The what, why & how of wearing jewelry well

A well-made piece of jewelry can be beautiful; a collection of beautifully designed jewelry can take one's breath away. Yet the true joy of jewelry lies not in its innate beauty, but in its ability to adorn the wearer beautifully and stylishly.



 

TRULY JEWELRY will help you determine your optimally flattering and most cost-effective choices, whether for a classic jewelry wardrobe or tapping into today's jewelry trends. TRULY JEWELRY considers current editorial and celebrity looks - both the good and the not-as-successful - from the perspective of a professional image consultant, and suggests options that might work better.



 

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Peony Brooch” by Fanourakis

July 24, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Peony Brooch” by Fanourakis

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Peony Brooch” by Fanourakis     “Peony Brooch” of 24 karat, 22 karat, and 18kt gold, by Fanourakis.  http://www.fanourakis.gr/ [...]

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Bold, Beautiful Brooches Fall 2015

July 23, 2015

Bold, Beautiful Brooches Fall 2015

When fashion houses as disparate as Chanel, Prada, Armani, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin endorse an accessory, it constitutes a noteworthy trend. The early reports of fall2015 fashion indicate the resurgence of [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Twist Earrings” by Piero Milano

July 17, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Twist Earrings” by Piero Milano

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Twist Earrings” by Piero Milano   “Twist Earrings” of 18kt gold and diamonds by Piero Milano.  http://www.piero-milano.it/ENGLISH/PIERO-MILANO/ [...]

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Sizzling Red Jewelry

July 16, 2015

Sizzling Red Jewelry

The color red adds a bold vibrancy to any ensemble, in no more eye-catching manner than when employed in jewelry. “Wrapped around the wrist, ruby-red lacquer strikes a seductive chord,” relates [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ripple Bar Necklace” by Any New York

July 10, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ripple Bar Necklace” by Any New York

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Ripple Bar Necklace” by Any New York   “Ripple Bar Necklace” of sterling silver by Any New York.  http://www.any-ny.com/ [...]

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Mixing Perfume and Jewelry

July 9, 2015

Mixing Perfume and Jewelry

Jewelry and perfume are both festive additions to a wardrobe — finishing touches that can elevate others’ experience of the wearer.  Jewelry and perfume need to be used together thoughtfully, however:  [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Samba Ring” by Mark Patterson

July 3, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Samba Ring” by Mark Patterson

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Samba Ring” by Mark Patterson   “Samba Ring” of 18kt white gold set with graduating tones of blue sapphires and diamonds, by Mark Patterson.  [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lasya Yellow Sapphire Ring” by Dionea Orcini.

June 26, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lasya Yellow Sapphire Ring” by Dionea Orcini.

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Lasya Yellow Sapphire Ring” by Dionea Orcini     “Lasya Yellow Sapphire Ring” of 18kt yellow gold pavé with black diamonds and yellow sapphires [...]

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Cool “Pearls” for Hot Flashes & Heat Waves

June 25, 2015

Cool “Pearls” for Hot Flashes & Heat Waves

Well-chosen jewelry is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing–it adorns and flatters the wearer.  It can also make the wearer feel more attractive, exciting, sophisticated, or powerful. Some jewelry has more [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Sapphire “Kite Earrings” by Mallary Marks

June 19, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Sapphire “Kite Earrings” by Mallary Marks

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Sapphire “Kite Earrings” by Mallary Marks   Sapphire “Kite Earrings” of 18kt gold and white sapphires by Mallary Marks. http://mallarymarksny.com/ [...]

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Best Dresses, Best Accessorized: Two Examples of Superlative Jewelry Styling

June 18, 2015

Best Dresses, Best Accessorized:  Two Examples of  Superlative Jewelry Styling

In today’s post, I wish to spotlight two examples of jewelry styling from the current fashion press that couldn’t be more different from each other — one very controlled and structured, [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Squares and Rectangles Necklace” by Saundra Messinger

June 12, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Squares and Rectangles Necklace” by Saundra Messinger

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Squares and Rectangles Necklace” by Saundra Messinger     “Squares and Rectangles Necklace” of recycled matte sterling silver by Saundra Messinger. http://saundramessinger.com/ [...]

