THE EDITOR Digital director Leah Chernikoff
THE LOVE Foundrae Necklace, $1,750
I first discovered Foundrae’s unique enamel jewelry via ELLE’s former accessories director Maria Duenas Jacobs. She was wearing one of the brand’s cigar band rings, and I loved the boldness of the primary red enamel, the unique shape, and the symbolism—her ring blared “FUERZA.”
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That was at least two years ago. What followed was a long courtship of me thinking wistfully of Foundrae jewelry but also not wanting to spend the hefty price tag that comes with it. This is fine jewelry!
Then I had a baby. I was in labor for three days. And afterward, I decided to treat myself. So with designer Beth Bugdaycay’s help, I created a necklace that felt incredibly special, that would always remind me of my daughter and that I would wear and treasure every day. I layered an “A” charm (for my daughter, Ada) over the karma charm (which is not necessarily something I believe in, I just happened to like the symbol) in a deep blue enamel. I do indeed wear it every day—it’s nice to wear something every day that reminds you of the people you love most.