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Brinker and Eliza Higgins are a mother/daughter duo who have been making things together for years: patched up denim jackets, charm-covered barrettes, earrings, necklaces, bedazzled ski race helmets (…it was the early 2000s).

Brinker, a trained metalsmith, designed her own line of jewelry for a decade. Eliza worked in fashion merchandising for nine years. During this time, the pair made one-off pieces for friends and family as a hobby. In 2017, they added a plus sign between their names and set Brinker + Eliza live to the world.

Today, Brinker + Eliza jewelry is made by hand in the Higgins’ hometown Connecticut studio. Their hope is that, when someone wears a Brinker + Eliza piece, it feels like it was designed especially for them. When they’re not drilling holes into shells and wrapping tissue around baroque pearls, the two are likely to be found hunting for sea glass or skiing (sans sparkly helmets, unfortunately), depending on the season.