Marty Casey created his silver jewelry collection by fusing music and fashion – a ROCK STAR hit! In 2005, Casey skyrocketed to fame after being named runner-up on reality show Rock Star: INXS. Then he hit the jackpot and got a record deal with Sony/Epic. Best known as a talented songwriter and performer, Casey has utilized his creative skills in music to inspire the designs of his jewelry. Made of .925 sterling silver, the jewelry is not only fine quality but also hip – think rock star glam. The collection also includes accessories such as hand-crocheted knit scarves (60% bamboo and 40% metallic) along with leather goods.
The collections are named after Casey’s hit songs including “Trees,” and “I See Stars.” The first item of the Stars collection is a silver dog tag necklace with a tree on it, which benefits one of Casey’s favorite organizations – “American Forests.” Thousands of trees have been planted. Casey’s Co-Designer, Fashionista Marla Lenza Zegart, told me, “Giving back rocks.” The “Wow Factor” award goes to the silver ring from the Universe & Stars collection, which is hand wrapped with 2.5 yards of silver string (Santa – don’t forget me this year). Pieces from the collection can be found at the Art Institute of Chicago gift shop along with the Morton Arboretum.
At the trunk show, Casey unveiled a “Gothic” cross pendant (experimenting with new metal, this item is made of brass metal in silver finish with 3mm of natural black onyx cabochons) designed by band mate Dino Kourelis. Casey and his band “The Lovehammers” performed at the trunk show, including one song with Garrett, an eleven year-old fan who plays in a local band named Point Blank (check out the clip on YouTube).
Having gained popularity on the rock star reality show, Casey has an international fan base that not only buys his music but also his jewelry. Look for the release of a new album by The Lovehammers early next year. They will perform at the House of Blues on March 10, 2012 – don’t miss it!
For additional information, please visit silverelementscollection.com.
Photos: Marty Casey/Silver Elements and Second City Style