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Jewel of the day: Paloma Picasso Olive Leaf Diamond Earrings

Paloma Picasso’s designs for Tiffany have certainly evolved beyond her early (and very popular ) xo pieces. These hoop earrings are part of an olive leaf inspired collection.

Diamonds weighing .57 carats are set into 18k white gold. The hoops are open, and the bottom is placed delicately just below the base of the ear lobe, rather than the more traditional closed or inside outside design.

These sell for USD$5,200.

Jewel of the day: Harmony Evening Star Necklace

Designed as a gift for an expectant mother, this is a pretty pendant that can be an out of the ordinary baby gift.

Made by Harmony, their Evening Star necklace can be customized with a different coloured ball in the locket. The company notes, “Our “Evening Star” Necklace features an attractive star design that symbolizes the beauty and light that your new baby will bring into this world. Because your life will never be brighter once your new miracle arrives; it will fill you with joy and hope for the future ahead. This necklace is abundantly plated in sterling silver and is nickle and lead free.”

This is currently on sale for USD$34.99

Jewel of the day: 1-100 Medallion Stick Earrings

These rough hewn sterling silver earrings are by 1-100, a collaboration between Graham Tabor and Miguel Villalobos. They are described as handcrafted sterling silver earrings with hanging rectangular medallion and stick pendants with a drop of approximately 1.75 inches.

These sell for USD$350.

Jewel of the day: Bjorg Days Residue Necklace

This piece by Bjorg makes effective use of a piece of Herkimer diamond as the centrepiece of a caged pendant. The site explains, “Herkimer quartz ‘diamonds’ are the high energy seekers of the crystal world. Unusually transparent with a brilliant sparkle, they manifest pure, solid light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy.

Herkimer diamonds are the most powerful of all quartz crystals. Being doubly terminated, they have the ability to not only transmit their own energies, but to receive spiritual energy and to amplify and focus it intently.

This mineral owes its name to Herkimer County, New York, USA, the principal place where it is found. Each single stone is unique and hand selected to fit perfectly each piece of BJØRG jewellery.”

The VAT-free price of this sterling silver pendant is €252.

Jewel of the day: Maria Black Wing Necklace

Danish designer Maria Black has a sleek, clean aesthetic that is perfect for the person who likes their jewellery to be unfussy. This necklace has a bit more going on than most of her designs, and uses a wing (looks like a bat wing to me) as its inspiration. Her “about” page notes, “Maria Black Jewellery is founded on the pure idea of combining aesthetics and artistry. Allowing contemporary fashion jewellery to emphasize the everyday look of modern women, and to challenge the common perception of body adornment. Patterns and shapes sculpted of precious metals define each collection. Maria Black creates each collection with an underlying expression of her passions and experiences, so every collection owns a feeling or personality and becomes a complete story. Two halves becomes one unit, triangles appear in triplicate, skinny rings and stacking makes delicate fragments, strong statements and earrings requiring only one piercing create the unexpected illusion of multiple piercings. Maria’s designs are intended to encourage individual creative freedom.”

This necklace is made with oxidized sterling silver on an adjustable chain measuring 44/47 cm. This sells for €107.

 

Jewel of the day: Lang Antiques Brown Diamond Bow Ring

As coloured diamonds go, brown stones are probably seen as less desirable than their pink, blue or green cousins. I think yellow to brown coloured diamonds have an intrinsic warmth that adds something special.

This ring, from Lang Antiques, is described as, “A sparkling white diamond bow is knotted in the center with a bright and beautiful, natural brown oval-cut diamond weighing 1.22 carats in this fun and fabulous estate jewel, hand-fabricated in platinum. The striking and scintillating ‘cognac’ colored center stone is accompanied by a GIA Diamond Grading Report stating: Natural, Fancy Dark Yellowish Brown, Even color – VS1 clarity. A dazzling and distinctive engagement or right-hand ring. Currently ring size 6.”

It sells for USD$$4,750.

Jewel of the day: Miriam Haskell Pearl and Crystal Earrings

Though I have never been a collector of vintage Miriam Haskell pieces, I have found myself entranced by their current production. Not really sure why, as it’s not that different in design other than that it tends to be a bit more readily available.

These pearl and crystal earrings are made to order and hand done, and take up to seven weeks for delivery. They are described as, “medium sized chandelier earrings – Antique silver plated filigree hand-wired with pave Swarovski crytals. Earrings drop 1.75 inches and are 1 inch at widest point.Light in weight with clip backs.”

These sell for USD$460.

Jewel of the day: Edwardian Paste Pendant

Though I started my collection with costume dress clips, I soon became fascinated by the sterling and paste pieces popular in Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.Though the stones may be glass (generally) the workmanship is very fine and the look tends to be convincingly of the periods depicted.

This Edwardian pendant is a good case in point. It is sterling silver set with clear crystals and one blue cushion cut stone in the centre, accented with pearls. It sells for USD$155 from Etsy seller br2too.

Jewel of the day: Bex Rox Chain on Chain Cuff

Chains and links are a staple in jewelry design. In this bracelet by Bex Rox, multiple chains are used to create a cuff.

They note, “Composed of 24k yellow gold plated chains interwoven with fine silver plated chains and fastened with a 24k yellow gold plated signature magnetic clasp.”

This sells for £327.

Jewel of the day: Bijoux Heart Leaf + Wheat Sheaf Brooch

Bijoux Heart is a British brand that has looked to the past for inspiration but given their costume jewelry pieces a modern feel. Their work reminds me a lot of Miriam Haskell, with burnished gold findings, tiny seed pearls and an artful use of crystals.

This brooch is described as, “Large poured glass handmade leaves with branches of Swarovski handmade wheat sheaf crystal in a beautiful bouquet design, large Baroque pearl sits at the base of five large Swarovski baguette crystals which forms a high dome from the base, subtle shades of jonquil and clear crystal with finer details of sea pearls & crystal pave marquis cut stones “truly spectacular construction and scale” measures approx. 170cm in length and approx. 90cm in width. on a weighted filigree base and large pin, plated in 24ct gold.”

This sells for £790.

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