Thu 08.23

Venna Necklaces: Life of the Party

What I love most about traveling in Asia is the discovery of new designers. The latest trove of treasures to catch my eye: Venna, a line of eclectic necklaces designed by Central St. Martin graduate Patrick Wong. Applying an array of Swarovski crystals, punky chains, pearls, and beads, some in neon brights and others in […]

Mon 07.02

High-Style Shells: Bring the Beach

I’m in a touristy mood lately. There is no beach vacation without coming home with some sort of seashell trinket. But just because I’m after beachcomber souvenirs doesn’t mean I’m interested in looking like a dorky adventurer. Instead of a typical and cheesy Waikiki puka-shell necklace, these pieces offer that same laidback surfside feel – […]

Tue 05.22

Top 5 Statement Rings: What's the Big Idea?

Whether it’s fossilized walrus ivory, a tulip-carved white amethyst, or a melding of natural pearl and aquamarine, a bigger-than-Texas statement ring is key for the season. This isn’t the moment to fret about good taste or worry about subtlety (or lack thereof) – indulge yourself and invite the over-the-top to your fingertips. Monique Pean‘s Scrimshaw […]

Wed 04.18

Music-Festival Jewels: Get Your Rocks On

Every girl who calls herself carefree, young at heart, and a hot-to-trot music fan is currently in Indio, California for double-packed weekends of music, courtesy of Coachella, the most famous festival for miles. Even if you’re listening to your favorite band on your iPod and not in person, it’s the perfect time to pay homage […]

Wed 04.11

Fallon Jewelry Classique Long Pearl Necklace: Fifty Shades of Grey and Two Shades of Style

If you haven’t heard of the book Fifty Shades of Grey, get ready! Call it whatever you want (mommy porn, erotic romance, lusty chick-lit), this bestseller is grabbing the attention of housewives and power players alike. I’ll admit: I read it while I was in Miami recently, and despite the questionable caliber of the writing, […]

Tue 04.10

Solange Azagury-Partridge Ballcrusher,Gold Pearl and Sapphire Earrings: She’s a Maneater

I’ve got to admit: the name “ballcrusher” grabbed my attention. But what I didn’t expect to see was a jewel with such a threatening title – and a pretty awesome one, if you ask me – to be so feminine and pretty! That’s not to say these earrings by Solange Azagury-Partridge aren’t offbeat. Claws are, […]

Fri 02.10

Chanel Valentine’s Day 2012 Collection: From Coco, With Love

Chanel does costume jewels exactly the way they should be executed: feminine, with a sense of decadence and a helping of opulence, too. And when it comes to Valentine’s Day, what present is better than the gift of Chanel?! Their latest collection is worth falling for, or at least lusting after. Pink pearls, golden resin, […]

Tue 01.10

Jewel Heaven and Delight at Luisa via Roma

The Luisa via Roma Firenze4Ever Style Lab was the most fun ever! Our shoot was seriously so good, I think we might have to switch careers and become stylists instead =) The Luisa store in Florence, the only one in the world, is seriously awesome. The have the most unique collection you can imagine, especially […]

Fri 12.30

Gabrielle Sanchez Irregular-Shaped Freshwater Pearl Earrings: Fresh Water, Fresh Look

Diamonds may be the most timelessly enticing, but pearls are the most timeless jewels of all. And the modern woman has so many more choices than our grandmother’s classic strands, with each pearl perfectly smooth, round, and symmetrical to the one beside it. Enter the Baroque pearl, one of my favorites. Looking like it was […]