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AMANDA RAYAmanda was recently talking to Vice about the intersection of art and fashion. We assumed jewelry would be the answer. Ray spends most of her time in a dark basement working
December 1, 2001, 12:00am

AMANDA RAY

Amanda was recently talking to VICE about the intersection of art and fashion. We assumed jewelry would be the answer. Ray spends most of her time in a dark basement working on her earrings and chains. When she’s not doing that she’s finishing a piece for New York’s miniature club where she, along with a roomful of old ladies, makes incredibly small tea cups and chandeliers. No, when Amanda Ray was talking about the intersection of art and fashion she was talking about cocaine. That was her inspiration for her new collection of coke spoon jewelry. Some are earrings with pentagrams welded to the top. Some are medallions with a miniature moose head. And some are just coke spoons. All of them made us take a second look at people making jewelry in New York and come up with two other favorites.

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Amanda’s Jewelry is available at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on 437 East 9th Street, NYC.

MENDED VEIL

Mended Veil is a line of strikingly uncommon jewelry with a gothic, apocalyptic flair. The newest collection, based on magic, includes captivating pieces such as the bleeding chicken head necklace with matching chicken foot earring, an “abracadabra” necklace, a magician’s cabinet handle bracelet and necklaces made out of foil balls so convincingly crafted they take on a value far greater than real jewels. We love the “Witch’s Rosary” necklace with salamanders, ruby ring, and the ever necessary upside-down cross but the found branch separated into pieces that are then sensitively rehinged into a necklace is another one of MV’s works that demonstrates why the line has become collectible with socialites and crackheads alike.

Mended Veil is available at Barneys or inquiries for availability can be directed to: The News (212) 925-9700 x.114

XERISE

Xerise (pronounced “cerise,” French for “cherry”) is a collection of advanced head shop jewelry. It shares the gaudiness of St. Mark’s jewelry but its craftsmanship and use of real gemstones set it apart from the crap. There is a sexy, fairyland theme to the trees, snakes, and women that are often the basis for the line’s pieces, as well as a definite death-metal and new-romantic influence. Made by NY jewelry designer Nikki Gerakos.

For availability call Xerise (718) 389-3597.