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4 Ways to Accessorize Your LWD

Now that Memorial Day is over you know what time it is (no, not time to diet after all those Memorial Day BBQ’s!) – time to dig out that Little White Dress (LWD). Wondering how to accessorize your LWD? We’ve got you covered with four different ways.

1) Stackable Bracelets Stackable bracelets are the equivalent to layering necklaces. They’re trendy, they’re chic, and they’re fun to wear – especially in the summer. Stack em’ up and layer em’ on! CLICK HERE to shop our Chrysalis designer boutique for the perfect stackable bracelets.


2) Statement Necklaces –You can never go wrong with a statement necklace when wearing your LWD. For a lovely color contrast against your white dress, choose a bright necklace. Make that color pop! CLICK HERE to shop for your very own statement necklace.


3) Bright Earrings – Frame your face and compliment your look with a pretty pair of earrings. The brighter the better to offset the pure white color of your LWD. Go bold or go home! CLICK HERE to shop for a pair of bright earrings.


4) Statement RingsThere’s something about a statement ring that just makes you feel powerful when wearing it (or is that just us?). Match your LWD with a statement ring that’s just your style. Don’t keep it in your jewelry box just for special events. Make everyday a special occasion! CLICK HERE to shop our cocktail rings.


Tell us, how would you style your LWD?


Update your Springtime Essentials

Spring is in the air which means those closets probably need a good cleaning. Instead of purging last year’s looks, maximize the style potential of your spring time basics with some jewels. After all, bling is the best bang for your buck where the sparkle keeps on twinkling. Let’s start with these three wardrobe classics taking you your from picnics in the park to sunset cocktails.


 Denim + Flats


Feminine, timeless and easy-to-pair, ankle-length denims are an easy way to welcome spring without forgetting about those occasional winter chills. Pair with sleek (or funky) flats and a bold bracelet and you’ll be on your way to style stardom! We suggest a power cuff like the Sunburst bracelet above, for a no-nonsense, ultra modern edge. Looking for something bold, easy and fun to mix-and-match? Try our Gold Sisters link bracelets.

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Pastel Dress


Rework your wardrobe with a fresh coat of cool pastels by way of a fun cocktail dress. Before you go out and splurge though, bring out your dresses of yesteryear to see what your can optimize. This spring, generously-sized gemstones are making headway on the catwalk and, rose gold crafted-sparklers like the one above, go swimmingly with a crisp, pastel palette. Looking to channel bright spring blooms? Then those multi-stone floral drops above may just be the perfect answer. Jewelry designed with gemstone flourishes are an easy way to add a bit of pop to soft pastels.

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Punchy to Pared-Down Pencil Skirts


Play up your floral pencil skirts (or, skirts for that matter) with a jaw-dropping cocktail ring. This is an easy way to add an edge of sass with sophistication to basic button downs and everyday heels (or flats).  If Hi-Def bedazzlers seem like a little too much for the office, then baubled pearls add a finishing polish to this 9-to-5 spring favorite.

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Three Ways to Accessorize Your LBD (Little Black Dress)

The holidays are coming up, and you know what that means ladies – it’s time to take out those trusty little black dresses (LBDs) and your best accessories. Work parties, holiday gatherings, and happy hours (with those delicious once-a-year holiday cocktails!) are a-plenty, and we know you want to look your best. Luckily, your basic black is always a flattering color, so you can re-use that LBD multiple times this upcoming season. What’s the trick? Switch out your jewelry! Here are three ways to accessorize your LBD.

1) Statement Necklaces – What could be better than the perfect statement necklace? Dress up your LBD with a stunning sparkler, keep it classy with a pearl piece, or choose a simple pendant for a more casual look.


2) Statement Earrings – Bring some attention to that gorgeous face of yours! Dangly diamond earrings are always a great LBD accessory, especially for a fancier soiree. For a fun and flirty look, pair your dress with some shiny Swarovski, and don’t forget about those studs (they match with everything)!


3) Cocktail Rings – Holiday parties automatically make us think of cocktail rings. The holiday season is the perfect excuse to purchase that big rock you’ve been eyeing (come on, you know you want it!). Whether a diamond ring, a colorful gemstone piece, or a unique one-of-a-kind ring, you and your LBD will be the belle of the ball.


How would you accessorize your LBD? Share with us!

