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The Jewelry Insider

July 27, 2009


Jewelry hounds, I need your peepers. Is it me or is Nicky Hilton wearing THE SAME emerald earrings that Angelina Jolie made famous at the Oscars this year? The horror!

The giant teardrop-sized stunners are cut in the same shape as Angelina’s green gems, but I quite simply can’t imagine anyone who would want to trod that same hallowed jewelry ground. Especially someone low-key like Paris’s younger sib.

Hilton was walking the red carpet of sister Paris’s narcissistic, I mean, self-titled documentary, Paris, not France last week when the emeralds made their appearance.

It is possible that Lorraine Schwartz accessorized both Angelina and Nicky with the same emeralds, but any stylist worth their salt would surely know that repeating a history-making jewelry moment – and one made by Angelina Jolie no less – is anything but a wise choice in today’s shark-infested fashion waters.

Mon Dieu!

What do you guys think? Are they the same earrings? Or are they look-alikes? Regardless, should she have steered clear of the fashion faux-pas or are the emerald earrings fair game for anyone who wants to be a…well..wannabe?

The Jewelry Insider

June 4, 2009


So you’re turning three. You’re thinking a doll, a stuffed animal, maybe a little cake might be nice from mom and dad. But if you’re the first biological child of the world’s most powerful couple – you don’t get a little party hat and a Sponge Bob DVD.

You get diamonds. And lots of ‘em.

Proud poppa, Brad Pitt, threw down a lot of cash at Neil Lane’s fab jewelry boutique in Los Angeles last week for his little blonde beauty, and walked away with not one but TWO diamond and platinum necklaces for Shiloh reportedly worth over $15,000.

Not to be outshined, US Magazine reports that Brad presented mom-gelina with a little bling of her own – namely a pricey Neil Lane charm bracelet decorated with mini gold and diamond jet planes.

To symbolize the emotional distance that now stands between them? Or maybe just to praise her piloting skills. Is there anything this woman doesn’t do?

Apparently not. She’s been listed as the most powerful celebrity in the world according to Forbes Magazine (yes, including the big O, folks), so it’s probably best that Brad keep up with the…um…kissing up.

The Jewelry Insider

February 26, 2009


I think I’m finally coming down off the Oscar jewelry high, and while Angelina’s emeralds, Kate’s Oscar and Mickey’s Loki choker had me basking in the glow of awards season, it’s time to take a visit back to reality. Alas.

But I’ve got some great news for all you jewelry hounds that will help take the edge off our Oscar hangovers.

We have all become recessionistas these days looking for deals at the grocery store, the clothing rack and the gas pump – and buying jewelry is no exception. Friends and Family discount codes that were once a ‘nice thought’ when we saw them in our email IN boxes are now a highly sought after commodity.

So. I managed to get my grubby little hands on the Friends and Family discount code to an employee site of this fine jewelry manufacturer. They call it, Jewel Club, and if the word “wholesale” makes your heart skip a beat, this is the place for you.

All the Jewel Club product is offered at OR BELOW wholesale prices for employees and their friends and family members – from diamonds and gemstones to silver and gold. And if you sign up for their “Deal Alert” email, you get advanced notice of even more discounts and savings.

All you do is visit www.jewelclub.com (which I have listed at the bottom of the blog from
now on), enter this special Friends and Family code:

JCLUB482180

And you’ll be off the races. If you run into issues, just comment on this blog, and I can trouble shoot for you. But they make things very easy, with a 30-day money back guarantee and – get this – FREE shipping. The savings are endless.

So. I’ve done a little searching and found two cool items just to give you an idea of the deals you can get. It’s the least I can do for my online jewelry family.


Angelina’s emerald cocktail ring had us drooling with envy. This similar created emerald ring with diamond accents normally retails for $329.00 but will only put Jewel Club members back $82.78. No. I’m not kidding.

OK. So we all want diamond studs, but we don’t want to shell out $500 or more for a decent pair, right? I found these ¼ carat beauties in white gold that once retailed for $629. Jewel Club Friends and Family members get them for $162.89. It’s a total steal. Seriously.

And the list goes on and on – from black diamond styles to trendy purple gemstones to gold bangles and more. Think of all the gifts you can get now, too?

I think I’m getting my jewelry high back. Are you?

So don’t forget, your Jewelry Insider code is JCLUB482180, and the site is wwww.jewelclub.com.

And feel free to share it with your friends and family. The more jewelry hounds the merrier!

