Dana Reed is a local Chicago artist who began designing jewelry while earning her degree in Graphic Design. Her hobby quickly grew into a business in 2002 and after ten years in business her collection has evolved from beaded to metalsmithed jewelry. Mixing metals and textures can be found throughout her collections. Dana's hand-forged jewelry is an effortless marriage of sophisticated minimalism with a hint of urban edge. Her designs are feminine and unique. She is inspired by different cultures, nature and art. She studied in Rome, Italy for a year and attributes her artistic motivation to the European culture. She combines the exotic elements of many cultures with art deco influenced geometrics and ultrachic textures.
Stroke of Luck
The horseshoe is one of the best-known good-luck charms, and has been for centuries. In the middle ages, a trio of horseshoes would be nailed above a sick person's bed to bring on a speedy recovery. And superstitious sailors believed that attaching a horseshoe to the mast of their ships would help their vessels safely navigate through tumultuous waters. Even today, the horseshoe's iconic scooped shape is still considered to be a symbol of hope and prosperity, and it can be seen hung above doorways around the world to bring good fortune to the occupants inside.
Inspired by this powerful omen's lucky charms, Chicago-based jewelry designer Dana Reed created this series of sophisticated pieces that evokes the horseshoe's iconic shape in a subtly beautiful fashion. In this delicate cuff, bands of shimmering sterling silver are hammered into a u-shape and bound with twists of fine14 karat rose-gold-filled thread, hinting at the horseshoe's well-known shape for double the luck. Don it everyday to increase your chances of warding off misfortune, or spread the luck around by giving the piece to a friend in need. Handmade in Chicago.
For more variations on the lucky horseshoe theme, see the artist's entire collection here!
Made in the USA
also by Dana Reed