Mary Had a Little Roach
Form, meet function. Jeweler and metalsmith Erin Rose Gardner's sleek, pretty pendant was inspired by the roaring '20s, the bohemian '60s, and something more personal: Mom's roach clip. "As a child I thought this thing was a toy," Erin says. (Her mom stored the disused tool—designed to keep smokers from burning their fingers on the last of a joint—lodged in a potted plant's soil for posterity.) "When my parents separated, my mom forgot her roach clip in the plant, so I took it. I lost it within four hours and never told her." Shaped by hand with a hammer and anvil, this working gold-plated necklace is Erin's way of bringing the tiny token back to life. Handmade in Portland, Oregon.