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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: 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: 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.

 

Jewel of the Day: Jacob & Co x Kanye West Madonna and Child Pendant

This item is available at Paris’s Colette, which shocked the fashion world a few weeks ago by announcing that they are closing later this year. But the store and site are going strong for now, and you can find the Jacob & Co./Kanye West collaboration there.

They describe this piece as, “Madonna and Child” Medallion Necklace, 18K yellow gold, large size. colette welcomes the collaboration between Jacob Arabov and Kanye West. The 18K gold collection draws from 14th century Florentine art such as Donatello’s base-relief portraits, and evoke a certain classical romance.”

This is selling for $16,839.68$14,033.07 less French VAT.

Jewel of the day: Lara Melchior Sautoir III Necklace

This high karat gold piece by Lara Melchior has the look of antiquity to it. The pendant is 24K yellow gold inset with diamonds, hung on an 18K gold chain.

This is a special order item; it sells for USD$1,886.

Jewel of the day: Dani Barbe Ruby, Garnet and Spinel Pendant

Dani Barbe makes delicate looking jewelry with an array of colourful stones. This piece is 14 gold plated with raw ruby, garnet and spinel stones. As she notes, it’s nice on its own or can be worn layered. The chain is gold plated and is 16 inches with a 4 inch extension. The bar measures 25mm x 3.5mm.

There are other colour combinations in this design, which sells for USD$88.

Jewel of the day: Nancy Kraskin Opal Necklace

Though the price of gold has come down from its per ounce high of a few years ago, retail prices really have yet to follow suit, so it’s nice to come across gold pieces that are not astronomically priced. This necklace by Nancy Kraskin is made of 14k yellow gold, set with a small Australian opal accented by gold beads. it comes on an 18 inch chain. Even though the stone is small (described as 6mm), I love opals for their fiery personality!

This sells for USD$390.

 

Jewel of the day: Vinosus Jewelry Large Nest Peacock Pearl Necklace

Even though the pearls in this pendant are fixed to silver rods that criss cross the design, it still has a sense of movement to me. The designer notes, “Vinosus Jewelry is hand fabricated metalwork with only a little use of soldering, welding and casting. A signature brushed metal finish is applied to most of sterling silver and 14k gold-fill designs, with some offering a high polished finish. All pearls are fresh water, gems are AAA grade quality, and metals are sourced eco-friendly. When you wear Vinosus Jewelry you are wearing a piece of art made from the heart. All of Martin James Kneeland and Brit-Simone Sutter’s Vinosus Jewelry is handmade in their Seattle, Washington studio.”

This piece sells for USD$169.

 

Jewel of the day: Anne Sisteron Diamond Inlay Pearl Necklace

Summer is the season for graduations and weddings, and this would make a perfect gift for the graduate, bridesmaid or bride. By LA-based Anne Sisteron, a .03 carat diamond is inlaid into a pearl, set and hung from a 14k white gold chain. They give the pearl measurement as “1.00” but I’m frankly not sure what that means, as I’ve only ever seen pearl size expressed in mm.

This sells for USD$395.

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