IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Dries Van Noten Faux Pearl Embellished Necklace

Yep, it’s another choker, this time from Dries Van Noten. The piece, “is studded with faux pearls in an array of sizes for subtle contrast. The choker-style piece looks stunning worn with up-swept hair.”

It looks to me as though it sits a bit oddly but it’s definitely a different take on both pearls and chokers.

The piece is made of brass and acrylic, and sells for €645.

Dries van Noten choker 1 Dries van Noten choker 2

Jewel of the day: Saint Laurent Rubans Clip Earrings

Yves Saint Laurent is, sadly, gone. As is his first name on his namesake line. Now known merely as Saint Laurent they’ve had a run of renewed popularity lately in the accessories arena (mostly with bags).

These earrings are a cross between 80s Studio 54 (when there was still a Y in SL) and the working girl matte gold of the 90s. Put them together and they make a great pair of wearable earrings with a designer pedigree.

However, pedigrees come with a price and these are retailing for USD$1,095.

Saint Laurent Rubans Clip Earrings

Jewel of the day: Jason Wu Choker Pearl Necklace

One of the favourite designers of outgoing first lady Michelle Obama, Jason Wu recently added costume jewellery to his mix. And he’s big on pearls for fall 2016 (and I can’t believe it nearly IS fall.)

This clean and understated choker (there’s that trend again) “fastens” with a single offset pearl. Simple and effective.

This sells for USD$875 from Wu’s site.

Jason Wu Pearl choker

Jewel of the day: Polly Wales Ourika Shield Ring

I am obsessed with one day owning a piece of jewellery from Britain’s Polly Wales, preferable one of her rings. Though I am fascinated with the bands, I would happily take this, dubbed Ourika.

Wales explains, “The Ourika Shield features a central brilliant cut aqua sapphire amid a geometric textured patterning of further rainbow sapphires and small baguette diamonds.   All stones are cast directly into the surface of this talisman-like ring.” It is shown in 18k yellow gold featuring 2.7 carats of sapphires and .4 carats of diamonds. At its widest, it is 19mm, tapering to 3 mm. It can be custom ordered in single colour sapphires or your choice of colour combinations.

This sells for USD$9,900.

Polly Wales Ourika Shield Ring

Jewel of the day: Gitte Soee Osiris Bracelet

Danish jewellery always seems to have a cool modernist edge to it. Well, at least the kind to which I’m drawn. (Though this Scandinavian piece apparently references the Egyptian pyramids – go figure.)

This bracelet is in sandblasted sterling silver with a rhodium finish, and is by Gitte Soee. It sells for 415.

Gitte Soee Osiris Bracelet

Jewel of the day: Irene Neuwirth Double Pink Tourmaline 18k Rose Gold Pendant

The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts recently did collaborations with a wide range of artists to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Part of the “Wear LACMA” collection, this pendant by Irene Neuwirth is made of 6.03 carats of pink tourmalines in two shades set in an 18k rose gold pendant frame. All of the pieces in the Wear LACMA collection were inspired by pieces held by the museum. Neuwirth’s inspiration was a German enamel and jewel encrusted snuff box.

The collaboration story: Irene Neuwirth has created a pendant with two pink tourmalines (6.03 carats) set in 18-karat rose gold for Wear LACMA: 50th Anniversary Edition.Established in 2003, Irene Neuwirth is a contemporary luxury jewelry company based in Los Angeles. A Southern California native, Neuwirth naturally finds inspiration for her unique and sophisticated designs from the ocean. Her timeless statement pieces often feature bold colors and raw, unmanufactured stones. In 2014, she won the CFDA Award and the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design, and has been featured in several distinguished fashion publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Neuwirth was inspired by an exquisite snuffbox, seen here, once owned King Frederick II of Prussia. Captivating detail and astonishing craftsmanship have ensured the eternal appeal of these exquisite containers, so fashionable in 18th-century Europe.

Wear LACMA: 50th Anniversary Edition: Wear LACMA is an art and fashion project featuring limited-edition pieces created by some of Los Angeles’s top designers and inspired by the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions. These one-of-a-kind fashion items will be sold at the LACMA stores and through with all proceeds benefiting the museum. This project was created by LACMA’s Director’s Circle.

The pendant sells for USD$2,450; for members, it is $2,205.

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Jewel of the day: Coeur de Lion Geo Cube Necklace

Maybe this season’s hot choker trend, complete with deliberately messy strands hanging down, isn’t your thing but you want a short necklace?

Germany’s Coeur de Lion takes Swarovski crystal cubes and uses them to pretty effect. Their site notes, “he GEO CUBE classic in a particularly subtle variation – timeless design from Carola Eckrodt. Hand-finished from synthetic, coloured tiger’s eye in combination with sparkling Swarovski® crystals, delicate glass cylinders, rhinestone beads with Swarovski® crystals and real stainless steel 316L. The clasp is made of stainless steel 316L.”

These come in several colour combos; it sells for €129.

Coeur de Lion Geo Cube Necklace

Jewel of the day: Kauge Tiny Drop Trio Chandelier Earrings

I am guessing these hollow beads hung like small chandelier drops probably make a soft bell-like noise as the wearer walks. Which could either be very pleasant, or well, crazy making. But maybe they are silent earrings…

These are by Kauge, sold by Chicag0 jeweller Gem Jewelry and Lifestyle. They note, “A new line from renowned metalsmith Kothari, these hand made earrings are all sterling silver with a rhodium plating to ensure a tarnish free look.  The blackened silver is ruthenium plated which will, over time weather softly allowing the silver to lightly shine through over time. All the pieces are hollow, hand hammered, and constructed by gold craftsmen, who take pride in making each drop as seamless a form as possible, yet retaining the beauty of the handmade process. Extremely light and easy to wear. These measure 2cm total height with ear wire, each drop is 1cm and the width is 1.5cm.

They sell for USD$165.



Jewel of the day: Marla Aaron Mega Curb Bracelet

Marla Aaron‘s signature is a series of locks that you can buy and/or interchange to fasten and change the look of various pieces. It’s quite clever and speaks to the increasing demand for personalized jewellery.

Here, her mega curb bracelet is shown with one such lock option (but there are several others). Retailer Ylang23 notes, “Feminine and edgy, this twisted bracelet from Marla Aaron showcases a unique rope design accented with green gold ends. Shown with one of Marla’s charms sold separately. Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold and sterling silver. Measures 7-in. long.

The bracelet sells for USD$825; locks sold and priced separately.

Marla Aaron Lock Bracelet



Jewel of the day: Carolina Bucci Recharmed 18-karat gold multi-stone necklace

Although its genesis is different, this is for me reminiscent of the Buddhist mala strand (beads that can be used/worn as a bracelet or a necklace and are an aid to meditation), this necklace by Carolina Bucci is pretty tactile. Net-A-Porter notes, “Carolina Bucci’s necklace is inspired by one-of-a-kind vintage charms found nestled in a drawer in her Florentine workshop. This handcrafted, limited edition piece is strung with smooth eagle eye and sunset stones – in complementary shades of peach, pink and gray – and punctuated with 3.40-carats of shimmering pink sapphires set in 18-karat gold links.

It sells for USD$1,320.

Carolina Bucci recharmed strand

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