Born in Mendocino on her grandparents’ vineyard, TALON founder Emily Hirsch grew up nurtured by vast redwood forests, classic ‘70s vinyl, warm summer nights, the fall grape harvest, and rainy, windswept winters. True hippies, her parents built their own Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic dome on the vineyard where Emily lived for the first years of her life. Emily went on to study biology in college, spent half a year exploring the forests and beaches of Costa Rica and Mexico, and worked in the California wine business before moving to New York. Taking inspiration from the drastic seasons of the East Coast, the brownstones of Brooklyn, and the creative energy of the city, and melding it with the free-spirited, bohemian aesthetic of her youth, she started TALON with the release of an aromatic amulette necklace that combined her love of scent and jewelry. From there, she went on to release full lines of jewelry.

Infused with a dark romanticism, her pieces combine flowing elements that reflect the remote, mystical landscapes of her youth with the urban aesthetic and energy that has always captivated and called out to her—a duality that brings a deeply personal connection to every TALON design. Currently living in Ojai, California, with her husband and young daughter, Emily’s latest work builds on this sense of duality while invoking themes of personal prophecy, whether self fulfilled or not. The result is her Zodiac Collection, featuring 12 signet rings and necklace pendants adorned with astrological images inspired by the search for meaning in the night sky. The silver and brass cast rings and pendants feature carvings rooted in the tradition of astrology, and invert the traditional symbolic display of a family crest with a more cosmic identity. Each heirloom piece of jewelry takes influence from astronomical mythology and imagery, to inspire and celebrate the spirit of its bearer. 

All Talon jewelry is made by hand in California with loving care. For more information email: info (at) talonnyc (dot) com

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