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Archive for the month “May, 2015”

Jewel of the day: Cartier Love Ring

This is an oldie but a goody, and as I recently acquired one I decided it was time for it to have its own post. The Cartier Love ring was designed by Aldo Cipullo and is available in both a thick and thin band, and the motif is used in the famous bracelet, as well as a pendant and earrings. Unlike the bracelet, the “screws” are merely a design element and the ring is not “locked” or screwed onto the finger.

This one, in 18k yellow gold (very buttery looking, I might add) sells for USD $1,650.

Cartier Love Ring

Jewel of the day: Alexis Bittar White Sapphire Pave Marquise Burst Cuff Bracelet

Alexis Bittar is perhaps best known for his acrylic and crystal set jewelry but he recently ventured into what he is terming fine jewelry.

It’s not unreasonable, when buying things online, to ask, “Well, what is this made of?” I’m not sure why jewellers are so reluctant to provide the details of the materials they use but many are. This piece is described only in its title as being set with white sapphires. No clue as to the metal, though for the USD $1,195 price, I’m guessing sterling silver. It’s available from Bittar’s website as well as retailers where the brand is carried.

Alexis Bittar White Sapphire Pave Cuff

Jewel of the day: Patricia von Musulin Long Ebony Pillow Earrings

I am a fan of Patricia von Musulin’s sculptural pieces of jewelry. I am fortunate to have one piece and hope to soon be acquiring another (stay tuned for a reveal, I hope).

These long elegant earrings are ebony wood inlaid with sterling silver. They are substantial in appearance, at 3-1/4 inches long. They sell for USD $1,125 from Stanley Korshak.

Patricia von Musulin ebony earrings

Jewel of the day: Aprosio Crocheted Bamboo Bracelet

This is a fun and funky beaded bracelet formed to resemble bamboo. By Aprosio & Co., it’s made with Murano glass beads and sold by Charleston’s Ben Silver.

It sells for USD $265.

Aprosio Bamboo bracelet

Jewel of the day: Mags Bonham Iconic Purse Necklace

Is it utterly meta to wear a necklace made of purse charms? Like accessories cannibalizing accessories?

This quirky necklace by Etsy seller Mags Bonham renders well-known bag designs in polymer clay and lets you display your love of accessories… as an accessory. See. Meta.

Bonham explains, “This necklace is part of a group of work made for the Invitational Exhibit at the Synergy Conference held in 2010 by the International Polymer Clay Guild. The theme was ‘Connections’ and I chose to examine the connection that women have with their purses.This piece has been featured on Polymer Clay Daily and Art Jewelry Magazine Blogs.

This necklace features hand-sculpted charms based on some of the most iconic purses in recent history. Polymer transfers and finely sculpted details make most of the purses easily recognizable. But just in case you are not sure, they are (clockwise from top right): Kate Spade, Burberry, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Kathleen Dustin (polymer icon), Coach(personal favorite), Bottega Veneta (personal favorite), Prada, Gucci, and Vera Bradley.

This piece was defiantly a labor of love and should be priceless. But everything – and everyone – has its price, so here it is. This piece is somewhat more fragile than the rest of my work, but I will repair or replace the charms as needed. Necklace length can be sized to fit.”

This sells for $626.49.

Etsy bag necklace

 

Jewel of the day: Hermes Alchimie Bracelet

I do love a lot of Hermes jewelry but I’d be lying if I said I thought it was worth what they charge for it. This bracelet is a case in point. It’s a mishmash of a bunch of Hermes design elements, including the chaine d’ancre chain, the Medor stud, and the Kelly and Birkin straps and turnlock. They’ve been jumbled together and rendered in 18k rose gold and with a diamond carat weight of 4.71 in total, and will set you back USD $130,200.

Should you feel this is missing from your jewelry collection, you can obtain it here.

Hermes Alchimie Bracelet

Jewel of the day: Leivankash Dagger Pearl Ring

This ring is an interesting combo of materials: by designer Leivankash, it is plated in 22K yellow gold and set with a freshwater pearl. It’s part of the designer’s Damocles collection, with the tiny dagger a play on words (symbols?) of the sword of Damocles…

This is also available in rose gold and silver plated bronze and sells for £240.

Leivankash dagger pearl ring

Jewel of the day: Amy Gregg Mirror Square and Rectangle Drops

Quirky and moonstone, a good combination in my books. These earrings are by Amy Gregg, and made of rainbow moonstone set into 18k yellow gold.

Gregg came to jewelry design in a roundabout way. “Despite being a diplomacy and world affairs major at Occidental College, you would often find Amy Gregg soaking in art classes at Pasadena Art Center. It was during a semester of fashion illustration that Gregg decided to pursue jewelry as more than a hobby and passion she held since a child. Now in her third season, Amy Gregg continues to bring a sleek and understated elegance to the handcrafted jewelry market.

Following graduation in 2007, Amy had the opportunity to merge her business and design know-how while working for jewelry label, Irene Neuwirth. It was there she would become both inventory manager and stone buyer learning many sides of the business she too hoped to thrive in. Before long, her reputation made its way through the industry, and with urging from clients and friends, Gregg took the leap and began her own line.

Launched on Valentines Day 2013, Amy Gregg Jewelry is rooted in clean Scandinavian design principles. Pops of color are hallmarks of the collection which consists of 18k Gold and Peruvian opal, labradorite, rutilated quartz and other vibrant stones. The collection is well known for its simple yet classic style, geometric shapes and combination of silver and gold to provide timeless wearable art for women globally.”

These earrings sell for USD $2,590.

Amy Gregg Earrings

Jewel of the day: Elizabeth Street Marquise Opal Cabochon Ring

I always enjoy learning more about jewellers and appreciate it when they provide information about themselves on their sites. Elizabeth Street is based in LA, and has this to say: Born and raised in New Orleans, I became inspired by the aesthetic of paint chipping off of beautiful old houses and the oxidized texture or wrought iron fences; the rare beauty of imperfections acquired by age. Since receiving my B.F.A. in 2003 from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the Metals and Jewelry department I have worked in various aspects of the jewelry industry, and in 2008 I began developing my own line.  The overall style that I aspire to achieve is loosely based off of the contents of my grandmother’s jewelry box. She collected and dealt ancient and estate jewelry and stones. My interest in Indian rose cut diamonds stems from the jewelry that I was exposed to through her. These stones have an inherent quality that is both imperfect and uniquely beautiful. The designs I have created are intended to pay homage to these characteristics without attempting to hide any of the intrinsic qualities that make a rose cut stone so distinctive. Each piece of jewelry is hand made in my Los Angeles studio. ”

This sleek opal ring is set into 22k gold, with a tougher 14k gold shank. It sells at LAs Roseark for USD $2,420. Street’s web site can be found here.

Elizabeth Street Opal Ring

Jewel of the day: Marni Runway Bracelet

It’s leather, it’s acrylic, it’s Marni.

Their pop-up store describes the bracelet this way: Runway bracelet in leather. Wide bracelet in different sizes. Closed by two press-studs bearing the Marni logo. Rectangular, gilded metal base on the wrist, surmounted by an acrylic resin, faceted stone with a geometric, colored square pattern.

Yours for USD $470.

Marni runway bracelet

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