IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Helen Ficalora Horseshoe Diamond Charm

Helen Ficalora made her name on small circular initial pendants (which she still sells), and has branched out into other designs. Some follow the circular design, others are more freeform.

This horseshoe set with a small diamond can be worn on a pendant or attached to a charm bracelet. This is available in yellow, white or pink gold ranging in price from USD$215-225 depending on the chosen metal.



Jewel of the day: Jasmine Jewelry Shop Black Opal Ring

I will always love opals and Jasmine Jewelry Shop certainly has a tempting array. This ring is a natural black opal, no heat treatment, not a doublet or triplet, set in a 14k yellow gold wire ring setting. This particular ring is available in size 7.75 and sells for CA$346.67.


Jewel of the day: J. Crew Crystal Chandelier Earrings

Are you ready to up the bling ante yet for the holidays? Or maybe just because (my usual excuse)? J. Crew is an ever reliable source of cheap and cheerful faux jewels and these earrings would make a sparkly addition for your party circuit.

But move fast if you do need them for the holidays as these are available online only for USD$65 (and take 40% off at the time of writing).


Jewel of the day: Beladora Diamond Wing Earrings

These earrings offered by Beladora were made relatively recently (circa 1980-1990) but use a tried and true motif, the wing. These are pave set with white diamonds totalling 1.8 carats set in yellow 18k gold. Though contemporary, they are a lovely classic with great presence on the ear.

These are priced at USD$2,350.

Jewel of the day: Egyptian Revival Brooch

Egyptian themes had two distinct periods in jewellery: from 1820 to 1850 and the revival period with the  discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. There were scatterings of interest between the two periods, as evidenced by this circa 1880 brooch. Though the enamel looks more to me like it may have a bit of influence from the mosaics of the Grand Tours so popular at the time, and the Etruscan work made famous by Castellani and Guiliano. Regardless, it’s a very pretty little piece regardless of period or attribution.

It’s made available by Maryland’s Acanthus Antiques, who note, “A fine large 14K gold Victorian period Egyptian revival brooch. The piece has sky and cobalt blue enamel decoration. The back has a hook which could have held a watch or a tassel. The brooch tests 14K but has no marks. Condition is excellent. Circa: 1880. Dimensions: Width: 3 1/4″, Height: 9/16″, Weight: 13.5 grams.”

This is selling for USD$950.


Jewel of the day: Blue Nile Fancies by the Yard Asscher Cut Diamond Bracelet

Diamonds rarely become old when it comes to jewelry but some styles are rather more well worn than others. The diamond by the yard station bracelet introduced by Elsa Peretti at Tiffany started an enduring craze. Those bracelets are typically set with round stones, but this Blue Nile offering features Asscher cut stones weighing, they say, approximately 1.20 carats set in 18k white gold.

This pretty piece will set you back USD$3,000.


Jewel of the day: Return to Tiffany Etched Heart and Arrow Tag

The Tiffany “Return to Tiffany” collection has been popular for many years and often serves as the “gateway drug” to more expensive pieces from the store. The firm has taken the now classic tags and jazzed them up with enamel and etching. Here, it features a facsimile of a hand drawn heart and arrow. Aw, sweet!

This sells for USD$150 and can be worn on a chain (sold separately).

Jewel of the day: Van Cleef & Arpels Snowflake Bandeau Ring

There’s nothing like some chunky bling to brighten up a day. This band by Van Cleef & Arpels features 5.66 carats of white diamonds in a platinum setting. Available from London’s Selfridges, they note, “Snowflakes have dazzled Van Cleef & Arpels since the 1940s, and the Snowflake collection is perhaps the purest distillation yet. This beautiful ring has been interlaced with 116 stones, mimicing the symmetry and precision of snowflakes, one of nature’s most fascinating organic constructions. The resulting piece makes a decadent way to finish off your red carpet outfit, styled with the matching necklace or bracelet.”

This sells for £58,500.


Jewel of the day: Mars and Love Archer Post Necklace

This is the kind of yoga I could go for – rendered in 18k gold with a diamond accent. By Mars and Love, this little pendant brings a smile to my face.

Available from Roseark, it sells for USD$875.


Jewel of the day: Agmes Small Cliff Cuff

Less definitely can be more. This sterling silver cuff by Agmes is utter simplicity. A plain, polished cuff with one raised, beveled edge. Perfection.

It sells for USD$610 from Barneys New York.

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