All the pieces of jewelry that I’ve loved for years have one thing in common, they have the ability to elevate a basic look to chic instantaneously. I don’t view jewelry pieces as add-ons, rather as indispensable parts of an ensemble. Lucky22 fits that bill, making it my current favorite obsession. All the items from the jewelry line are things you can build a whole ensemble around. I first saw a necklace from Lucky22, the brainchild of Michele Costa on Michele; my first thought then was how the gold and black tusk shaped pendant would make any basic t-shirt come to life. When I asked Michele where she had gotten the necklace, she casually responded, “I made it.” Ever since I’ve met Michele, I’ve been a vocal admirer of her style and often get major outfit-envy whenever I see her. So while I was surprised to learn about her hidden skill, I was more excited about the fact that I could finally add some of her aesthetic to my wardrobe. At the time Lucky22 was at its nascence and served primarily as a creative outlet, fast forward a year later Lucky22 is now a custom jewelry shop.
What makes Lucky22 so special is that each piece is inspired by people who are close to Michele and the unique places she sources her supplies. When describing her hunt for jewelry materials, it sounds like a treasure hunt, whether it’s a farmer’s market, estate sale, a bead store or Etsy, Michele is meticulous about quality and the distinctiveness of the materials acquired for Lucky22. In addition to creating with only the best ingredients, Michele tells me, “I make pieces that I like and I think are cool,” so there’s nothing in her collection that Michele won’t wear herself. Also, I’m learning there’s nothing from Lucky22 that I wouldn’t wear and I’m sure this is the case for most people who know the brand. Hence, it makes only sense that some of the people on my Christmas list this year have something from Lucky22 underneath their Christmas tree; identities will be held in order to retain the surprise.
In addition to making jewelry for individuals, Lucky22 also creates pieces for charitable organizations. Seriously as if you needed another reason to love this brand. Recently, they partnered with the Lilabean foundation to make mother and daughter necklaces for a silent auction at the charity’s annual ball. LilaBean’s current mission is to “identify and fund projects at the Children’s National Medical Centers’ Brain Tumor Institute (BTI).”
If you’d like to see more Lucky22 pieces, make an order for yourself, a loved one, or your organization’s charity event contact Michele Costa email: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: 202.308.3723