Most jewelers try to design something original using the same old techniques they have always worked with, but Atelier Swarovski and Maison Martin Margiela know that to be truly innovative, you have to break the mold.
While we’ve just about made it to the most wonderful time of the year, there’s still one hurdle left to clear – holiday shopping. I love shopping and I love picking out special gifts for family and friends, but between a long list to buy for and an even longer line of people at the register, it can be a serious challenge, especially for Snobs on a budget.
Our friend Wendy Nguyen is one of the sweetest and most inspiring women we know, and her recent collaboration with Tacori perfectly encapsulates her spirit! She and the jeweler struck up a friendship at Lucky FABB, and it was a toggle bracelet they gifted to her that birthed the idea of the Promise bracelet.
Custom usually means expensive, but not so with Krysten Kauder’s new line Ryan Porter bracelets. In fact I ordered the above bracelets for about $20! Admittedly the bracelets don’t look expensive, but the point isn’t for them to look expensive – the point is for them to help express your personality in a fun, quirky way that, at least for me, brings back childhood memories.
It’s wonderful to see brands and designers donate any of their sales to charity, but it’s a rare sight to see one donate 100% of the sales. Yet that’s exactly what Harry Winston is doing with the Hope collection bracelet, a delicate white gold pendant accented with a mother-of-pearl dial and a single signature diamond.
And the butterflies and the spiders…I don’t know if it’s a certain creepy-crawly holiday coming up or Damien Hirst’s buggy Prada bags, but my mind’s been stuck on insect-inspired fashion lately, ranging from the pretty to the eight-legged variety and beyond.
Halloween and costumes go hand-in-hand, but that doesn’t mean your jewelry has to follow suit. Have fun with the holiday’s themes – just do it with pieces that you can also wear outside the month of October! Orange and black, skulls (of the McQueen variety), and creepy crawlies are all on the table. Which will you be sporting for the witching hour?
I’ve found your next obsession – Paire! The new site sells runway pieces that you can’t find anywhere else, and what better to wear as you’re watching the latest hit the NYFW runways than runway jewelry? I just had to bring a few pieces to NYC. First up was Rodarte’s snake collar ($595) – it’s exclusive to Paire and somehow also on sale.
When you think of statement jewelry, some of the first things that come to mind are large pieces, bright color combos, and unusual shapes. Bibi van der Velden knows that it’s what jewels are made of that sends the true statement, though. The NYC born, London and Netherlands bred designer crafts her pieces with rare materials like Chinese jade, Italian coral, and oh yeah – 40,000-year-old Mammoth tooth dug up from the Siberian tundra!