IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “December, 2011”

Jewel of the day: Asos YES necklace

New Year’s Eve is a traditional proposal night, so in the event you feel your significant other may be inclined to pop the question, this necklace gives an affirmative answer for you. Available from ASOS for £12.00 saving more money for the ring and celebratory champagne.



Jewel of the day: Givenchy charm bracelet

Charm bracelets were really beloved in the 1950s and 60s and have since faded into a kind of quaint vintage artifact (not that I have a problem with that). Givenchy takes the charms and gives them a modern feel, combining gold tone crosses, keys, and other findings on a bracelet that would look right at home with a circle skirt and an angora sweater, or flashing on your wrist as you sip smart drinks at a club. Available from Barneys for USD $810.

Jewel of the day: Nissa Ayana ring

Nissa is either really good at marketing her association with celebs or stylists just love to put her pieces on them … it’s a tough call. Many of the pieces on her site are shown being worn by a celeb or reality star (if you love the Kardashians, they appear to really adore this line).

This ring is made of recycled metal and handpainted mosaic tile and was worn by Katy Perry on an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Also available with the stone in other colours, it is USD $58.

Jewel of the day: Nicholas Liu pearl and diamond drop earrings

These bespoke earrings by Nicholas Liu have sparkle coming and going. Set with a pearl from the front, and pave diamonds and white sapphires from the back, they would look spectacular with an updo on a bride or for a special occasion. Giving them more versatility, the drops can be removed or worn with either the pearls or diamonds to the front.

Available from L’Attitude for USD $3,450.

Jewel of the day: Suzanne Belperron gold wave diamond ring

Suzanne Belperron did not believe in signing her work – she felt her distinctive style would stand on its own. Her pieces were beloved by the creme de la creme of European society, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (her blue chalcedony flower set was copied by Kenneth Jay Lane as part of his tribute to the Duchess), the Aga Khan and Elsa Schiaparelli. The rights to many Belperron pieces were acquired by Ward Landrigan, who now owns jeweller Verdura.

This piece is really timeless in its design – it may have seemed somewhat futuristic when it was first designed (I’m guessing in the early 1940s) but it looks completely contemporary today. Available from Belperron; price upon request.


Jewel of the day: Aaron Basha jewelled frog charm

Aaron Basha is perhaps best known for his very popular pink and blue baby shoe charms, though there are many other things in the range. The charms now include a variety of animals, characters, symbols and more. This jewelled frog prince is 18k yellow gold set with white and black diamonds and rubies and is available in a few different iterations.


Jewel of the day: Nakamura and Oki felt parakeet brooch set

If all that holiday shopping has depleted your bank account and your appetite for shiny things, this whimsical felt brooch set could be your antidote. Mike Nakamura and Komako Oki have created this parakeet and faux emerald set, perfect if you want to attract attention of the “what is that you’re wearing?” sort.

Available from the Museum of Modern Art store for a very affordable USD $20.

Jewel of the day: Metalsmiths rutiilated quartz sterling ring

Sporting a 15 carat piece of rutilated quartz, Metalsmiths offers this ring as part of their Marquise collection. They do a lot of fun designs ranging from classic to a bit more rock and roll. This is an great oversized piece that would look equally bold on a man or a woman. Available for USD $585.

Jewel of the day: Blanca Monros Gomez droplet earrings

I will guess that these are made of gold plated metal and crystal, given the USD $290 price tag. The website where they are available,, does not actually provide details.

They are charming and would make a nice gift for someone who wants a quiet pair of earrings with a subtle dash of flash. Available here.

Jewel of the day: Gabriela Artigas The Futuristic necklace

Gabriela Artigas offers a collection that winks at the future, a leather necklace with a well-matched array of Swarovski crystal stones. She went for minimal bling and the mix works well. Enough shine to create a play of light and enough matte to keep it interesting. Available from Gabriela Artigas for USD $580.

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