IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “June, 2015”

Jewel of the day: Erin Considine Lunatic Fringe Necklace

You have to admit this is a clever name for a necklace, and the design follows through on the moniker.

Erin Considine’s Lunatic Fringe necklace as described on the site The Dreslyn is “natural flax and silver. Handmade necklace with silver pendant and beige fringe. Beige braided silk noil cord and curved U-shaped sterling silver pendant with beige fringe spilling from the middle. Rope is hand-dyed and capped with a vintage silver bead. Slips over head and can be adjusted to your desired length. Drawstring closure. Handmade in New York City.”

It sells for USD $300.



Jewel of the day: Vintage Red Crystal and Rhinestone Necklace

I used to think beads were just plain old fashioned – and not in a good way. But I’ve come to see how much fun they can be, and how beautiful. This red glass single strand necklace has rhinestone ball spacers and small pieces that are scattered along its length. I suspect it is French made but, like so much fabulous vintage jewelry, it is unsigned.

It sells for Cdn $250 on my web site, Into Temptation.

Red bead necklace


Jewel of the day: Ermanno Scervino Triangular Crystal Brooch

Yay – brooch! Not so yay – the price. But hey, when it comes to brooches, the unloved stepchild of today’s jewellery world, I take ’em where I find ’em.

This pin by Ermanno Scervino is currently on sale from Hirshleifer’s, reduced to USD $511.39 from $639.24. It’s fairly large, judging from the photos, and very striking in the modelling photo.

You can purchase it through Farfetched here.

Ermanno Scervino Crystal Brooch

Jewel of the day: Swarovski Cypress Small Pendant

With hotter weather (at least where I am) the temptation is to wear just the essentials to keep cool. But if you’re me, jewellery is an essential. What I like about this Cypress pendant by Swarovski is that it is clean and elegant, and would fill in a v-neck with a dash of sparkle and chic.

It sells for USD $99, and is available in rose gold and white metal; it is sold with the chain.

Swarovski Cypress Small Pendant

Jewel of the day: Chan Luu Bronzite Bead Earrings

Chan Luu is probably best known for beaded wrap bracelets that were very very hot and played well with other pieces on the wrist.

These earrings also use beads, this time in bronzite, and they dangle from gold plated sterling silver tear drop shaped hoops. Sold by Net-A-Porter, they are USD $115.

Chan Luu Bronzite Earrings

Jewel of the day: Nak Armstrong Silver Sapphire Emerald Labradorite Necklace

This is a striking and unusual piece by Nak Armstrong. The stones, emerald, sapphire and labradorite, appear to be inlaid into sterling silver and the cool blue and green tones play off each other well. The necklace measures 18 inches.

It sells for USD $8,200 from Mitchells.

Nak Armstrong Silver Labradorite Necklace

Jewel of the day: Vrai and Oro Diamond Stacking Ring Pair

Vrai and Oro’s schtick is affordable jewelry without exorbitant markups.

They explain, “Vrai & Oro means truth (in French) and gold (in Spanish and Italian). Our philosophy is about creating for quality, being inspired by simplicity, and embodying transparency. Instead of focusing on trends, we offer simple, delicate pieces that can be worn every day. Fashion shouldn’t be disposable; we create for everlasting style. Traditionally, fine jewelry is often marked up 8-10x by the time it reaches the consumer – but we like to question traditions. Why not simplify the process, cut out the middlemen, and create a way to make owning fine jewelry more attainable? Meet Vrai & Oro. High quality fine jewelry, without the retail markups.”

Here, they offer a pair of diamond stacking rings (they are big on stacking); two square cut diamonds – one black and one white – set in 14k yellow gold. They sell for USD $430.

Vrai and Oro Stacking Rings

Jewel of the day: Hortense Majorette Pearl Earrings

For those who think pearls are stuffy and those who don’t, these cool pearl earrings by Hortense.

Made with a bar of 14k yellow gold, set with a pearl at each end, (6mm and 3mm) they are nice take on the classic pearl stud. These sell for USD $184.

Hortense Majorette Pearl Earrings


Jewel of the day: Barbara Bixby Signature Key of Life Pendant

Keys as an element of jewellery design are not new but it’s fair to say that Tiffany popularized them a few years ago. Here is one by Barbara Bixby, an ornate gold and diamond piece.

It’s available by special order only. Bixby’s site notes, “18K yellow gold diamond Signature Key of Life pendant. The key pendant features signature flower with pave-set diamonds, diamond accents and signature metal carving. Satin Finish.”

It sells fur USD $3,800.

Barbara Bixby Key of Life Pendant

Jewel of the day: Hermes Sterling Silver CDC Cuff Bracelet

I wrote about this Hermes CDC sterling silver bracelet in 2010, not long after it first came out. At the time, I decided it really wasn’t for me. Turns out, it was. When a friend mentioned she wasn’t keen to keep it and asked if I wanted to buy it from her, I readily agreed.

The closure on the first two iterations was terribly fussy. This does requires a bit of thought initially but once you’ve figured out how it opens and closes, it’s fairly easy to put on and take off. Once on, it really stays put. I have a fairly small wrist, but this is sized VERY small. If you are thinking of buying one, I suggest you try it on first and see if it’s a comfortable fit, as it’s quite heavy and fits closely.

It sells at Hermes for USD $4300. And I’m very happy to have it.


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