Happy Shopping!

The Jewelry Insider

February 24, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it. We’re all still drooling over Angelina Jolie’s jaw-dropping emerald earrings. Am I right?

We’re all wondering how much they cost – and most importantly – how on earth can we afford a pair of our own?

While I am still researching the Lorraine Schwartz price for those jewelry hounds who are gluttons for punishment – I have great news for folks who want to get the same Angelina emeralds for a fraction of the price!

The new Jewelry.com has a brand new feature called, Celebrity Style, where they focus on important celebrity looks you can get for a lot, lot less. Angelina’s emeralds, Kate’s diamonds, Heidi’s earrings and more are featured in the freshly posted Oscar feature.

Check it out here!

The Jewelry Insider

February 23, 2009


Aside from the much-anticipated Angelina Jolie / Jennifer Aniston showdown, jewelry fashion was the talk of the town leading up to last night’s Oscar telecast. Diamonds? Gemstones? Gold? Would the stars bring out the bling, or would the economy force the A-list to keep the diamonds on the down-low?

Well, thank the jewelry gods above that the stars ignored the gloom and doom-ers and positively lit up the red carpet with jewels – from giant statement looks to tasteful, show-stopping diamond glamour.

The Statement Makers included a fiery Amy Adams in red Carolina Herrera and a lobster bib-sized Fred Leighton gemstone statement necklace from the 1950s, a sparkling Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli and a vintage diamond flower necklace – also from Fred Leighton, and Heidi Klum who rocked a Roland Mouret red dress with $900,000 worth of Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewels. And, of course, my winner of the night, Angelina Jolie, in Lorraine Schwartz emeralds, who reminded me how much fun it is to gasp aloud at the televsion.

 

 

 

 

Light colors with tasteful diamond looks also made a frequent appearance last night. Oscar-winner and Woody Allen muse, Penelope Cruz, looked stunning in vintage Balmain and a 69-carat cushion cut diamond necklace, a 21-carat starburst yellow diamond ring, and 11-carat diamond stud earrings – all from Chopard. That’s $3 million in diamonds in case you were wondering. Odios Mio!

And Anne Hathaway surprised us all with her musical-theater skills and her impeccable fashion sense as she glowed in Armani Prive and Cartier. I take back every evil pants-suited remark I made, Anne, after boo-hooing my way through that Shirley MacLain tribute to you.

Also on the light side of fashion was Marisa Tomei in Versace and vintage jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels that included a 1941 diamond and sapphire bracelet, a 1960 diamond ring, and 1973 lapis and diamond earrings.

 


Color couture
added a much needed rainbow effect as Natalie Portman was the prettiest in pink Rodarte and rocky diamonds studs, Freida Pinto stunned in purple Galiano and gemstone drop earrings, and Alica Keys shimmered in a lilac Armani Prive frock with jaw-dropping diamond-leaf earrings.
And what is a red carpet without our Metallic Mavens? Viola Davis won the category in my book with a shimmering Reem Acra gold gown and a series of icey diamond bangles. Tina Fey, whose schtick with Steve Martin made me fall in love with her all over again, wore the most stunning silvery Zac Posen number I’ve ever seen on her. And Jennifer Aniston finally gave up the black (and the pants suit) for a bejeweled Valentino number with minimal bling.

And much like Hugh Jackman’s bizarre interpretive Reader dance and the weird attempt to make a Wall-e/Jai-Ho mash up (Peter Gabriel was SO right to opt out of that one), there were some missteps worthy of mention.

Melissa Leo’s mismatched jewels did nothing to help her unfortunate gown choice, Beyonce totally misfired with this gaudy gold and black number from her mother’s line, and the ‘age appropriate’ police needed to arrest both Miley Cyrus and Sophia Loren. Not a good choice there, ladies.

And I’m going to get flack for this, but I thought both Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep could have chosen better this year. And Sarah Jessica Parker was just a bit too Glinda the Good Witch for me. There. I said it.

But all in all, the Oscars gave this jewelry hound a glittering night to remember full of worthy winners, fashion marvels and jewels, jewels, jewels. Weigh in with your own musings, jewelry lovers!

