Inspired by the city… Jene DeSpain Jewelry Handmade in NYC

by jennine on June 29, 2011

jene de spain

The right accessory can really dress up even the most minimal outfit. A tank dress and sandals with the right necklace and earrings transforms to casual to ultra chic. Emerging jewelry designer, Jene DeSpain crafts elegant pieces that can be worn day or night. Inspired by iconic New York architecture, urban environments and mixed with trends like color blocking, wrap bracelets with elegantly utilitarian hardware closures, or honeycomb three-finger stacking rings. The collections are something special and classic, but also quench that must-have of the moment.

Jene stopped by my office to show her work, she’s soft spoken yet candid, demure yet chatty. I got the sense that the duality of her personality showed a lot in her work. She showed each piece noting that she makes all of her jewelry at her studio in Brooklyn. At the price points around $45-$175 it’s certainly worth it.

Visit Jene at

Photos by Nando Alvarez

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Shannon Marie June 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Beautiful designs! Such beautiful pictures too.
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Closet Cravings June 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Love those necklaces. There is something really special about wearing something that is handmade. =)
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Lindsay June 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for featuring these pieces! They’re so worn in and rough, like the city. Very cool find!
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shoka June 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm


Jené DeSpain June 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

thank you so much for sharing my jewelry with your readers! These photos are incredible, and I’m thrilled with how pretty the jewelry looks on you. You make it shine! ♥

Ashen Night June 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

So cool! Love the designs and colors - and it being handmade makes it so much more awesome. Great feature! Thanks for sharing and lovely pictures as well!
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Liz June 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Love the rings, and love that she has a Brooklyn Studio (I’m all about the Brooklyn Love)

Myrmecophila June 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Great accesories! I love them all!!!

SarahJayne @ Goldmine Trash June 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

What beautiful jewelry!

Pam @over50feeling40 June 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

These are gorgeous!! You are so right about accessories…that is why I have decided to sponsor a blogger accessory swap! I thought the summer need some spice!! I hope you and your readers will join in…just come to my site to sign up!!
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Jessie June 29, 2011 at 5:37 pm

wow. truly impressive jewelry. so beautiful and understated yet cool. i love it.
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Megan June 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

These are so amazing! I luv the earrings and the necklaces….so awesome!
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shanice June 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm

wow, I just love these pieces!
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Alex June 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I love those bracelets! I will definitely be purchasing one.

For Those About To Shop June 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

Amazing. I love locally-made jewellry and inspired by New York architecture is such a cool muse.
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Jessie at Fashion Limbo June 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

Such beautiful jewellery, I know you say it’s inspired by NY architecture and so, but I also get a very tribal-vibe from these designs. Like it A LOT, thanks for sharing Jennine! xxx
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free de lulu June 30, 2011 at 11:25 am

love,love,love, I like these jewels are magnificent I am a fan of long necklaces and buckles of ears haughtiness.

Sean June 30, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Ooo, there’s some mighty fine pieces in there! Love those rings…
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ann June 30, 2011 at 5:57 pm

yay, everything looks amazing
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Kim July 2, 2011 at 11:04 am

Oooh, I love this jewelry. Can’t decide which I like more, the earrings or the necklaces. P.S. I totally copied your outfit in this post the other day. Thanks for the outfit inspiration!

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Labella Luxe July 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Love the leather bracelets!
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Dee July 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

Those are awesome treasures!
Thumbs up to Jene DeSpain - heart the wacky designs :)
<3 Dee
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FashionIndie July 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I like how simplistic the honeycomb designs are, would love the three finger stack rings!
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hana ryan July 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I love this series! It’s so important to see where hand made pieces come from… Love her work, thanks for featuring!
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