I've been featuring a lot of jewellery of late but the bulk of it is really just for inspiration since it'll be out of most of our price ranges. That's not a bad thing - it encourages me to take to eBay and Etsy and source similar things for cheaper, but it's also nice when you can just actually buy something straight off.
I recently came across the very affordable work of designer Courtney Cady, who established her jewellery brand, Bagtazo, in 2012. With a BA in anthropology and a second in philosophy, Courtney is a self-taught designer and metalsmith who draws upon her academic interests to influence her designs. Courtney's handmade work is distinctly minimal, meant to "adapt to the owner's style, rather than impose a look".
Courtney began her career in 1999, selling handmade surf trunks by seamstress Sato Hughes, who had been making bespoke shorts for Kanvas by Katin since 1961. A few years later, Courtney worked as a vintage buyer for Japanese distribution company Ragtime Cowboy and Imonni Inc. alongside owner and designer Eiko Wise.
Everything is very affordable with prices ranging from $30 to $110. There are no precious metals involved but if, unlike me, you are not allergic to copper or brass then these are the perfect balance between elegantly understated and modern with a little bit of an edge.