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Best Indie Jewelry Crafter: Jen Boaz

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Sure, her delicate, dangly earrings – made from semiprecious stones, briolettes and champagne pearls – are sweet and special. But what really makes JEN BOAZ a standout designer? The necklaces in her Brilliant Collection. For these pieces, she takes the knickknacks, keepsakes and sentimental charms you've been stowing in your cluttered jewelry box and creates one-of-a-kind clustered (and surprisingly unclunky) pendants that rise to the level of art. The “Jen” features an ancient coin, a heart necklace from a ninth-grade boyfriend, a good-luck charm, Grandma's brooch and a bead from a trip to Italy. The “Yael” includes a sparkly Star of David, a sorority lavalier and a crystal drop from a chandelier. The pieces range from about $175 to $210. Boaz, who studied studio art at the University of Alabama, now lives in Virginia-Highland and sells her jewelry in more than 15 stores.

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