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 Amanda Seyfried accessorize her gorgeous Zac Posen gown with a long Lorraine Schwartz pendant necklace was such a refreshing, interesting style choice. The Les Mis star went with a pretty minimal look, and I don’t think it would have worked without the diamond and lavender jade art deco-inspired bauble. We’re not used to seeing … Continue reading “Amanda Seyfried x Lorraine Schwartz: Pendant Necklaces”
Sometimes one good thing is all you need. A statement pendant gets you noticed fast, without the obviousness of a chunky, clunky necklace. There’s a certain je nais se quoi about wearing something so striking yet so simple. From emerging butterflies to shooting stars, here are a few of my favorite pendants: 1. Marni Pendant … Continue reading “Top 5 Pristine Pendants: A Penchant for Pendants”
At least when it comes to mesmerizing accessories. Jade has been treasured in China for the past 7,000 years, and the gemstone is still revered for its comforting powers. Said to bring the women who wear it protection and good luck, I have always had a special love for jade. Maybe because the first piece … Continue reading “Jade Jewels: It’s Good to Be Jaded”
Don’t leave the color just to your bags, shoes, and couture – why should they have all the fun? Jewels aren’t just about white diamonds and neutral metals. So get brave with it, and spread the color around; my top picks are all different types of jewels. Just don’t wear them all at once or … Continue reading “Top 5 Colorful Jewels: Look on the Bright Side”
Maybe it’s because I’m in Taiwan, but this etched jade ring is really speaking to me. Oscar de la Renta‘s 24-karat gold-plated cabochon ring looks like something you’d find in a museum. It has an ancient and very official look to it. The jade, with floral etching, sits on a red resin ring that beautifully … Continue reading “Oscar de la Renta 24-Karat Gold-Plated Cabochon Ring: Get Shanghaied”
The design of this ring is pure genius. I, being Chinese, equate jade with old fashion old ladies. There is definitely nothing fresh or hip about jade. But this Mawi ring with traditional looking vines over a perfect and gorgeous green hue jade topped with a skull breaks every rule in the book but the … Continue reading “MAWI Gold-Plated Jade and Skull Ring”