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Trend Alert: Turquoise Jewelry

The recent resurgence of an obsession with Old Pawn turquoise has caused a wild scramble to pick up cuffs, necklaces and earrings in shiny sterling silver. Rather than grabbing some cheap knockoffs that’ll wear and tear in a few months…

Crystals Clusters

Crystals Clusters: More is Never Enough

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 … Continue reading “Crystals Clusters: More is Never Enough”


Dauphines of New York Birthday Headbands: Party Favors

Dauphines of New York always puts out gorgeous, well-priced hair accessories, but when they add the element of personalization, the appeal is even greater. Believe it or not, birthstones have been around since the first century! Mine is good old amethyst, which is faceted beautifully onto the February headband. For a boho look, wear yours … Continue reading “Dauphines of New York Birthday Headbands: Party Favors”


Best Rope Jewels: Tied Down

I started out looking for jewels made with woven cords – the casual kind you can wear tons of on your wrist when you’re feeling a little boho. But I quickly learned the ropes about rope jewels, and I’ll tell you what – they’re better in gold (isn’t everything?). So most of these weren’t really … Continue reading “Best Rope Jewels: Tied Down”


Lydia Courteille Jewels: Lydia in Wonderland

Lydia Courteille wanted her jewels to create a dream-like state of mind for their wearers, and she did that and more! The jeweler has brought to life a fantasy that we all want to believe in when we step into the world of fashion – that there is beauty beyond this world that can change … Continue reading “Lydia Courteille Jewels: Lydia in Wonderland”


Top 5 Mismatched Earrings: Unlikely Pairings

Asymmetrical earrings normally feel like a funky ‘80s throwback, but these mismatched duos are contemporary chic! No long chain and stud contrast – these jewels have subtler differences (there’s a harmony in the contrasts). Just enough of a change from ear to ear to catch people’s attention. I mean, you have 2 different ears, why … Continue reading “Top 5 Mismatched Earrings: Unlikely Pairings”


Top 5 Colorful Jewels: Look on the Bright Side

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”


Pamela Love Spring 2012 Collection: A Love for North Africa

Photos: Fashionologie Pamela Love‘s costume jewels have always had an exotic, dug-from-the-ground or plundered-from-the-sea feel. But they’ve never necessarily evoked a place. They’ve always fit right into the downtown girl’s urban landscape. No more! For her Spring 2012 collection, Pamela was inspired by Morocco. She actually couldn’t stop daydreaming about the far-off place, and it … Continue reading “Pamela Love Spring 2012 Collection: A Love for North Africa”


Van Cleef & Arpels Bals de Légende: What Legends Are Made Of

Jewels have the potential to transcend time and place, to distort our own less sparkling realities into something more romantic and enable us to fantasize. No jewelry house seems to understand this like Van Cleef & Arpels. Their recent collection, Bals de Legende, is inspired by the greatest parties in history and spans references from … Continue reading “Van Cleef & Arpels Bals de Légende: What Legends Are Made Of”