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Jewelry Tassels Continue to Tantalize

June 11, 2015

Jewelry Tassels Continue to Tantalize

There are few more designs in fashion more alluring than the sensuous movement of fringe and tassels. Their popularity continues unabated since I last wrote about this trend one year ago. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Black and White Collection” Earrings by Antonini

June 5, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Black and White Collection” Earrings by Antonini

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Black and White Collection” Earrings by Antonini     “Black and White Collection” Earrings of white gold and black diamonds by Antonini. http://www.antonini.it/index.php?ln=b [...]

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Blushing Beauties: Rose Gold Jewelry

June 4, 2015

Blushing Beauties:  Rose Gold Jewelry

Between the warm hues of yellow gold and the cool hues of white metals lies rose gold — a precious metal in a hue that flatters almost every skin color and [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Petal Bracelet” by Susan Fleming

May 29, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Petal Bracelet” by Susan Fleming

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Petal Bracelet” by Susan Fleming   “Petal Bracelet” of hand silk-screened chiyogami paper set in sterling silver and protected with waterproof resin, by Susan [...]

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Summertime & Sea-Inspired Jewelry

May 28, 2015

Summertime & Sea-Inspired Jewelry

The summer solstice has arrived, and the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the official start of summer. With the season arrive a delightful variety of sea-inspired jewelry–jewelry that captures a bit [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Dauphine Collection Necklace” by Ariane Zurcher

May 22, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Dauphine Collection Necklace” by Ariane Zurcher

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Dauphine Collection Necklace” by Ariane Zurcher   “Dauphine Collection Necklace” of 18kt brushed gold, aquamarine and natural Venezuelan pearl by Ariane Zurcher.  http://www.arianezurcher.com/ [...]

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Hoop Earrings Come Around Again

May 21, 2015

Hoop Earrings Come Around Again

Undeniably a favorite, a style that works with any but the most formal fashions, hoop earrings are back in the spotlight this season. On the cover of the June 2015 issue [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Loves Me” Ring by Sandy Leong

May 15, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Loves Me” Ring by Sandy Leong

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Loves Me” Ring by Sandy Leong   “Loves Me” ring of matte finish 18kt yellow gold with diamond pavé petal, by Sandy Leong.  http://sandyleongjewelry.com/ [...]

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Vibrant Style Over 70: The Role of Jewelry

May 14, 2015

Vibrant Style Over 70:  The Role of Jewelry

Publicity photos strive to capture the essence of an individual, or at least one particular facet of his or her personality. Good styling, perhaps with the assistance of a good stylist, [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Multi-Shape Line Bracelet” by William Goldberg

May 8, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Multi-Shape Line Bracelet” by William Goldberg

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Multi-Shape Line Bracelet” by William Goldberg   “Multi-Shape Line Bracelet” of diamonds and platinum by William Goldberg.  http://www.williamgoldberg.com/ [...]

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Small Drop Earrings

May 7, 2015

Small Drop Earrings

Earrings consisting of a post, wire or small hoop from which is suspended a simple drop, such as a pearl, bead, prong-set gemstone or orb, are perennially popular. The posts may [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rain Spike Stud” by Ron Hami

May 1, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rain Spike Stud” by Ron Hami

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Rain Spike Stud” by Ron Hami   “Rain Spike Stud” earring of 18kt gold and diamonds by Ron Hami.  http://www.ronhami.com/ [...]

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Jewelry Rhapsody in Blue

April 30, 2015

Jewelry Rhapsody in Blue

From soft pastels to vibrant variations, blue is a hue very much in demand this season. The color appears in innumerable jewelry designs featured in the fashion press, ranging from palest [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Zen Garden Ring” by Gurmit

April 24, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Zen Garden Ring” by Gurmit

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Zen Garden Ring” by Gurmit   “Zen Garden Ring” of 18kt gold and seed pearls by Gurmit.  http://www.gurmit.com/ [...]

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Why Two Matching Cuffs Can Be Better Than One

April 23, 2015

Why Two Matching Cuffs Can Be Better Than One

Matching cuffs worn on both wrists have long been a favorite of fashion editors, the style sometimes referred to as “Wonder Woman cuffs,” particularly if the bracelets are wide and relatively [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Clothos Men’s Bracelet” by House of Rishavy

April 17, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Clothos Men’s Bracelet” by House of Rishavy

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Clothos Men’s Bracelet” by House of Rishavy   “Clothos Men’s Bracelet” hand-woven of Argentium sterling silver, by House of Rishavy. http://www.houseofrishavy.com/ [...]

