If there’s one thing I love as much as bags, it’s jewelry. I’m always excited to discover different designers, and on a recent shoot in NYC for LifestyleMirror.com, I was introduced to Fragments, an insanely cool jewelry store that stocks incredible and unusual fine jewelry. The first pieces to catch my eye were Mizuki’s icicle diamond earrings ($3,130).
Subtlety? What’s that? For Fall 2013, Lanvin is making the message clear – and that message is go big or go home. Accessories emblazoned with single words like “cool,” “love,” and “help” are the kind of pieces you’d expect to see Rihanna wear with aplomb. They sound a little kitschy, yet in pewter and faux pearls, Alber Elbaz makes them as sophisticated as can be.
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!
A simple cocktail ring is no longer enough to start up a conversation. But a full-finger ring? Well, that’s something no one can miss. The trouble is that not all of these are articulated, limiting your basic movement and turning day-to-day tasks into serious challenges. Enter hinged rings!
Chalk it up to me being in Asia (and a Game of Thrones addict), but I’m suddenly drawn to all things dragon. If I can’t have a real one to turn my enemies to ash, I’ll just have to get my ice and fire from Elise Dray’s articulated full finger ring. Even though the French designer’s collection is only four years old, the fantastical scope is far from small.
NYC artist Eva Zuckerman (Fehren is her middle name) makes fine jewelry, but she doesn’t rely on the high-quality gems and metals to impress you (although those are pretty breathtaking!). These pieces are all about delicate, yet impactful design. After earning a degree in fine art from Cooper Union and working with Snob favorite Monique Péan, Eva started her own line in 2011 and quickly won rave reviews with the X Collection.
Stacking jewels always packs a punch, but when you feel like giving all your digits some love, turn to trendy multi-finger rings. Abundance is even easier to achieve since the bands are made to coordinate (unlike the random assembly of rings hiding in your jewelry box).
Sometimes you long to go outside the box (unless the box is this awesome cube ring, in which case, count me in). Go more traditional with pieces like your wedding band that you wear all the time. These rings are fun little affairs – practicality has no place in their designs…