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Archive for the month “January, 2015”

Jewel of the day: Venyx Lady Caiman Ring

This intriguing ring by Venyx is meant to look like the scales of a caiman croc and it rather does. Venyx is Eugenie Niarchos’s line. According to Net-A-Porter, one of the retailers who carry it, “Texture is the focus of Venyx jewelry designer Eugenie Niarchos’ reptilian-inspired creations. This ‘Lady Caiman’ ring has been crafted from 18-karat blackened white gold and hand-set with 132 glimmering diamonds totaling 0.65-carats.”

It sells for USD $11.250.

Venyx Lady Caiman ring



Jewel of the day: Vanina Let’s Be Awkward Together Bracelet

There is something quirky and funny and perfectly on point when it comes to sentiments of love with this nearly anti-romantic bracelet by Vanina.

Available from Paris’s Colette, the site notes, ” Created in Beyrouth in 2007 by Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek, the jewelry line Vanina is desribed as “haute fantasy.” Having started as a pastime for both founders, Vanina is known today as an international success. Conceived and produced in their Beyrouth atelier, each piece uncovers an irreverent aesthetic, and transmits a spontaneous joy.”

It sells for €43 (less VAT for buyers outside the EU).

Vanina Let's Be Awkward Together bracelet

Jewel of the day: Solange Azagury-Partridge Chlorophyll Necklace

Solange Azagury-Partridge is probably best known for her “hot lips” ring, available in sterling silver, gold and various shades of enamel. She also does fine jewellery. This piece is part of her Chromance collection, and is called (fittingly given the predominance of green) the Chlorophyll.

It is set with emerald, ruby, and diamond with lacquer accents set in blackened 18ct white gold. There is no price; contact information is here.

Solange Azagury Partridge Chlorophyll Necklace

Jewel of the day: Edge of Ember Trio Pearl Cuff Bracelet

This gold plated, faux Trio Pearl Bracelet by UK based Edge of Ember offers chic and edgy. They have several other mix and match pieces with the pearl accent (including a Duo Pearl cuff that would look great on the other wrist, providing a contrast without looking like you were trying to rock a Wonder Woman cuff look…)

The Trio cuff sells for £155.

Edge of Ember Trio Pearl Cuff

Jewel of the day: Eshvi London Braid Earrings

These colourful, fun earrings are a great way to add some interest to an outfit without going completely over the top.

By Eshvi London, they are made of white marble, resin and crystal, and are rhodium plated. They sell for £123. No size details are noted but they appear to be about 2 inches long.

Eshvi Braid Earrings


Jewel of the day: KV Bijou Desiree Necklace

I believe this piece is named after recent Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock (which, oddly, my Mac autocorrected to Heartsick – hope not, since she just got married to her TV beau …), who features on the KV Bijou site.

It’s made with quartz surrounded by (I presume) crystals, set in rhodium plated sterling silver. It sells for USD $125, and is touted as being the perfect pick for brides and their wedding parties.

KVBijou desiree necklace

Jewel of the day: Carolyn Tyler Pesta Cuff Bracelet

Alas, I don’t have much information about this bracelet, but designer Carolyn Tyler’s “about” page makes up for it. And it’s about opals, my favourite stone.

Here is her story.

Ask Carolyn Tyler how she came to be a jewelry designer living in Bali and she’ll shrug and say with a wink “I guess it was in the stars”… and then she’ll tell you the spellbinding tale of the Stolen Opal.

During her divorce in 1990, a rare lavender opal pendant, bought during a school holiday in Greece 15 years earlier, went missing. She was distraught, and traveled to Bali to find solace—and, as luck would have it, she also found a goldsmith to re-create her beloved treasure. Fellow tourists stopped her in the street asking where they could find one like it, and an idea was born. After selling several versions of the original right off her neck, she made herself a lavender opal ring (see photo), modeled after the famous arm cuff of King Ramses II, to replace the necklace, and launched into full time jewelry designing in Bali.

Ten years later, during a trunk show tour in her hometown of Santa Barbara, Carolyn ran into her ex-husband, who offered to reveal what he had done with her cherished pendant. She realized in that moment, that it was actually the best bad thing that had ever happened to her. She said “Thank you for stealing that—I might never have gone to Bali and become a jewelry designer if not for that misfortune!”

In 2006, Carolyn opened a jewelry store across the street from the spot where she encountered her ex. On the third day of business, a woman came in and asked how she started in jewelry design, and Carolyn told her the Story of the Stolen Opal. After answering the woman’s many questions, she revealed that she had an opal pendant of that description, given to her by a friend in 1990 (the year it was stolen).

Her friend had received it from a suitor (the ex, of course!) as a gift, but never felt “right” about it, so she gave it away. The woman also never wanted to wear it, but couldn’t seem to part with it. She brought it to Carolyn later that day, and it was, indeed, the Stolen Opal (see photo)—finally returned to it’s home after a 15 year absence.

The moral of this story is…When life gives you lemons, make the best darn lemonade there is, brand it, and let the world enjoy it!

Carolyn Tyler Pesta Cuff Bracelet

Jewel of the day: J. Crew Long Crystal Floret Necklace

I’m a sucker for sparkly things. So when I passed this “Crystal Floret” necklace at J. Crew, I stopped. And then I bought. (Hey, there was a sale!) The asymmetrical nature of the design has me a little bit OCD fussed, but as long as I’m not looking at myself, it’s fine. And I’m not OCD, either.

It packs a lot of glitz into a small and wearable package. After a couple of years of honking big rhinestone encrusted statement necklaces, this is a refreshing change. It sells for USD $56.50 and has matching earrings featuring the rhinestone marquise shaped piece (which I also bought because sale … but I don’t wear them together – too matchy matchy.)

J Crew Crystal Floret Necklace

Jewel of the day: Matt Cole Bowling Ball Bracelet

Looking for a fun accessory addition in these (mostly, depending where you are) dreary days of winter? And if you’re lucky enough to be someplace sunny and warm in January, this will fit right in.

Matt Cole says it best on his web site, so I’ll just use his description of these charming bracelets: “These balls you used to be able to bowl with, but now there way too small, and all they can do these days is look really good rolling around your wrist!

Let me think of something else to say about this bracelet. Hmmmm…..I know! This bracelet will “bowl you over!” No. That’s not original. I know! “Have a ball!” No. That’s just dumb.

How about this: this bracelet is made from bowling balls that have been saved from a practically eternal grave in a landfill! But now they’re so pretty!”

Pretty and affordable, they sell for USD $30 and come in a variety of colours.

Matt Cole bowling ball bracelet

Jewel of the day: Shayna Illingworth Sterling Silver Earrings

Some years ago, I took a museum course about working with seed beads on fabric. The teachers were Delica seed bead wizards, using them to create tiny portraits, and embellishing with them in the most astonishing ways. These earrings by Shayna Illingworth, which use the glass Delica beads, as well as Leland green slag set in sterling silver, remind me of the art created by my teachers.

Leland blue slag is a manmade material that was actually smelting waste tossed into Lake Michigan; I am assuming that this is a similar composition (which comes from heated iron ore and borax, as well as other components).  It just confirms that beauty is definitely in the eye – and the ear – of the beholder.

Sayna Illingworth Earrings

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