Smoke and Mirrors: Designer Cannabis Jewelry to Elevate Any WardrobeNoël DuanAugust 28, 2017
The iconic cannabis leaf—usually seven-point in imagery—doesn’t look so different from other less controversial florabotanica iconography that inspires jewelry designs daily. So, not surprisingly, even people who don’t know their indica from their sativa are collecting and wearing herb-inspired pieces, supporting brands that are using their designs to advocate for marijuana legalization. “Most of my [muses] rock the Sweet Leaf, even if they aren’t cannabis users,” fine jeweler Jacquie Aiche told Leafly.
“As business owners in the cannabis industry, we each have a responsibility to move this industry forward in the best manner possible,” Genifer Murray, co-founder of Genifer M, adds. “We aim to create a space in which you can fully express your beliefs, hopes and passion for the healing properties of cannabis with the mission to make a difference in people’s lives. It shatters traditional perceptions of cannabis to reverse 90 years of the propaganda in mainstream culture.”
The next time you’re looking for new bling, start with these five fashion-conscious brands—they give new meaning to the phrase “statement jewelry.”
Jacquie Aiche: If You Wanna Be Like Rihanna
Aiche counts celebrity stoner Rihanna as one of her muses and customers, which is why her Sweet Leaf collection, which includes a $2075 carved body chain, hits Rihanna-level price points, too. (Other muses include models Alessandra Ambrosio, Chanel Iman, Emily Ratajkowski, and Ana Beatriz Barros.) The designs come in three metal finishes: 14K yellow gold, 14K white gold, and of course, 14K rose gold. “The leaf makes people happy, and so [do] diamonds and gold,” Aiche tells Leafly. “I think the major change is the more destigmatized cannabis is, [the] more people are less afraid to wear their Sweet Leaf pieces in public.”
Genifer M: If You and Your BFF Want Matching Pendants
This collection was founded by a father-daughter team—and we all wish our dads had this much good taste.
Genifer Murray co-founded one of the first cannabis testing labs in the United States in 2010 and wanted to represent the marijuana industry in a “non-threatening and elegant way” while she was lobbying. Enter her father, a technically trained gemologist who made a 2.5K diamond pave indica leaf lapel for Murray to wear with her suits.
“I wore the pin everywhere and could see it was not only changing minds, but starting conversations with people that traditionally wouldn’t openly discuss or inquire about cannabis,” she tells Leafly. You can still get lapel pins for as low as $30—and they even come in CBD- and THC-molecule types, too, for the nerdiest among us. Genifer M now offers necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cufflinks, chains, and, yes, some clothing. The Modern Leaf design, which is sold in five-point or seven-point leaves, is the most popular design.
High Society Collection: If You Wear Your Smoke Gear as Bling
Portland-based High Society Collection is best known for its structural roach clip jewelry, but you can also find a few purely decorative options like these $140 Globe & Tassel earrings. And yet, why would you need them when you could get these Marni-lookalike Mary Jane’s Earrings that are also pinchers for only $45? Many of these pieces are gold-dipped and gold-plated brass, which means you could unobtrusively wear them to work—or dinner with your in-laws—without arousing any suspicions.
Founder and designer Erin Rose Gardner studied metalsmithing and jewelry at the University of Oregon and has been exhibited internationally at Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Norton Museum of Fine Art in West Palm Beach, and more. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Portland area, the studio offers beginner jewelry-making workshops, too—though these seem to be for simple stacking rings. Roach clips should probably be left to the experts.
IGWT: If You’re Ilana from Broad City
This Brooklyn-based jewelry brand, founded by Shana Tabor, prides itself on being manufactured locally in the United States. The cannabis-themed jewelry pieces are limited—wander into the Brooklyn or Portland brick-and-mortar shops and you’ll probably get sidetracked by the pendants with pithy sayings like “I Woke Up Like This” or “Bless This Mess.”
But don’t overlook the Kush stud earrings and necklaces, which come in 14K gold or sterling silver and are classics for any minimalist’s wardrobe. IGWT even sells a brass Zippo lighter that you can get personalized, just to make sure no one “borrows” it.
Sweetflag: If You Wore Millennial Pink Before It Was Cool
Co-founders Luren Jenison and Lydia Okrent knew that cannabis could profoundly elevate your lifestyle—they just didn’t think the products on the market were aesthetically elevating, especially for the type of person who uses the word “curate” to describe their lifestyle. Hence Sweetflag.
There are gorgeous accessories for before, during, and after your smoke, from a rose gold grinder, to a Golden Snitch-shaped orb to store your stash, to color therapy glasses to alter your perspective in another way. The earrings that Sweetflag sells are designed by artists Claire O’Keefe and Eugenia Oliva in Spain—using freshly picked plants from large magnolia leaves to sweeping olive branches, they prove that cannabis-inspired style doesn’t mean slapping a straight-up cannabis leaf on everything. Do tag us on Instagram if you buy anything.