LA native Stephanie Matthias is an artist and jewelry maker who runs the brand/online shop OK-Universe. The brand is mixture of light, graceful neck pieces with a splash of homemade rough edges. They’re kind of like if you took pasta you made necklaces with as a child, cast them in gold, and then strung them together: they are simple, basic, and pretty jewelry items.
Matthias’ creations come in about three different ways. The first is a suspension of precious stones hung by very thin strings, giving the effect that they are floating from a tiny, tiny clothesline. The second is the employment of very tiny, rice sized, bunched together beads. The final form is a mixture of varying unassociated shapes that show that uniformity and improvisation in a neckpiece is quite welcome.
The pieces are very raw and zen and don’t have a desire or need to be polished. In fact, that’s probably what OK-Universe hopes to be the exact opposite of: natural forms displayed in the simplest way. “Each piece is made by hand with the intention that it will serve to uplift, heal and aid the wearer in reaching their highest potential,” OK-Universe’s statement says. It goes on to explain that clay–a very hand made material (by her, that is)– and minerals and crystals “speak of a relationship with the Earth and the various resources she has provided to us for healing and uplifting.” In a way, OK-Universe is basically telling the universe that it is pretty and that it needs to be displayed around the neck.
These creations wrange from $60 to $100 and are fairly affordable for such pretty handmade jewelry pieces. You can find them on her online store or at Mohawk General Store. (Also, FYI: she’s the person behind Family Paper, a local artsy gift wrapping service to help you get through the holidays.)