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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Alchemist’s Notebook Ring” by iKuria

February 27, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Alchemist’s Notebook Ring” by iKuria

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Alchemist’s Notebook Ring” by iKuria   “Alchemist’s Notebook Ring” of 18kt yellow gold, ruby and diamonds, by iKuria. http://www.ikuria.com/ [...]

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A Fresh Idea in Jewelry Incorporating Fresh Flowers

February 25, 2015

A Fresh Idea in Jewelry Incorporating Fresh Flowers

Floral designs in jewelry are a perennial favorite, inspired by some of nature’s beautiful yet most fragile gifts. Incorporating live flowers themselves into jewelry has had a long tradition over the [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Moonlight Grapes Ring” by Georg Jensen

February 20, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Moonlight Grapes Ring” by Georg Jensen

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Moonlight Grapes Ring” by Georg Jensen   “Moonlight Grapes Ring” of oxidated sterling silver and 18kt white gold with brilliant cut diamonds, by Georg [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Heart Pendant Necklace by LeoPizzo

February 13, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Heart Pendant Necklace by LeoPizzo

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Heart Pendant Necklace by LeoPizzo   Heart pendant necklace in pink gold with pink sapphires and diamonds, by LeoPizzo. http://www.leopizzo.com/en [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Florette Cuff” by Carelle

February 6, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Florette Cuff” by Carelle

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Florette Cuff” by Carelle   “Florette Cuff” of green tourmalines and diamonds in 18kt white gold, by Carelle.  http://www.carelle.com [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Infinite Bracelet” by Jes MaHarry

January 30, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Infinite Bracelet” by Jes MaHarry

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Infinite Bracelet” by Jes MaHarry   “Infinite Bracelet” of sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold hand-hewn links, by Jes MaHarry. http://www.jesmaharry.com/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lantern Pendant” by Jane Wullbrandt

January 23, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Lantern Pendant” by Jane Wullbrandt

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Lantern Pendant” by Jane Wullbrandt   “Lantern Pendant” of 18kt yellow and white gold and ruby by Jane Wullbrandt. http://www.janewullbrandt.com/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Hawk Armour Necklace” by Yunus & Eliza

January 16, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Hawk Armour Necklace” by Yunus & Eliza

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Hawk Armour Necklace” by Yunus & Eliza   “Hawk Armour Necklace” of gold-plated sterling silver with black enamel feather detail by Yunus & Eliza. [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sun Rays Necklace” by Renee Sheppard

January 9, 2015

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sun Rays Necklace” by Renee Sheppard

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Sun Rays Necklace” by Renee Sheppard   “Sun Rays Necklace” of oxidized sterling silver and pavé diamonds by Renee Sheppard.  http://www.reneesheppard.com/ [...]

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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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Holiday Wishes with Visions of Sugarplums

December 23, 2014

Holiday Wishes with Visions of Sugarplums

The holiday season always seems a bit magical, a time of warmth and joy, even when the weather outside is frightful and last-minute shopping for those perfect gifts keeps us all [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Cat Brooch by Oscar Heyman

December 19, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Cat Brooch by Oscar Heyman

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Cat Brooch by Oscar Heyman   Cat brooch of gold and platinum with rubies, emeralds and diamonds by Oscar Heyman.  http://www.oscarheyman.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Bracelet with Red Tourmalines & Diamonds by Atelier Zobel

December 18, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Bracelet with Red Tourmalines & Diamonds by Atelier Zobel

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Bracelet with Red Tourmalines & Diamonds by Atelier Zobel   Bracelet with red tourmalines & black, pink and champagne diamonds in sterling silver and [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Arianna Pendant” by Stefan Hafner

December 17, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Arianna Pendant” by Stefan Hafner

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Arianna Pendant” by Stefan Hafner   “Arianna Pendant” with hoops of  white & black diamonds set on white gold with a tuft of diamonds [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Mughal Style Necklace” from Munnu the Gem Palace

December 16, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Mughal Style Necklace” from Munnu the Gem Palace

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Mughal Style Necklace” from Munnu the Gem Palace   “Mughal Style Necklace” of 22kt gold with amethysts and tourmalines, from Munnu the Gem Palace. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Maltese Cross Hinged Stone Cuff” by Verdura

December 15, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Maltese Cross Hinged Stone Cuff” by Verdura

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Maltese Cross Hinged Stone Cuff” by Verdura   “Maltese Cross Hinged Stone Cuff “of black jade, black and white diamonds, pearl, and gold, by [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Homage Collection” Sapphire & Diamond Necklace by Alan Friedman

December 12, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Homage Collection” Sapphire & Diamond Necklace by Alan Friedman

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Homage Collection” Sapphire & Diamond Necklace by Alan Friedman   “Homage Collection” necklace in 14kt rose gold, yellow gold, and sterling  silver with pink [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Cushion Collection Ring” by ZYDO

December 11, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Cushion Collection Ring” by ZYDO

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Cushion Collection Ring” by ZYDO   Cushion Collection ring of 18kt gold with diamonds and ceramic by ZYDO.  http://www.zydo.it/en [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Kiss Pin” by Elizabeth Gage

December 10, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Kiss Pin” by Elizabeth Gage

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Kiss Pin” by Elizabeth Gage   “Kiss Pin” of 18kt yellow gold with tourmalines, diamonds and South Sea pearls by Elizabeth Gage.  http://www.elizabeth-gage.com/ [...]

