Stay Local with Christy Natsumi Jewelry

Handcrafted earrings, rings, and pendants

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A cropped sweatshirt with printed silk pants. A boxy tee with a circle skirt. When it comes to your style, opposites attract.

Here’s a new contradiction for your closet: Christy Natsumi’s matters-of-the-heart jewelry collection.

Credit the designer’s multicultural upbringing (Tokyo and California) for the dichotomy. Her skillful combination of warmth and edge results in hand-polished pieces that are sweet yet fierce (heart-shaped dagger earrings), structured yet fluid (silver and gold rings with soft, wavy edges), and multifaceted (deco pendants that look different from every angle).

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Even her process makes use of opposites (old and new): She’s as comfortable designing with 3-D CAD software as she is casting by hand.

Natsumi also designs for Made by Survivors, which hires victims of human trafficking and human rights abuses to fashion jewelry. And her socially conscious works don’t stop there: Diamonds responsibly harvested from Canada deck out several pieces.

They’re awfully pretty.

Available at Crown Nine, 515 9th Street, between Washington and Clay Streets Broadway, Oakland (510-507-0789); at christynatsumi.com, $48-$2,800.

Photos: Courtesy of Christy Natsumi

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515 9th St
bt Washington & Clay Sts
Oakland, CA 94607