IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “September, 2010”

Jewel of the day: Lydell NYC resin necklace

Lydell NYC is a manufacturer though it seems they take requests. This pretty acrylic (that’s plastic, boys and girls, but the USD $48 price point is attractive so that’s cool) necklace was featured recently in InStyle, but no retailers are listed. However, you can visit their site at and they apparently will make up pieces if you email them at


Jewel of the day: Joseph Murray blue zircon hoop earrings

NY based jeweller Joseph Murray works in semi precious stones and gold, and I love this fresh take on the traditional hoop earrings. Set with what appear to be briolette cut blue zircons, I can imagine how these would move with the wearer and the play of light through the stones. They make me think of a modern day Carmen…

Available at Bergdorf Goodman, and also at Adornments Fine Jewelry here. These sell for USD $3600.

Jewel of the day: Vintage plique a jour scarab pin

There are some wonderful estate and antique pieces on this site, and I love this scarab pin. Made of delicate plique a jour enamel, which is like stained glass and translucent when held up to the light, it’s always wonderful to see one of these old pieces that has survived intact. Available for USD $750 and made of silver; site says it is set with an opal but does not indicate if it’s synthetic, glass, or a doublet/triplet. I can’t link directly to it as the site uses Flash, but find it here under pendants/pins.

Jewel of the day: Sally Sohn charm bracelet

My mother always said I had expensive taste and she remains correct in her assessment. This bracelet by Sally Sohn features antique beads, diamond set balls and gem set charms. My assumption is that Dallas’s Stanley Korshak has only one available, for USD $34,5000 here. The designer, who is Korean raised and based in LA, finds her inspiration in antiques and art.

Jewel of the day: Talbots flower earrings

Talbots is revamping its image with more to the minute clothes and accessories. These flower earrings are available online only for USD $29. Unfortunately, there is no additional information on the web site – not as to materials or as to whether they are clip or pierced. But they are available for sale here and look like a much wallet friendlier version of renowned jeweller Seamann Schepps pieces.

Jewel of the day: AV Max military pin

Well, the good news is that I found a pin! The somewhat less than good news is that you have to like the military look. Perhaps award yourself this “medal” to show that in the war of accessories, you persevered until you found a company which made a brooch. Available here  for USD $45.

Jewel of the day: Rachel Leigh Nico necklace

There’s something so very Judy Jetson about this necklace from designer Rachel Leigh. A former publicist for Yves Saint Laurent, Rachel Blumenthal has now turned her attention to accessories that channel, as her bio puts it, runway trends. Lots of fun eye candy on her site.

This piece is made of gold plated metal and crystal and sells for USD $144. Available for purchase here.

Jewel of the day: Shock Boutique thumb and index finger ring

Who needs a big diamond solitaire to make a statement when you can wear this? And for only thirty bucks, no less. I love its uniqueness and, well, cheapness. It’s like the sleazy guy in a bar in tight jeans you hate yourself for liking but dance with anyhow.

Available at Shock Boutique. Where they have all manner of fun, quirky and inexpensive treats.

Jewel of the day: Ann Taylor Pearl Drama necklace

I was hoping to feature a fabulous gold link necklace pave set with rhinestones that is oh, so Studio 54. Tres glam. But it appears to be sold out online (although I was lucky to find one in the store a few weeks ago).

But I came across this fab piece, very Marie Antoinette if she had a lot of pre-holiday parties to go to and wanted to make her franc stretch a tad further. Currently on sale (though I don’t know how long that will be on, so bear in mind when you’re reading this), but regularly priced at USD $98. Available here.

Jewel of the day: Soo Ihn Kim Sasha vest necklace

Can’t get enough of the multi chain look? Label Soo Ihn Kim (not Korean, but a name chosen by two Parsons grads) offers this artfully messy exemplar. Referred to by ShopBop as a “body chain”, it’s available for USD $270.  Reminds me of similar pieces by Ann de Muelemeester.

The site offers this info about the designers: A collection of dramatic yet wearable designs rendered in chains, stones, and Swarovski crystals, Soo Ihn Kim jewelry is designed by photographer Kelly Bruggema and stylist Gisella Lemos. Graduates of Parsons and collaborators on editoral shoots, Kelly and Gisella created their own accessories to complement the looks they shot together. When magazine readers wanted to know where to buy these accessories, the duo decided to create their own jewelry line, Soo Ihn Kim, which they launched in NYC in 2009.

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