PLAITLY

Jewelry Shaped by the Sun for Life's Special Moments

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About PLAITLY

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Wearable Art that Tells a Story

The accessories we choose to wear are part of the many ways we express ourselves. I am a firm believer that your jewelry should have a meaningful story behind it. The idea behind the Heliodon Jewelry collection came from my desire to find a way to keep special memories close. Minimal and simple in form, each piece is meant to capture the essence of a moment. Like a haiku, it captures a mood embodied in three elements: a location, a date, and a time of day. At the heart of these elements is the angle of the sun.

As an architect, I am always inspired by the relationship between objects and the natural environment, especially how sun angles impact the design of buildings. Using architectural software to accurately visualize the sun angle, I use the location, date, and time chosen by you to create a unique shape for each piece of jewelry in the Heliodon Collection. No two pieces are exactly alike!

My design process combines digital technologies, such as scripting physics simulations and 3d-printing computer models, with handmade techniques, such as lost wax metal casting. PLAITLY jewelry explores the ongoing and constantly evolving relationship between virtual and physical processes to redefine what it means for jewelry to be “handcrafted” in a digital age. I believe that the inspiration behind your jewelry combined with the process of how it was made creates a meaningful piece with a compelling story behind it.

PLAITLY uses high-quality recycled metals, which reduces the need to mine new precious metals. The metals in PLAITLY jewelry are recycled in the USA and free of toxins including lead, cadmium and mercury. They are also nickel-free for sensitive skin. All pieces are made-to-order, which reduces inventory and waste. Embracing slow fashion allows me to create quality jewelry for you that is well worth the wait (I promise!)

When you purchase any piece from the Heliodon Collection, 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a non-profit organization that uses the power of the sun to develop and deliver innovative solar solutions in answer to the urgent needs of the world’s energy poor—giving them the opportunity to vastly improve their quality of life and pursue their dreams.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to design jewelry for you to commemorate the special moments in your life!

XO, Caroline

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  • Caroline

    Owner, Designer, Dog Lover

    Architect, classical pianist, jewelry designer. When I'm not designing, one of my favorite things is cuddling with my little Shih Tzu, Ashley.

Production partners

  • A jewelry casting company

    New York, NY

    High-quality 3d-printing equipment and metal casting by hand using premium recycled metals.

  • Shapeways

    Long Island, NY

    Shapeways provides 3d printing services for designers.

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