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.



 

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Pearl Stud Earrings from the Encrustations Collection by Ruth Tomlinson

August 28, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Pearl Stud Earrings from the Encrustations Collection by Ruth Tomlinson

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Pearl Stud Earrings from the Encrustations Collection by Ruth Tomlinson     Pearl stud earrings  of silver, pearl and antique glass from the Encrustations [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Gothic Glam Pendant” by Zoe Duthie

August 27, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Gothic Glam Pendant” by Zoe Duthie

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Gothic Glam Pendant” by Zoe Duthie     “Gothic Glam Pendant” of oxidized sterling silver and garnet by Zoe Duthie.  http://www.zoeduthie.com/ [...]

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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 Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Brinco Drop Earrings” by Carla Amorim

August 26, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Brinco Drop Earrings” by Carla Amorim

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Brinco Drop Earrings” by Carla Amorim   “Brinco Drop Earrings” of 18kt rose gold by Carla Amorim.  http://carlaamorim.com/   [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Daisy Ring” by Henri J. Sillam

August 25, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Daisy Ring” by Henri J. Sillam

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Daisy Ring” by Henri J. Sillam   “Daisy Ring” of diamonds, fancy yellow diamonds and tsavorites set in 18kt white and yellow gold by [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Peridot Parisian Deco Necklace” by Robert Procop

August 22, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Peridot Parisian Deco Necklace” by Robert Procop

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Peridot Parisian Deco Necklace” by Robert Procop     “Peridot Parisian Deco Necklace” of peridots in alternating emerald and oval cuts framed by tsavorite [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Dolphin Cuff” by Alexis Barbeau Designs

August 21, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Dolphin Cuff” by Alexis Barbeau Designs

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Dolphin Cuff” by Alexis Barbeau Designs     “Dolphin Cuff” of sterling silver and 14kt gold by Alexis Barbeau Designs.  http://www.seametal.com [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “The Celestial Solstice Sunrise Ring” by Ruifier

August 20, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “The Celestial Solstice Sunrise Ring” by Ruifier

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “The Celestial Solstice Sunrise Ring” by Ruifier   “The Celestial Solstice Sunrise Ring” of multi-color  tourmalines set in 18kt yellow gold by Ruifier.  http://www.ruifier.com/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Small Graduated Curve Earrings” by Jenny Deans

August 19, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Small Graduated Curve Earrings” by Jenny Deans

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Small Graduated Curve Earrings” by Jenny Deans     “Small Graduated Curve Earrings” of sterling silver and stainless steel cable, by Jenny Deans. https://www.facebook.com/JennyDeansJewellery [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Bracelet of Chalcedony, Emeralds, Sapphires & Pearl by Abellan

August 18, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Bracelet of Chalcedony, Emeralds, Sapphires & Pearl by Abellan

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Bracelet of Chalcedony, Emeralds, Sapphires & Pearl by Abellan     Bracelet of blue chalcedony, emeralds, sapphires & pearl in 18kt gold by Abellan.  [...]

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Which Came First, the Necklace or the Dress?

August 15, 2014

Which Came First, the Necklace or the Dress?

Jewelry should never look like an afterthought. While the limitations of a budget is likely to delimit the universe of choices available in a woman’s (or man’s) jewelry wardrobe, what is [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Jackson Moonstone Earrings” by Mimi So

August 15, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Jackson Moonstone Earrings” by Mimi So

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Jackson Moonstone Earrings” by Mimi So     “Jackson Moonstone Earrings” of moonstones, sapphires and pavé diamonds in 18kt white gold by Mimi So. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Silver & Graffiti Kite Pendant” by Stephanie Bates

August 14, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Silver & Graffiti Kite Pendant” by Stephanie Bates

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Silver & Graffiti Kite Pendant” by Stephanie Bates     “Silver & Graffiti Kite Pendant” of sterling silver and enamel paint by Stephanie Bates  [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Cluster Necklace” by Holly Wilcox

August 13, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Cluster Necklace” by Holly Wilcox

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Cluster Necklace” by Holly Wilcox     “Cluster Necklace” of sterling silver textured links hung from belcher chain, by Holly Wilcox.  http://www.hollywilcox.co.uk/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Beyond Fabulous! White & Black Diamond Pendant” by J.J. Marco

August 12, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Beyond Fabulous! White & Black Diamond Pendant” by J.J. Marco

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Beyond Fabulous! White & Black Diamond Pendant” by J.J. Marco     “Beyond Fabulous! White & Black Diamond Pendant” in 14kt rose, white and [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Talula” Ring by Deborah Pagani

August 11, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Talula” Ring by Deborah Pagani

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Talula” Ring from the Queen Bee Collection by Deborah Pagani     “Talula” Ring of 18kt white gold with Rose de France amethyst and [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Balance Ring” by Kaura Jewels

August 8, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Balance Ring” by Kaura Jewels

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Balance Ring” by Kaura Jewels     “Balance Ring” of 18kt yellow gold with pink sapphires and finished with black ink, by Kaura Jewels. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Landscape Bracelet” by Donald MacLachlan