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Full Circle: Classic Chokers

April 16, 2015

Full Circle: Classic Chokers

Along with open neck cuffs and collar styles that closely encircle the neck, a classic style of choker necklace is very much back in vogue this season . A necklace that [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Citrine & White Sapphire Earrings by Margo Morrison New York

April 10, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Citrine & White Sapphire Earrings by Margo Morrison New York

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Citrine & White Sapphire Earrings by Margo Morrison New York   Cushion-cut citrine and white sapphire earrings in 18kt gold and sterling silver by [...]

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Open Necklace Designs: Neck Cuffs 2015

April 9, 2015

Open Necklace Designs:  Neck Cuffs 2015

The neck cuff, a style I first wrote about back in April 2014, is making a strong showing again this season. The open space between the two ends of the neck [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Stria Necklace” from LACE by Jenny Wu

April 3, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Stria Necklace” from LACE by Jenny Wu

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Stria Necklace” from LACE by Jenny Wu   3D printed necklace of flexible nylon from LACE by Jenny Wu.  http://www.jennywulace.com/ [...]

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Collar Necklaces On & Surrounding the Neck

April 2, 2015

Collar Necklaces On & Surrounding the Neck

For those with long, lovely necks, the season brings a selection of collar or choker necklaces designed to be worn on and surrounding the neck, from a classic ribbon with a [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bamboo Collection” Earrings by Silvia Furmanovich

March 27, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bamboo Collection” Earrings by Silvia Furmanovich

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Bamboo Collection” Earrings by Silvia Furmanovich   Earrings of 18kt gold, diamond, ruby and bamboo from the Bamboo Collection by Silvia Furmanovich.  http://www.silviafurmanovich.com.br/en/index.php [...]

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The Dos & Don’ts of Styling Your Ears & Your Earrings

March 26, 2015

The Dos & Don’ts of Styling Your Ears & Your Earrings

In an article entitled “The Dos & Dont’s of Styling Your Ear,” the April 2015 issue of Glamour relates that “styling your ear” is “a thing now!” and  reminds us:  “Remember [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Starburst Studs” by Arman Sarkisyan

March 20, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Starburst Studs” by Arman Sarkisyan

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Starburst Studs” by Arman Sarkisyan   “Starburst Studs” featuring layers of gold and silver interwoven with diamonds, accented with pink sapphires, by Arman Sarkisyan. [...]

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Jewelry with Quiet Natural Gemstones

March 19, 2015

Jewelry with Quiet Natural Gemstones

After the season of dazzling diamond and faceted gemstone sparklers at red carpet events, the look of quiet natural gemstones without the translucence and sparkle can provide a soothing respite. Natural [...]

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Charming Charm Necklaces

March 12, 2015

Charming Charm Necklaces

Pendant necklaces are making a strong showing this season, from long and large styles worn over sweaters or accenting the deep vee neckline of a dress, to delicate heart-shaped pendants on [...]

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Long & Large Pendant Necklaces

March 5, 2015

Long & Large Pendant Necklaces

The pendant necklace is making a strong showing in the world of fashion this season. A perennial favorite, the long, large version has both formal and casual applications. The long pendant [...]

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Wear Your Cuff on Your Sleeve

February 19, 2015

Wear Your Cuff on Your Sleeve

Wearing bracelets with long-sleeve shirts, blouses, sweaters or jackets can present a challenge, as the various items compete for visible space on the wrist. In some cases, the sleeves can be [...]

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Sweet Heart Pendants

February 12, 2015

Sweet Heart Pendants

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the demand for romantic jewelry skyrockets. Perhaps no other jewelry so clearly conveys a message of love as a heart motif. This year, the perennial favorite heart [...]

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High-Tech Jewelry

February 5, 2015

High-Tech Jewelry

Wristwatches have always been a bit of a hybrid product – functional as timepieces, and, to varying degrees, attractive or even breathtakingly spectacular as jewelry. With the developments in technology over [...]

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1,001 Blog Posts on Jewelry & Style

January 29, 2015

1,001 Blog Posts on Jewelry & Style

In scheduling my blog posts this week, I was surprised and delighted to learn that I have written and published over 1,000 posts since I began blogging, an offshoot of the [...]

