IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “July, 2010”

Jewel of the day: Lucie Campbell ruby and diamond earrings

French-born designer Lucie Campbell designs new pieces touched by an antique aesthetic. There are wonderful diamond studded necklace clasps, ring mounts, and forms frequently seen in Edwardian pieces, like bows and tassels.

These1/2 inch diametre ruby and diamond earrings are 18 karat white gold and set with 1.5 carats of diamonds and .5 carats of rubies. Available at Ylang23 for USD $4840, as are many other delightful pieces.

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Jewel of the day: Amanda Rudey forget-me-not collection

Amanda Rudey designs sweet pieces with semi-precious stones using vermeil (gold plating over silver). Her prices are extremely reasonable and the jewelry has a nice fluidity and ease. It would look good with formal wear (she has a bridal collection) but also elegant for more dressy days.

I like the forget-me-not collection. The differing cut of the stones prevents the design from looking too static, and the colours are bright and playful. Available on her website and at various bricks and mortar and online retailers. See more of her jewellery here.

Matching drop earrings as shown are USD $285.

Jewel of the day: Lafayette 148 resin necklace

A fashion house known for doing elegant women’s wear, fall 2010 marks the company’s first foray into accessories. I like this triple strand of resin beads made to look like blown glass. I’m not a huge fan of ribbon tie closures but it’s definitely been popular for several seasons now. Retailing for USD $298, more information is available here. Their clothing is available at major US department stores and in Canada at Holt Renfrew. Check for availability of their jewellery line.

Jewel of the day: Cora Sheibani Valence Plus brooch

London based Cora Sheibani designs pieces that look like wearable sculpture, with a sense of space and movement and often, startling colour.

Her Valence Plus brooch is made of gold set with semi-precious stones. On her site, you can find the following about her philosophy, written by architect Ettore Sottsass: “Her jewellery does not hanker after an image of more or less aggressive richness. What Cora Sheibani designs is not really ‘jewellery’ but rather a sophisticated suggestion.” I like it.

You can see her work on her site, here.

Jewellery news notes

  • Diamond distributor DeBeers has reported a first half profit and increase in sales of 74.1 percent. For the first half of this year, profits rose to $348 million, compared with a $6 million loss in the same period of 2009. The company attributes the change to renewed consumer confidence and demand, and corporate cost cutting measures.
  • Retail buyers were in greater attendance at Las Vegas jewellery trade shows in June and though sales at the wholesale level were up, buyers still showed caution. Silver is gaining in popularity due to the high price of gold and buyers are looking for value priced merchandise to showcase in their stores.
  • Hollywood favourite Neil Lane is designing an affordable bridal collection for Kay Jewellers. For more information, click here. Ring shown below is 1-1/5 ct total diamond weight, and retails for USD $4999.

Jewel of the day: Shelfstock.com

If you love jewellery but also love a good bargain, be sure to have a look at www.shelfstock.com. They offer a deal of the day at excellent prices. Recently on offer, a pair of blue diamond stud earrings (treated and colour enhanced), for USD $199. Hard to say no. Recent deals included a .40 solitaire diamond ring for USD $348 and an emerald and diamond cross set in gold for USD $139. If items don’t sell out they remain on the site for a slightly higher price.

Is jewellery leading the way in the economic recovery?

Women’s Wear Daily says yes. In a report today the industry trade publication notes that jewelry is part of a trend of renewed accessory buying, including bags and belts, an encouraging indicator in the fashion landscape.

The fashion trade paper reports that anything for the wrist, and costume jewelry (particularly large necklaces) are having a comeback.

Jewelry can be an inexpensive way to update an existing outfit and tie into trends without blowing the bank. Though interestingly, buyers are willing to spend more if they feel there is value and the piece is unique.

Small leather goods and handbags in the $100 price range also showed a growth spurt, after sales declined 10 per cent in 2009.

So what about you? What are your plans to update your summer and fall wardrobes and do you think you will be loosening your purse strings a tiny bit in the coming months?

Jewel of the day: Atelier Marisa pearl and diamond earrings

The idea of mixing it up, in this case with one black and one white pearl, really appeals to me. Atelier Marisa has a range of earrings set with a diamond strip, some with pearl, some with coral or turquoise, with black and white diamonds or pink sapphires. The collection is called Opogee, for the highest orbit surrounding Saturn. Find more about where to buy here.

Jewel of the day: Martin Katz microbands

Martin Katz is beloved of celebs walking award show red carpets. His latest slogan, “The envy of those who have everything,” is dead serious. There are some staggering jewels on this web site, http://www.martinkatz.com/, but also some lovely every day, wearable pieces. Like these microbands, which can be worn singly or stacked. Set with an array of semi-precious and precious stones, prices start at USD $2400 for sapphires and other coloured gem stones and go as high as $6500 for a pink diamond band. Shop here.

Jewel of the day: Black Dog hematite crystal bracelet

I usually wear several bracelets at once on my left wrist, but prefer one wide cuff or bracelet on my right. (Yes, at the same time. More is more.) This black crystal and bead bracelet by Black Dog Designs has sterling silver findings and is an affordable USD $95. Order online here. The site also offers a range of unique and wearable bridal tiaras and headbands, as well as a line of cameos funked up for modern girls.

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