Unforgettable Geometric Jewelry

Northwest jewelry artists are doing the math, creating modern style with shapes and angles.

Top row, left to right: “Fremont Bridge” brass-etched and oxidized cuff with triangle design, by Portland-based Betsy & Iya ($72, available at Retail Therapy on Capitol Hill or betsyandiya.myshopify.com).

“Exquisite Palpitation” earrings in 18k gold vermeil with detachable sections (can be worn with one or all three triangular pieces), by Tia Kramer of Northlake-based Tia Kramer Paper Jewelry ($495, line available at Bellevue Arts Museum store or tiakramerjewelry.com).

“Runway Cuff No. 2” silver metal cuff with abstract geometrical design, by Sarah Loertscher of West Seattle-based Sarah Loertscher Design ($440, line available at Click! Design That Fits in West Seattle or sarahloertscher.com).

Bottom row, left to right: “Paragon” steel wire and beeswax necklace with interlocking rhombus pieces, by Kimber Leblicq of Beacon Hill-based Kimber Elements ($245, available at Fancy in Belltown or kimber-elements.com).

“Exquisite Eaves” pyramid bangle in 18k gold vermeil with translucent white paper pendant accent, also by Tia Kramer ($250, availability details listed above).

“Fix You” fuchsia and orange hand-colored resin rectangle earrings in sterling silver, by Jennifer Graves of Woodinville-based Lolly Jo Lolli ($48, available at lollyjololli.etsy.com).

“Corollary Triangle” hand-formed and -pounded brass trapezoid earrings with diagonal hammered bronze accents, also by Betsy & Iya ($64, availability details listed above).


The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12, sockittome.com

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at REI.com

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32, peonyandmoss.com

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10, modsocks.com

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18, strideline.com

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466; fleetfeetseattle.com