The design of most earrings focuses solely on the way they appear on the front of your lobes. This is a little lazy, no? If your hair is up, then the back is almost as visible as the front, a fact that Vita Fede’s Cynthia Sakai acknowledges and designs with in mind!
Words cannot describe how proud I am of my dear friend Cindy Chao. In a very short time, she has taken the jewelry world by storm. And redefined the very definition of fine jewelry. As a supremely gifted sculptress, she has elevated jewel art to the next level, raising the bar with her fantastical creations.
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?
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.