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What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Return of Long Drop Earrings

January 22, 2015

What Goes Up Must Come Down:  The Return of Long Drop Earrings

Earring style in 2014 will be remembered for its creative adornment of all portions of the ear, styled singly or in tandem. 2015 brings an assertive return to long drop earrings, [...]

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Show Your Colors with Rainbow Jewels

January 14, 2015

Show Your Colors with Rainbow Jewels

A happy, playful theme makes a strong appearance this season with the fashion world’s embrace of bright, multi-color clothing, jewelry and other accessories. These bright designs might be the perfect antidote [...]

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Designer Doodles & Sensuous Scribbles

January 7, 2015

Designer Doodles & Sensuous Scribbles

Happy New Year!  Let’s start off the New Year with a nod to a resolution that many of us do or should make — the resolution to have more fun. The [...]

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Why Watches Now

December 22, 2014

Why Watches Now

While the world of technology has introduced some interesting devices that double as jewelry, there may be a downside to too much tech, as explained in the January 2015 issue of [...]

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How Fashion Choices Can Lessen the Impact Even of a Cartier Diamond Necklace

December 11, 2014

How Fashion Choices Can Lessen the Impact Even of a Cartier Diamond Necklace

A fabulous gem-studded statement necklace is nothing less than a work of art to savor. In that light, I find it disappointing when such a necklace isn’t given a proper opportunity [...]

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Pearls As You’ve Never Seen Them

December 5, 2014

Pearls As You’ve Never Seen Them

When I launched the TrulyJewelry.com blog in September 2013, one of my first posts enthusiastically saluted the classic strand of pearls. In my blog post of September 13, 2013, I noted [...]

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Orbs Return to Fashion’s Sphere of Influence

November 25, 2014

Orbs Return to Fashion’s Sphere of Influence

Maybe it’s partly push-back against all the pointy, spiky designs that have been so popular over the last several years. The result:  a resurgence of perfect orbs — three-dimensional embodiments of [...]

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Cones and Pyramids, Softer Versions of Spikes

November 12, 2014

Cones and Pyramids, Softer Versions of Spikes

In jewelry design, spikes have played out as a trend except for a few holdouts by the very edgiest designers, but softer version of spikes in the form of cones and [...]

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Caged & Prism Jewelry Designs & a Few (More) Bugs

November 7, 2014

Caged & Prism Jewelry Designs & a Few (More) Bugs

As fresh ideas in jewelry design continue to develop, clusters of intriguing design elements emerge. The September 2014 issue of Elle contains two of the current trends in jewelry along with [...]

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Y Necklaces, from Alluring to Outrageous

October 29, 2014

Y Necklaces, from Alluring to Outrageous

One of the more challenging styles of necklace to wear, the Y-shaped necklace, is back in the spotlight this season. This scene-stealing design requires an appropriate backdrop that doesn’t compete with [...]

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Dark Metals Are Having Their Day

October 23, 2014

Dark Metals Are Having Their Day

As the days get shorter and darker, it seems somehow appropriate that one of the trends in jewelry is the use of dark metals. The materials employed to obtain the dusky [...]

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Keep the Change: Coin Jewelry

October 8, 2014

Keep the Change: Coin Jewelry

One form of adornment that has perennially prospered as trends have come and gone is the elegant look of jewelry incorporating coins. Coins of antiquity may have both historic and aesthetic [...]

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More Extreme Rings

October 2, 2014

More Extreme Rings

The opportunities for extreme adornment of one’s fingers this season encompass an astounding variety of design approaches.  In my blog I’ve discussed midi rings, U-shaped rings (between the finger rings), cuff [...]

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Yale University’s Digitization of Vogue Magazine, and the Value of Fashion Trend Archives

September 23, 2014

Yale University’s Digitization of Vogue Magazine, and the Value of Fashion Trend Archives

As an alumna of Yale, I enjoy the monthly alumni magazine and digital newsletters I receive from the school, although I rarely find information directly relevant to my blog. Few and [...]

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Major Jewelry with a Minor in Industrial Design

September 10, 2014

Major Jewelry with a Minor in Industrial Design

A new collection of industrial designs is back on the fashion radar. “Best Accessories Built to Last” is the clever title of a stunning multi-page photo spread in the September 2014 [...]

