This Week I Love …

Veronica Riley Martens.

Here’s a jewelry designer and Etsy vendor who has been in my favorites list for over THREE YEARS and yet I haven’t made a purchase. I blame it on the fact that I’m typically in love with at least three pieces at at time and can’t narrow it down to one. Her designs are bold, graphic, fun, and playful. Right up my alley.

Veronica is based in Chicago and I’ve seen her work in boutiques in the Chicago ‘burbs (Asinamali) and even here in the Twin Cities area (La Rue Marche). Of her designs she says, “Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind statement necklaces made from tagua nuts. Tagua nuts are eco-friendly, organic nuts that come from palm trees in the rainforest. The nuts are dried, sliced/cut into various shapes and dyed. I then combine different textures, colors, shapes and sizes to create unique, mosaic, one-of-a-kind creations. I also use other natural and organic materials, such as recycled paper, bone, horn and wood.”


Shades of Blue and Green – $75

Mixed Color Tagua Nut Necklace – $95

Red Tagua Necklace – $58


Black Red Gray Necklace – $38


Long Necklace with Fringe – $46

Her pieces are chunky and modern, but so sophisticated. I just adore her aesthetic. Veronica says she’s got plenty of bracelets and earrings but not enough time to list them, so drop her a note if you’re interested!

Originally posted 2013-04-03 06:55:16.

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6 Responses to “This Week I Love …”

  1. Amy

    I love Veronica’s work. I have 4 of her necklaces and some earrings. I wear a lot of black and it’s a great way to add a splash of color to an outfit. Her prices are reasonable. If you’re in the Chicago area, look for her at art fairs and festivals.

  2. Caryl

    Her jewelry is gorgeous – very talented. Most of my pieces are from Etsy and I especially like hers. Thanks for sharing!