One To Watch: Judi Powers

For Judi Powers, nature is the greatest source of inspiration and its influence appears throughout her collection. As such, her love of nature is the primary reason she uses recycled metal and ethically sourced gemstones in her jewelry. “I want my jewelry to be beautiful without damaging the environment or those individuals from whom I source,” she says.

Powers began making jewelry in 2002 at 92Y, a cultural and community center located in New York City. She went on to study at the School of Visual Arts and the Jewelry Arts Institute, also in New York City, and then left her publishing career in 2012 to study fulltime at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she graduated summa cum laude with an Associate in Applied Science degree in jewelry design. She established her business in 2013 and, later that month, her A Tree Grows necklace, shown below with coordinating earrings and ring, won the Jewelry Design Challenge hosted by online marketplace UncommonGoods.

The necklace is available in either recycled sterling silver with an antique finish or in recycled yellow gold with Harmony diamonds. Harmony diamonds, for which Powers is an authorized dealer, are conflict-free natural diamonds, cut and polished from mined rough, that were previously set in jewelry and then removed and reintroduced into the supply chain. With its delicate structure, leaves full of detail and graceful lines, the cast piece gently rests across the collarbone and is attached to a fine cable chain. “This sweet branch is my constant reminder of spring in Brooklyn and of the excitement of new beginnings,” Powers says.

Powers collection is also composed of handcrafted petite earrings, statement bracelets, cuff links and easy-to-layer necklaces that have been described as “casually elegant,” “whimsical,” “delicate,” “refined” and “classically modern.” She also works with clients to create unique custom pieces. You can find Powers’ work on her personal website and on, which carries an exclusive collection of her recycled sterling silver jewelry. Pieces from that collection have also been featured on fashion and style website Refinery29.

She is a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Brooklyn, New York

Judi Powers was chosen as one of 10 designers in the New Designer Gallery at the 2014 Jewelers of America New York Summer Show. Since 1977, the New Designer Gallery has been the launching pad for some of today’s most prominent jewelry designers, assisting them in developing their careers while gaining recognition for their talents.
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