Usually hunting for a perfect souvenir is a daunting, seemingly insurmountable task. Not so in Portland, where Sticks & Stones Jewelry—a Woodlark Co-Conspirator—crafts modern, bold designs that make a great keepsake from your time in the Pacific Northwest.
The brand centers around using reclaimed exotic woods, elk antler sheds, fine metals, seashells and gemstones to construct one-of-a-kind, sustainable pieces. Behind the brand is founder and owner Ben Posin, who describes himself as fairly simple, t-shirt and jeans kind of man: he appreciates clean lines, solid colors, and old-school hats. His jewelry designs, like his personal aesthetic, are deceptively simple. Each piece goes from idea, to sketch, to prototype only after passing intense scrutiny of wear-ability, durability and style.
At Sticks & Stones Jewelry’s Old Town boutique in central Portland, you’ll find a variety of different types of jewelry, including wooden-based rings, necklaces, cufflinks, tie bars, bracelets and earrings. Posen soaks each hand-sanded piece in an oil-based blend for three weeks to form its distinctive appearance.
And just because it’s a jewelry company doesn’t mean it’s only for the ladies, either. On the contrary, Posin’s wooden, geometric pieces are decidedly unisex, and Posin prides himself on creating items that would appeal to both men and women. The double-finger rings, in particular, have become extremely popular, appearing in magazine spreads and on fashionable lads and ladies all over town. But Posin’s personal favorite piece is a the fossilized megalodon shark tooth, estimated to be 10-20 million years old, set with a black diamond and 18k yellow gold bezel. And while some styles may seem a bit more feminine or masculine than others, he’s steadfast in his belief in empowering individuals to express themselves however they please. Who says a woman can’t wear cufflinks, after all?
Guests at Woodlark can find a curated selection of Sticks & Stones pieces in the hotel lobby. Sticks & Stones Jewelry: 427 NW 6th Ave.; 503-477-9894