IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “December, 2012”

Jewel of the day: Repossi diamond Berbere earrings

I was intrigued with these Repossi earrings when I saw a photo of Halle Berry wearing them in In Style magazine. All the toughness of a multi-studded ear without the pain and permanence. In fact, pierced ears aren’t even necessary to wear them.

Well, temporary edginess will cost you – these .65, white gold earrings will set you back USD $13,485. They are available at Barneys.

Repossi Berbere earrings


Repossi Berbere earrings Halle


Jewel of the day: Sherman bib necklace

For everyone who says it’s impossible to wear rhinestones during the day, this is what I had on the day I had my new passport photos taken. (Well, I was wearing it for something else, actually, but it didn’t occur to me to take it off.)

Sherman made some of the best and most spectacular rhinestone jewellery, pieces that have withstood the test of time. This photo has been enlarged and isn’t showing the piece to its best advantage.  But it’s still clear and sparkling, and the rhodium plated findings are still shiny and pristine.  It is featured in our book on Sherman jewellery, one of Sherman’s loveliest (and biggest!) designs.

So don’t let your vintage pieces sit in their boxes waiting for the next time you go “out.” As I said when my son was little, I remember out fondly, but I don’t get there much anymore. So I decided that every day was a good day to wear my jewelry, and I would just make my clothes suit whatever the accessory du jour was.

sherman necklace

Jewel of the day: Arik Kastan raw diamond bullet ring

I love rose gold, and so does Arik Kastan. Here, it’s used in this 14k domed ring with scrolled sides, set with rough cut (or as retailers Greenwich Jewelers call it, raw) diamonds totalling 2.15 carats.

This ring has great presence without the need of a single blingy stone to attract the eye. It’s available from Greenwich for USD $3,235.

arik kastan bullet ring

Jewel of the day: Melinda Maria Elizabeth earrings

There is something retro and current about these Elizabeth earrings by Melinda Maria. Can’t you just see these on Cher, in her “Half Breed” days? Or, currently (according to the designer’s web site) on Hilary Duff in a promotional appearance.

Made of gold plated metal, oxidized sterling silver chains, and accented with white cubic zirconia stones, they measure 3 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide. These sell for USD $245.

Melinda Maria Elizabeth earrings

Jewel of the day: Lysine Contingency Evolution necklace

I was browsing Etsy, doing a search on “statement necklace” when this popped up. I love it. It isn’t the statement I was looking for (which had a lot to do with rhinestones and bling, as per usual) but I love the design and the other quirky and yet very wearable pieces available from The Lysine Contingency.

This sells for an exceptionally reasonable USD $17 (thus making a minimal impact on your credit card statement) and I urge you to check out the other designs available. Lots of fun and made by philosophy student Jamison Jontry. As she says, “I am not a big jewelry emporium! 🙂 I’m just a philosophy student trying to pay her way through college.”

Lysine contingency necklace

Jewel of the day: Flechada black bead flower necklace

OK, time to put away the Christmas-themed sweaters (if you own them, and I hope you don’t as they are impossible to accessorize!) and break out the bling in preparation for New Year’s Eve.

This necklace, made of crocheted wire and black beads by Brazilian artisans and sold online by Flechada, is a nice way to ease out of red and green and into a more glamourous kind of festivity. Available for USD $223 and a nice way to start amping up your look for December 31.

Flechada necklace

Jewel of the day: Ross-Simons pearl, emerald, diamond and ruby pendant

Christmas Day calls for something with seasonal colours, like this pretty and affordable 6.5-8.5 mm freshwater pearl, diamond, emerald and ruby pendant. Set in gold plated sterling silver, it is a nice size and looks richer than it’s $235 price tag would imply.

Available from Ross-Simons and a nice way to add to your jewellery box in case Santa didn’t bring quite the bling you were hoping for!

Ross Simonds pearl pendant


Jewel of the day: Laura Kathleen Love Armour cuff bracelet

If you are a fan of Project Runway, you will be familiar with Laura Kathleen Planck, the Southern belle (some might say diva) who was back for a stint on the second edition of Project Runway All Stars.

Alas, Laura Kathleen was “aufed” on last week’s show, but not before showing up with this cuff bracelet. I did not know she designed her own jewellery and it’s quite striking, and a harder edged counterpoint to her feminine, soft clothing designs. This cuff comes in brass or stainless steel and is available from the designer for USD $218.

Laura Kathleen love armour cuff

Jewel of the day: Lindsay Vallan labradorite and moonstone wrap necklace

Charms have an enduring allure, and this sweet wrap necklace by Lindsay Vallan features three. Wrap bracelets have been popular for a long time; wrap necklaces are somewhat less often seen but no less pretty.

Made of moonstone, labradorite, it can presumably also accommodate additional charms or pendants of the wearer’s choice. It sells for USD $525 on the designer’s website.

Lindsay Vallan wrap necklace

Jewel of the day: Helveta Vyotlag velvet crystal thin boulder cuff

Although the name of this cuff bracelet conjures up visions of opulence and weight, it is made of poplar (wood), and crafted by the designer in Brooklyn. Love the geometric look and the vibrant colour.

This piece sells for USD $200; there are many other geometric and Danish-inspired designs on the Helveta Vyotlag website.

Helveta Vyotlag velvet crystal thin boulder cuff


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