Some pandemic fads have already come and gone: the sourdough starting, the toilet paper hoarding ... even the once-cacophonous 7 p.m. thank you for health care workers has dimmed to an errant sad trombone. But one coronavirus side piece has become our collective full-time dark mistress: Zoom. Zoom work meetings. Zoom dance parties. Hell, even Zoom weddings. As the app (or its kinfolk like Google Meet, Webex, or Slack) connects and you do the mandatory checkup from the neck up, one thing you can do to easily appear put together is partake in the glory of the statement earring. Here are a few local lovelies to keep next to the screen for an instant glow-up.
Metalsmith Teresa Robinson credits being the daughter of two artists for her creative drive. That fact is evident in the unusual shapes into which she twists and turns her delicate pieces. Brass Faldi earrings, $107
Self-described geology enthusiast Alison Jean Cole treks from desert to desert searching out the brilliantly colored rocks she uses in her jewelry. After a successful hunt for stones like basalt, lapis, and opalite, she grinds the slabs into funky, natural earrings. Favorite basalt earrings ($130) and pink thulite earrings ($100)
Calling upon her small-sculpture studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, for 10 years designer Natalie Joy Miller has kept Portlanders in sleek brass and silver jewelry handmade in her backyard studio. Ellsworth hoops, $78
Accessory designer Kristin Pruitt’s pieces all sing just a little bit differently with their swirled slabs of polymer clay sliced into dangly artistic shapes from her Northwest studio. Eve earrings, $34
Established in 2011 by Portland native Risa Regory, Amaree & Reese offers a wide range of styles from bold blue lapis pendants to swinging brass rainbow earrings, and twists on the traditional hoop. Inaya hoops, $52