IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “March, 2011”

Jewel of the day: Heather Moore Heart, Oval and Round Necklace

Heather Moore designs personalized trinkets and tokens – and I mean that in a good way. Jewellery has long been used to mark special occasions, whether happy or sad. These often small items, keepsakes and repository of memories, are lovely to keep with us as a way of calling up those feelings. Her Heart, Oval and Round necklace features gem set personalized gold pieces accented with diamonds on each as well as individually. As a necklace, this sells for USD $24,900. There are a lot of options on her site,


Jewel of the day: Marni resin bracelet

Sometimes, things look good enough to eat and this Marni cuff reminds me of gummi bears in its juicy, jelly look. The piece was created by coating metallic mesh with a rubberized resin. It fastens with a leather strip holding two snaps. Available for USD $255 in pink or green.

Jewel of the day: Bead for Life men’s bracelet

It’s nice to find items whose purchase does more than make you feel good. Bead for Life works with Ugandan women to turn recycled paper into beads for jewellery. Their motto is “eradicating poverty one bead at a time”. The women are paid for their labour and 100 per cent of net profits are reinvested back into local Ugandan communities.

This is a bracelet designed for men but fairly unisex looking to me. And for USD $15, how can you go wrong?

Jewel of the day: Jordan Askill Boy pendant

Jordan Askill comes to jewellery design from fashion; he had his own label, Ksubi and did a three year stint at Dior Homme. He now focuses on jewellery, sculpture and video.

This piece, called Boy, is shown on his site as a gold locket and what looks to be a carved crystal piece. Askill’s work is available at London’s Dover Street Market,  the Paris Rick Owens boutique, and Lands End store, Sydney.

Jewel of the day: Staret torch brooch

Staret was a costume jewellery business about whom little is known today. They were in business briefly in the early 1940s and are known for pot metal pieces, often overscale and enamelled and rhinestone set. This 1942 torch brooch is their most well-known design – but mine is a fake, which I knowingly bought as such. The real deal costs a lot (last time I checked, in the vicintiy of $1,000-$1,500) and I really just liked the design and was happy to have it, even if it isn’t the one made by Staret.

This piece is in a lot of collector’s books and web sites; the wonderful jewellery site Morning Glory Antiques has a great array of Staret pieces and the real thing, whose photo I show below.  Note the subtle differences in the shape of the flame, the rhinestones on the base of the torch, the nails and the shape and angle of the hand itself.  It’s easy to be fooled – even noted costume jewellery historians Carla and Roberto Brunialti used the fake torch in their noted book “A Tribute to America”.

Fake Staret torch brooch; IntoTemptation collection

Authentic Staret torch brooch; photo Morning Glory Antiques

Jewel of the day: Vhernier Calla necklace

The sculptural quality of this piece is what I love best about great jewellery. It’s meant to adorn, but can also be an expression of something greater. I’m reminded of a quote by Elizabeth Taylor, whose jewellery collection has been talked about a lot in the wake of her death: I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.

This is not, admittedly, the Krupp diamond, but it is a gorgeous and sinuous piece. Made by Italian jeweller Vhernier of ebony, white gold and diamonds. Find more information here.

Jewel of the day: Deborah Pagani Dagger ring

New York based Deborah Pagani was initially inspired by a dragon design pendant brought to America by her Cuban grandfather, and which she has reinterpreted in her line. Her aesthetic is wearable jewellery that will stand the test of time yet still work for modern women.

This Dagger ring is made in 18k gold; no word on the stones used. (Allow me to have a tiny venting moment about web sites that have beautiful graphics or Flash based video … and little or no information as to materials or prices or availability. There. Vent over.)

Pagani’s work is available at a small number of retailers globally.

Jewel of the day: Elizabeth Taylor ruby and diamond demi-parure

Paying tribute to screen goddess and humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor, here is the spectacular ruby and diamond Cartier necklace and earrings gifted to her by then husband Mike Todd in 1957. She recounts how he gave this to her poolside and she put it on and stayed in the water. Of course she did. Ms. Taylor was an original and her sparkling presence will be missed.

Jewel of the day: Lena Skadegard raw diamond ring

Uncut diamonds have fascinated me; there is something very elemental about them in all their uncut beauty. Lena Skadegard’s work involves a lot of precious and semi-precious stones in their natural state. This 18k gold setting hold what looks to be a fairly substantial diamond; no specs are given. Love the way the claws seem to be almost reaching out from the earth to hold the diamond in place. Available for USD $1025 from Fragments.

Jewel of the day: ABS by Alan Schwartz gold coil wrap bracelet

Bangles can be fun and a great look but if you spend all day in front of a keyboard, the movement and noise could drive you slightly mad. This coil wrap bracelet by ABS offers all the look of a row of gold bangles without the sounds effects. Made with faux gold beads and available for USD $150.

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