IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Jewel of the day: Rebekah Price for Ebay Valentine’s Day Collective

Ebay has partnered with three jewellers to offer specially priced designs just in time for Valentine’s Day. Canadian designers Dean Davidson, Rebekah Price and Foxy Originals have all come up with pretty wearable pieces for $100 and under.

And good news for heart-phobes. Only one heart motif in the bunch and red and pink are used sparingly and tastefully. Today’s piece is by Rebekah Price, and is made of base metal and Swarovski crystals. Available for Cdn $100. There are also matching earrings available for $100.

Rebekah Price Ruby, Rose and Clear Crystal Necklace

Jewel of the day: The Hopeful Romantic Imprisoned Heart necklace

Who says Valentine’s Day has to be squishy and saccharine sweet? Go Goth!

Designer The Hopeful Romantic offers this sterling silver pendant with a stylized heart locked behind a grate. They will also customize a pendant to suit, so if you have your own idea for a pendant, get in touch. This comes with a 16 inch silver chain and is available for USD $80.45. It also comes in less expensive base metal, and in different shapes.

Imprisoned Heart necklace

Jewel of the day: Swarovski Starlet earrings

If you like your Valentine’s hearts subtler, consider these pretty rhinestone earrings for pierced ears by Swarovski. The earrings use a mix of clear, pink and purple stones, with a tiny pink heart set above the main component on each.

These are currently on sale on the UK site, at GBP 32.50 from GBP 65.

Swarovski Starlet earrings

Jewel of the day: Estate of Grace Reigning Victory pendant

As you’ve no doubt noticed, Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, at least in retail terms. (Be thankful the push to buy V-Day gems didn’t start on December 26.)

Typically, hearts, flowers and red gems carry the day in sending messages of love. This pretty necklace is made by Estate of Grace using vintage charms. This charm is described as Victorian, platinum over 14k yellow gold. A ruby is set in the centre, surrounded by diamonds. No carat weight is given. It is not specified, but in the description by vendor Greenwich Jewelers it indicates there is oxidized sterling silver, which I am guessing is the 16 inch chain. Available for USD $825. Let love reign.

Estate of Grace pendant

Jewelerexia returns – SAG Awards stands for Screen Actors Gemless

Once again, I am offering to help accessorize the poor unadorned of Hollywood as, once again, the red carpet has been walked by a succession of actresses wearing absolutely no jewellery to speak of.

Is there a jewellery famine in Hollywood to go along with the obsessive desire to stay a size 0? I’ve never heard that jewellery makes you look heavier. Maybe it’s just all too confusing for today’s actresses to navigate (hence, see my opening sentence).

Witness Morena Baccarin below, who appears in Homeland. Yes, she is wearing what appear to be emerald drop earrings. But if ever an outfit really cried out for some ornamentation, you’re looking at it. Boo to jewelerexia.

Getty Images/Morena Baccarin arriving at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Getty Images/Morena Baccarin arriving at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jewel of the day: Malcolm Betts cushion cut diamond earrings

OK, so if the rough diamond earrings I showed earlier this week aren’t your thing and you’ve decided you neeeed sparkle, consider these pretty and contemporary looking cushion cut diamond stud earrings by Malcolm Betts.

Available at Barneys New York for USD $4,285, they are described as “circular platinum stud earrings set with 0.54ct white cushion-shaped diamonds”. I am assuming this means .54 carat total weight, or about a quarter of a carat per ear. Worth asking if you plan to buy.

Malcolm Betts diamond stud earrings

Jewel of the day: Kastur Jewels brass fish necklace

The exuberance of this brass filigree necklace brings a smile to my face. The fish seem determined to be going, well … somewhere.

Offered by Britain’s Kastur Jewels, it is a very reasonable £85 and comes in one size. Available for purchase on their web site.

Kastur jewels fish necklace

Jewel of the day: Costin Lazar Silverbridge silver Helix bangle bracelet

Silverbridge in Toronto offers elegant minimalist designs in both sterling silver and gold. Designed by Costin Lazar, this Helix bracelet is a graceful, bold swirl. It sells for USD $745.

Lazar cites modern sculpture, particularly by Brancusi, as an inspiration. He also designs and sells sculpture on the web site.

Silverbridge Helix bangle

Jewel of the day: Iris Apfel for Yoox black water buffalo horn necklace

When Rodgers and Hammerstein penned “There Ain’t Nothing Like A Dame” they could have been describing the outlandishly and compellingly stylish Iris Apfel. Known for her oversized black frame glasses and equally large sense of style, Apfel recently offered a few different jewelry collections based on her own collections. (And got into some hot water when one of these was fairly close in inspiration – too close – to some other notable designs…)

This multistrand necklace is evocative of her more is more aesthetic. Apfel probably would pair it with an embroidered coat in primary colours, and arm loads of bangle bracelets. How you choose to style it is up to you – and part of the fun. Yoox is also selling unsigned vintage pieces from Apfel’s personal collection.

This fab necklace is currently on sale at Yoox, for USD $225 from $325.

Iris Apfel Yoox necklace

Jewel of the day: Alexis Russell large rough diamond earrings

If you like the idea of diamond stud earrings but not the cost, or you want something more unique, Alexis Russell has the answer. For USD $168, she offers rough cut diamonds set in 14k gold filled post settings. If nothing else, they are a fun, affordable conversation piece. And who really needs sparkle when you have size?

These are showing (as of this writing) as temporarily unavailable on the Giving Tree Jewelry web site but still part of the designer’s collection there.

Alexis Russell rough diamond earrings

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