The Market: Jules Lumbar Spinal Fusion Necklace

21 Nov

Jules Lumbar Spinal Fusion Necklace, $245,

One of the most interesting qualities that a piece of jewelry can have is an element of personal narrative. This is why we often find vintage jewelry so compelling, but it is much more thrilling when we find this in contemporary pieces. Chicago-based  designer Julie Schwanbeck’s Lumbar Spinal Fusion necklace was conceived while she was recovering from two spinal fusion surgeries (ouch!!), and the result is an exceedingly cool exercise in the interplay between horizontal and vertical line. The necklace was sketched from Schwanbeck’s own x-rays, a little detail that we just love. Diamonds may be our best friend, but we’ll take a bit of soul with our jewelry any day. See the entire Jules collection at

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