IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “April, 2010”

Jewel of the day: Ann Demeulemeester glass ladder necklace

This is more of a breastplate than a necklace and would definitely be the star attraction over very minimalist clothing. A collaboration with Belgian artist Daniel Weinberger, the pair were inspired by the book “The Glass Bead Game”, by Herman Hesse. The pieced is composed of vintage glass beads and bone, hand strung and closed with a t-clasp.

I love jewellery for the stories it tells, and for the artistry in it, which I think really comes through in this design. For a lot of designers, jewellery is a quick and easy way to increase the bottom line and is either stale (does the world need another Chanel camellia pin?) or derivative of other designers or trends, or just flat out boring. I like that Demeulemeester’s aesthetic carries through from her clothes to her jewellery, without compromise.

Available at for $3996.


Jewel of the day: Bottega Veneta oxidized silver bib necklace

In the past year, Bottega Veneta’s jewellery designs have swung from Victorian inspired cubic zirconia collar necklaces, to fluorescent enamels, to layers of oxidized silver. BV considers this their lower end line; their fine jewellery pieces sell in the mid to high five figures.

This is an interesting piece but I frankly can’t see shelling out $7950 for it. The company changed their sales policy last year – jewellery no longer gets marked down at the end of the season. So don’t wait for this one to go on sale…if you love it, you’ll have to pony up.

Jewel of the day: Subversive “disco fever” necklace

I’m not sure what bugs me more about the jewelry made by Subversive – that it looks like the kind of thing kids do in camp on a rainy day, or the price. But designer Jason Giunta must be doing something that resonates with buyers, as he was invited to design a cheap capsule collection for Target last year. Which I do find kind of funny, considering the items all look as though they should ALWAYS sell for Target prices.

But no, this “disco fever” necklace, described as being made of vintage chain with vintage glass and plastic balls, can be yours for USD $1400. Matching Clover Fringe earrings go for $420. Maybe I just want my cheap looking jewellery to actually be cheap. Maybe that’s my problem. Would love to hear what you think of this designer.

Jewel of the day: Forever XXI rhinestone bib necklace

Fast fashion also offers fast accessories. Case in point: this lavish rhinestone bib necklace, echoing designs popularized by Lanvin, Marni and Burberry, yours for the ridiculously low price of USD $12.80. At that price, you can afford to wear it once or twice with absolutely no guilt. This would look as fantastic under a crisp white blouse with jeans as it would with an evening gown. Will it last? Probably not. But at this price, think of it as a summer romance.

Jewel of the day: H. Stern highlight stars amethyst ring

Love how this ring mixes the very Victorian diamond star with the very contemporary emerald cut amethyst and setting. Especially love how they’ve embedded the star into the stone (or appear to have).

Venerable Brazilian jewellery house H. Stern offers this ring, but beauty doesn’t come cheaply. It can be yours for USD $6,000.  Available at

Jewel of the day: Ted Rossi python and crystal earrings

Clever idea – sew Swarovski crystals onto a piece of leather (in this case, python), add shepherd’s crook hooks and voila! Earrings! Love the idea. The Cdn $285 price tag … not so much. But if you’re inspired to try a little do it yourself or have the money to burn, it’s a great look. These are available in Canada at Holt Renfrew.  A variety of other designs featuring python, leather, silk and Swarovski embellishments can be seen on the designer’s web site,, where online shopping is available..

Jewel of the day: Reinstein Ross sapphire ring

Reinstein Ross in New York offers their own custom blend of buttery golds – 18k chartreuse, 20k peach and 22k apricot – as well as white gold and platinum for their designs. (They will also work with your stones and help you design something you like.) Pieces range from delicate bands with precious or semi-precious stones, to chunky rings like this one, described on their web site as “Fine Modified 5 Braid Ring with Cushion Cut Blue Sapphire”. No price is indicated; you have to contact them to find out. When you look at their items by price, it does show up in the $4,000+ category – no surprise. For more eye candy,

Jewel of the day: Roseark manta ray and Henning Koppel amoeba bracelets

Unusual and fluid looking, this gold and black diamond cuff is a real statement piece. Made by designer Kathy Rose for Roseark, it can be customized with several options in terms of stones and gold colour. Prices range from $2500-16,000. Available online at

Reminds me of Henning Koppel designs for Georg Jensen, and the very famous 68 design, sometimes referred to as the fish or amoeba. Designed in 1947, it still looks fresh and contemporary. Both interpretations of a wonderful organic shape.

Jewel of the day: Alexis Bittar poppy pin

Alexis Bittar does more than carved lucite pieces, but that seems to be what he is best known for. I like this pin because even though it’s 5 inches long, it seems more wearable than some of his large flower pins. Those tend to remind me of vintage clown acts where anyone unfortunate enough to get too close gets squirted with water.

Bittar’s jewellery is widely available in North America; this piece retails for $385. You can also shop from his web site,

Jewel of the day: Christian Dior 1959 necklace

Dior costume jewellery pieces from the 50s and 60s are getting harder and harder to find – and more expensive, alas. The rhinestone pieces got so costly, I switched to beaded necklaces but those have gone stratospheric, too.

The wonderful thing about this lovely choker style necklace is the blue teardrop shaped stones, which move with the wearer. Given the large size and fixed nature of a choker, this adds additional life to the design. It features the typical Dior S shaped clasp and is dated on a small affixed plaque.

Suffering from set completion syndrome, I would love to know what the matching earrings, pin and bracelet for this necklace would have looked like.

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