Clever accessories inspired by nature. By Amanda Bedgood
Jewelry pieces influenced by Cajun country are not hard to find. But ones with a truly cool look and utterly Louisiana flavor are a bit more rare. And so we were happy to find four such pieces that pay homage to our favorite place in the world and remain totally fashion forward.
Photos by Robin May
Gators have gone mainstream as of late thanks to those people in the swamp shooting and skinning them every week on national TV. We prefer our gators with a little less blood. This clever open mouth alligator ring from Vanessa V., $12, is a great addition to a rock ’n’ roll look.
For a chic take on the much-loved iconic Southern bloom — the magnolia — we looked to Artisan Jewelry where Grayson Carroll crafted this gem of a piece. A statement ring by definition, this magnolia gives a bold flavor to the most demure of flowers. Ring $875.
The Pelican State was surely the inspiration for this Mimosa by M.E. necklace, $50, found at Red Arrow Workshop. The folks at the newly opened store had a few choices of the state’s iconic bird, but we found this bronze one to be just what we’d add to fall’s boho look. Layer with a long gold necklace and some Frye boots.
Oysters did more than inspire this piece from Andy’s Jewelry. This mother of pearl creation is crafted from an oyster and could easily go from day to night. Bracelet, $285.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.