IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “November, 2012”

Jewel of the day: ASOS pair of studded leather cuff bracelets

Are you tired of tinsel, gold and silver and glitter? Then these harder edged studded leather cuffs may be just the thing to keep your holiday outfit looking as badass as you want it to be.

By ASOS, the pair sells for a very reasonable CDN $62.63 (I am guessing it’s about USD $60 or so). And since everything these days is limited edition, because nothing good lasts forever, snatch these up before they are gone.


Jewel of the day: Monty Don crystal and bow earrings

I fell in love with these earrings when I saw a photo of the late Diana, Princess of Wales wearing the pearl drop version. Being a magpie, I preferred the crystal ones, and seeing them in Vivienne Becker’s 1988 book, Fabulous Fakes, cemented my lust.

These come up periodically on Ebay but I’ve always seemed to just miss them. When this pair appeared a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time. I was thrilled to receive them in their original packaging (with a charming note from the original owner). They are totally 80s: brash, bright and at 2 inches long, probably too big and heavy for me to ever wear. But I adore looking at them.

Here they are in the book on the page showing the pearl drops, and a slightly different pair of the crystal drops (the bead at the top is more faceted on mine). Love. Of course, now I’ll have to hunt down the pearl version….!

Jewel of the day: Man Ray Optic Topic mask

Finding yesterday’s piece by Max Ernst got me thinking of other art jewellery pieces. This fabulous mask by Man Ray is probably more of an objet than a piece of jewellery, but what an objet.

Made of gold plated sterling silver, it is part of a limited edition done between 1974 and 1978. What an amazing Christmas gift this would make for someone. Price available upon request from Louisa Guinness Gallery.

Jewel of the day: Max Ernst gold pendant

Surrealist artist Max Ernst is likely less well known for his jewellery, but he produced limited editions (as limited as six of each design), and also collaborated with Picasso on a series of jewellery items.

His work is frequently in high karat gold, as with this pendant here (in 22k yellow gold), offered by Lydia Courteille. Price available upon request.


Jewel of the day: Lisa Hoffman Beauty perfume earrings

If you are eagerly scanning the web for Cyber Monday deals today, Lisa Hoffman Beauty is offering a pair of these innovative perfume earrings (value USD $65) as a gift with any $65 purchase.

Using jewellery to contain or diffuse perfume is not a new thing, but Hoffman has a range of pieces that can contain various perfumed beads. Refills are available for each scent. They are pretty and wearable, and a different way to wear fragrance, especially if you can’t have it on your skin. The fragrance beads, as seen in the earrings below, are unobtrusive looking and work well with the design.

Jewel of the day: Kabana Kalo Mati eye pendant

I have a thing for evil eye symbols but it’s relatively unusual to see them represented as actual eyes. Usually, it’s a blue dot with a black circle in a round frame; occasionally, it will be eye-shaped. But I like the insouciance of this design, which looks a lot like something Salvador Dali might have approved of.

By American jewellers Kabana, it’s part of their Mati collection. There are several designs; this one is inlaid with white mother of pearl, turquoise and onyx, set in 14k yellow gold and accented with diamonds. Total diamond weight diamonds is .10ct, SI1, quality G-H color. No price is indicated but there is a retailer list on their web site.

Jewel of the day: Jennifer Meyer Stand Up To Cancer star diamond pendant

Several designers have created pieces specially to benefit Stand Up To Cancer. This pendant, by celeb favourite Jennifer Meyer, features the organization’s star logo. In their words, “The Star is a symbol of Stand Up To Cancer’s Constellation, our online tribute space where one can launch a star for anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis. All net proceeds from your purchase of the STAR go directly to Stand Up To Cancer.”

This necklace is diamonds set in 18k white gold; the design also comes in yellow or white gold and sterling silver. This version costs USD$3,249.99

Jewel of the day: Annelise Michelson Carnivore ring

The animal trap design (can’t really think of another way to describe this) in this ring by Annelise Michelson is pretty intriguing. The two sections of the ring are (obviously) sized differently, to accommodate the tip and base of the finger.

Per Michelson’s site bio: Born and raised in Paris, Annelise Michelson grew up in the artistic world of her parents.  Annelise subsequently developed her own taste for fashion and design throught permanent contact with artists and craftsmen; her godfather, a professional tailor, was instrumental in the emergence of her vocation.

After graduating from the Paris “Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture”, fashion design school, Annelise gained extensive experience by working with several well-established fashion designers (Paul and Joe, Vanessa Bruno…) and fashion houses (Hermes, Lolita Lempicka…) where she developed a true sense of her own aesthetic and design style.

After a stylist requested that Annelise make some custom for accessories for a French Vogue shoot, Annelise discovered her passion for jewelry and launched her first collection in October 2010.

Each piece is produced in limited quantities and hand-crafted in France using only 100% French materials.  Annelise Michelson’s Costume Jewelry has gained popularity with celebrities like Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Eva Green, Rosario Dawson, Robin Wright- Penn, Adrian Brody, Theodora Richards, The Do and Zelda Williams.

This ring sells on her site for 255 euro.


Jewel of the day: Bottega Veneta Rock Crystal Pearl Antique Silver Pendant

A few years ago, Bottega Veneta decided against putting any of its seasonal jewellery pieces on sale. I believe some of these items make it to their outlet stores, but as I am not located near any of them, tough to say (and they won’t ship outside the US, alas).  The bad news: if you are waiting for markdowns on their pricey things, you are likely out of luck. The good news: if you missed out on a piece from a few seasons back, it’s likely it can still be found. At full price.

This is from their current collection and a variation on this necklace is the star ad campaign piece. The unusual sterling silver chain holds a pendant with silver, freshwater pearls and at the center, a large piece of rock crystal. It sells for USD$1,920 on the Bottega Veneta web site, and there are other matching pieces in the collection.

Jewel of the day: Tory Burch Coral and Striped Bead Necklace

Tory Burch’s now huge design empire began as a simpler collection of resort wear echoing the laid back but luxe style of of Palm Beach. Burch’s tunics and skinny pants would be right at home with this jaunty necklace, made with resin and bamboo coral, with 16k plated findings. If you’re sick of the sequins and rhinestones for the holidays, this has just the right touch of red without the glitter.

It’s available on her web site (and possibly at her burgeoning retail locations) for USD$325.

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