I rarely wear jewelry. Other than my Nana’s diamond studs, I’m seldom inclined to adorn myself. Recently though, I discovered that a dear childhood friend had become half of a pair of jewelry makers who are making elegant pieces that I’d call modern meets native. Organic, raw materials are blended with shiny metals for a unique yet timeless feel. These won’t go out of style. I love the look and feel and have been wearing my own Whim necklace quite often.
Whim is a merger of Philadelphia area artisans Jaime Sosonkin (whom I first watched Sid and Nancy with many moons ago) and Rebecca Longsdorf. Both mothers, they each started jewelry-making on their own until their worlds repeatedly collided about six months ago and Whim was born. In describing their collaboration, Jaime explained, ”We are both mothers on an endless journey of teaching our children the important things in life: love, integrity, peace, and creativity! We spend countless moments playing, laughing, and creating jewelry with our families in sight. We wonder if this is real, when we are watching the business blossom, all the while our children get to spend time with each other and us.” The jewelry line, and its production, is truly inspiring.
This beautiful cycle of creativity, inspired and stoked by the presence of love and youth is evident in the ladies’ craft. Organic, raw stones and crystals decorate brilliant metals and in perfectly balanced bracelets and necklaces. Whim’s adornments are equally appropriate with jeans or a gown. Their materials are usually recycled, passed down from friends, or involve vintage finds. New materials are American made.
The Whim duo has recently donated their work to the Prayers for my Sister fundraiser, helping to raise money for a young woman with spindle cell carcinoma, an extremely rare form of soft tissue cancer. They “treasure the opportunity to be as part of awareness and change” and intend to be involved in more charitable events in the future.
Still young, (as a business and at heart) Whim is focusing this year on branding, craft and trade shows, and expanding. They are currently participating in a contest to hopefully be awarded a place in 3rd Ward Philly’s Summer Showcase, take a second to vote and help this grassroots operation get some well deserved recognition!
The Whim line is currently selling in several boutiques in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Also available at their Etsy Shop, Whim’s handmade jewelry is remarkably priced at only $15 to $45 apiece! Better yet, these lovely ladies are offering a discount to Takes a Village readers…..
Whim is offering our reader 15% off of their already affordable prices! Simply enter the code village15 at checkout!