IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Jewel of the day: Parade Reverie multicoloured diamond and black gold band

Coloured diamonds have become very popular in recent years. The craze for pink was kicked off by the engagement bauble Ben Affleck gave to Jennifer Lopez (seems like forever ago) and LeVian has popularized brown and “chocolate” diamonds. Natural coloured diamonds are quite rare, and as a result, quite expensive, particularly colours like blue, pink, red and green. Those in the brown and yellow tones tend to be somewhat less, but only somewhat.

Parade offers its Reverie Noir line with yellow, brown and cognac stones set in black gold. The darker metal really sets off the stones. Available starting at USD $7550.


Jewel of the day: Tacori Crescent earrings

A good friend recently acquired a fabulous pair of vintage Tiffany swirl earrings, and these remind me of hers. Tacori, perhaps best known for their engagement and wedding rings and settings, also has a wide selection of other jewellery. These Crescent earrings are simple enough to be worn every day (studs are nice, but mixing it up with different designs is also fun). Alas, the website offers no information on size, materials, diamond weight or pricing, though they do direct you to their stockists.

Jewel of the day: Sprout Watches eco friendly diamond face watch

If earth-friendly materials are a high priority for you when buying jewellery, then Sprout Watches offers budget and eco-conscious options.

This model comes with a fish skin strap (made from harvested, non-endangered fish skin byproducts), a corn resin case, mother of pearl dial, mercury-free battery, and conflict-free diamond markers. All for USD $70. They offer many options for men, women and kids, and work in a number of ecologically conscious materials (like organic cottons for bands).

Jewel of the day: Ann Demuelemeester sterling and glass ring

Love this ring by Belgian designer Ann Demuelemeester. It features a large slightly domed piece of glass with silver pellets that move around inside the enclosure. I just like the look of it and the idea of the sound of the silver moving around with the wearer (though this could, of course, drive some people crazy…)

Available for USD $835 from The Corner.

Jewel of the day: Blumarine embellished cuff

Love this wildly embellished Byzantine looking cuff by Italian brand Bluemarine … I just wish the web site was less artsy (catch the moving image!) and offered more in the way of information.

I’m assuming it’s gold plated brass set with crystals but there was no information at all on the site. Just pretty pictures. You can see other pieces in their spring/summer 2012 jewellery collection on the site.

Jewel of the day: Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet

Tired of the seeing the Cartier Love bracelet coming and going? Aldo Cipullo, who created the Love bracelet,  has also taken the nail and twisted it into designs for Cartier’s new Juste un Clou collection. Though it looks easier to remove than the Love (always a struggle at airport metal detectors), I’m guessing airport security personnel may be just as displeased to see a giant pointed screw …

Prices range from USD $3,000-$35,000. The extra large bracelet shown here, 18k, is USD $34,460 (and it can be bought through their e-shop if you need to have it ASAP). You can find out more about the collection on Cartier’s web site devoted to the new designs.


Jewel of the day: Gas Bijoux lucky charm necklace

Continuing the talisman theme is this lucky charm necklace by France’s Gas Bijoux. A fine silver plated chain features an array of luck, happiness and fertility charms (so say the designers). All of their pieces have a quirky charm, including the new line of Lucha Libre skulls, meant to emulate Mexican wrestling masks.

This long necklace sells for 163 € from their site.

Jewel of the day: Gem Kingdom talisman necklace

I came across a very lavish display of Gem Kingdom pieces yesterday and the true uniqueness of the designs is best appreciated in person. They work with vintage findings – etched glass, watch and locket pieces, good luck charms and talismans and the like – and incorporate them into a variety of different kinds of sterling silver chains, whether for bracelets, pendants or necklaces. Earrings and rings feature the same elements.

This necklace with sterling and mother of pearl charms is probably more wearable on a daily basis than most of their work, but I am still pondering an array of chains and talismans and thinking how interesting that would look. This piece is available directly from the Netherlands-based designers and sells for 179.00 € excluding delivery.

Jewel of the day: Jeanine Payer Winged Embrace ring

There is no doubt when looking at Jeanine Payer’s pieces that the work has been touched by an artisan, and not machine made. Her work is known more for the engraved poems and sayings she incorporates, and less for the use of stones, but this ring (dubbed Winged Embrace) features a wing and a bezel set round coloured diamond, .85 points.  The sterling silver setting lends itself well to the colour of the stone and overall look of the piece.

I could see it being a different kind of engagement ring, or just a very pretty item on its own. Available from Jeanine Payer for USD $1100.


Jewel of the day: Louis Dell’Olio Linea necklace

Interesting to run across Louis Dell’Olio’s name in the same week as a post on Donna Karan. The two designers took over the Anne Klein label after Klein died. After Karan left to found her own line, he was the sole designer in charge, and has moved on to his own line.

He is doing work for QVC, and this Linea necklace is a pretty way to add some points of colour to an outfit. Budget friendly, it’s USD $65.

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