IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “March, 2016”

Jewel of the day: Chrishabana for Opening Ceremony Lip Cuff

Who says piercings and body modification jewellery can’t be ladylike? Especially since pearls are the ultimate in “I’m a lady!” accessories.

This lip cuff by Chrishabana for Opening Ceremony actually takes its inspiration less from decorum and more from Dracula. The site notes, “Stark, elegant, and with a cultish appeal, CHRISHABANA for Opening Ceremony adss a series of sleek, effeminate lip rings. Taking inspiration from vampire imagery and punk themes, these lip rings make use of beautiful freshwater pearls and cubic zirconia.”

It’s made of 14k gold plated over sterling silver with the aforementioned freshwater pearls, and sells for USD$190.

Chrishabana for OC Lip Cuff



Jewel of the day: Aris Geldis Fringe Bracelet

Fringe is one of those embellishments that comes and goes. It usually makes me think of the 70s, suede hobo bags, bell bottom pants and bold graphic prints.

I really like the way it’s used in this bracelet, which has no 70s vibe at all. So hold the patchouli.

By Aris Geldis, it is made of brass (that’s all they wrote about it – really) and sells for €250.

Aris Geldis Fringe bracelet

Jewel of the day: Au Rate Open Pyramid Necklace

With warmer weather coming (at least where I am – I hope, and soon) it’s nice to lighten up on accessories as well. At least, that’s what I tell myself. If you have more ability to streamline, this necklace offers a pretty, polished look with a bit of a twist, given its open front.

By Au Rate, it’s 18k gold plating over sterling silver, and sells for USD$295.

Au Rate Open Pyramid Necklace


Jewel of the day: Alexander Wang Lock Bracelet

Alexander Wang didn’t stay too long as design director at Balenciaga and I don’t recall ever seeing any of his own accessories for that label. He seemed to pretty much push on with the designs they were already doing (at least in bags). But he never gave up his own collections so going back to his own name probably wasn’t much of a disruption. However, this represents part of his first jewellery line.

Here, a metal bracelet with a lock end, which is kind of cute. No key required; it slips on and off the wrist. This is available from Net-A-Porter, which explains, “Alexander Wang’s debut jewelry line takes inspiration from the industrial chain embellishments that define his Spring ’16 runway collection. Designed with a gold-plated padlock, this silver-tone bracelet is polished for a high shine. Wear yours with off-duty looks.”

This sells for USD$475.
Alexander Wang Lock bracelet

Jewel of the day: Jean Claude Darveau Vintage Modernist Necklace and Earrings

From Etsy seller Retrovinta comes this set by Quebec designer Jean Claude Darveau. The seller describes it this way: “1970s Canadian designer artisan Jean Claude Darveau modernist necklace and earrings demi parure. The hand crafted abstract statement necklace and earrings are made of white metal with silver plated finish. They are adorned with melamine elements. The closure system clasp is stamped with the patent number : 3984900 dating the necklace around 1975. The earrings have stems for pierced ears and one of them has been resoldered.”

This set sells for CDN$220.35.

Jean Claude Darveau set

Jewel of the day: Baublebar Crackle White Bead Necklace

I came to a love of bead necklaces fairly late, as I had viewed them as granny jewellery and too boring. But I’ve since learned beads can be bold, as with this seven strand necklace from Baublebar.

It’s available in a variety of colours but this crackled white (beads are acrylic) would go with just about everything. And Gran would approve. It’s only USD$38.

Baublebar crackle white bead necklace

Jewel of the day: Ilana Ariel Mini Triangle Necklace

Much as I love my chunky, large and in charge jewelry, there is something to be said for understated. This 14k gold and diamond necklace by Ilana Ariel is a nice piece that can be worn daily to add a little bit of sparkle without overwhelming.

It’s available from Plan de Ville for USD$800, and is also available in white gold.

Ilana Ariel Mini Triangle Necklace


Jewel of the day: Kait Rhoads Wisteria Earrings

Kait Rhoads works with glass and has crafted some charming jewelry. These Wisteria earrings are made of hand blown murrine glass, freshwater pearls, and sterling silver wire, and are 1 1/4″ long by 1/2″ wide each.  You can read more about Roads’s glass work here.

These earrings are USD$161 from Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle (and online).

Kait Rhodes Glass Earrings


Jewel of the day: Karma El-Khalil Chalcedony and Diamond Earrings

If emeralds lend themselves well to statement pieces like yesterday’s necklace, chalcedony works well in airier, lighter looking designs.

These earrings by Karma El-Khalil are showy but the pale blue stones, set in 18k white gold, will let you get away with wearing them more informally. These are available from Roseark in Los Angeles for USD$6,380.

Karma El Khalil Earrings


Jewel of the day: Judy Geib Maze Pendant

There is something about emeralds that tends to lend them really well to pieces with some heft. This pendant/necklace by Judy Geib uses the stones to good effect.

Geib has worked with 6.20 ct square-shaped Colombian emeralds, and 12.4 ct baguette Colombian emeralds, set in satin-finished 22k yellow gold, polished 18k yellow gold, and oxidized sterling silver. The pendant hangs on a 17 inch chain and has a drop of about 1.5 inches.

Because some statement pieces require big bank statements, this will set you back USD$57,080 at Barneys.

Judy Geib Maze Pendant

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