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Jewel of the day: Luna Skye Graduated Diamond to Ruby Earrings

These are a pretty take on the classic diamond solitaire earring, with three solitaires, including a ruby. By Luna Skye, these are made with a 14k gold setting hold total ruby weight of .10 carats, and total diamond weight of .20 carats. They are sold as a pair for USD$700.


Jewel of the day: Paul Hewitt PHREP IP Anchor Bracelet

It can be hard, I feel, to find men’s jewellery that isn’t fairly cliche. While the anchor is a pretty well worn motif, I like the way it’s been incorporated into this leather braid bracelet by Paul Hewitt.

This comes in many different colour combinations and sizes, both as to the leather and the metal anchor (composition is not specified). This matte black version sells for USD$59.90.

Jewel of the day: Sofia Zakia Worry Doll Pendant

These days, who couldn’t use something as a talisman to help allay fears? Sofia Zakia says about this piece, “When I was a child, as children do, I worried. Minute details scurried in my mind, and relentless worries ensued. In today’s rapid world, our daily rythme brings an influx of little worries to deal with; what better way to exorcise these worries than by adding a beautiful talisman to your everyday ritual? In Guatemala, Worry Dolls are a cultural tradition that help people sleep peacefully. Legend has it that when worrying keeps one awake, simply whisper your worries to your dolls and they will whisk them away! Enchanted by the idea of these sweet tiny objects, I have created worry dolls to manage and keep your distress away.

Ix, named after the Mayan goddess, features a dress of rubies, sapphires and diamonds, and embodies good luck and good fortune. Wear her diligently around your neck, and in beauty, she will symbolically bring positive good luck and energy.

1% of all Worry Doll proceeds will be donated to Mayan Families, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing education, nutrition, shelter and medical care to those living in extreme poverty in rural Guatemala.”

This piece is composed of 14k gold, made by hand in the brand’s Montreal studio. (Yay, my hometown!) The pendant measures 1.5cm (15mm) or 1.9cm (19mm) with its jumpring. The dress is set with four pink sapphires, three diamonds and three rubies, ethically sourced.

Available on a 16″ chain, 20″ chain, or without necklace. Chains are solid 14K gold. The designer explains that the jumpring will only allow this pendant to fit on a very narrow chain.

This sells for USD$630.

Jewel of the day: Shaesby Pyramid Ring

Shaesby’s work has morphed over time from tiny delicate gold pieces to more substantial sculptural work. Case in point: this pyramid ring made of gold and sterling silver. It reminds me a bit of Japanese mokume gane gold work.

The site notes, “This pyramid ring with a 22k yellow gold inlay and oxidized sterling silver pyramid and a 14k yellow gold base
ring is 5/8″ wide and 1/2″ tall. Our jewelry is designed and made one piece at a time in our Austin, Texas studio. Each style is specially handcrafted for you. At Shaesby, we work with sterling silver, 14k and 18k yellow, white and rose gold, and platinum upon request. all materials are responsibly and ethically sourced.”

This sells for USD$2,475.

Jewel of the day: Kathy Bransfield Stay Awake Heart Pendant

I am fond of quotes engraved on jewellery and have quite a few pieces from Jeanine Payer, who closed up shop (regrettably) a few years back. Other designers do similar work; Kathy Bransfield has taken quotes from a variety of sources, using them as pendants with a different metal overlay.

About the designer: “Kathy Bransfield jewelry shares history’s most brilliant visionaries with you through her sterling silver and gold work. Most pieces open to reveal hand-stamped quotes or icons that embrace faith in humanity and a belief in life’s beauty and diversity. Each necklace is an essence of her playful and cheerful spirit. Kathy Bransfield jewelry is cherished by its wearers–many hold them as a sacred personal amulet. Kathy’s inspirational jewelry evokes passionate responses from long time collectors and new fans alike.”

This Stay Awake Heart pendant features a quote by the Persian poet Rumi:”Love has come to rule and transform, stay awake, my heart, stay awake.” The piece with the engraved quote is sterling silver, covered with a gold plated sterling cover. This sells for USD$100.


Jewel of the day: Alex Monroe Fritillary Flower Necklace

This necklace by the UK’s Alex Monroe was done after the Japanese tsunami. The site notes, “Following the Tsunami of 2011, we were all thinking of our friends and loyal customers in Japan. Alex had been trying to grow Fritillary flowers in his garden for years, and this was the year that they finally bloomed. After such a difficult time for Japan, this flower suddenly became very symbolic of the idea of hope and regeneration. A Fritillary flower with three citrines hanging inside. The necklace is available in either solid sterling silver or 22ct gold plate. The pendant measures 3.3 cm from the top of the hook to bottom of the flower, with a 1.3 cm flower. The citrines measure approximately 0.4 cm. This necklace comes on a 24 inch chain. All Alex Monroe jewellery is handmade in the UK.”

This sells for £174.

Jewel of the day: Julie Sion Coral Castafiore Earrings

These are just fun earrings for summer – colourful, and they don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh and … rhinestones. Always yes to rhinestones.

The settings are brass, accented with Swarovski crystal loops in yummy shades of peach. By Julie Sion, these sell for £99.

Jewel of the day: Monica Vinader Riva Pod Bracelet

Monica Vinader is likely best known for her various friendship bracelets, available in different metals and with different stones, and meant to be stacked. This piece is somewhat more delicate, with an oval form picked out in diamonds. The setting is 18k rose gold vermeil (plated sterling silver) set with .04 carats of diamonds.

This sells for £195.

Jewel of the day: Monique Pean Rutile Triangular Ring with Black Diamonds

Monique Pean makes lavish jewels with a statement look and price. About the designer: “As the premier sustainable fine jewelry collection, MONIQUE PÉAN raises awareness of art, culture and global environmental issues through design. MONIQUE PÉAN is known for its sculptural and structural one-of-a-kind pieces and unique materials and is committed to partnering with artisans around the world to support traditional craftsmanship. MONIQUE PÉAN pieces are handmade by master artisans in New York City using sustainable materials sourced globally through fair trade initiatives. Proceeds from MONIQUE PÉAN sales contribute to global philanthropic organizations which provide clean drinking water and basic sanitation to people in developing countries.

Monique PÉAN launched her eponymous socially responsible and sustainable fine jewelry company in 2006. In 2009, Péan was one of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and received Tiffany & Co.’s former CEO Michael Kowalski as her mentor. Most recently, Péan was a recipient of the 2015 Wallpaper* magazine design award for “Best Jewellery.” Péan was raised in the Washington D.C. area and received her B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.”

This ring is described as a rutile triangular ring with black diamond pavé, 18 carat recycled oxidized white gold, 1.75 TCW. It sells for USD$12,615.


Jewel of the day: Vrai & Oro Trillion Diamond Necklace

So you’re in the mood for some new bling but don’t have the bucks for something big and sparkly? Little and sparkly can also work quite well, as attested to by this bezel set diamond necklace by Vrai & Oro.

This is set in 14k gold (your choice of white, yellow or rose) set with a .15 carat diamond. This sells for USD$555 for a pendant with an attached 15 inch chain or $560 for an 18 inch chain.


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