The Jewelry Insider

May 13, 2014

You’ve probably already read about Solange attacking Jay Z in the elevator post Met Gala fun, but no one knows why. Well, we have a theory. It may sound a little crazy, but just hear us out! We’ve even given it a witty little name (at least we think it is): Beyonce’s Met Gala Curse. Bey loses one of her Lorraine Schwartz rings at the Met Gala. Hubby Jay Z finds it and stages a mock proposal for the cameras while placing the ring back on her finger. The bad luck starts with Beyonce’s ring episode, and continues well into the night with sister Solange lashing out at her brother-in-law Jay-Z. Bad juju from the very beginning of the night!
Jay Z’s Mock Proposal to Beyonce, Photo Credit: www.eonline.com
Jay Z’s Mock Proposal to Beyonce, Photo Credit: www.popsugar.com

For those of you who haven’t heard the story (although really, it’s all over the place), here’s a little synopsis. There is footage of Solange Knowles physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator at the Standard hotel following the Met Gala. A bodyguard is also in the elevator trying to hold Solange back, while Beyonce is standing by doing nothing. Geez, and we thought we had family troubles!

Solange @ Met Gala, Photo Credit: www.thefashionistastories.blogspot.com
Jay Z, Beyonce, & Solange after Met Gala, Photo Credit: www.pagesix.com

Any other theorists out there who’d care to share…?

The Jewelry Insider

September 24, 2013

All of the top Emmy jewelry trends for 2013 are tastefully covered in an earlier post by my colleague Mandy Tracy. Now it’s time to get down and dirty. Here are my Top Ten Emmy Jewelry Moments of the night for your drooling (and dishing) pleasure.

10. Maria Menounos? Less Is More. Just sayin’. 

Don’t let the jewelry wear YOU, sister. It’s a stunning $2.5 million Colombian emerald and diamond piece (from Lorraine Schwartz no less), but the prom queen hair puts you in the Kathy Ireland ‘Less Is More’ Red Carpet Correspondent Hall of Fame.

Sorry, sister.

9. Mani-Cam Crack

The E! Red Carpet mani-cam not only shined a spotlight on nail polish, but supersized the A-lister’s ring finger bling! And a new addiction was born.

Here’s an even better look at Zooey Deschanel’s gob-stopper-sized tourmaline ring by Chanel. Team Mani-Cam! Who’s with me?

8. Padma Goes for the Gold

Padma Lakshmi gave the jewelry gawkers our first surprise (and notable trend) of the night: classic, sculptural, yellow gold jewelry. I loved her elegant swirl earrings and Wonder Woman-inspired cuff, both from Robert Lee Morris. Gorg!

7. Sarah Hyland Goes Green

I’m a sucker for an emerald statement. And while Christina Hendricks and Mayim Bialik scored some great green, Sarah Hyland really caught my attention with this head-to-toe look from Lorraine Schwartz, including  60-carat(!) Colombian emerald drop earrings.

Kermit, eat your heart out.

6. The Jewelry Credit Catastrophe

Live Tweeting the Emmy Red Carpet with the #emmyjewelry crowd is like joining a chorus of snarky sophisticates. We “jewelerati” love our bling. We love our champagne-infused red carpet drinking games. But we HATE HATE HATE it when jewelry credits get ignored.

While Ryan Snorecrest is our favorite target, this year, How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders took first prize for (gasp!) not only forgetting whose jewelry she was wearing (Irene Neuwirth!)….but owning up to it on live television in front of millions. No words.

PS – For those at home keeping score, our hashtag made the top trend list during the E! red carpet telecast. Join us next time!

5. Carrie Underwood

Ms. Underwood’s go-to jewelry guru Jonathan Arndt didn’t disappoint this year, scoring carats a kimbo for Country Barbie. And major props from the statement-necklace-starved jewelerati. That’s $18 million worth of ice and over 180 carats all told for those of you playing at home.

4. Oh No You Didn’t, Lena

It’s not a jewelry moment. It’s well…just a moment of sorrow I have to share. I love GIRLS. I love Lena Dunham. I love that she unabashedly wears ghastly jumpsuits, grandma underwear and an extra 25 pounds with nary an ounce of self-consciousness – both in real-life and on her show.

But I just can’t abide this, sister. You can do better.

3. The Salamander Reveal

Canary Island has nothing on this Tweety Bird-inspired ensemble from Ana Farris. But just when I was about to unleash a Joan Rivers-inspired fashion rant, this yellow-bellied damsel in distress did a little red-carpet spin to reveal….

…this completely surprising and awesome 19th-century emerald and diamond Fred Leighton salamander brooch. I haven’t been this shocked since Mariah Carey covered her cleavage. Nicely played.

