes. When I make a new collection, it starts with a shape I love like waves or a rhombus or trapezoid. People are looking for clean, big and bold looks that have a flow—they have to be sexy.”
Jewelry editor Jennifer Heebner calls Fern a “go-to source” for statement-making styles.
Drop by from 11 am to 5 pm this Saturday to meet Fern and see some of her newest pieces, including flexible rings, tribal-inspired earrings, and fringe-laced earring backs, a new and super popular look that can help update basic earrings. Also on the menu: Prosecco, chocolates, and light bites.