IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “June, 2012”

Jewel of the day: Stacey Maddock granulated silver bracelet

The bubble design on this sterling silver bracelet by Stacey Maddock mimics the granulation techniques of tiny (usually gold) beads worked closely, creating texture and pattern.

This piece sells from the designer for USD $200.


Jewel of the day: Cristophe de Menil seaweed necklace

This piece, to me, is joyous and contemplative at the same time. Cristophe de Menil’s surname is probably better known for the museum in Dallas which bears her family’s name; she is well-known in the art world and turned to jewellery design in her 70s. (For a fascinating article about her, read this profile in W Magazine.)

The necklace shown here is sterling with gold plate; it is also available in sterling with rhodium plating. Price is available upon request.

Jewel of the day: Zoe and Morgan snakebite ring

Serpents and snakes have been a popular jewellery motif since the Egyptians. This 18k ring takes the form of a snake with a gem in its mouth (fangs?), with diamond set eyes. The centre stone is a green amethyst. The ring is custom made and takes 4-6 weeks to create. Available online from Zoe and Morgan for £3,750.00.

Jewel of the day: Gucci gold horsebit bracelet

Gucci has a long equestrian history, something they are trying to leverage with the addition of new spokeswoman Charlotte Casiraghi. This simple and elegant 18k yellow gold bracelet using a horsebit motif is a chic and simple addition to a jewellery collection. Available for USD $5790 on the Gucci website.

Jewel of the day: Links of London McLaren VIP ring

I have a fair number of pieces from Links of London, and miss their all-gold designs like those in the Anoushka, Watch Over Me and Anthologie collections. I can well understand why companies are quietly moving away from gold and into other metals, but I do miss those type of pieces. This collaboration with Formula 1 racing outfit McLaren is something that actually should be made in other metals. It is crafted in stainless steel and PVD, and riffs on the mechanics of the famed company: it features 3 cushion shaped rings with washers between each section, 40 perforations and 8 patented McLaren screws.

Available from Links of London online it retailes for £275.00.

Jewel of the day: Federica Rettore diamond and sterling sea urchin cuff bracelet

This very pretty cuff by Federica Rettore is set with 1.26 ct of diamonds in sterling silver. Not sure what the centre stone is; Barneys doesn’t mention it in their “details” section. I like how the lacey texture reminds me of the seaweed that washes up on shore and of course, who doesn’t like diamonds>

Available from Barneys for USD $3250.

Jewel of the day: Nancy Newberg oxidized sterling and diamond link bracelet

Nancy Newberg’s debut collection marries the unexpected (texture, finishes) to the sleek and sophisticated (diamonds, rose gold).  In addition to bracelets, she designs, rings, pendants, earrings, and items she terms “classics.”

She sells solely in Southern California at the moment, at various stores. Her web site is pretty but there is no information as to prices or wider availability. Pity. Love this oxidized sterling silver link bracelet set with diamonds.


Jewel of the day: Bijoux Heart crystal earrings

Why be demure when you can make a statement? (Yes, I have statement pieces on the brain this week…)

Exclusive to Net-A-Porter, these earrings by Bijoux Heart are made of 24-karat gold-plated metal set with clear and pink Swarovski crystals, turquoise stones. They have etched and cutout metal detail. They have a three inch drop, and are for pierced ears. Available for USD $805.

Jewel of the day: Ek Thongprasert silicone bead necklace

Taking aim at the idea of grand, formal jewellery, Antwerp-based design duo Ek Thongprasert recreates the lavish necklace with silicone beads. Measuring approximately 10 inches long (this is from the web site; I am trying to figure out how they arrived at this dimension since 10 inches would make a very short necklace, and it doesn’t look like it has a 10 inch drop, so best to check if you are interested), it sells for USD $450 at

Jewel of the day: Lanvin Path of Stars choker

Ah, the ribbon tie, made popular by Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and shown here with a 1930s-esque star an horse motif with glass pearls. This is similar to the Jean Cocteau pieces designed for Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s … everything old is new again. Yours for €1,550 on the Lanvin site.

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