2. My Claire Danes ‘Cry Face’

She’s a class act, that Claire. And as the belle of this particular Awards Show ball, I looked to her to knock it out of the park. But like other A-listers before her (Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, I’m talking to you), she just doesn’t get that we jewelry hounds don’t want elegant understatements.

We don’t want studs, or dainty drops or yet a another (yawn!) diamond bracelet – no matter how lovely.

We want a jewelry statement like Gwenyth Paltrow’s Louis Vuitton bird earrings or Michelle William’s deco Fred Leighton stunner.

Turning it up a notch doesn’t mean you have to go gaudy (Maria Menounous, are you taking notes?). It just means you show up to occasion. This is the Emmys. Not a family wedding.

1. Sofia, Sofia, Sofia

Sofia Vergara’s Vera Wang/Lorraine Schwartz combination does it again. This time, she brought $7 million of bling to the red carpet, including 100-carat unheated ruby, sapphire and emerald earrings, a 21-carat Asscher-cut diamond ring, and a 40-carat Colombian emerald and rose-cut diamond ring.

Big. Deep. Breath.

Liz Taylor is somewhere up there smiling over her martini shaker . If you’re a man, you’re almost crying with delight at the sight of this superstar. If you’re a woman, you’re…well…crying for other reasons.

Who made your ‘to-die’ and your ‘do-over’ Emmy fashion lists? Weigh in with your thoughts, jewelry hounds!

The Jewelry Insider

September 24, 2013

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired Sunday night, bringing us a red carpet swarming with new jewelry and fashion trends as well as some expected disappointments. Read on for the top five trends of the night.

Normally the morning after, we dish on the shoulder-sweeping earrings or Wonder Woman cuffs that have made frequent red carpet appearances over the years. As those trends either take a back seat or simply become the norm, we welcome some new and exciting trends to add to your jewelry box.

Cocktail Rings
Finally! Hollywood has put a ring on it! And in the form of big, chunky diamonds and gemstone cocktail rings. Primetime TV’s finest rocked some cocktail rings that were large and in charge.

Zooey Deschanel matched an icy blue J. Mendel gown with an equally icy blue tourmaline ring by Chanel.

Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland was head-to-toe in emerald, 2013’s Color of the Year, pairing a green Caroline Herrera gown with Lorraine Schwartz green bling.

E! Red Carpet Hostess Guiliana Rancic rocked a $1 million diamond ring by Forevermark that would make even a Kardashian jealous!

Jessica Lange wore a black Escada gown accompanied with a Martin Katz cocktail ring. Kata Mara was sans any jewelry except for a large Irene Neuwirth ring that matched her J. Mendel gown. Other cocktail ring sitings included Sofia Vergara (obvi), Jane Krakowski, Christina Hendricks, Taylor Schilling

Green Goddesses

Whether it was the jewels or the gown, emerald was certainly the color of the night (Appropriate since the color gods at Pantone named it Color of the Year for 2013).

Standout looks that had us green with envy were Sarah Hyland (as mentioned before), Anna Chlumsky in Badgley Mischka, Lena Dunham in Prada, and Nancy O’dell.

Christina Hendricks looked ravishing, pairing a black down with emerald earrings and cocktail ring.

Sofia Vergara brought the bling once again with a Vera Wang gown paired with Multi color earrings and green ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Anna Faris wore a cheerful yellow gown with a Fred Leighton green lizard brooch crawling up her back. Brooke Burke wore eye-catching jade earrings by Katerina Maxine.

Golden Girls
Yellow gold statement pieces continue to trend on the red carpet and are a perfect accessory for the fall.

Girls actress Allison Williams paired a blue Ralph Lauren gown with glowing Fred Leighton gold jewels.

Taylor Schilling rocked a white Thakoon paired with Jorge Adeler jewels, including a citrine and gold cocktail ring.

Nashville’s Connie Britton paired a blue and gold Naeem Khan number with gold stacked bangles by Cathy Waterman.

Padma Lakshmi wore huge gold earrings and gold cuff by Robert Lee Morris that paired well with her Kaufman Franco gown.

Other golden jewelry moments include Cobie Smulders (who couldn’t remember who designer her jewelry – YIKES), Jane Lynch and Merritt Wever.

Ladies in Red

While not a jewelry trend, we do pay respect to red carpet color trends that could inspire your own jewelry box collection.

Red frocks included Sofia Vergara, Morena Baccarin, Carla Gugino in Georges Chakra, Heidi Klum in Versace, Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang, Kelly Osbourne in Jenny Packham, Linda Cardinelli in Donna Karan Atelier and more.

