Erin Claus isn’t afraid to take her time getting things right. Pretty far along in her graphic-design degree at SUNY New Paltz, the Long Island native realized she had another calling and decided it was worth staying at school a little longer to switch to a metalsmithing degree. While honing her welding and lost-wax carving skills, she developed an interest in re-inventing the minimal, classic jewelry shapes that she’d always been drawn to—and, when she wasn’t bending brass to her will, spent time amidst the plant wildlife around the school’s idyllic upstate New York campus.
After graduating, Erin moved to Brooklyn and continued her training working for some of the borough’s coolest jewelers, like Erin Considine and Fay Andrada. “I had never really made wearable jewelry before, so it was kind of the perfect segway into production and what it meant to make multiples of something,” she explains. Originally the idea of running her own business wasn’t super-appealing to Erin, but creating a cohesive collection of wildflower-engraved signet rings and angular earrings gave her the push she needed. She launched Claus jewelry in 2014, re-located to Montclair, New Jersey in 2017, and true to form, has taken a considered approach to building up a committed—and equally floral-obsessed—following.
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