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The Jewelry Insider

March 15, 2014

Spring is almost here, and you know what that means – it’s time to put away those hats and gloves, and dig out your spring accessories! Check out the four most popular jewelry trends for Spring 2014.
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1) Radiant Orchid
The Pantone Color Institute announced that the color of the year is “Radiant Orchid.” What a perfect color for spring, a season which promises a sense of refreshment and renewal. Wondering how to accessorize with this new hue? Dress up a plain jeans-and-tee look with a pair of purple earrings. Pair that little black dress you’ve been meaning to wear with a purple gemstone cocktail ring or purple bangles. The options are endless!
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Check out our Shades of Purple sale for more inspiration!
2) Pastels & Brights
A common trend that was seen on the runway for spring 2014 was mixing pastels with brighter colors. For instance, why not wear a bright blue top with a light blue statement necklace. Try pairing a bright red dress with some light pink jewelry. This is a fun way to incorporate your favorite colors into your look without overdoing it.

We’ve got color contrasts in each of these fun spring collections.

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3) Florals
Let’s be serious. Who doesn’t love flowers, right? They smell nice, they’re pretty to look at, and this spring season, they’re fun to wear! Floral statement necklaces, simple flower stud earrings, floral bracelets and cuffs, and watches with florally designed faces are just a few of the pieces that are popular for spring 2014.

Our Zoccai Designer line has a lot of flirty florals to flock to.

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4) Cuffs
Ear cuffs, hand cuffs (not the kind you’re thinking!), and ring cuffs are all the rage this spring season. Celebs such as Jennifer Lawrence can be seen rocking ear cuffs on the red carpet, while the ultimate fashionista, Sex and the City gal, Sarah Jessica Parker, has been spotted wearing several glitzy hand cuffs. Have fun experimenting with this new trend.

Or you can get in touch with your inner Wonder Woman with our traditional cuff collection here.

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The Jewelry Insider

July 26, 2013


Designer jewelry collections are a dime-a-dozen these days. From Real Housewives to Bachelorettes and beyond, it seems every C-list reality star with 15 minutes of fame thinks they have the fashion smarts to design bling real women want to wear.

It ain’t that easy, folks.

So when I see a designer jewelry collection with REAL fashion street cred behind it? It’s like finding a needle in the proverbial fashion haystack – and I have to share it with my fellow jewelry hounds.


Enter the “ELLE Time & Jewelry Collection” debuting on Jewelry.com this week!



Yes, THE ELLE  – as in the iconic Paris-based, fashion magazine that started during WWII and evolved into the world’s #1 fashion publication. Not only was ELLE responsible for encouraging the ‘pants revolution’ back in the 40s, freeing women from the confines of stockings and skirts (huzzah!), they were the first publication to be founded and run entirely by – women.  Love it!

I love their fashion credo even more:


 “We believe clothing without accessories is like a party with no cake” (or champagne, as the case may be…)

Long story short? If you have the ELLE fashion juggernaut behind a jewelry collection? You know you’re going to have well-designed, versatile, stylish pieces at price points every woman will find worthy of their hard-earned cash.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the new boutique:

ELLE Butterfly Pendant in Sterling Silver. Price: $150
ELLE Retro Ring in Sterling Silver. Price: $170

Or you can check out the whole collection here. And just between us? Take this coupon code with you to get an extra 20% Off through Sunday, July 28th with code: ELLE at checkout (shhhh…).

ELLE Rose Quartz and Mother-of-Pearl Earrings in Sterling Silver. Price: $120

And, as always, weigh in with your thoughts about the line here. I love to hear the jewelry hounds bark!

The Jewelry Insider

May 8, 2013

A-listers and Fashionistas alike channeled their inner punk rockers for the 2013 Costume Institute’s Met Gala ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’. Looks from Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker and more.

As Awards Season comes to a close each year, instead of opening our jewelry boxes, putting on every single piece of bling we own and sitting on our couch with a box of chocolates watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s, wallowing in the long bauble-less summer we are about to undergo, we get a special little glimmer in our eye knowing the Met Gala is right around the corner.

Known as the ‘Fashion Oscars’, this red carpet event is like no other, with a-list celebs and the industry’s top fashion designers present, it’s practically a jewelry-siting no-brainer. The Costume Institute Gala’s theme this year was PUNK: Chaos to Couture, leaving us with some interesting jewelry and fashion trends on the red carpet.

Standout Earrings

This year, substantial earlobe bling was hard to find compared to last year, but leave it to us to fish through a swarm of studs to find the best earring moments of the night.

Blake Lively paired a killer Gucci gown with even killer(er) Lorraine Schwartz earrings.

Amanda Seyfried wore a Givenchy gown with Fred Leighton earrings.

Jessica Alba hit the red carpet in a leather Tory Burch frock and paired it with super sleek ear cuffs by Jack Vartanian.

