IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “May, 2017”

Jewel of the day: Modern Weaving Thin Exclamation Earrings

These spare looking earrings by Modern Weaving really punch up a plain outfit, as seen in their model photo. Made in brass with sterling silver posts, these measure three inches long. They sell for USD$120.


Jewel of the day: Faris Bump Cuff

Faris hand makes its jewellery in Seattle. This bracelet/cuff, available in both brass and sterling silver, is a clean and polished look for everyday wear. The price is USD$275-$395, available from the seller online.

Jewel of the day: Cold Picnic Grotto Stud Earrings

Cold Picnic is a life and work partnership that offers a range of lifestyle goods, including jewellery. The site’s “about” page notes, “Cold Picnic was formed in 2010 by partners Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, both of whom have backgrounds in fine arts and worked in corporate fashion design – Sung as an apparel designer and Buer as a print designer. The pair met in Boston in 2006 while in school and have been living and working together ever since.

Deeply influenced by indigenous crafts, national parks, film and art, the couple began working on various side projects together in an effort to view traditional crafts filtered through modern sensibilities. Before long these projects coalesced into Cold Picnic, a line of textiles, macrame home goods, leather accessories, and handmade jewelry.  Cold Picnic’s work explores imagined and misremembered landscapes, and the effects of time and the elements upon their surfaces. In these landscapes, rugs function as maps, brass jewelry as treasures unearthed on long walks, and leather bags fit everything found or needed along the way.

Sung and Buer design all Cold Picnic pieces from their Brooklyn studio and they work with two small family run factories in Manhattan to cast their jewelry and sew selected bag styles, and another family owned business in India to produce their line of handmade rugs.

Cold Picnic has been featured in publications such as the New York Times,, Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky Magazine, Elle, Vogue Mexico, Brooklyn Magazine, Nylon, Golly, and Foam Magazine. Their studio has been photographed for Elle Sweden and Racked New York, and the line is widely available across the United States, as well as in select international locations.”

These earrings are a stylishly mismatched pair. They are cast in brass with resin inlays; colour choice is cream/blacks/coral. They start at USD$100, with the price rising slightly for gold posts. As shown, these are $100.

Jewel of the day: 66Mint Diamond Engagement Ring

Though touted as an engagement ring, I think this could easily be worn by anyone, affianced or not. Maybe it’s the setting or the  rose gold, but I think it lends itself to any wearer without overt marriage symbolism.

Offered by 66Mint, it’s described as an, “18k rose gold engagement ring featuring a bezel-set GIA 1.01 carat radiant-cut diamond, G color and SI1 clarity. The ring is currently a size 6 1/4, and weighs 2.6 grams. Accompanied by GIA report # 2161823290. A fashion forward engagement ring for the modern woman.”

This sells for USD$4,850.

Jewel of the day: Mala Collective Tiger’s Eye Mala Strand

Touted as a great Father’s Day gift, (depending on the dad, I guess) this pretty mala bead strand from Mala Collective is made with tiger’s eye stones and rudrakhsa wooden beads.

The site notes about tiger’s eye: the stone is known to bring sharpness to one’s inner vision and better understanding of the cause and effect of each situation. It encourages one to use their powers wisely and is known to support necessary change in all aspects of one’s life.

The company also explains that each piece is blessed by a Balinese priest “in a ceremony known as Pasupati. Pasupati changes the status of an object from the profane to the sacred by blessings that are based on Satyam Siwam Sundaram (Truth, Purity, and Beauty). They are also handmade by Balinese and Indian artisans who “work under certified humane conditions, are paid a fair wage and produce based on their cultural traditions and natural resources.” A necklace in this design is also available. As for size, it is comprised of 108 beads at 7 mm each.Hangs 47 cm. (Length is approximate as each piece of jewelry is unique.)

This sells for USD$148.


Jewel of the day: Kate Spade Do the Twist Bangle Bracelet

Sometimes, you just want something a little bit fun and unexpected and this bracelet by Kate Spade has a twist – literally. The thin bangle (you know you would want more than one) has a literal twist in the metal. If you are OCD, probably not the best piece for you, but it’s a fun take on a classic piece.

This sells for USD$58 from Nordstrom and is available in seven colours.

Jewel of the day: Brilliant Earth Olive Branch Bracelet

Peace is always the right sentiment and the olive branch is a centuries old symbol. This would make a lovely gift, and can be worn in a stack with other pieces if that is your preference.

By Brilliant Earth, it is made in sterling silver and sells for USD$125.

Jewel of the day: Asymmetric Blue Topaz Aziza Earrings

It took a quick second to see the asymmetry in these earrings and I think it’s very clever. By Aziza and offered by Roseark, these are 14k white and rose gold London blue topaz stones surrounded by pave set diamonds.

These sell for USD$7,200.

Jewel of the day: Silver & Enamel Art Nouveau Silver Pendant with Plique-a-Jour Enamel

Antique plique-a-jour enamel is a rarity because it is so fragile; basically it is melted glass without the structure that backs guilloche or cloisonné enamel. In those pieces, glass is inset into a metal support or backing. The beauty of plique-a-jour is that it is like miniature stained glass.

This pendant shows the effect well. The sterling silver design seems to be of a pine cone, with a ginkgo surround. It is marked but the seller notes that the mark is illegible. This sells for USD$471 on Etsy Shop Ruby and Jules.

Jewel of the day: Andrew Grima Yellow Quartz Cuff

London society jeweller Andrew Grima’s legacy lives on today, as carried on by his family members. This vintage cuff, circa 1973, is evocative of the period, with textured 18k yellow gold housing a large (328 carat) yellow quartz stone.

The bracelet is actually being offered by the Grima firm, and can be obtained through 1st Dibs online for USD$37,152.07.

My interview with Francesca Grima can be found here; the family has a fascinating history you will want to read.

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