Babes in Blue

Every shade of blue made an appearance on the red carpet, capping off a month of sapphire birthstone bliss.

Tina Fey left black at home and rocked a bright blue Narciso Rodriguez gown. Deschanel sisters, Emily and Zooey both wore light pastel gowns by Houghton and J. Mendel, respectively. Jane Krakowski, Jessica Pare, Allison Williams, Maria Menounos, and Guiliana Rancic also wore standout blue gowns.

And leave it to a country girl to be the only notable celeb rocking a diamond necklace. Carrie Underwood paired a purple Romona Keveza gown with Johnathon Arndt jewels. Guess we will have to wait for the Country Music Awards for our next diamond necklace moment. Oh well.

The Jewelry Insider

December 29, 2010

Cocktails and jewelry – what a winning combination. As I was recently pondering what jewelry to break out for my favorite champagne-drenched holiday this Friday (wait for the Carrie Bradshaw moment…), I couldn’t help but wonder (there it is…): Why is it that jewelry and luxury libations have such a glittering partnership?

First, there’s the cocktail ring. The jewelry category emerged in the roaring 20s during Prohibition at illegal, booze-filled ‘cocktail’ parties. Women went big with fashion statements at these underground soirees, flashing their oversized, colorful baubles along with their newly exposed knee caps.

Cocktail rings generally have an oversized center stone of 3 carats or more and are typically worn on the right hand (any finger will do). But as we jewelry hounds know, there are plenty of costume options out there that won’t break the bank.

But there’s another drinkable jewelry look emerging from the shadows lately – champagne diamonds. From light champagnes, to burnished browns and rich cognacs, these natural diamonds offer a selection of tones and hues to compliment every style, taste and tolerance level.

An informative piece in the New York Times reports that the stone made its debut in the late 1990s when it was discovered in Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Australia, but is only now gaining a strong following – including from yours truly and a bevy of Hollywood’s leading ladies.

If you really want to tie one on, how about a double shot with a champagne diamond cocktail ring like this one for almost $400 off retail? ‘Tis the season!

And be sure to check out the champagne diamond treasure chest on Jewelry.com for more bubbly bling – it’s jewelry that’s perfect for teetotalers and the tipsy alike!

Crazy About Cocktail Rings

Cocktails and jewelry make such a handsome couple, and there’s a sparkling new interpretation: Piaget’s Limelight Cocktail Ring Collection.

While I’m not usually a fan of the ‘literal’ jewelry interpretation (“#1 Mom” pendants, anyone?), these little libation-inspired lovelies are designed to look like ACTUAL cocktails – from the 18kt white gold Mojito ring with (count ’em) 182 diamonds and a 24-carat green tourmaline, to the classic Cosmopolitan.

Shut. It. Down.

There are 6 rings to choose from.  Or if you’re like me after an introductory ‘nip’ – you can sample them all! The bad news is: the price points are more likely in the ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ range – and, well, if you can afford four rotating nannies, I say: “Go for it!”

For the rest of us mere mortals, there are still plenty of cocktail rings to choose from that won’t break the bank – like this fun blue topaz and peridot style for only $83.64 on JewelClub. That’ll leave in room in the wallet for another round (or two), right?

So raise your glass to cocktail classics – from top shelf treasures to affordable concoctions that (unlike that 3rd ‘well drink’ at Happy Hour) won’t leave a nasty hangover.

Chin chin!

Jewelry Trend Alert!: Statement Rings

Fall jewelry trends for 2010 are starting to reveal themselves, and while layered chain necklaces and bangle stacks continue to shine bright, there’s a fun new look that’s sure to stir things up – statement rings.

More than just a pretty cocktail piece, statement finger candy makes an entrance. Think Gaga, not girl-next-door. This fun style on Katerina Graham at the Teen Choice Awards is one shining example.

This 80s throw-back I spotted on Trend Hunter is a two-trend-in-one solution since the decade of Duran Duran continues to influence the taste-makers (Those are little onyx dots! Love!).

The H. Stern Alice in Wonderland rings would be the perfect solution (for those of you with cash to burn).

It’s not so easy being green? Think again, Kermie. Check out these verdant statements from Hafsteinn Juliusson’s “Growing Jewelry” collection.

And flower rings are still blooming bright, like this Juicy Couture ‘Flower Punk’ ring from Nordies on Jewelry.com.

I love a lower-jaw-drop moment that doesn’t necessarily come from carat count.

What do you guys think of the trend? Do you have something in your jewelry box that qualifies? Or is this the perfect excuse to start shopping?