Kate Beckinsale donned geometric Lorraine Schwartz earrings with a fuchsia Alberta Ferretti dress. Nina Dobrev looked edgy in a Monique Lhuillier gown and Kimberly McDonald black earrings while Emmy Rossum paired a Donna Karan Atelier gown with shoulder-sweeping IritDesign earrings.

Hair Wear

The punk theme of the night brought out more headbands and hair jewelry than we’ve seen at recent red carpet events.

Sarah Jessica Parker rocked a huge fohawk headdress designed by Philip Treacy.

Katy Perry topped off a Dolce and Gabbana Virgin Mary gown with a gold crown.

Sienna Miller and Jamie King both topped off their looks with spiked headbands while Linda Evangelista wore a delicate Harry Winston headband with a Victorian-inspired Marchesa gown. Kelly Osbourne also topped off her look with punk-inspired hair jewelry.

Black and Gold

Whether it was the punk theme that brought on the black and gold or the NYC location, (New Yorkers can’t help but have an entire closet full of black) this duo stole the show when it came to color trends.

Beyonce was the talk of the night with a Givenchy gown. Taylor Swift transformed her look with an edgy J. Mendel gown. Sarah Jessica Parker and Amanda Seyfried went for similar black and gold prints with Giles Deacon and Givenchy gowns, respectively. Gisele Bundchen, Ginnifer Goodwin, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez, Claire Danes, and Stacy Keibler were also among those sparkling in sultry black and gold gowns.

Bugs

Luckily not real ones this time. Julianne Hough rocked a bug bauble for the second time with a diamond and pearl spider ring crafted by Jacob and Co. Does this one top the REAL beetle the actress/singer/dancer/Ryan Searcrest ex wrapped around her ear at the 2013 Golden Globes? We’ll let you decide.

Paris Haute Couture Shows Bring the Bling

The Fall/Winter 2011 Paris Haute Couture shows just wrapped in the city of lights, and – as we all know – where there is Haute Couture? There is bling. And wacky hats.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the event – most from Dior (sans their brilliant wretch, John Galliano) and Armani Prive (house of Oscar, royal weddings and all things Gaga).

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Leprechan’s Rejoice! We’ve got a rainbow of oversized statement necklaces and cocktail rings to gawk at this go round!

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I also spotted a return of the gold leaf silhouette at the stunning Giambattista Valli show.

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(P.S. Guess who else is into gold leaf looks these days????)

 

And no Haute Couture Show would be complete without the chapeau showdown, right?

 

So there you have it, bling hounds. Colorful, oversized gems, yellow gold, leaf silhouettes and ‘hold-on-to your-hair-follicles’ headwear are the take-away trends from Paris.

Want the look? I’m thinkin’ Jewelry.com’s “Bijoux de Chloe” designer collection is the perfect expression of that sentiment – at prices that are frugalista fabulous! Here’s a few of their high-fashion looks for less, jewelry hounds. You like?

Julia Roberts Rocks ‘Barely There’ Bling Trend

 

Is it me? Or has celebrity jewelry fashion dropped completely off the radar this month? I’ve been searching high and low for big summertime stars to wow me with their bauble choices at various movie premieres and the like…and well…it just ain’t happening.

And then it occurred to me. Maybe (gasp!) less is more?

Take Julia Roberts at her Larry Towne premiere in LA this week. Nevermind the on-trend menswear look (which I find ‘safe’ and ‘snore-worthy’) – but take a gander at the jewelry choice. Simple diamond studs and a three-strand emerald wrap necklace by Beladora.com. Easy. Breezy. Beautiful. Or how about Jenna Elfman at the same event? Just a splash of a  yellow gold drop earring and she’s good to go.

And Katie Holmes sported similar ‘tiny treasure’ style at the LA Film Festival in small pearl earrings and a delicate yellow gold ‘S’ pendant (for daughter Suri, I suppose). Sweet.

So while we’ve all been starved for a lower jaw-drop moment since the Cannes Film Festival over a MONTH ago – I have to admit: I’m OK with diamonds on the down-low every once in a while. Just DON’T make it a habit, Hollywood.

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!

The Jewelry Insider

November 2, 2010

Does it get any more extreme than Kanye West replacing his entire bottom row of teeth with real diamonds? Yes, jewelry hounds. Yes, it does.

A new trend has emerged that has diamond divas putting real platinum gems – on their eyeballs.

(And you thought vajazzling was the final frontier.)

According to Trendhunter, eye surgeons at the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery have been implanting tiny pieces of jewelry called “JewelEye” under the surfaces of eyes as far back as 2004.

The procedure involves inserting a 3.5 mm (0.13 inch) wide piece of specially developed jewelry (the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart) into the sclera – or the white part of the eye. And here’s the heart-warming video to prove it.

But there is plenty of other ‘eye candy’ available that doesn’t involve the pleasantries of peeper piercing.