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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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Butterflies Flit Into Fall Fashion

October 15, 2014

Butterflies Flit Into Fall Fashion

In my blog post of August 24, I spotlighted the bejeweled insects that had found their way into fall fashions along with seasonless floral designs. Butterflies, typically a spring motif, are [...]

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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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Turquoise Treasures

September 19, 2014

Turquoise Treasures

Although the trend favoring looks inspired by the American West and Southwest can take part of the credit, the gemstone turquoise figures in designs of many cultural influences and time periods. [...]

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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 Best Jewelry Looks of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

August 28, 2014

The Best Jewelry Looks of the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

At the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, earrings took their rightful place as stars on the red carpet. Gone were all but a few examples of tiny below-ear dangles or studs, and [...]

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Bejeweled Insects Create Buzz

August 26, 2014

Bejeweled Insects Create Buzz

It stands to reason that with the continuation of seasonless floral designs continuing to delight into the fall, insect motifs would follow along. I last wrote about insect jewelry back in [...]

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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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Thumb Rings Join the Ring Party

August 1, 2014

Thumb Rings Join the Ring Party

Wearing a multitude of rings at once has taken on the cute description “ring party” in the popular press. Taken to the extreme, a ring party adorns all the fingers, including [...]

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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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Leaf, Vine & Branch Motifs in Jewelry Design

July 25, 2014

Leaf, Vine & Branch Motifs in Jewelry Design

A floral theme continues in full swing this season without signs of abating. More than just the blooms of flora are having their time in the sun.  The less colorful portions [...]

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Bow-Bedecked Jewels

July 17, 2014

Bow-Bedecked Jewels

Perhaps even more girly-girl than the flower motif seen in so much of this season’s jewelry and apparel, bow-bedecked designs have a continuing presence in fashion editorial. The July 2014 issue [...]

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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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Necklaces with Huge Honkin Stones

July 2, 2014

Necklaces with Huge Honkin Stones

Oversized stones and faux versions of huge stones in crystal and resin are having a moment in fashion, with faux wristwatches one of the harbingers of the look, as I reported [...]

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Fringe Benefits: Tasseled Jewelry

June 27, 2014

Fringe Benefits: Tasseled Jewelry

It’s easy to see the similarity between the swingy style of fringe and the multiple strands of tassels, and the styles are being promoted together in the fashion press. The April [...]

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Twinkle, Twinkle: Reach for the Stars Jewelry

June 19, 2014

Twinkle, Twinkle:  Reach for the Stars Jewelry

Late 2013 brought plenty of examples of star-studded jewelry, as might be expected for the holiday season. Continuing well into 2014, however, stars remain a popular motif in jewelry design. The [...]

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Jewelry Inspired by the American West and Southwest

June 12, 2014

Jewelry Inspired by the American West and Southwest

Jewelry and fashions influenced by the American West and Southwest are on trend again this season, a combination of designs influenced by Native Americans and those reminiscent of themes of the [...]

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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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Double Header Cuff Bracelets

May 22, 2014

Double Header Cuff Bracelets

Cuff bracelets with figural animals that meet head-to-head or head-to-tail have long been popular designs. This season, a similar design with a less literal interpretation of the head-to-head design bring gemstones [...]

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Scintillating Serpentine Jewelry — Snakes’ Seasonless Style

April 22, 2014

Scintillating Serpentine Jewelry  — Snakes’ Seasonless Style

It’s not likely that many people choose to wear figural snake jewelry without reference to its  symbolism (such as Queen Victoria’s view that joined snakes represent eternal love) or an intriguing [...]

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A Fresh Perspective on Necklaces: The Neck Cuff

April 15, 2014

A Fresh Perspective on Necklaces: The Neck Cuff

Rigid collar style necklaces with an opening at the back — displaying a gap between the two ends of the necklace — are familiar. The freshest collar style of necklace this [...]

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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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Hand Bracelets: A Fresh Approach to Adornment of the Hand

April 1, 2014

Hand Bracelets: A Fresh Approach to Adornment of the Hand

Just as some jewelry designers are adorning new territory with ear cuffs that attach to portions of ears other than ear lobes, some jewelry designers have determined that adorning the hands [...]

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Cutout-Style Bracelets Cut Out to Create Serious Style

March 27, 2014

Cutout-Style Bracelets Cut Out to Create Serious Style

The March 2014 issue of People Style Watch is “all about what’s new for spring,” and editor Susan Kaufman reports that one trend she’s loving is the cutout cuff: “It’s cool [...]

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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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