DRU. was the winner of our Fifth Edition of THENEXTNOW competition. The collection was born out of a desire to create meaning and make sense out of life’s complexities. The designer Thea Miller is drawn to duality: the fragile lines separating the light and the dark and the interplay of the two. Distinct in its authenticity, DRU. oftentimes uses irony and humor to reveal truth. Like the hidden meanings in many of the pieces, there are also subtle details that are meant to engage one’s curiosity and wonder: colored gemstones in unexpected places and unique shapes that play with structure and architecture.
From the whimsical to the bold, DRU. jewelry is designed to foster connectivity and instill a sense of protection—whether it be from the painful or just the mundane. The wearer should feel braver, stronger, and more able to tackle what seems insurmountable. Thea's inspiration comes from the women and men who wear her jewelry--their struggles, fears, and feelings, for it is these truths that bind us to one another.