At the center of this delicate necklace rests a sewing needle pendant, a staple in Brandy Pham’s newest collection. During her pregnancy, Brandy was inspired by the prospect of one day making clothes for her child. The needle motif is an homage to her two loves of jewelry design and fashion, as well as to her son, Theodore. Worn amongst many or on its own, this elegantly subtle piece makes the perfect statement.
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Why it's special
HandmadeEach piece is lovingly assembled
Made in the U.S.A.Products manufactured in the U.S.
Size, Fit & Care
- 14k-gold-plated brass
- 18" - 20" in length
- Lobster clasp closure
A Byzantine Enamel Process in Modern-Day New York
The Brand Story
Founder and designer Brandy Pham has been in fashion for some time, working in the high-end market for years. “I did a lot of work for high-fashion people…celebrity lines,” Brandy says. But she felt unhappy and unfulfilled as a designer, so found another outlet to express her creativity: “I would go home and make jewelry for my friends and family.” Finally, with a push from her husband, she took a leap of faith and launched her own company in 2011. Her style has evolved as Brandy has learned to trust her instinct. She tried to conform to the contemporary market, but says early trade shows taught her to be true to her creative aesthetic: “After two or three collections, I decided to stop and do what I wanted to do.”
Brandy Pham takes “made in New York” to an extreme. Everything is created in the Garment District or Diamond District of New York City. After leaving her design studio–turned living room, her designs come to life by way of a small team from a 90-year-old New York manufacturer. Brandy sources her raw materials from New York and Rhode Island, aka the capital of costume jewelry (who knew?), and she is both thoughtful and practical in her choices. She works with brass, “a workable metal you can easily adjust to your size.” Her pieces are finished with gold or rose gold for a timeless look and enamel for a pop of color. Brandy says, “I want the pieces to be classics that will last in a closet forever.” Finally: the shine. “The process is meticulous,” she says. “All of our pieces are high-shine polish…because you want it to be so perfect that you can’t see scratches.”
The History of Enamel
Enamel is the glossy coating that gives a colorful finish to many of Brandy Pham’s pieces. This look is achieved using powdered glass, which is fused onto the metal. As it is heated, the glass melts, becoming viscous. Once fired, the glass hardens in the desired shape as a smooth, strong coating. Brandy uses enamel to give her pieces a modern look, but enamel dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used it to decorate pottery and stone objects. In the Middle Ages, the Romans and Byzantines used enamel in their art to decorate metalwork and create images. In recent history, enamel has become popular in jewelry design; it’s also seen in the art world in the form of portrait miniatures.