Text: Monica Uszerowicz
Photo: Silja Magg
Make-up: Andrea Helgadottir
Models: India Salvor Menuez, Adinah Dancyger & Chantarelle Menashe Ribes
Last year, when we profiled Kria, Johanna Methusalemsdottír’s line of sustainably-made jewelry, we were taken with its reverence of both mysticism and the natural environment—its muses were so obviously the cyclical pattern of the seasons and the ritualistic adornment of the body.
Kria’s new collection is less about space and more about time, revolving around a Victorian-inspired ring and described by Methusalemsdottír as “punk-nouveau.” With the “Ást is Icelandic for Love” Acrostic Crown Ring is its centerpiece, the designs—reinterpretations of Acrostic design, “beginning in the Georgian period around 1837 and continuing through the end of the reign of Queen Victoria in 1901”—recall pre-Victorian aesthetics, at once soft and bold: chunky charms on thin-banded rings, dangling spike necklaces, and the line’s signature, delicate wishbone iconography, this time in the form of a horseshoe. Consider this, as well: an acrostic is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a particular message, and Kria’s latest collection pieces together a beautiful sort of narrative.
And, as we’ve come to expect, all of Kria’s metals continue to be recycled locally, fashioned by the artisans they’ve worked with since the beginning, and housed in 100% post-consumer recycled packaging.