Born-and-bred Angeleno Paige Cheyne didn’t set out to make jewelry, but she will admit to always having a “DIY attitude about everything.” She graduated from sewing her own clothes in high school to taking metalsmithing classes for fun while working on her degree in cognitive science at UC Berkeley—and somewhere along the way, she realized she’d semi-accidentally created a new career path for herself.
“I never even really wore jewelry before I started making my own—what I enjoy most is the process,” explains Paige. For her, that means going on regular adventures to rocky deserts and art museums to get ideas for her negative-space-centric pendants and rock-formation-esque earrings and then sanding down and compressing wax forms to make her final molds. She started selling her pieces in 2015 and still produces everything in L.A.’s jewelry district, conveniently located two train stops from her house. It’s just one of the many reasons she’s planning to stick around her sunny hometown, she says: “It’s so nice to be able to meet people in person and form connections—I don’t think I can ever leave!” Truly an L.A. story if there ever was one.