IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “May, 2011”

Jewel of the day: Amrita Singh Vin bangle stack

Bnagles are a classic look but the skyrocketing price of gold has put them out of reach for many people. This 36 bracelet stack is made of gold plated brass set with faux turquoise stones. They’re available in three different widths and are USD $115. At this price, make like Lady Astor and wear a stack on each arm.



Jewel of the day: Ted Rossi faux lizard cuff

This is the perfect shade of robin’s egg summer blue, in a very affordable cuff bracelet made of faux python over base metal. Available from Ted Rossi for USD $70 and a perfect addition to a jeans and t-shirt day.

Jewel of the day: Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara

The British duchy of Cambridge carries with it a lot of spectacular jewellery originally owned by Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, Queen Mary’s grandmother. The Cambridge emeralds were reset into an art deco parure, and used in a massive tiara known as the Delhi Durbar Tiara, shown here on Queen Mary.

Most interesting, the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara is most famously now associated with Diana, Princess of Wales. It was the Queen’s gift to her on her wedding day, and  she wore it to many functions. She also created a stir when she wore the art deco choker set with the Cambridge emeralds as a bandeau style tiara around her forehead.

The Cambridge tiara originally had upright pearl spikes; these were removed long ago. It is said that Diana did not like wearing it as it was too heavy; it remains to be seen if Kate, the newest Duchess of Cambridge, brings the piece back out of the royal vaults. If she decides against doing so because of the inevitable comparisons with Diana, who could blame her?


Jewel of the day: Dori Csengeri Lylou necklace

Csengeri’s work is embroidered on leather and embellished with crystals, semi-precious stones, and fibres. It’s colourful and large without being unwearable, something that isn’t always easy to pull off.

This necklace is sold out but there are other items by Csengeri on the Charm and Chain web site.

Jewel of the day: CC Skye Barbarella Hinge ring

The look of this ring intrigues me but alas, there are no alternate views. I am assuming, based on its name, that it may actually bend over the finger joint but who really knows?

Regardless, it’s quite interesting looking. Gold plate and crystal with an adjustable band, and retailing for USD $230.

Jewel of the day: Rosebery tiara, bracelet and brooch

One of the things I’ve always loved about jewellery is the history that often comes with older pieces. The Rosebery suite of jewels being auctioned at Christies in London on June 8 has a romantic and and tragic past. It was owned by Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery, who died suddenly at age 39. Born Hannah de Rothschild, she was the only child of the immensely wealthy Baron and Baroness Meyer de Rothschild and became the wealthiest woman in Britain when her father died, leaving her two million pounds.

She married the 5th Earl of Rosebery in what was seen at the time as a shocking match, given the anti-semitism of the time. Her fortune enabled him to pursue politics (he was a short-lived prime minister after her death from typhoid) and the couple had four children. Once one of the most compelling figure in British society, today she is fairly unknown.

Her suite of jewels is being offered and described as part of a private collection. The tiara is being offered in a separate lot from the bracelet and brooch. It is described in the Christie’s catalogue as: Designed as a series of six bouton-shaped natural pearls and old-cut diamond clusters, interspersed by diamond florettes to the seven detachable graduated drop-shaped natural pearl and diamond surmounts, the pearls measuring, converts to form a series of six brooches, circa 1878, inner circumference 29.7cm, in fitted case by R&S Garrard & Co., Haymarket, London. The estimate is £1,000,000 – £1,500,000; the other set is estimated as £300,000 – £400,000 but the provenance may play a role in the final hammer price.

Jewel of the day: Sheila Fajl Three Wavy Disc earrings

Sheila Fajl’s designs have shown up on numerous celebs (she has a section on her site where you can shop for what they’ve chosen). Given the rising price of gold jewellery, these offer the rich finish of real gold at a more affordable price point of USD $105. They are also available in silver plate.

Jewel of the day: Banana Republic Woven Road bracelet

I’ve seen a lot of leather bracelets that have a biker chick meets downtown lady look to them. This one by Banana Republic is cotton thread woven through metal chain, with a leather snap closure. Prettier than tough, it’s USD $45 and available for online purchase here.

Jewel of the day: Lenora Dame Big Bang necklace

Lenora Dame mines the past to create contemporary jewellery. A one of a kind piece, this lavish bib feature a variety of colourful findings that make it an appealing choice for summer. Available for USD $245, a small price to pay to look unique!

Jewel of the day: Dandi Maestre Changing Antler Necklace

Colombian born, New York educated and Toronto based designer Dandi Maestre went from a career in graphic design to jewellery. Her inspiration is the natural world and her pieces bloom with shell, bone, horn and semi-precious stones. They have a raw beauty and often, a large scale. She uses colour to great effect though today’s piece is monochromatic.

This necklace is made of shed antler slices, cattle bone circles and flat bone beads and as shown on the model, has a wild, almost tribal look but I can see where it would look almost like an Alexander Calder mobile when worn flatter and not as high on the neck. Available for $650 (currency is unspecified on Maestre’s site).

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