Gold is the metal of choice for five local jewelry lines that are worthy of national attention.


(1) Yung Bagley wire crochet essonite garnet necklace, $132, at Public I, 1923 W. Division St.
(2) Jill Alberts rose-cut diamond pendant with mint quartz drop on a 14-karat chain, $1,365, at Sweet William, 15 E. 1st St., Hinsdale
(3) K. Amato Jewelry Dearborn necklace, $60, at Red Head Boutique, 3450 N. Southport Ave.;
(4) Lana Unlimited Eclipse necklace with diamond, $561, at Neiman Marcus, 737 N. Michigan Ave.;
(5) M&B Vintage ball chain, $180, with hand-engraved gold disk, $240, and hand-cut Illinois state map charm, $310;


In her spare time, ad agency production designer Yung Bagley uses filled gold and semiprecious stones to create Asian-inspired earrings and necklaces.

Favored by celebrities and a mainstay of national style pages, Highland Park resident Jill Alberts’s line offers an elegant, ladylike look.

Kristen Amato’s broad assortment of trend-inspired jewelry maintains a flirty, feminine look at a refreshingly affordable price.

Lana Fertelmeister’s bold yet delicate gold pieces sparked a furor after Cameron Diaz wore them on a Hollywood red carpet.

Authors, best buddies, and M&B Vintage founders Barri Leiner and Marie Moss produce instant heirlooms inspired by flea market finds.

Photography: Necklaces Tyllie Barbosa, Fertelmeister Akin Girav, all others courtesy of the designers