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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: Mineralogy Design Opal, Emerald and Diamond Bar Necklace

Theresa Cowan’s Mineralogy Design has a little bit for everyone. Some pieces use stones like Mojssanite for a diamond look at a much lower price, as well as druzy, semi-precious stones and recycled gold. The shop notes, “Mineralogy is a collection of limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry designed and handcrafted by Chicago metalsmith, Theresa Cowan. Inspired by an earth science class lecture on minerals, the collection began. Mineralogy creates unusual statement and heirloom quality pieces that pay tribute to the beauty of natural gems and minerals. Traditional metalsmithing techniques are used with an assortment of metals ranging from brass, silver, 14k gold fill, and solid 14k gold. The styles are produced in limited quantities, with each individual piece unique in its own aspects due to nature’s remarkable aberrations.”

This pendant is made with opal, emerald and diamond, set in 14k recycled gold. It sells for USD$518.

mineralogy-design-necklace

Jewel of the day: Ziva Jewels Emerald Necklace

This pretty necklace by Ziva Jewels showcases an emerald cut emerald surrounded by diamonds.

It features a 3/4 carat emerald cut emerald (6 x 4 mm) and 0.20 carat diamonds (G/SI1 quality) set in 14k white gold. The necklace measures 1/2″ across and sells for USD$3,495. The design is also available in ruby for $3,069 and sapphire for $2,850.

Ziva Emerald Necklace

 

Jewel of the day: Stephen Webster Gold Struck Crystal Haze Two Finger Ring

Rings spanning two or more fingers are quite the rage these days, in everything from inexpensive costume to find jewellery. This ring by Stephen Webster falls into the latter category. It features a faceted quartz green agate stone set in emeralds, green tourmalines and white diamonds. The band is 18k yellow gold.

It is available at Harrod’s for £8,950.

Stephen Webster Gold Struck Crystal Haze Two Finger Ring

Jewel of the day: Ara Vartanian Yellow and White Gold Emerald and Diamond Two Finger Ring

Speaking of pear shaped stones, this is a very cool way to wear one – as the focal point between two fingers in a two-finger ring.

This one, by Brazil’s Ara Vartanian, positions a pear shaped emerald on a double wide band accented with diamonds. It is made with both white and yellow gold (the favoured setting for emeralds.)

Ara Vartanian two finger ring

 

Jewel of the day: Ashley Pittman Kundi Multi-Stone Light Horn Cuff Bracelet

Horn is a really interesting jewellery material – it’s light, malleable, and lends itself to a lot of designs. Case in point: this bracelet by Ashley Pittman, set with emerald, sapphire, pink tourmaline, amethyst, turquoise, and ruby in brass bezels. This collection uses natural horn carved by a women’s cooperative, fair-trade semi-precious gemstones, bronze and other materials indigenous to East Africa.

It’s available from Bergdorf Goodman and also comes in dark horn and different widths. This one sells for USD $1,350.

Ashley Pittman Multi Stone Horn Cuff

 

 

Jewel of the day: Lulu Frost Dearest Earring

Maybe it’s because I am apparently very stodgy by wearing a matched pair of earrings, but I find the new trend of selling single earrings for hefty prices to be something of a cash grab. I do appreciate that many people either have only one ear pierced, or like to mix and match what they have …. but paying big bucks for a single earring doesn’t sit well with me.

Here, Lulu Frost works a very old theme, that of Victorian acrostic jewellery, where the first letter of stone spelled out a secret message. “Dearest” was popular – diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire and topaz or turquoise. (To keep things more contemporary, Frost also offers pieces with stones that spell out cool and hot.) I didn’t realize Frost worked in gold, but this is 18k yellow gold set with precious and semi-precious stones.

It’s a six week made to order piece, and sells for USD $1,375.

Lulu Frost Dearest Earring

Jewel of the day: Ringly Ring

Ah, but the Ringly is not merely a ring. The web site notes, “Ringly connects to your phone and sends you customized notifications through vibration and light.”

It also comes in a variety of stones, several of which ware quite luscious. Is it wrong that I want one? How much fun would this ring be in a meeting (OK, a bit tough to explain, potentially, but also probably worth it.)

The launch collection is made with  an 18K matte gold 3 micron plated setting, using precious and semi-precious stones, including moonstone, pink sapphire, black onyx and rutilated quartz. Available in US sizes 6, 7 and 8. New orders will ship Winter 2014/2015.

Shown below is the emerald version, which sells for USD $260; all others are priced at $195.

Ringly ring

 

Jewel of the day: Yasuko Azuma Natural Square Emerald Ring with Diamonds

There is something quite fascinating about the inclusions in this 3.35 carat square cut emerald, set in a ring by Yasuko Azuma. Imperfection with a strange beauty.

The stone is set in 18k yellow gold, and offset with small diamonds on either side. The stone is sizeable and looks really nice on the hand; the rather rustic gold setting is perfect for it.

It sells for USD $2025 at Ylang23, currently available in a size 6.5 only.

Yasuko Azuma Emerald Ring

 

Jewel of the day: Rene Escobar Onyx Cuff

This sterling silver cuff by Rene Escobar uses a variety of semi-precious green stones: onyx, emerald, peridot. The settings and rougher claws give the piece some dimension and texture, as does the blackened silver of the band/bracelet itself.

On his website, Escobar notes, ”

Rene Escobar is a third-generaton jeweler. His love affair with the world of jewelry began as he watched his father, a master jeweler, hand-craft beautiful pieces. Descending from a family of master jewelers has given Rene the knowledge to assimilate the work of the past and the ability to apply ancient goldsmith techniques into imaginative new designs. Large unsubtle gemstones, a preference for baroque pearls, unexpected color combinations, and rich hand-finished textures are the trademarks of Rene’s jewelry. His collections pay tribute to the past, yet remain intuitively fresh, always attracting the finest of jewelry collectors. Rene lives and creates in Miami.​​”

This piece sells for USD $2070 at ShopZoeOnline.

Rene Escobar Onyx Bracelet

 

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