By Michelle Graff
Teeny-tiny stacking rings, pendant necklaces and stud earrings have been jewelry tradeshow staples over the last few seasons, and it's no wonder. The small size of these pieces means the price is often right for cost-conscious shoppers. In addition, the designs tend to be über versatile, easily stacked and layered with one's existing baubles.

I'm definitely a fan of diminutive designs, so it was a pleasure to check out the latest offerings from Los Angeles-based Stacy Nolan Kottle, the designer behind Nolan. A Tulane University and Gemological Institute of America-educated designer who cut her teeth working with designer-to-the-stars Chris Aire, Kottle debuted the first pieces from her Nolan collection just last year.


The latest designs include bold cuff bracelets and shoulder-grazing earrings featuring the designer's signature heart, flower and star motifs. But among my favorite pieces are those smallest of designs, including miniature peace sign and star-shaped earrings (like these above), plus flower stacking rings (below, click on the photos for a closer look).

NolanRingsStacked  NolanRingsLoose

Also, check out these mini "Wildlife Charm" pendants with diamond accents (below), which range in price from $225 in sterling silver to $488 in 14-karat gold.


From simple, streamlined designs to those packed with detail, it's obvious that good things come in little packages.

For more, visit the designer's Web site,

Get the Daily News >
National Jeweler

Fine Jewelry Industry News

Since 1906, National Jeweler has been the must-read news source for smart jewelry professionals--jewelry retailers, designers, buyers, manufacturers, and suppliers. From market analysis to emerging jewelry trends, we cover the important industry topics vital to the everyday success of jewelry professionals worldwide. National Jeweler delivers the most urgent jewelry news necessary for running your day-to-day jewelry business here, and via our daily e-newsletter, website and other specialty publications, such as "The State of the Majors." National Jeweler is published by Jewelers of America, the leading nonprofit jewelry association in the United States.