2018 Best Jewelry, Boston
This bauble shop shines all the brighter in its new sunlit digs on Tremont Street, the perfect showcase for Sophie Hughes’s stunning hand-forged jewelry. As beautiful as the craftswoman’s opal necklaces and diamond necklaces are on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts: Made with antique tools for an appealingly rough-hewn texture, her work features recycled metals, reclaimed gems, and other ethically sourced materials.
2017 Best Jewelry Designer, Boston
It’s all about craftsmanship for Sophie Hughes, who uses recycled precious metals and reclaimed diamonds to fashion each of her masterpieces by hand. The MassArt grad, whose boutique also proffers work from other local artisans, continues to win us over with her moon-shaped earrings, pared-down necklaces, and graceful bangles.
2016 Best Jewelry Designer, Boston
Sophie Hughes’s boutique is a trove of trendy mixed-metal bracelets, stackable rings, and delicate earrings, all done in the artisan’s minimalist style. By using high- quality recycled gold, silver, and gemstones, Hughes ensures her jewelry is not just beautiful but also ethically and environmentally sound.
2015 Best Engagement Rings, Boston
This young designer forges rings from start to finish in her studio using recycled metals and reclaimed or ethically sourced gems. Choose a ready-made design or meet with Hughes to get creative. From classic shiny bands to one-of-a-kind baubles, the possibilities are endless. (She’ll even fuse metals together for a two-tone match made in heaven.) Hughes is adept with old miner stones, too, so incorporating Grandma’s diamonds won’t be a problem.
2014 Best Everyday Jewelry, Boston
Sophie Hughes’s charming South End store and workshop is stocked with her own designs (handforged sterling silver hoops, oxidized-silver-and-18-karat-gold cuffs), as well as with covetable pieces from emerging jewelers near and far (Hannah Blount, Todd Pownell, Emilie Shapiro). Leather handbags from Meg Erickson, MCMC perfumes, and other high-end accents round out the thoughtful selection for a look that’s on-trend as well as unique and handmade.