Who do you trust to take grandma’s engagement ring and make it all your own? Michele Mercaldo has been that person for countless couples seeking to redesign family heirlooms using ethically sourced stones and recycled metals. The timeless rings, necklaces and earrings from this MassArt grad—along with those of other designers in her South End shop—have gilded some of the city’s most fervent fans of contemporary trinkets.
276 Shawmut Ave., Boston • (617) 350-7909
2016 Winner: Sophie Hughes
Sophie Hughes’ South End shop Ore has made a big impact on the local jewelry scene while earning national kudos in Glamour, the Zoe Report and Harper’s Bazaar...
- 80 Dartmouth St., Boston
- (617) 247-7426
2017 Winner: April Soderstrom
A former Miss Massachusetts USA competitor, designer April Soderstrom has cornered the market on sparkly pageant bling that’s been sported on stage by recent queens...