And stay tuned for my Oscar After Party jewelry remix with Halle “can your husband be any more gorgeous?” Berry, Madonna, Mickey Rourke’s Loki choker and more…

The Jewelry Insider

February 23, 2009

I’m still sifting through the glittering jewelry looks from last night’s Oscar extravaganza, but I’d like to just take a moment to revel in the beauty of Angelina Jolie’s shocking Colombian emerald jewelry. If the jewels, the Oscar nomination, the front row seats and the arm candy wasn’t enough to put Jennifer Aniston over the edge last night, I don’t know what will. While I am admittedly a card carrying member of Team Aniston, the quiet elegance of Angelina’s black Elie Saab gown was perfectly complimented by her Lorraine Schwartz 115 carat emerald teardrop earrings and her silver dollar-sized 65 carat right hand ring. Bravo.

Despite America’s wish for a more dramatic Jen-Angie showdown, it appeared as if the main characters in our favorite media-contructed love triangle weathered the awkward Oscar storm well. Jennifer got through her tepid animation schtick right in front of the stoic couple without stumbling, and Brad and Angie mastered their “I’m so interested. No. Really.” for her benefit. But the emeralds, people. I’m thinking those green Colombian beauties will go down forever as one of Oscar’s best jewelry moments. Am I wrong here? Have Angelina’s wiccan ways seduced me over to the dark side? Who do you think won the showdown last night?

And stay tuned for more Oscar jewelry gabbing from the red carpet to the glittering after parties. The Amy Adams gemstone lobster bib look has me on the fence. Totally glam or unfortunately gaudy?

The Jewelry Insider

February 19, 2009


With Fashion Week frenzy slowing moving into Oscar buzz, there has been much talk about how the economy is affecting jewelry choices on both the runway and the red carpet. Will the Oscars feature lots of bling this Sunday, or will folks leave their diamonds at home?

There are two schools of thought coming from Fashion Week designers and celebrity stylists. One, is to take it down a notch. Basic black littered the runways with jewelry looks relegated to one signature piece. I was stunned to see the elegance of Oscar de la Renta’s line feature more little black dresses instead of his usual floor length gowns. Donna Karan and Reem Acra also featured muted shades with a statement necklace to add sparkle.

 

 

 

 

But others insist the fashion world is the perfect escape mechanism. In other words? Bring on the bling.

“Would you really want to tune in (to the Oscars) and see a bunch of women walking down the red carpet in black pantsuits?” Hal Rubenstein, fashion director of InStyle magazine, told the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s a recession, not an apocalypse.”

Indeed!

While there may not be a need this year for Stuart Weitzman’s $1 million diamond shoes, I think people still want to see gasp-worthy gowns and jewels that make our wallets go into cardiac arrest – even though the experts are predicting a return to basics.

“No one wants to be inappropriate in a time when people are struggling,” The Diamond Information Center’s Sally Morrison told the LA Times.

“The trend is fairly big, but fairly simple. Classic styles with sizzle that any woman can wear.”

All I know is if Angelina or Kate shows up in a pants suit with a tasteful pair of diamond studs, I’m going to throw my TV out the window.

What do you guys think? Should the stars ice it up for the Oscars or keep it cool? Weigh in!

The Jewelry Insider

January 12, 2009


All the fashion hounds are reporting a downturn in the dazzle department on the red carpet these days. The buzz goes something like: the troubled economy is keeping jewelry looks to a minimum, less is more will rule the day, blah blah blah. Either these folks are blind, or they simply didn’t watch the bling-filled shenanigans on the Golden Globes’ red carpet last night.

How could you miss Beyonce’s, diamond fringe Lorraine Schwartz shocker? Or Christina Applegate’s stunning vintage yellow diamond flower necklace – also from dame Schwartz. And I haven’t even begun to cover the wattage coming from Eva Mendez and Elizabeth Banks. I was sitting couch-side – gasping aloud.

Now, of course, there were those like a glowing Eva Longoria, who chose to keep things on the down low. Lots of tasteful studs with a “no necklace” choice made the red carpet rounds, including two-time winner Kate Winslet in 10-carat Chopard earrings, Anne Hathaway in Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and sapphire gems, and a gorgeous January Jones in barely there diamond studs also by Van Cleef. (She should trademark that dress color. Stunning.)

Purple princesses, Anna Paquin, Hayden Panitierre and (my favorite) Olivia Wilde, also kept the bling to a minimum.
But there were others, like Amy Adams, who brought out the big guns with green gemstone statement earrings and a rocky right hand ring – another Lorraine Schwartz win. Kate Beckinsale does no wrong in Fred Leighton earrings that must have weighed as much as her nine-year-old. And Slumdog Millionaire star, Freida Pinto, offered dangling gold and diamond statement earrings to complement her mustard-colored frock.

