IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Jewel of the day: Lapis Beach knit cuff

Baltimore, Maryland-based designer Lapis Beach (who goes by the first name Lauren on her Etsy site) offers delicate and yet sculptural looking hand-knit wire jewellery. She embellishes the pieces with pearls and semi-precious stones and, due to the nature of the construction, no two will be alike. Selling for USD $85. (I think these would make really unique wedding party gifts, as well as being a lovely day-to-day accessory).


Jewel of the day: Georland Divine pendant

Posting this because it’s pretty … had hoped to find out more information on the Georland web  site but this is one of those sites that values style over substance. I am assuming it’s diamond-set and expensive. Store locations are posted here; perhaps one of their authorized retailers can tell you more.

Jewel of the day: Danielle Gori-Montanelli flower collar

Artisan Danielle Gori-Montanelli works here in felt, individually cutting and crafting each flower for this double strand bib. Gori-Montanelli’s background includes training as a painter and metalsmith. She found, upon moving to Italy, that the portability of the smaller felt pieces enabled her to do her work unrestricted by studio space. Priced at USD $685, it is available online and also at Julie Artisans’ Gallery on New York’s Madison Avenue.

Jewel of the day: Tai silver and crystal dove earrings

These pretty earrings are a fun way to put some sparkle on your ears. The site doesn’t specify but for the USD $60 price, I’ll go with crystals and not cubic zirconia, set into sterling silver. Tai also has cute serpents, leaves, and pyramid stud earrings at similar prices, also in gold tone metal and set with crystals. These are available at Northern California’s Jest Jewels.

Jewel of the day: Shourouk Baraka Wanda “scoubidou” bracelet

French designers Shourouk have a lot of fun with rhinestones, as evidenced by this neon pink bracelet set with clear and pink stones on cord. It sells for €200 on their site. Her background is in textile design, and she worked for (among others) John Galliano and Chloe. Shourouk incorporates sequins, crystals, pearls and semi-precious stones into her fabric work.

Jewel of the day: Frangos Argyle Rainbow ring

Having a week’s worth of unseasonably warm weather (as in July temps) made me ready to see more colour. (It was definitely a bit weird to experience sunny, hot days and bare trees!) This ring by Greek designers Frangos is an Argyle pattern  rendered in rhinestones. It is brass plated and has an adjustable shank. It retails for USD $140 at Charm and Chain.

Jewel of the day: Forzieri Incanto Royale diamond drop earrings

These earrings by Forzieri are dainty but still pack a sparkly punch. Made of 18k white gold and set with .55 ct of diamonds, they retail for USD $3,860. There are other complementary pieces in the Incanto Royale collection, including pendants and rings.

Jewel of the day: Ca & Lou collier etoile

Italian designers Carolina Neri and Bérengère Lux launched their Ca & Lou jewellery line in 2009, in the midst of other careers in fashion and event planning.

Here they offer a necklace that is reminiscent of the diamond stars beloved by the Georgians and Victorians and often used as hair ornaments. Made with rose gold plating and set with Swarovski crystals, it retails for USD $810.

Jewel of the day: Butler and Wilson jewelled parakeet pin

Butler and Wilson was THE British costume jeweller in the 1980s. Their pieces were big an bold and instantly recognizable. This parakeet pin follows in the house’s tradition: 6.3 inches of Swarovski jewelled magnificence. It’s also available in shades of gold rhinestones on gold metal but really, when you have this much blingy goodness, why bother with muted? Available from the Butler and Wilson online shop for £98.00.

Jewel of the day: Pebble London multicolour agate necklace

It’s no surprise that this charming necklace looks like kids’ marbles, as they were often made of agate as well as swirled glass. Pebble London got its start looking for tumbled and faceted stones in India and Asia. They are inspired by tribal jewelry but have evolved to offer a fairly comprehensive range of jewelry an do custom work for leading designers as well. They note, “Pebble began as an excuse to spend lots of time exploring India, and our first collections used faceted and tumbled semi-precious stones we sourced throughout the country. Nine years later, and our travels now include India, China, Africa, Thailand, and South America, and we have expanded the collections to include metals, stones, wood, glass, coral, and amber.

We also use ancient excavated beads and glass trade beads produced in Europe in the nineteenth century.

Traditional tribal jewellery is a big influence, as is our love of natural materials, and we try to keep our designs as simple as possible, in the belief that you cannot improve on nature.

Pebble also sources traditional pieces from tribal groups in Africa, the Pacific, China, Afghanistan, Nepal, and India.

Over the years, we have worked with, or sold to many fashion designers, including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Cavalli, Issey Miyake, Mathew Williamson, Emilio Pucci, Allegra Hicks, Joseph, Nicole Fahri, and Donna Karan.”

This agate necklace is available online for £165.00.

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