Whether it’s an effortless pair of simple gold studs or a diamond-studded bracelet, jewelry is always a pleasure to gift and receive. And when it’s sourced from small, women-owned businesses, the “happy” is even happier. From stunning hammered metals to eco-friendly stones and funky statement-making shapes, you’ll swoon over these Southern jewelry brands.

SB NOTE: This list is just a slice of the hundreds of jewelry designers around the South that y’all adore. If we missed your favorite, let us know! We always want to learn about new brands. Email [email protected].

Judith Bright
Nashville, TN

Judith Bright is nothing short of a Southern style icon. You’ve seen her jewelry on movie stars, but you’ve also gifted it to your next-door neighbor who helped you out in a pinch. Judith’s pieces are approachable, colorful (if that’s your thing), and loveable for a lifetime. Whether you’re customizing by birthstone or gemstone or shopping what’s in stock, you know you’re doing direct good in the community, too.

Judith Bright Lapis jewelry
One JB stone we’re obsessed with: Lapis! Image: Judith Bright

Campbell + Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

Jenny Crane McHugh makes “serious jewels for those who don’t take themselves too seriously.” And ain’t that the truth? Her pieces are luxurious and loud without being obnoxious. Asymmetry and weird shapes rule, and an innate playfulness will spark a smile at each glance, whether you wear Campbell + Charlotte every day or just on certain ones.

Campbell + Charlotte rings
One piece we’re obsessed with: The Edge Ferris Wheel Ring Small (bottom left). Campbell + Charlotte is a worthy splurge for the adventurous ones on your list. Image: Campbell + Charlotte

Liz Legg
Birmingham, AL

When it comes to sourcing and setting fine gemstones, Liz Martindale is the indisputable guru of the South. At age 19, she began repurposing broken jewelry pieces from antique markets. The hobby sparked her to study and get certified at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Her 18 to 22kt gold and platinum designs are inspired by travel, architecture, and nature.

Liz Legg hammered gold and diamond earrings
One piece we’re obsessed with: Hammered Gold Diamond Earrings. Get a feel for her designs on her Instagram, then email her to order! Image: Liz Legg via Instagram

Mignon Faget
New Orleans, LA

“Hints of New Orleans architecture, Louisiana wildlife, and everyday objects have been transformed into iconic pieces of jewelry” since 1969, says Mignon Faget’s journal. Her Magazine Street design house churns out delectable collections of everyday and special occasion pieces.

woman wearing lots of jewelry
One element we’re obsessed with: The bracelets in the Halo Collection. They come in all sorts of colors and metals, but the sterling silver woven with Sleeping Beauty Turquoise stones is … *chef’s kiss.* Image: Mignon Faget

Melissa Tyson Designs
Wilmington, NC

For more than 20 years, Melissa Tyson has been transforming metal scraps into stunning pieces through melting, molding, and hammering.” Craftsmanship to me is about excellence but not perfection,” Melissa’s “about me” reads. She leaves little marks of her process as reminders that humans are innately flawed, but imperfections can still be beautiful.

Stick necklace hanging from tree by Melissa Tyson Designs
One piece we’re obsessed with: Stick and Stone Diamond Necklace. Melissa Tyson offers a vast selection of sustainable gemstones to choose from. Image: Melissa Tyson Designs

Yearly Co.
Nashville, TN

Ann Williams started Yearly Co. after she witnessed a precious exchange of a simple gold bracelet between her grandfather and her grandmother. Now, her Nashville-based team of metalworkers uses ethically sourced and recycled 14k gold to create simple and buildable pieces made to be worn, collected, and handed down for generations.

lots of gold bangles on an arm
One piece we’re obsessed with: The Monogram bangle. There are limitless ways to personalize these bangles, and more is definitely more! | Image: Yearly Co.

Sullivans Island, SC

Specializing in organic textures and whimsical shapes, Goldbug has a bevy of unexpected surprises for the quirky and hard-to-shop-for. Ashley Reid Martin slings her modern handmade jewelry in the cutest shop on Sullivan’s Island, SC, but you can peruse the ever-evolving Hot off the Bench! section on her online store. We want everything!

asymmetrical earrings
One piece we’re obsessed with: The Eep Earrings inspired by Eep from The Croods, a movie that Ashley’s kids love. Image: Goldbug

Susan Shaw
San Antonio, TX

In her hometown of Lockhart, Texas, the Southern women around Susan Shaw never left the house without their “earbobs” on. Since 1979, Susan has been crafting timeless pieces and solidifying her “shtick” with signature motifs like bees and butterflies.

Woman wearing many gold and pearl bracelets
The piece we’re obsessed with: Grey Baroque Pearl Chain Bracelet. There are hundreds of combinations to create with Susan Shaw’s chain bracelets. Image: Susan Shaw

Carden Avenue
Nashville, TN

Suzanne Crook and Carolyn Greenfield, the visionaries behind Carden Avenue, create pieces that are both edgy and classic. The mix of metals makes for statement-making color contrast, and emblems like antique coins and crosses give meaning and power to their collection.

