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Archive for the month “May, 2016”

Jewel of the day: Sirli + Siroan Halo Diamond Stud Earrings

These pretty earrings add a little something (more diamonds, in the form of a halo) to the classic diamond stud design.

By Sirli + Siroan in Toronto, the centre post stud diamond earring can be removed and worn alone; total diamond carat weight for the pair is 2.0. Gold is 14k; the earrings sell for Cdn$6,250.

Sirli + Siroan Halo diamond earrings


Jewel of the day: Beads of Paradise NYC Emerald Strand Necklace

As if NY didn’t pose enough challenges to my wallet and the strength of my financial will power (already shaky), next time I’m in Manhattan Beads of Paradise NYC will be a must-visit.

They have a range of beads and jewellery, from Asia and Africa, and there is a lot by which to be tempted. This emerald strand closes with a gold plated clasp (kind of a clanger for me given the price and the piece – a solid gold clasp would have been a nice touch) and sells for USD$3,000.

The site tells you everything you always wanted to know about emeralds and a bit more: Emerald is the modern and traditional birthstone for May. Emerald is the only stone besides topaz that is listed in all of the ancient birthstone tables. Emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group. The name emerald comes from the Greek “smaragdos” via the Old French “esmeralde”, and really just means ‘green gemstone.’ Emerald’s precious green color is caused by trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are considered one of the four precious stones; the sapphire, the emerald, the ruby and the diamond. Emeralds are found in many countries, but Columbia and Brazil are the major producers; Columbia is recognized as the source for the finest stones. They are also found in Pakistan, Russia, Australia, South Africa, India, Norway, and the United States. Incas and Aztecs of South America, where the best emeralds are still found today, regarded the emerald as a holy gemstone. However, probably the oldest known finds were once made near the Red Sea in Egypt. These gemstone mines, already exploited by Egyptian pharaohs between 3000 and 1500 B.C. and later referred to as ‘Cleopatra’s Mines’, had already been exhausted by the time the mines were rediscovered in the early 19th century.  Written many centuries ago, the Vedas, the holy scriptures of India, say the emerald enhances the well-being, and are supposed to aid in fertility and abundance.  Commonly today, they are closely associated with love and gifts of love.

Beads of Paradise Emerald Strand

Jewel of the day: Wanderlust Bracelet Quad

So you’re stuck in a cube all day and possibly too old to hit up the festival circuit? Never fear. You can bring the boho beach vibe to you with this set of four fun costume bracelets that invoke that summer vibe. No airport hassles required.

Description:  fa oursome of bold, graphic bracelets stack well together, with plenty of intricate beadwork. Handle with Care Instructions: We recommend storing on a jewelry stand to avoid threads bending. Wrap tassels for travel to keep their shape.

By Baublebar, this set of four is now on sale so grab yours now – USD$58.

Baublebar Wanderlust Bracelet Quad

Jewel of the day: Sevan Bicakci White and Black Diamond Padlock Pendant

Turkish jeweller Sevan Bicakci is having a moment, what with the splash made by his octopus ring as worn by Whoopi Goldberg at the Oscars.

This oversized padlock is set with 2 carats of white and black diamonds set in 18 karat while gold and silver. It sells for USD$14,580; the scimitar ended chain it’s shown with is sold separately.

Sevan Bicakci Padlock Pendant

Jewel of the day: Dannijo Amista Crystal Cuff Bracelets

The stacking trend shows no signs of dying – more is still more. Here, Dannijo offers a set of five skinny bangles with jewelled (rhinestone) ends that can be worn singly or in different combinations. They are made of oxidized silver-plated brass. Stack away! These sell for USD$295.

Dannijo Amista Cuff Set

Jewel of the day: Alex Fraga Citrine 18k Gold Ring

Speaking of cocktail rings, this would have fit right into the later part of Mad Men’s run, time wise. Though the stone would probably have been a cabochon if it was the 60s.

By Alex Fraga, this is made of citrine, carnelian, 18k gold and sterling silver. Given the materials, it’s decently priced at CDN$498 and is available from The Bay.

Alex Fraga Gemstone Ring

Jewel of the day: Yakira Rona Diamond Wave Cuff Bracelet

This textured 14k gold and diamond pave bracelet by Yakira Rona reminds me of sixties jewelry, with its chunkier look and and cocktail/event exuberance.

Her “about me” page notes, “Born and raised in New York City and now living in Los Angeles, CA.  The vibrancy of growing up in the city and current setting of beautiful weather & chill lifestyle of LA provide plenty of experience and aesthetics to draw inspiration from.

Yakira attended Brooklyn Tech High School & later graduated from SUNY PURCHASE.  Always fascinated with design and natural forms, her passion translated into the art of jewelry making.  Traveling and getting lost in different cultures has opened her eyes and been a constant inspiration.

She now lives in LA with her husband, three dogs & two cats.

Needless to say animals are a huge part of her life.  A passionate animal advocate, fostering animals and finding them homes is volunteer work that’s near & dear to her heart.

Meow to that!”

This piece is available from Roseark in Los Angeles (and online) for USD$14,500.

Yakira Rona Wave Cuff

Jewel of the day: Kit and Ace Iconic Charm

The Kit and Ace brand is a kind of stepchild of Lululemon Athletica (through family and not corporate connections). They work a lot with a fabric they dubbed technical cashmere (a cashmere blend that can be machine washed). I wasn’t aware that they also sell jewelry.

This charm, which mimics their logo, can clip onto any matching bracelet you might have but is shown with a mala bead type bracelet. it is made of rose gold plated sterling silver and set with diamonds, and sells for USD$58 (and interestingly, CAD$98 which is a pretty hefty markup even given the weaker Canadian dollar … and the fact that this is a Canadian company).

Kit and Ace pendant

Jewel of the day: Victorian Coral, Pearl and Gold Demi-Parure

In honour (yes, with a u) of Victoria Day, which I believe only Canada still celebrates, a demi-parure of Victorian jewelry. And it’s not a mourning set – which is a bit rare.

For sale by Rive Gauche Jewelry via 1st Dibs, his set comprises screw back earrings and a pin, with the coral meant to look a bit like a chrysanthemum.

The seller explains, “Victorian 18 karat yellow gold pink coral pearl and rose diamond brooch and ear pendants compose this charming and rare demi-parure. The floral design consists of multiple finely hand carved coral petals which are set on to a back of gold. In the center a small circular gold setting holds tiny seed pearls with one rose cut diamond in its center. The bottoms of the earrings can be detached if one wants to wear them in a shorter version. The pin on the back of the brooch is stamped with a French eagles head for 18 karat gold. All this is fit into an original box from the period. A true collector’s item which can also be worn to that special occasion.”

This sells for USD$4,500. And I hereby declare Canadian cottage season officially open. Get your 2-4s and raise a glass to Vicky.

1st Dibs Victorian Parure

Jewel of the day: Ryan Storer Four Ear Piece Set

There’s nothing like having options, and this set by Ryan Storer gives you several earring looks. Made of plated brass, they are set as shown with Swarovski crystals, and come with two single stone stud options, with two clip on ear cuffs.

These also come in different combinations of finish and stones: rose gold – silver shade; oxidized silver – crystal; oxidized silver – blush rose; oxidized silver – blue shade and oxidized silver – crystal aurora borealis.

The combination shown sells for USD$350.

Ryan Storer Set of Four Ear Pieces


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