IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

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Archive for the month “September, 2014”

Jewel of the day: Pamela Love 3 Gravitation Earrings

Part of Pamela Love’s Oracle collection, she describes the earrings this way: An update from our classic five spike earrings. These studs feature a bezel set rounded cabochon and an ear jacket with three faceted gemstones. Modern and feminine at the same time. Surround your ears with love! Great for cartilage piercings too! Available in sterling silver with lapis cabochon and faceted blue sapphires or quartz cabochon with faceted white topaz. Sold in pairs.

These sell for USD $350; the price appears the same for either combination of stones.

Pamela Love 3 Gravitation Earrings


Jewel of the day: Eddie Borgo Hand Ring

If you are like me, you probably asked yourself, “What the heck is a hand ring?”

Well, Eddie Borgo has designed what I would probably call a palm bracelet, but let’s not quibble over semantics. This ring/bracelet/ovoid object fits over the top of the hand. And stays there. While I am a huge bling lover … I can see the rhinestone studded top of this ornament doing a fine job scratching the inside of my bags and shredding clothing. It’s almost like claws, when you think of it that way. But for the minimally adorned who have always felt the top of their hand was lacking … it’s available for USD $400 from

Eddie Borgo Hand Ring

Jewel of the day: Needs Jewellery Enjoy Earrings

The last of the companies I discovered at last week’s Danish trade mission was Needs Jewellery, which offers delicate but well designed pieces in silver and plated silver.

They also have pieces that work well if you like to combine or stack your jewellery. These earrings, set with zircons, are available in sterling silver, 18k gold plated sterling silver, and rhodium plated patinated sterling silver; they sell for USD $495.

Needs Jewellery Enjoy Earrings



Jewel of the day: Carre Jewellery Romance No Thanks Ring

Carre is another new-to-me Danish jewellery design firm I met at the Danish trade mission I attended. They offer a lot of (primarily) sterling silver with gold plate and semi-precious stone designs, meant for stacking and wearing in multiples.

This intriguingly named ring, dubbed Romance No Thanks, is made of 18k gold set with a variety pink tourmalines. I am assuming the name is a rejection of the single stone engagement solitaire, and it’s a very pretty refusal of tradition. It sells for €963.

Carre Romance No Thanks Ring

Jewel of the day: Dyrberg/Kern Behar Necklace

I was fortunate to be invited to an event profiling Danish designs and services last week, and discovered a few new to me jewellery companies. I was very taken with the work of Dyrberg/Kern, celebrating their 30th year in business in 2014. I’m not sure how I’ve missed them up to now, but they will definitely be staying on my radar. They have a great mix of contemporary work that makes very effective and stylish use of crystals, metal and fabric. Prices are very affordable and they are available nearly globally.

They were showing spring/summer 2015 and there is a crystal flower necklace that is on my must have list. In the meantime, this Behar necklace is a pretty for fall alternative. It features faux pearls on a braided black silk cord with gold plated findings.  It retails for €85.

Dyrberg Kern Behar Necklace

Jewel of the day: Metonym Leather Dag Earrings

These earrings by Metonym are a pleasant marriage of hard and soft – black leather “daggers” suspended from 10k yellow gold balls and wrapped with a 10k yellow gold band. They have enough presence to make a statement without overpowering the wearer.

Best of all, they retail for only USD $79.

Metonym Leather Dag Earrings

Jewel of the day: Alisa Looney Ocean Waves Pendant

Enamel can be both very formal, and very expressive. Made of fused glass, it has moved past the formality of Edwardian and Victorian pieces to more freeform, and literal work.

This pendant by Portland, Oregon sculptor Alisa Looney is a case in point. A wave rolling through a crescent shaped pendant, it is almost Japanese in its execution. It’s enamel on steel, with a silver plated brass chain. It sells for USD $89 from

Alisa Looney enamel pendant


Jewel of the day: Ringly Ring

Ah, but the Ringly is not merely a ring. The web site notes, “Ringly connects to your phone and sends you customized notifications through vibration and light.”

It also comes in a variety of stones, several of which ware quite luscious. Is it wrong that I want one? How much fun would this ring be in a meeting (OK, a bit tough to explain, potentially, but also probably worth it.)

The launch collection is made with  an 18K matte gold 3 micron plated setting, using precious and semi-precious stones, including moonstone, pink sapphire, black onyx and rutilated quartz. Available in US sizes 6, 7 and 8. New orders will ship Winter 2014/2015.

Shown below is the emerald version, which sells for USD $260; all others are priced at $195.

Ringly ring


Jewel of the day: Christina Rose Herkimer Diamond Wrap Ring

Herkimer diamonds are actually a form of quartz that come in clear, grey or a darker stone with black inclusions within the stone. In the United States, they come from New York State, but are also found in Afghanistan and Tibet, among other locales.

This ring, by Christina Rose, is part of a wide variety of designs she offers on Ebay. She describes it as, “Stone Gold Wrap Ring Size 7. A powerhouse in raw pure gemstone. Natural beauty in this showstopper, I can’t stop looking at it! It’s different from every angle and sure to inspire your followers. Two larger double terminated raw clear and black flexed herkimer diamonds are fused to this thick gold wrap band (not adjustable). The band is 10mm thick in front and slims to 6mm in back 2mm thick. The stones are 15x9mm approx. Shiny gold plated metal. Very sturdy design.”

I have no followers per se (at least, not as far as I am aware, but it would be very cool to have a ring to use as a beacon!).

This sells for USD $81.99, and she offers a lot of different options using Herkimer diamonds and druzy stones.

Christina Rose Herkimer Diamond wrap ring

Jewel of the day: Verdura Double Crescent Bracelet

The venerable design house of Verdura is celebrating a 75th anniversary. They have highlighted several iconic pieces in both their catalogue and in a specially curated retrospective exhibition curated by Reinaldo and Carolina Hererra, and Patricia Lansing. The exhibit space will be next to the store’s boutique at 745 Fifth Avenue in New York, and will run from October 14-December 23.

As part of their catalogue, Verdura juxtaposed items with vintage photos of celebrities, socialites and models. Elegance is timeless; point made.

This double crescent bracelet and earrings, worn by a model, still look appealing. I’m no fan of smoking, having lost both parents to lung cancer, but it’s easy to see how smoking was considered glamorous when viewed in a photo like this.

The gold bracelet sells for USD $43,500; the earrings, set with diamonds and using platinum and gold, are USD $67,500.

Verdura Crescent Chic

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