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The Newest Cuffs Are Rings

September 4, 2014

The Newest Cuffs Are Rings

It may first seem as though creativity has gone out the window, with repetitive terminology being applied to so many categories of jewelry, but the description “cuff,” used judiciously, makes perfect [...]

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The Striking Combination of Wristwatch and Bracelet

August 19, 2014

The Striking Combination of Wristwatch and Bracelet

A luxury timepiece is beautiful all on its own, but this season, the impetus is to add a side bracelet (or two or three) to up the style ante. The April [...]

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Snagging Jewelry for Long-Sleeved Embroidered Silk Chiffon

August 12, 2014

Snagging Jewelry for Long-Sleeved Embroidered Silk Chiffon

The most cringe-worthy jewelry styling of the year (thus far) is this look from InStyle Your Look 2014, a special edition of the magazine currently on newsstands. Actress Diane Kruger is [...]

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Red Soles But Perhaps Not Red Jewels: Musings of Designer Christian Louboutin

August 8, 2014

Red Soles But Perhaps Not Red Jewels: Musings of Designer Christian Louboutin

The best fashion designers, like the best jewelry designers, have a distinct aesthetic and a definite point of view as to what is beautiful. In the August 2014 issue of Vogue, [...]

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Single Double-Wide (and Triple-Wide) Rings

August 5, 2014

Single Double-Wide (and Triple-Wide) Rings

The extensive adornment of the hands and fingers is an important trend in jewelry this season. Along with wide band rings, midi rings and U-shaped between the finger rings, rings that [...]

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Wide Band Rings

July 29, 2014

Wide Band Rings

Rings figure significantly in the world of fashion this season, with the look of a lot of jewelry on the fingers achieved through many avenues of adornment, including midi rings and [...]

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U-Shape Rings: Adornment Between the Fingers

July 15, 2014

U-Shape Rings:  Adornment Between the Fingers

Much like the double header bracelets and neck cuffs open at the front, ring designs with a noticeable gap are very much in style this season. These cuff-style rings, also known [...]

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Midi Rings: Fresh Styles of Ring Placement

July 11, 2014

Midi Rings: Fresh Styles of Ring Placement

Just as designers are finding a myriad of fresh ways to adorn ears with jewelry this season, so too the fingers are the beneficiary of an exciting range of creative ideas [...]

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The Single Statement Earring

June 5, 2014

The Single Statement Earring

In my previous blog posting on mismatched earrings, I noted that several fashion editorials in Town & Country magazine style the model wearing one single huge earring. The new issue of [...]

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Front-Back Style Earrings & the New Terminology of Ear Adornment

June 2, 2014

Front-Back Style Earrings & the New Terminology of Ear Adornment

Ear adornment has taken a new route over the past few months, with a huge variety of styles of ear cuffs and ear jackets attached to stud earrings figuring more and [...]

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Diamonds for Day

April 8, 2014

Diamonds for Day

Diamonds for Day Worn ostentatiously, diamonds can be too flashy for daytime wear, particularly in conservative office settings as accessories to career wear, but a new genre of daytime-appropriate jewelry incorporates [...]

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Versatile & Trend-Setting Ear Jackets

April 3, 2014

Versatile & Trend-Setting Ear Jackets

“Ear jackets,” otherwise known as “stud earring jackets” or simply “earring jackets,” an add-on accessory for stud earrings, are receiving notice for their style potential this season. The latest styles go [...]

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Stacked Pendants Done Well and Not So Well

March 11, 2014

Stacked Pendants Done Well and Not So Well

Delicate pendant necklaces never really go out of style. In large part this is true because they tend to have sentimental or highly personal meaning, often symbolically reflected in the design [...]

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How Not to Conceal a Tummy: The Necklace Effect

February 25, 2014

How Not to Conceal a Tummy: The Necklace Effect

The haphazard addition of jewelry to an ensemble can completely change its visual effect when it redirects the focus of the viewer. An excellent example of this result appears in the [...]

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Introducing the “Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day”

January 2, 2014

Introducing the “Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day”

Happy New Year!  With the start of 2014, I’m excited to introduce a new feature in my blog – the Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day. There are many wonderful jewelry [...]

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