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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: Acanthus Horizon Cuff Bracelet

If you are in the mood for something simpler this bracelet makes a great choice for a man or a woman. Acanthus is available at LA’s Roseark, and they have some very intriguing designs that won’t bust your bank balance. This piece is made of oxidized silver with a textured finish, with the edge dipped into 24k yellow gold. It sells for USD$225 from Roseark, and would make a nice addition to your Christmas gift list, either as a giver or a receiver.


Jewel of the day: Sheryl Lowe Diamond and Sterling Curb Chain Bracelet

I didn’t realize that actor Rob Lowe’s wife Sheryl had her own jewelry line. Lest you think she is just “wife of” Neiman Marcus, which retails her line, notes, “Multi-disciplinary designer, Hollywood makeup artist, philanthropist, mother, and wife (of Rob Lowe), Sheryl Lowe first caught the jewelry-designing bug in 2007. When it comes to materials, she thinks outside the jewelry box. Beaded bracelets, drop earrings, cuffs, and pendant necklaces feature unconventional components such as oxidized metal, bone, pyrite, and alligator leather—in addition to mainstays like gold and diamonds. For Sheryl Lowe, business is personal, and she names each piece for a friend, family member, or a place she loves to visit. The aesthetic? Globally inspired, yet distinctively Californian.”

I quite like this curb chain bracelet with diamond pave clasp. It reminds me of both antique and contemporary watch chains, and the diamonds give it a bit of something extra on a clasp that isn’t the usual (somewhat thoughtless) lobster clasp.

Total diamond weight is .73, and the yellowed stones go well with the oxidized look of the piece. It sells for USD$1,100 at Neiman Marcus.

Sheryl Lowe Link Bracelet

Jewel of the day: Hamed Rahbarnik Abstract Sterling Silver and Gold Ring

There is something special about using the hidden spaces in jewellery – the interior of lockets, the inside of cuff bracelets, and the portion of a ring that is never seen by anyone but you.

Hamed Rahbarnik uses 14k yellow gold inside this abstract, angled ring, and oxidized sterling silver on the exterior. It is accented with a small diamond. It sells for $1395; Made You Look, where this is being sold, is Canadian but I don’t know if the currency is also.

Hamed Rahbarnik Ring


Jewel of the day: Bande des Quatres Tony Earring Long

This earring, by Montreal based design duo Bande des Quatres, can be worn three ways: as a stud, with the drop behind or in front of the ear. The designers note, “Two part earring. Pentagon stud and bottom open pentagon are oxidized sterling silver. Curved wire connected to back open polygon is polished sterling silver. Earring can be worn three different ways: stud alone, stud with back piece placed behind the earlobe or both parts in front of the earlobe. Stud measures 0.5” long. Full earring measures 2” long. The oxidized sterling silver is NOT a permanent finish therefore we can not guarantee how long it will remain, it all depends on how hard the wearer is on their jewelry.”

These are custom made and are CAD $195.

Bande des quatres earrings

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


Jewel of the day: Bande de Quatres Wolfgang Bracelet

I always enjoy finding and profiling Canadian designers, as a fellow Canuck. Bande des Quatres is, “a boutique jewelry line. Each design is a collaboration: conceived by Montreal-native Erin Wahed and hand-crafted by world-renowned Canadian jeweller Janis Kerman. Wahed’s art world experience and collecting savvy directly influence her refined aesthetic. She draws inspiration from a variety of styles, periods, and mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and industrial design. A Bande des Quatres piece is not only made to order but represents a rich history influenced by the Bauhaus masters, world renowned architects and abstract photographers. Quality and old school craftsmanship play an essential role in what sets Bande des Quatres apart.”

True to their statement, their pieces are very clean and sculptural. This Wolfgang bracelet has a sandblasted sterling silver top piece, with oxidized silver wire on the bottom. It is custom-made in one size, which measures 2.25 inches across. It sells for Cdn $485.

Bande de Quatres Wolfgang bracelet


Jewel of the day: Workhorse Jewelry Altaira Ring

Based in Los Angeles, Workhorse Jewelry is a fine jewellery collaboration between the brand Zoë Chicco and Archive Jewelry, with vintage styling as its inspiration.

This ring, dubbed Altaira, is made with two white 7 mm cultured pearls set in oxidized sterling silver in a claw shape. As for vintage-inspired, the claw was a beloved motif in Victorian times (remember claw-footed furniture?) and it’s certainly a well-used way of holding a stone in a setting. Though in their description of the ring, Workhorse explains, “Pearls, sometimes called “teardrops of the moon”, are lunar symbols commonly associated with water & woman.  Show off your feminine side and your animal instinct with this powerful ring.”

This piece sells for USD $176.

Workhorse Pearl Ring

Jewel of the day: Lanciani Sterling Silver and Green Cubic Zirconia Ring

There is a lot to be said for big, bold jewellery you can wear without worry. New York’s Lanciani offers “travel jewelry” that fulfills that mandate in a satisfying way. They have something for everyone, and it all looks very wearable (and quite convincingly real, if that’s what you’re trying to do).

This fun oxidized sterling silver ring is set with a large sugarloaf cut cubic zirconia in an emerald green shade surrounded by clear CZs. Be ready to dazzle, darling. It sells for USD $185.

Lanciani sterling green stone ring

Jewel of the day: Emily Armenta Wings of Fortune Earrings

The antique vibe of these Emily Armenta earrings is really reminiscent of Austro-Hungarian pieces. Though apparently her creative inspiration stems more from edgy rocker chic than some Hungarian countess elegantly eating Sacher torte with schlag.  Who knew they could have something in common?

These earrings for pierced ears, with post backs, are made of 22-karat yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver set with white sapphires and pave diamonds. Diamonds total 0.15 carats. They sell for USD $1770 at Bergdorf Goodman.

Emily Armenta Wings of Fortune Earrings

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