Joie de Vivre jewelry
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Finding cool metal pendants and charms is the easy part, but selecting which ones to try and which to leave at the table is tough! Generally, I look for strong design, quality materials, and fine craftsmenship. Vendors here create products that I love: Patricia Healey and The Lipstick Ranch put the stamp on patina copper and wrought iron, respectively; Jess Imports offers lovely satin smooth vermeil charms; Nina Designs has an imaginative and impressive selection of precious metal charms, links, and components; Green Girl Studios cooks up amazing pewter beads, charms, and buttons literally in their basement; and Elysium showcases Southwestern inspired sterling silver designs.

If you enjoy the items featured here, consider visiting their websites and supporting their business. Many have a retail option or work with other vendors, like Artbeads, to make their products available to the public.

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These stainless steel pendants come from a number of jewelry suppliers, but one trait they all share is sleek modern style.

All Clear
Urban Loft

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Patricia Healey easily has one of the most interesting booths at the gem show. Her copper creations gleam under the lights - new designs! new ways to use past components! - and she and her staff have good energy; a positive, happy vibe is simply there around the booth. Her charming patina copper designs are all hand-crafted.

High Five
Have a Heart
Beep, Beep

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Elysium Inc has been specializing in high quality Mexican hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry items since its start in 1985. The company works closely with the silversmiths - often small, family owned workshops - to create a terrific array of earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Cup & Spiral
Leaf & Spiral

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Hill Tribe silver refers to fine quality silver items (99% pure silver) from the Karen Hill Tribes in Thailand. The higher silver content means it tarnishes more quickly and easily than sterling silver or other silver alloys, but simple cleaning keeps components as good as new.

Heaven on Earth
Gone Fishing
Midnight Magnolia
Jean Jacket
Tall Tales

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Nina Designs has been creating high quality metal jewelry components for the past 25 years, and their quality is rooted in fair trade practices with metalsmiths in Bali and Thailand; the company gets consistently excellent worksmanship because they pay a good wage. The sterling silver, bronze and 24kt gold-plated bronze components speak for themselves: imaginative designs of great quality at a reasonable cost.

Spring Thaw
Prancing Pony
Gentle Quiet
Bubo the Owl
Via de la Luna
Octopus Garden
New Moon
Emerald Essence
Little Bird
Going Om
Sea Song
Honey Bee
Nom de Plume
Best Behavior #2
Olive Branch
Going Batty
Beauty Within
Bees to Honey
Bronze Drop
Your Heart is a Muscle (bronze)
Your Heart is a Muscle (silver)
Fibonacci Squares

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Green Girl Studios is a company in Asheville, NC that creates some of the most imaginative and creative pewter components I've seen in 10+ years of shopping jewelry components. They do all the work in-house, from molds to casting to finishing, and dedicated craftmanship shows.

A Good Stretch
With the Tide
Magic Bean
Epic Journey
Love Gives Wings
Tree of Life
Sea Wise
Take Flight

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Make Up Your Mind
Inland Sea
Red Sea
No Drama Llama
Prickly Pear
Bird on a Wire
Hope Springs Eternal
The Oak
Seriously Sci-Fi
Good Boy