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek has an eye catching line of bejeweled contact lenses. And I mean ‘eye catching’ literally.

And D-lister divas, Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, have a popular jewelry line with the Hollywood set that features the eye shape throughout.

Or you can eyeball these little ditties for your next night at the asylum…um, I mean…on the town.

So. What do you guys think of the eye candy trend? Edgy or ‘Ay, yay, yay’?

2010 Emmy Awards Jewelry Round-up

Emmys2010_blog_20100830_a_Jewelry fashion at the 2010 Emmy Awards was an eclectic mix of surprising statements and safe bets. Chandelier earrings, big necklaces and crazy cuffs mixed with (snore) diamond studs, bare necks and lots and lots of basic black. Thankfully, I had my friend, Veuve Clicquot, with me to even out the ups and downs.

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BUT – I wasn’t hurled into a red carpet funk, like I was at the barren bling-scape at this year’s Oscars. And I have Lorraine Schwartz to thank. As you’ll see, she was responsible for most of my favorite ‘lower-jaw-drop’ moments last night.

(And Jimmy Fallon’s Glee-inspired Bruce Springsteen opening number made me want to give up jewelry blogging forever for a life of song.)

The Recap:

Kim Kardashian paired her bejeweled Grecian goddess of a Marchesa gown with an 80-carat (!) Lorraine Schwartz cuff in both white and champagne diamonds that kicked a slow-starting red carpet into high gear.

Emmys2010_blog_20100830_c_And then Lea Michele came on the scene in a ruffled navy Oscar de la Renta fantasy dress and a stunning diamond mesh statement necklace with that ‘blackened metal’ look that’s apparently all the rage this season. Glee!!!!! And we have Ms. Schwartz to thank again.

Emmys2010_blog_20100830_d_Eva Longoria Parker and Julia Louis-Dreyfus sparkled in big earring statements from Loren Jewels (rubies) and Irene Neuwirth (chrysophase and diamonds), respectively.

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But wait. Just when you thought the statement necklace was a sparkling Lea Michele mirage only to slink back to our 2009 red carpet roundups – enter: Heidi Klum in all legs and diamond and ruby neck candy by (you guessed it!) Queen Lorraine. Big win!

Emmys2010_blog_20100830_f_Yellow gold was a ‘trend-lette’ last night, with Glee’s Jayma Mays in Neil Lane stunners and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara in a head-to-toe gold look with a dress by Carolina Herrera and jewels by (drumroll….) Lorraine Schwartz!

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Emmys2010_blog_20100830_h_As were red gemstones – like this 60-carat rubellite and diamond ring by Ofira on Kyra Sedgwick (in addition to all the ruby looks mentioned above).

Emmys2010_blog_20100830_i_January Jones walked the line with me in the dress department (a daring cobalt blue Versace) but her bed-head hair style hid 10.12 carat Cartier diamond stud earrings worth $1.2 million (the horror!) and did nothing to make her avant-garde garment choice work.

Emmys2010_blog_20100830_j_And speaking of ‘find the diamonds’ chic – Christina Hendricks (in another trend-lette – purple), Julianna Margulies, and Julie Bowen walked the Emmy red carpet with nary a jewel to the naked eye. C’mon, ladies!

Emmys2010_blog_20100830_k_So all in all, there were some colorful, daring moves that outshined the ‘play it safe’ crowd at this year’s Emmy-fest. I am missing many of your favorites, I’m sure (Tina Fey? Anna Paquin? Betty White?) – so weigh in with your comments and questions!

And if you want a fun jewelry romp through the Twitter-sphere, check out my live tweet at #emmyjewelry last night with great ‘tramps like me’ @jenniferheebner, @jessicawalden, @Michelle_Orman, @AGTA_Spectrum, @gemgossip, @JulReDesigns,@quinsultant, @Treflebijoux, @Cocoabebe and MANY more!

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?

Summer Jewelry Trend Alert: Get Cuffed

Forget ‘raindrops and roses’ and ‘whiskers on kittens’, ‘summer’ and ‘jewelry’ are a few of my favorite things – and one of the hottest bauble trends of the season is both affordable and creative: Cuffs! Sarah Jessica Parker can’t get enough of them and designers like Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Diane von Furstenburg are using them on their runways like nobody’s business. So how do you wear them? You can go for just one big look like this cool agate cuff from Nordies for only $68! Or better yet, layer them up using a variety of cuff categories – like this Betsey Johnson floral look with this metal stretch piece. And there’s no rule against using a cuff/bangle combo. How cool would this trendy faux turquoise style look with a series of gold clinks to go with? Jewelry.com has a great assortment of statement cuff cuties from the hottest (and most trusted) jewelry retailers. Or you can cruise vintage stores, garage sales and grandma’s jewelry box for styles screaming for summertime fun. Getting cuffed never looked this glam. Unless you saw this ‘bachelorette party’ gift on The New York Housewives last week (ahem).