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Archive for the month “August, 2015”

Jewel of the day: ShopDesignSpark Oui Oui Ring

French (and other foreign languages) are always popular when you want your design to look a little outre. Unless, of course, you are French, in which case it all probably seems yawn-inducing.

This ring copies the trend set by Dior and others to use words in jewels. This ring features a faux pearl with the word Oui (French for yes) etched on it. It is available for a modest USD$16 from ShopDesignSpark.

ShopDesignSpark Oui Oui Ring


Jewel of the day: Zales Diamond Flower Bracelet

It’s nice to have some blingy pieces that can be worn daily. This bracelet by Zales is set with 2.0 carats of diamonds in 14k white gold, and would look great in a stack or on its own. The flower design gives it a bit of heft, and makes for a nice change from the classic tennis bracelet.

It sells for USD$1,999.99.

Zales Diamond Flower Bracelet


Jewel of the day: Carat Blue Topaz Stud Earrings

These earrings by Carat London are a pretty, affordable alternative to classic diamond studs. And since September’s birthstone is sapphire … well, blue.

OK, so these are set with .45 carat blue topazes in sterling silver, accented with cubic zirconia. I’m a September baby and I’d be happy to wear them in place of sapphires. They sell for GBP140.00.

Carat Blue Topaz Earrings

Jewel of the day: RueGembon Maxine Necklace

From the large and in charge statement necklaces, the style pendulum has swung over to minimal and sleek. Sort of, if you don’t count the layering trend that snuck in. This necklace by RueGembon makes it easy for you, with three attached chevron pendants. Voila! Instant layers.

It sells for USD$68.

RueGembon Maxine Necklace

Jewel of the day: Diamond Cloak Pins

I’m trying to imagine who wore these wonderful diamond flowerhead cloak pins, joined with a diamond set chain. Was it on a velvet opera cloak? Something lighter, perhaps for a wedding? Just the words “cloak pins,” so archaic, conjure up visions of a time gone by. These were associated with a very luxe time in someone’s life.

For sale by Christie’s South Kensington, London on September 16, they have a resale estimate of USD$13,000-$16,000. Just in time for bundling up in your own cloak.

Antique Cloak Pins

Jewel of the day: Cartier Ruby Bead and Diamond Boule Ring

Fall is the time for auctions featuring important jewels, in the lead up to holiday gift giving. This ring should make someone very happy. By Cartier, it’s 18k yellow gold and platinum with ruby beads and diamond accents. It will be available at Sotheby’s September 24th Important Jewels auction in New York. Pre-sale estimate is USD$15,000 – $20,000.

Cartier Boule ring

Jewel of the day: Elsa Peretti Sphere Necklace

There is something calming, elegant and tactile about rock crystal. Elsa Peretti has used it in many designs in fairly innovative ways. This Sphere necklace takes circular rock crystal beads, threaded with thick black silk knots. The fat knots remind of the intricate work found in passementerie tassels.

It’s available exclusively from Tiffany and sells for USD$4,500.

Elsa Peretti Rock Crystal Sphere Necklace

Jewel of the day: Soufeel Personalized Charm Necklace

Pandora has definitely upped the availability of build your own charm bracelets. Soufeel takes it a step further, by allowing you to add your own photo to a sterling silver charm or pendant. The charm is priced at USD$29.95, with varying prices for chains, bracelets, etc. It’s a nice way to provide a sweet commemorative for an important occasion.

Soufeel Personalized Charm


Jewel of the day: Rachel Timmins Pretty Peachy Necklace

And some more 3D printed items this week, this time, a necklace from Rachel Timmins. This is made of  3D printed nylon, paint and flocking and a magnetic clasp, with a wearable length of 19 inches.

It’s a custom made piece that will require four weeks to complete, and sells for USD$1,300.

Rachel Timmins Pretty Peachy Necklace

Jewel of the day: Chihiro Makio Pave Diamond Pendant

Chihiro Makio works primarily in silver, using a variety of stones and materials to complement it. Here, Labradorite beads and pave diamonds are used on a pendant that recalls Art Nouveau shapes.

The designer notes, “This new series is my interpretation of timeless classic look with a contemporary edge. Using Pave Diamond beads and charms (natural color diamonds are pave set into sterling silver beads) and setting them into sterling silver frame with Art Deco/Nouveau style. Chain and findings are all oxidized sterling silver. Accent beads on chains are faceted labradorite beads.”

This sells for USD$300.

Chihiro Makio Simple Pendant Simple Circle

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