Mineralogy 2016 Lookbook

When Theresa Cowan, owner and designer of Chicago's latest jewelry design sensation, Mineralogy, asked me to photograph her fresh collection for 2016- I jumped at the opportunity. I ran across her work first through the Lou & Grey store opening in Lake View last spring and then again through an ETSY shoot this past fall. Come to find out, this lady was picked up by anthropologie and several of her most recent necklaces are available via their online store!

The 2016 Mineralogy collection is poetic, relaxed and inspired. These pieces are impressive in their range and can be worn as as dainty accents or as stunning statement pieces that shine and sparkle as nature intended.

Simultaneously soft and edgy, Theresa's design work is ultimately feminine in the most wonderfully modern way. Through several conversations about her philosophy of style and design (Theresa holds a BFA from SAIC), we felt her lookbook should reflect the same easygoing grace and creative discipline of the collection. (Read more about her approach below!)

The muted tones, soft light and sharp focus of the photographs were chosen to respect the delicate metalwork and precise craftsmanship of these pieces in the hopes of reflecting their imaginative, dream-nature.

It is my commitment to create quality jewelry in limited editions with the intention of offering unique pieces for my customers. I believe in the integrity of handmade objects and carefully sourced materials. I am proud to hand select my gems and minerals from a small array of reputable gemologists, collectors, mine owners, and lapidary specialists. All of my jewelry is designed and hand fabricated in my Chicago studio. From the sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, and polishing, everything is done with my own two hands. All designs made with precious metals are 100% recycled material and I use ethically sourced and conflict free diamonds and gemstones. I believe in the importance of longevity and versatility, therefore, my jewelry is intended to be worn from season to season, one occasion after another. I release two seasonal collections every year, but I am always producing new pieces in between. I hope you find a few favorites for you or someone you love and know that you will own something truly unique and that no one will have something quite like it.
— Theresa Cowan, Designer + Owner, Mineralogy