IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Jewel of the day: Yoko Ono for Swarovski keys

I have never thought of Yoko Ono and jewellery in the same sentence, but she has partnered with Swarovski on a line of limited edition, key-themed pieces. These appear to be available strictly at Swarovski’s Crystallized Concept shop in New York, and on the Swarovski Elements web site. The collection includes the key pendants below, a necklace, bracelet and rings. However, these are noted as being “inspired by” the Ono pieces; the limited edition $350 key pendant is shown as out of stock. (If you are as tired as I am of limited edition everything, please raise your virtual hand…)


Jewel of the day: Miriam Haskell art deco circle motif necklace

Venerable costume jeweller Miriam Haskell has proclaimed this the time to “embrace adornment,” and I couldn’t agree more. This fantastic and elaborate necklace, set with the house’s signature rose montee crystals and strung with glass pearls, is on a burnished gold plated chain (vintage pieces are referred to as Russian gold). It is sold out but still available for special order at USD $950.

Jewel of the day: Eddie Borgo pave padlock earrings

Eddie Borgo’s pave padlock bracelet was an instant (and sold out) sensation. But never fear – if you missed out, you can still have these earrings, with a similar design. Made of pave crystals on silver plated brass with pierced backs, they sell at Neiman Marcus for USD $375, about a tenth of the price of the bracelet. So you’re not just getting earrings – you’re saving money. Yes. That is Accessory Math.

Jewel of the day: Isabel Marant Good Daughters leather and chain cuff bracelet

Isabel Marant’s take on French boho chic is beloved by models and those who want to look like them. This snap closure leather cuff bracelet with studs and a silver tone chain will bring a little toughness to your outfits. It sells for USD $265 at Net-A-Porter.


Jewel of the day: Lucifer Vir Honestus jade crocodile ring

Jade is traditionally carved into all manner of forms, many of them with traditional meaning in Asian cultures. This piece of jade has been carved by Lucifer Vir Honestus, and set into a piece of 18k rose gold accented with diamonds. The company was founded in Milan by Luna Scamuzzi and Paolo Mandelli, taking as its name a Medieval jeweller. More of their work can be seen on their own web site.

This ring sells for USD $7,530 at Barneys.

Jewel of the day: Arunashi water opal earrings with butterflies

I am a total sucker for opals – I love the form of the gem, a gel matrix, and the colour play you get in the best stones. These luscious earrings are set with 20.71 carats of opals, set in green titanium and blackened gold, accented with tsavorite and diamond butterflies. The one of a kind pair sold by Arunashi for USD $9,880 at Ylang23.

And the cupboard was bare…

I was too depressed to blog about the Emmys last night once I realized how little jewellery was in evidence. Yes, there was a bracelet here, and a pair of anemic earrings there, but for the most part, actresses walking the red carpet could be summed up by January Jones’s austerity (when it came to jewellery):

Yes, the dress was busy but imagine how spectacular a diamond riviere necklace or pair of drop earrings would have looked. Could you see screen stars of the 40s and 50s leaving for an event looking like this?

I despair. Something tells me the rest of this awards season isn’t going to be any cheerier. But somewhere, Morticia Addams is smiling.

Jewel of the day: Pomellato Victoria chain in matte rose gold with jet

I am assuming that by “chain” Pomellato means necklace but it’s difficult to tell the dimensions from their photo. Tilda Swinton is the face of this new and aptly named Victoria collection. Jet is fossilized bog oak. The Whitby, England area became famous for it when mourning jewellery became popular following the death of Queen Victoria’s consort Albert, and the period of prolonged mourning that followed. It is fairly lightweight, being wood, and polishes to a glossy shine.

Pomellato has paired jet with rose gold and I really like the contrasting textures and colour. See the Pomellato site for “where to buy“.


Jewel of the day: Erickson Beamon for Club Monaco

Club Monaco is working with designers to create capsule collections. This fall, jewellers Erickson Beamon have created three pieces: a necklace, earrings and this ring. One size fits all, it is set with champagne and neutral coloured crystals with a gold tone setting. Available online and in stores for USD $129.50

Jewel of the day: James Jean OVM BTRFLY Swarm necklace

Visual artist James Jean has turned his attention to jewelry, with stunning results. He currently offers five very different collections: Drip, Butterfly, Bone, Strata and Bat. Jean is a favourite of designer Miuccia Prada and it’s easy to see his influence in these pieces.

This collar from the Butterfly series is epoxy resin on brass; it is a limited edition of 10. There are companion pieces, including a bangle and earrings (not to be worn at the same time, in my opinion!). This sells for USD $3200.


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