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!
Seeing costume jewelry priced at nearly $2,000 definitely makes you take a pause, but let’s examine the facts. First of all, it’s Lanvin, so the cost will be high. Yet with the variety of colored stones mismatched on each side, these are versatile pieces that are bound to match at least one hue in your ensemble.
As much as I love cobalt, it’s one of those colors that you only need a little of to make a statement. Anything more than that would cause serious shock and awe (and not the good kind). You pack a bigger punch with a jolt of electric color rather than a full-on current, so choose just one piece to layer with…
One crystal is nice, but ten is better! Go big or go home, right? These kaleidoscopes of color are summer fun that will liven up any old outfit. They look like bright pieces of candy, and are just as hard to resist. I say give in to your sweet tooth. The opulence of dripping in […]
Every diamond is unique, but these diamond slices take that to a whole other level. As the name suggests, these four sizable gems will dangle from your ears like little mirrors. Finish off the rose gold sunburst edges with 48 more little diamonds and you can see why I’m in love! Best of all is […]
According to Dior’s creative director of costume jewelry Camille Miceli, “Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most striking.” That’s really not giving herself enough credit, though. Camille took a simple idea – the classic pearl stud – and made it into something much more. No one’s questioning the timelessness of pearl earrings, but every […]
What better to wear under the warm summer rays than cool, fresh moonstone? The gem has long been considered mystical, all the way back to the time of the Ancient Romans. They believed it was created using solidified rays from – you guessed it – the moon. They associated the stone with their gods, as […]
A crystal-encrusted talon is pretty badass, but you also have to be a serious badass to endure the pain this Givenchy causes. The sharp little Shark did his worst – my ear felt crushed between the magnetic pieces. After just 30 short minutes, I had a hot flash headache and couldn’t even see what was […]
In 1902, Joseph Asscher invented the now famous Asscher cut, a stepped square style with cropped corners. While this remains one of the jewelry industry’s most beloved designs, his family didn’t stop there – they developed the Royal Asscher cut in 2001, naming it after their thriving diamond empire. The style plays off of the […]