Accidents happen. Sometimes milk spills, sometimes your iPhone topples onto the subway tracks. And sometimes you conjure up a brilliant idea for jewelry, run with it, and launch a business.
If you’re Aurelia Cotton and Patrick Culpepper of Peppercotton, that sounds very familiar. “We joke that we are accidental jewelers because neither of us studied or planned on making jewelry,” said Cotton, whose concentration at the Rhode Island School of Design was apparel. “While working together in school, we stumbled upon this deceptively simple concept. After exhaustive experimentation at RISD, we realized how far we could push this idea. Starting Peppercotton served as a perfect creative outlet for us since graduation.”
The line, which launched in the summer of 2009, is unlike anything we’ve ever seen or worn. Each handmade piece is crafted in the designers’ Brooklyn studio from delicate, extremely lightweight mesh tubing filled with loose Swarovski and vintage Czech crystals. The stones that fill each piece are mixed for their color and tone properties, which makes for beautiful organized chaos. “To create smooth gradients, the crystals have to change size as well as color to blend evenly. Bigger crystals are used for the solid lengths of color and smaller crystals are used to transition colors,” said Cotton.
AHAlife is offering two styles of Peppercotton necklaces: a 22 inch/56 cm necklace in silver, gold, bronze, or primary gradient (multicolored) stones, and a skinnier, 40 inch/102 cm version in the same colors. The longer necklace can be looped or worn as a bracelet, and the easy latch closure on each piece could even connect multiple necklaces together.
The possibilities are endless, and the uniquely stylish result is crystal clear.
Curated by journalist, marketing expert and founder of Purple Lab, Karen Robinovitz.