Samantha Powell of Sam Peploe Jewelry helps any wanderer travel light with minimal designs that have heavy impact.

 

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Samantha Powell launches Sam Peploe Jewelry, a line of handmade pieces that provide lightweight, high-impact style for the free spirit on-the-go. Photography by ASA TAYLOR.

Samantha Powell launches Sam Peploe Jewelry, a line of handmade pieces that provide lightweight, high-impact style for the free spirit on-the-go. Photography by ASA TAYLOR.

Before the epiphany, she had an extremely tough year. London-raised and LA-based musician Samantha Powell found herself filled with ennui until a friend asked her to help an accessories designer with her jewelry line. During the brief part-time gig, Samantha delved into crafting handmade pieces. When her music picked back up, as music inevitably does, she put her newly discovered skills aside and only occasionally made pieces for close friends.

Almost a year later, Samantha’s mother got diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, she was able to be with her through her recovery in France. On the way back home to LA, everything changed.

“I suddenly felt very fortunate and super inspired,” Samantha reveals. “The ground beneath my feet had been shaken, but something positive emerged through the cracks. I couldn’t sleep at night. All these jewelry designs kept popping into my head. I wanted to create something that lasted – that was meaningful for women’s health and well being.

I stumbled across rose quartz, which is considered a healing stone and great for the heart. I’ve used it in many pieces. This then led to other ideas like volcanic lava beads for men, which signify fortification, productivity and grounding.”

At this point, jewelry was taking on a life of its own. Being a bohemian at heart inspired by the sunlit free spirit California vibe, Samantha began making pieces perfect for the boho jet set, or Gypset: people who are well-traveled, creatively entrepreneurial and culturally aware. Her pieces began blending a soulful earthiness with reverence for high fashion and editorial style.

She eventually named the line Sam Peploe, after her grandfather “Peploe” who lived and loved until 95 years old. Along with her filial influence, Samantha found her acumen for music playing a part in her designs.

“Having worked my whole life in music, it’s almost second nature to be aware of every detail you put out there. Whether audio or visual, each detail represents your personal style, message, or emotions.”

“Accessories are the details that say so much without having to explain yourself in a literal way, just like a song. I hope my pieces give the wearer a sense of individuality. I do bespoke pieces and even tailor current pieces according to an individual’s ideas or taste. People really appreciate something personally made for them with some genuine thought behind it.”

“Having said that, I make a lot of pieces that I myself love, but can’t find in the stores. That, combined with materials that have specific meanings and benefits to the wearer, such as semi precious stones, represent aspects I would wish for myself or my loved ones.” – Nicole JAMES

 

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Samantha Powell wearing jewelry from her line Sam Peploe, named after her grandfather.