Many of the sellers seem to be represented by The (New New) York Etsy Street Team, and I'll start with a few of those. The first of them is a Brooklyn husband-and-wife team making jewelry under the name Caja Jewelry. All their pieces are totally cut by hand. Some of them are a little edgy, like this high-heeled leg:
They also do custom name pendants that would make beautiful gifts. Even better, they have a very cleverly literal "vanity" pendant in the same style:
But most interesting to me are their interpretations of themes from nature:
This one was my favorite:
It's only a little over an inch wide, so the detail is extremely fine and precise for hand-crafted work. I thought it was extremely classy and interesting. I might have gotten one, but I was supposed to be shopping for presents for other people. Almost all of them appear to be offered in either gold or Sterling.
©2008, Ryan Witte