Another red carpet trend emerged on the wrist. Lots of statement makers here, including Bochic gold and turquoise snake bracelets on a resurfacing Sandra Bullock, stunning diamond and gold cuffs on Freida Pinto and layered bangles in every incarnation from the likes of Debra Messing and Megan Fox.

 

 

 

 

The losers in my book aren’t shockingly bad, but rather fall into the ‘been there done that’ category. Angelina Jolie must have a closet full of that same dress. Cameron Diaz appeared in her traditional ‘colorful’ gown choice with bad roots and barely a jewel in sight. Marisa Tomei channeled Captain Jack with her Seinfeld-worthy pirate shirt and layered Neil Lane necklaces. And J-Lo? How many times are you going to work the plunging neckline dress? It’s gettin’ old, sister.

 

 

 

 

So you’ve got the good, the boringly bad and for the ugly? Please reference Rene Zellweger’s updo, Sting’s new brunette leprechaun decision and Ryan Seacrest’s desperate attempt to get Brangelina’s attention on the red carpet. Not a pretty picture.

The Jewelry Insider

January 10, 2009


Awards season for celebrities means lots of galas, gowns and – of course – giveaways. Swag bags that were once a small token of an awards show’s affection have ballooned into a prize worth more than a year’s salary in most circles.

And ‘bags’ don’t really begin to describe the suitcases full of loot the stars get to schlep home after the festivities. In fact, there are entire swag rooms, or ‘gift suites’, the celebs can stroll through to pick up anything from free spa weekends and handbags to electronics and fine jewelry. Sounds rough.
According to Yahoo!’s OMG, some of stars spotted trolling the gift suites this year were “Swag Hag”, Debra Messing; “Gossip Girl”, Michelle Trachtenberg; and our favorite mom, Jessica Alba, who apparently fell in love with a woven, diamond-studded bracelet from Tacori. Other stars ogled conflict-free, earth-friendly fine jewelry from Precious Earth, and glittering gems from Touchstone Crystal.

And Best Actress nominees will be presented with a sparkly compact created by L’Oreal with help from colored-gemstone manufacturer Carelle, says National Jeweler. The compact features lemon citrine and pale-green quartz stones set in 18-karat yellow gold with diamond details. In addition to the nine compacts gifted to the likes of Angelina Jolie and new rival, Anne Hathaway, one last compact will be auctioned off on eBay.com to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation during the Golden Globes broadcast.

So while we’re watching sympathetically when the losers in each category get sloppy drunk on Moet and try desperately to get within Brad Pitt’s sightline, it’s best to remember that these artists may not have everything – but they can all powder their noses in style. For free.

The Jewelry Insider

January 9, 2009


The Critics’ Choice Awards was full of surprises last night. Slum Dog Millionaire stole the show with three big wins, and there was a tie in the Best Actress category between Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. A tie? It seems awards shows can’t let The Meryl be in a movie without handing her a trophy (if she wins a Globe for the dreadful, Mamma Mia, I’m moving to Canada). Perhaps the biggest surprise was a scowling Angelina Jolie who couldn’t hide her disdain during Anne Hathaway’s rambling acceptance speech. Meow!
The jewelry fashion was all about the ears, as many A-listers chose the no necklace look with strapless, classic gowns. Kate Beckinsale can do no wrong in a chocolate frock with dream catcher gemstone earrings; Marisa Tomei’s fan dress was a little much, but her clover-shaped earrings made the ensemble work; and Slumdog Millionaire beauty, Freida Pinto, wore maharajah-shaped earrings with her heavenly white cap-sleeved dress. Do I see a Slumdog earring trend emerging?

I think I am officially over the metallic dress/no jewelry look that both Eva Longoria and Evan Rachel Wood sported. Yet most celebs opted for the less-is-more jewelry statement that the New York Times recently reported we will most likely see on the upcoming Award Show red carpets this year.

 

 

 

 

While the gawker-dreamer in us wants the stars to go all out with the ice no matter what the DOW is doing, there are upsides to restraint. We mere mortals can find more and more celebrity red carpet jewelry looks for our own jewelry boxes. Jai Ho!

A similar look to Angelina Jolie’s pearl-button earrings can be found on Jewelry.com for over $200 off the original price. She can keep the scowl.

And these Penelope-inspired diamond drops could make any night on the town an award-winning affair.
Viola Davis dazzled in classic pearl-drop earrings, suitable for almost any occasion. Try these on for size for just over $100.