Woman wearing many layers pave diamond necklaces with emblems
One piece we’re obsessed with: Petite Moon Pave Diamond Necklace. The next layer in your collection!? We say yes. Image: Carden Avenue

Pieces of Starr
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta-based jewelry designer Starr Miller “takes equal parts inspiration from Rihanna, her mother, and My Little Pony,” says her site. And we can see this amalgamation of legacy and culture in her inventive pieces. Starr seems to get lost (in the best way) in her inlaid gemstones and celestial engravings.

Lots of gold engraved rings
What we’re obsessed with: All of these flat and domed celestial engraved diamond rings. Image: Pieces of Starr

Emily Warden Designs
Richmond, VA

Working with both semi-precious and precious stones and lots of different metals, Emily Warden does it all. From custom diamonded bridal to fabulous “under $120” staples, there is something for everyone here. Emily’s childhood love of miniature, tiny things translated into a creative career in jewelry — small pieces of art. When she isn’t metalsmithing, Emily is also a trained hot glass blower and sculptor.

Three necklaces hanging in a shadow
One piece we’re obsessed with: The Cleo Collar. The silver and the gold are so cute, and we may just wear them together. Image: Emily Warden Designs

Studio Mullins
Birmingham, AL

Shelby Mullins is a multifaceted designer who does small-scale interior design work and boasts a small-but-mighty collection of hand-crafted jewelry. She mixes modern elements with antiques in her spaces, and her “modern heirloom” jewelry reflects the same idea. From simple huggies to stunning cigar bands, Studio Mullins knocks it out of the park.

Studio Mullins earrings studs art deco
One piece we’re obsessed with: The Margot Earrings. They’re chic and art-deco without being too fussy. Image: Studio Mullins

Keaton Sanders
Nashville, TN

Keaton Sanders Martin creates wearable art that incorporates natural elements in the most spellbinding ways. It’s the opposite of mass production — every piece is made by hand, and no two are the same. They’re chunky, eye-catching, and something you’ll be sublimely proud to own. Keaton also creates the coolest bolo ties if you’ve got a cowboy or cowgirl on your list.

Two collar necklaces
One piece we’re obsessed with: Rainbow Ammonite Fossil and Peruvian Pyrite Collar (left) and a different variation (right). Image: Keaton Sanders

Cara Ó Sello
Miami, Florida

Irresistibly playful and buildable, the Cara Ó Sello collection has something for everyone. Designed and handmade in South Florida by two sisters, Andrea (27) and Nicole Alvardedo (30), and their mom, it’s no wonder the younger gens are eating this up. Be the cool gifter and give Cara Ó Sello.

layered gold and pearl necklaces with charms and names
The trend we’re obsessed with: all things freshwater PEARLS. It’s tough to choose just one thing, but at this brand’s great price point, you might not have to! Image: Cara Ó Sello

Vana Chupp Studio
Richmond, VA

Vana’s mastery of paper silhouette art turned a small Etsy shop into a boutique lifestyle brand with global recognition and impactful community giveback. Vana’s team takes your sentimental photos of people, pets, or moments and fashions your images into silhouette portraits to create stunning jewelry and accessories that will stay in the family forever.

gold charm silhouette neckalce
The piece we’re obsessed with: Build Your Own 14K Gold Heirloom Charm Necklace. The order date for custom silhouette charms for your BYO necklace has passed if you want them in time for Christmas, but you can always wrap up an IOU and surprise them in the new year! Image: Vana Chupp Studio

Margaret Ellis Jewelry
Nashville, TN

Bold, often oversized, and always irresistible pieces meant to wow are Margaret Ellis Jewelry’s specialty! Owner and designer Mclaine Richardson (who kept the name Margaret Ellis to honor 30 years of mentorship by the brand’s founder) continues to take the highest quality materials and amalgamize them in the most unexpected and delightful ways.

woman wearing a Margaret Ellis giant rayon cord and silver necklace
One piece we’re obsessed with: Mega Double Wuss Necklace. This rayon cord necklace with a large sterling silver (or bronze) double hoop pendant will turn heads and have everyone asking, “Who MADE that!?” Image: Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Bryan Anthonys
Austin, TX

Amber and Edward Glassman quit their full-time jobs and moved to Austin, Texas, to create a lifestyle brand honoring Amber’s brother, who passed away tragically. Their pieces are meant to uplift, inspire, and you can find the perfect personal gift for every relationship.

strands of beads of rock
One collection we’re obsessed with: The Healing Stones Collection. Mix and match the gemstone in the dainty bracelets and chokers. Image: Bryan Anthonys

Happy jewelry box refresh!


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Zoe Yarborough
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Zoe Yarborough

Zoe is a StyleBlueprint staff writer, Charlotte native, Washington & Lee graduate, and Nashville transplant of eleven years. She teaches Pilates, helps manage recording artists, and likes to "research" Germantown's food scene.