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Archive for the month “August, 2013”

Jewel of the day: Colette Purple Turquoise and Diamond Ring

Being unfamiliar with purple turquoise, I immediately headed for Google to try to find out more. I discovered that it can be a synonym for the semi-precious stone sugilite, that it can be a dyed and heat treated matrix mixed with a resin and red dye, allowed to set and then cut, or that there is actually a mystery stone called purple turquoise from the remote town of Copiopo, Chile.

The origins of the purple turquoise in this ring by Colette remain to be discovered. The large oval stone (1.63 inches long, set horizontally across the base of the finger) is set with and accented by .50 of diamonds, and set into 18k white gold. Available for purchase only online from Fragments, it is USD $6540.

Colette Purple Turquoise and Diamond ring

Jewel of the day: Gucci Plexiglass Cuff

I think what I like most about this Gucci piece is its sheer chutzpah. Given the price (got USD $2690 to spare), the materials (Plexiglas and rhinestones set in brass, the heavy 80s borrowing that can probably be had at your local vintage shop, the in your face colour, it’s got a wealth of sheer gall going for it. (Well, and the fact that 80s is now considered vintage. I weep.)

There are probably a ton of rhinestone studded cuffs on Ebay, Etsy, and sites in between if this is the look you’re going for. it can be found for a lower (much lower!) price. But if it’s Gucci you’re after than this is your piece and it even comes with a discreet applique of the interlocking GGs on the bracelet so you can demonstrate your brand love.

Gucci lucite cuff

Jewel of the day: Ben-Amun Lucite Teardrop Earrings

These earrings, made of lucite and silver plated pewter, are from Ben-Amun’s spring 2013 collection. I have a bit of a tough time wrapping my head around jewellery and seasonality with some obvious exceptions. I mean, no one wants to see kitschy Christmas jewellery  in April, though I really dislike seeing them at any time of year.

These black and clear lucite pieces look more fall/winter to me, if I was going to try to assign a season, but they have a pretty Deco look to them that is, well, good year round.

Available for USD$130.

Ben-Amun lucite earrings

Jewel of the day: Natalia Brilli New Chained Bracelet

I have a thing for galuchat. There. I’ve admitted it. Also known as shagreen, the word’s genesis has an interesting story. Quoth Wikipedia, “Shagreen is a type of leather or rawhide consisting of rough untanned skin, formerly made from a horse’s back or that of an onager (wild ass), and typically dyed green. Shagreen is now commonly made of the skins of sharks and rays. The word derives from the French chagrin and is related to Italian zigrino and Venetian sagrin, derived from the Turkish sāğrī / çāğrī ‘rump of a horse’ or the prepared skin of this part. The roughness of its texture led to the French meaning of anxiety, vexation, embarrassment, or annoyance.”

Natalia Brilli uses galuchat here to form chains for a bracelet. Looking at this piece on the site under magnification, the characteristic dots look more impressed into leather than genuine galuchat, but they do give the piece an interesting texture and iridescence.  On sale for Cdn $249.99. No anxiety required.

Natalia Brilli galuchat chain bracelet

Jewel of the day: Figue Maharani Necklace

Thought I’d start the week off with a jewelled “bang”! This piece by Figue is accurately described as a statement necklace. They might have added the word “mysterious” to that.

The product detail on the site is this: “Uniquely crafted jewel-embellished statement necklace with tie closure. Inspired by the precious jewels of the Maharaja. So glamorous!”

Mystery Maharaja necklace can be yours for $1195. No actual details as to materials or stones, those little details that must be inconsequential to the designer. (Yes. Lack of detail on materials is my big beef about jewellery websites. Especially when an item costs this much, it would be nice – well, essential, really – to know what the heck it’s made of.)

If you are up for a mystery, click here to purchase.

Figue Maharani necklace

Jewel of the day: Cathy Waterman Eye of Love Pendant

I have mixed emotions about Cathy Waterman. So many of her pieces are stunning but her prices have always been breathtaking for what you get. However, I suppose the same could be said about so many jewellers.

This pendant takes the Georgian lovers’ eye pendant and adds a little Goth twist to it, with the overall anime look of the painting, and diamond spiked chain. It’s an original painting on ivory, set in a frame accented with champagne diamonds.

Sold by Ylang23, they note, “This one-of-a-kind masterpiece is delicately hand painted on ivory featuring an “Eye of Love”. Prong set and lacy edged with champagne diamonds in 22 karat yellow gold with blackened detailing. Pendant, including diamond bale, measures 1 1/4″ in length.

Shown on a 24″ tiny lacy chain in 22 karat yellow gold with diamond fringe. Pendant can be purchased without chain for $7,230.

Please note this piece can be customized by submitting a photograph of your own. ”

Price with chain is USD $14370.

Cathy Waterman lovers eye

Jewel of the day: Sharon Khazzam Multi-Gemstone Norma Earrings

These earrings bring a smile to my face. They are just out there juicy colour, form and texture.

Made by Sharon Khazzam and sold by Barneys, they are described as 18k rose gold set with a 9.43ct mélange of square, leaf, and marquis-shaped amethyst, blue and pink tourmaline, and ruby and .81ct diamonds. They have a 38mm drop (sorry, I snoozed through metric when it was being taught so I have no idea what that is in my beloved imperial measure).

These sell for USD $2300.

Sharon Khazzam earrings

Jewel of the day: Michael Kors Dylan Glitz Chronograph Watch

I feel conflicted when I look at Michael Kors’s designs, pretty much across the board. His high-end women’s clothing line still adheres to his Hamptons, Upper East Side NY chic look so perfect on icy blondes. (Which I am not and although I’m not sure they would work on or for me, I do like them.) The stuff in the stores, well, I can well imagine Kors ripping a strip off those “designers” should they show the same pieces on Project Runway. These are things he often sneeringly defines as mall clothes. And well, they are.

Kors or whoever is designing his accessories, also often borrows heavily from others, most notably recently from Hermes and Chanel. I understand there is nothing new in the world, that designers are frequently “inspired” by each other, and that Kors’s offerings are taking class to mass.

Which is why I can’t hate on, and actually like, this Dylan chronograph. It’s got the look of a bunch of other high-end watches with its blocky gunmetal chrono design. And he unabashedly says it’s glitz, with its addition of baguette-cut crystals a la Chanel J12. And it is decently priced at USD $295.  Might even have to see this one in person at, yes, one of those mall stores.

Michael Kors Dylan watch

Jewel of the day: Isabel Marant Enameled Bracelet

So fall is coming (shudder) and new goods are flooding web sites and stores. I think it’s a bit of a head scratcher to think of jewellery as seasonal, or good only for fall or winter. Though, sure, there are some people who reserve big glitz for holiday wear only; I am not one of those people. And I did have someone tell me last week they thought fuchsia was a disrespectful lipstick colour for a memorial service, thus prompting me to ask if colours per se can be considered disrespectful.

And speaking of colours, apparently, deep blue and black are big for fall and here they are in this enameled bracelet by Isabel Marant. Since it must fit over the hand (twice) it would be worth checking with Net-A-Porter regarding dimentions before buying. (Size is listed as 2″ / 5cm wide, with a circumference of 9″ / 22cm.)

Available for USD $330 if you need to get your fall on now.

Isabel Marant enameled bracelet

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