IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Blue Nile Petite Ruby and Diamond Huggie Earrings

These pretty, sparkly earrings by Blue Nile truly do hug the ear lobe, but the rubies give enough colour that they don’t simply fade away due to their smaller size.

A half-inch in diameter, you can also opt for blue or pink sapphires or emeralds set in 14k white gold, and the price makes it easier to buy more than one: USD$495. So if you bought your mother an appliance for Mother’s Day today, (whomp, whomp, whomp) unless she asked for that, they ship expedited if amends need to be made.

Jewel of the day: Audrey Hepburn Engagement Rings/Wedding Bands

Audrey Hepburn is revered to this day as a style icon, and with good reason. Her looks throughout the decades have been emulated and idolized and many (if not most) are still wearable today. When she married actor Mel Ferrer in 1954, he presented her with three stacking bands, one a white gold eternity set with 1.5 carats of baguettes, and faceted rose and yellow gold rings she could wear with it, or not, as she chose. These were untraditional choices for the time, when a solitaire (often complimented on either side with baguettes) was seen as the more popular choice. The stacking trend is huge today but in the 50s, not so much. As with much else style related, Hepburn was ahead of her time (or at least her then-fiance realized she was).

The photo below is the Daily Mail’s interpretation of the rings, with an estimate of today’s value. Provenance would, of course, make them much more valuable.

Jewel of the day: J. Crew Floral Hoop Earrings

If you’re in the Western Hemisphere, summer is just around the corner, and these colourful earrings from J. Crew would be a nice wardrobe addition in keeping with the season.

These have an early 60s vibe to me, with a mix of cold painted enamel flowers accented with crystals. (Actual materials: brass, zinc, epoxy stone, resin stone, glass stones, acrylic stone, cubic zirconia.” They measure 2-5/8″, and sell for USD$65.

Available for pre-order now, they ship beginning May 22.

Jewel of the day: Poise Jewellers Monogram Bar Necklace

This bar necklace from Etsy seller Poise Jewellers gives you the option to engrave it with a name, location, or pretty much whatever fits on the rectangular bar.

It’s a cool gift that can be purchased inexpensively and easily personalized; great for wedding gifts, as the seller suggests. These are made of 18k electroplated stainless steel, so they are hypoallergenic and won’t turn black or green. The bars measure 6×36 mm and the chains are adjustable between 16″-18″.

This sells for US$20.08 and ships from Canada (Toronto).

Jewel of the day: Museum of Modern Art Corsi Jewelry Resin Necklace

One of my first stops in NYC is typically the Museum of Modern Art, but for the gift shop. (Yes. I’m a Philistine.) I love the jewellery in their store collection and love rummaging around in the shop.

This necklace by Corsi Jewelry is made of resin to mimic precious gems, complete with bubbles/inclusions. It sells for USD$125 to non-members, $112.50 to members. There are also matching earrings available for USD$65/$58.

Jewel of the day: Kat Cole Structure Ring

Kat Cole is a Dallas, Texas based jeweller. Her artist statement notes, ”

I find meaning through the observance and intimate awareness of the places I inhabit. With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make a location unique.  I look to the built environment of the city where I live for the formal qualities of my work: materials, forms, color and surface quality. The steel and concrete structures that surround us are evidence of human inhabitants- past and present.   Monumental structures are interpreted into the intimate scale of jewelry and are completed when worn on the landscape of the body.

Kat Cole is a studio artist in Dallas, TX.  Cole received her MFA at East Carolina University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Visiting Professor in Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University.  She has been a presenter at Yuma Symposium and Craft Boston, she teaches workshops nationally and has exhibited internationally, including Schmuck 2014 and 2015 in Munich, Germany.  Kat Cole’s work has been published in Lark Books’ 500 Enameled Objects, Schiffer Publishing’s Art Jewelry Today 3, Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, American Craft and Art Jewelry Magazine. Her work is in private and public collections including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Houston Museum of Fine Art.”

This ring is available from Seattle’s Facere Jewelry Art. They explain that it is made of, “steel, enamel, and sterling silver. Top measures approximately 1 x 3/4 x 1/2″. Size 6 (May be sized to fit).” It sells for USD$242.

Jewel of the day: Michele Mercaldo Bubbles Pendant

Lots of pretty pics of Michele Mercado’s work on her site, but no info as to where to purchase (that I can see). So if this interests you, contact her directly or visit her Boston shop.

She describes this pendant thus: 18k yellow gold and .12ctw white diamond circular bubble drop necklace.

There is no price indicated.

Jewel of the day: Gucci Pierced Heart Palm Cuff

Gucci has taken the best (and possibly the worst) of the 1970s and run with in their past few collections. This bracelet would have looked right at home in that decade. It’s made with base metal literally filled in with coloured seed beads in a pierced heart design. According to Gucci’s description, this is meant to actually be worn across the top of the hand (so much for typing … or using your fingers in a useful way): The pierced heart motif that is seen throughout the Spring Summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection is reinterpreted as a palm cuff. This new fashion accessory fits over the hand and around the palm.”

This sells for USD$870. Lady of leisure status not included.

Jewel of the day: Jacquie Aiche 13 Diamond Finger Bracelet

In case you were wondering what a finger bracelet is, it’s a bracelet with a chain that goes up over the top of the hand and culminates in a “ring” around one finger to home the piece securely. This example by Jacquie Aiche features 13 diamonds set into a 14k yellow, white or rose gold chain.

This sells for USD$2,415.

Jewel of the day: Tom Munsteiner Earrings

One of my pet jewellery peeves is websites that either contain no information or that are just badly designed in terms of showcasing jewellery. This one happens to combine a bit of both. There is information about Tom Munsteiner’s gorgeous work; it’s just impossible to actually get it to display.

These stunning earrings are set with tourmalines in red and green, with centres of rutillated quartz. The large green stones weigh 21.62 carats; the smaller red stones are .93 carats. I can’t pull up the information on the setting metal or price. But they sure are pretty – if a bit mysterious.

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