Stephanie Simek’s Human-Hair Jewelry!?

Simek, whose jewelry is carried by local boutiques like Catbird, often uses natural materials in her designs: sugar crystals and pussy willows in her earrings, honey combs and sea shells in her necklaces, sand dollars in her pins, and—human hair?! Arranged to look like eyelashes?! On a sterling silver chain?! “Natural materials are so beautiful and interesting on their own,” she told us. “Then I come along and just try to find ways to emphasize those inherently amazing qualities.” Of course, the use of human hair has a long tradition in fine jewelry-making, but Simek has most certainly made it new.

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