Leah Ball Jewelry Casts a Spell

Chicago's metalsmith mastermind

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Most of us are taught to go for the gold.

Leah Ball goes for the bronze.

Her debut jewelry collection is the result of a yearlong apprenticeship at a local foundry, where she developed an affection for slag (remnants from pouring bronze molds).

After the melting process, Ball carves patterns into earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings, giving textural dimension to yellow bronze Hex Hoops, gnarly one-of-a-kind studs, and more.

An affinity for imperfection turns geometric shapes (see: Cage necklace and bracelet) craggy without sacrificing daintiness. Some, like the Slag necklace, are happy accidents. Fossil-like stackable rings preserve dripping metal; the open Hunter bangle achieves symmetry from two carved arrowheads.

Save the statement-worthy, paneled Clovis necklace for special occasions; Rita and Vee are good to go any day of the week.

Our prediction: Ball’s going platinum.

Available at Eskell, 1509 North Milwaukee Avenue, at Honore Street (773-486-0830 or eskell.com); and leah-ball.com or etsy.com, $50-$350.

Photo: Courtesy of Leah Ball 

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1509 N Milwaukee Ave
@ Honore St
Chicago, IL 60622