For Sarah Loertscher, discovering jewelry design at age 19 was a little bit like falling in love. She had always been an artistic person, so when she packed her bags for Ball State University, she figured she would major in something like graphic design. But then she took survey course in metalsmithing—and, BAM, that was it for her.
“I remember thinking ‘Oh, this is what it’s like to find a partner’—to have this very clear path that’s going to be a part of you,” she recalls. So what form did her romance take? She wanted to craft functional pieces that didn’t require much material, and, inspired by the gridded power lines and structurally simple silos of her Indiana upbringing, she honed in on a clean-lined, almost-austere vibe. And though Sarah left her home state 2006, making her way to Seattle for an apprenticeship and staying to run her own business, her aesthetic roots are still a couple thousand miles east.
It was also hugely important to her that her hexagonal bracelets and asymmetrical earrings spoke to her inner tomboy. “I realized I could create jewelry that someone like me would like to wear, that’s not necessarily feminine or frilly,” she says. —julie alvin
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