I have a crush on simple, but whimsical jewels. Case in point, remember this post? Or this one? Once again, Berkeley serves as home to a really cute shop that makes the simple and whimsical pieces that I find myself crush on. MXM Jewelry, owned by Peizhu Huang and Ximao Miao has a pretty cute origin story that began when Peizhu was a first-year design student. Her final assignment for her Identity 1 class required a logo design for a business. Out came the entire concept for the store, with the same logo that they still use to this day. While Peizhu (r) serves as the designer and point-person in charge for taking the orders, Ximao (l) is the metalsmith behind the operations. Every charm from MXM has been sketched by Peizhu, then handcrafted by Ximao either in their Oakland home’s garage or their tiny studio in the back of the store. Each piece is carefully made by Ximao, who’s such a perfectionist that he’ll restart a piece from scratch if it doesn’t turn out just as he imagined.
Their first pieces were their super-cute pinwheel, paper airplane, and butterfly — all of which are still in rotation. Since then, they’ve ventured to make Pacman themed earrings, modern bar necklaces, and a California charm necklace that’s the nicest one I’ve seen so far.
Their nearly two-years-old Berkeley storefront features a small selection of their wares, but if you’re hankering for something that you don’t see on their handmade shelves, the duo can most likely make it.
1918 M.L.K. Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704