Charlottesville Insider

Man giving woman engagement ring

Gabriel Ofiesh:

Expect the unexpected. A self-taught metalsmith, Ofiesh creates pieces that push the boundaries of jewelry design—think square rings or hoop earrings with a garland of diamonds “orbiting” their center.


Tavia Brown:

Through the juxtaposition of light and dark, soft and rough, boho and industrial, Brown works to explore life’s dualities through her jewelry. As in a custom titanium engagement ring, which mixes her signature vine texture with heavy metal and a purple patina.


Lee Marraccini:

His downtown shop, Angelo, is the perfect showcase for Marraccini’s contemporary pieces. Often blurring the line between personal adornment and artwork, he refers to the store as a “jewelry gallery,” where clients can appreciate his peers’ work as well as his own.


Jason McLeod:

McLeod’s jewelry often explores themes of “time travel, the edges of reality, the questioning of impossibilities, the notion of self-evidence, and love.” Thus, his designs often play around with shape, texture, and mixed metals.