Maybe you’re just not a fan of crystals or bone jewelry. Perhaps you are craving a different type of jewelry: heavy metals like copper and brass and oxidized silver; symbolic imagery; pieces that look simple but are actually quite complex. Velvet Ruins is your new favorite store.

Established in 2014 by Paige Crosson, Velvet Ruins is a store “creating heirloom jewelry for a postmodern world.” The Indianapolis-based artist creates exquisitely weird, gorgeous metal jewelry in collections with titles ranging from “blood + fire” to “dancing in the dark.”

Each piece is handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques, ensuring that every single piece is unique, sturdy, and of a high quality.

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A different take on using the moon in jewelry, this crescent moon is either melting or crying, depending on your point of view. Either way, it’s a unique, gorgeous piece we’d be happy to let drip down our necks. Waning Moon necklace//$60

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Look. At. This. Spoopy. Ghost. How could you NOT want to wear this sweet spirit on your finger forever? Warning: this is a sample piece, so there’s only one! If you want him, come and claim him. Haunted Shield Ring//$80

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Does anyone else think of Daria when they see this necklace? (That’s high praise, by the way). Clarity II necklace//$130

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These earrings are simply stunning. Made of sterling silver, they look like the prettiest physical maps you could ever have dangling from your lobes. From Ash earrings//$65

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Another piece that takes a beloved darkling symbol and gives it new life, this moth ring is both substantial and delicate. Otherworld Moth ring//$125

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Like the moon crossed with a Venus fly trap, the Ether necklace is completely unique in its delicate, sturdy, intricate simplicity. Swoon. Ether necklace//$55

There are quite a few more beautiful pieces in their online store. You can also like Velvet Ruins on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.

All images from Velvet Ruins.

Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore

Nicole has a Master's in English Literature, and is best described as a "sparkly rainbow magical dark feminist cat mermaid unicorn nerd witch." Simple, right? She works in publishing during the day, and for Dear Darkling and Dirge at night. You can stalk her on Instagram.

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