August 7, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Landscape Bracelet” by Donald MacLachlan

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Landscape Bracelet” by Donald MacLachlan     “Landscape Bracelet” of sterling silver, reticulated silver, 14, 18, 22 and 24kt gold, reticulated 14 and 18kt [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Oasis Mist Pendant” by Toby Pomeroy

August 6, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Oasis Mist Pendant” by Toby Pomeroy

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Oasis Mist Pendant” by Toby Pomeroy     “Oasis Mist Pendant” of blackened EcoSilver and conflict-free diamonds by Toby Pomeroy. http://tobypomeroy.com/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Siren Odyssey” Interchangeable Bracelet/Necklace by Cara Tonkin

August 5, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Siren Odyssey” Interchangeable Bracelet/Necklace by Cara Tonkin

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Siren Odyssey” Interchangeable Bracelet/Necklace by Cara Tonkin   “Siren Odyssey” Interchangeable Bracelet/Necklace of sterling silver with gradated oxidized silver and detachable chain by Cara [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Forget Me Not” 19K Green Gold Pendant by Jill Platner

August 4, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Forget Me Not” 19K Green Gold Pendant by Jill Platner

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Forget Me Not” 19K Green Gold Pendant by Jill Platner   “Forget Me Not” 19K green gold pendant with hinged pieces on hand-dyed nylon [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Inverted Split Ring” by Gara Danielle

August 1, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Inverted Split Ring” by Gara Danielle

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Inverted Split Ring” by Gara Danielle     “Inverted Split Ring” of 14kt yellow gold with pavé diamonds by Gara Danielle. http://garadanielle.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Rainbow: Moonstone Triple Drop Earrings by Conni Mainne

July 31, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Rainbow: Moonstone Triple Drop Earrings by Conni Mainne

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Rainbow Moonstone Triple Drop Earrings by Conni Mainne     Rainbow Moonstone Triple Drop Earrings in 18kt yellow gold by Conni Mainne. http://connimainne.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Modern Antique 14K Black Gold Ruby Solitaire Wedding Ring” by Art Masters Jewelry

July 30, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Modern Antique 14K Black Gold Ruby Solitaire Wedding Ring” by Art Masters Jewelry

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Modern Antique 14K Black Gold Ruby Solitaire Wedding Ring” by Art Masters Jewelry         “Modern Antique 14K Black Gold Ruby Solitaire [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Gullfoss Hoop Earrings” by Kristjan Eyjolfsson

July 29, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Gullfoss Hoop Earrings” by Kristjan Eyjolfsson

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Gullfoss Hoop Earrings” by Kristjan Eyjolfsson   “Gullfoss Hoop Earrings” of gold and gemstones inspired by the Gullfoss Waterfall of Iceland, by Kristjan Eyjolfsson. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Platinum Multi-Gemstone Earrings with Removable Opal Enhancers by Featherstone Design

July 28, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Platinum Multi-Gemstone Earrings with Removable Opal Enhancers by Featherstone Design

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Platinum Multi-Gemstone Earrings with Removable Opal Enhancers by Featherstone Design   Platinum earrings with removable opal enhancers accented with zircons, tanzanites, Paraiba tourmalines 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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Why Consumer Products Marketers Need Jewelry Stylists

July 23, 2014

Why Consumer Products Marketers Need Jewelry Stylists

A current consumer products ad presents an example of jewelry styling gone awry. Presented by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. promoting its Cottonelle brand of toilet paper, the ad attempts to be cheeky [...]

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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 Style: The Eyes Have It

June 17, 2014

Jewelry Style:  The Eyes Have It

Eyes have endlessly inspired poets and other writers and all manner of artists and artisans over the centuries. This season, fashion has turned its collective eye to artistic renderings of eyes. [...]

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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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Brooches: Spring 2014 Update

May 29, 2014

Brooches: Spring 2014 Update

When even quintessential American sportswear designer Michael Kors includes brooches in his stylings, you know there is a sea change in the approach to these far-too-oft-forgotten jewelry design gems. Kors adds [...]

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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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Black & White & Bejeweled

May 8, 2014

Black & White & Bejeweled

Black is the color of classic elegance, and white is the freshest of hues for warmer weather. It is the combination of the two, the look with the highest contrast, that [...]

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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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Rainbow-Bright Multi-Color Jewelry

April 17, 2014

Rainbow-Bright Multi-Color Jewelry

Gemstones of intensely saturated color displayed in rainbow-bright juxtaposition present an exciting trend of the season, coordinating with designers’ vibrant art-inspired apparel. From high end designs to inexpensive costume versions, exuberant [...]

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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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Silver Options: Shiny & Bright or Oxidized Patina: Obtaining & Maintaining the Look You Prefer

March 14, 2014

Silver Options: Shiny & Bright or Oxidized Patina: Obtaining & Maintaining the Look You Prefer

Most people are somewhat acquainted with silver jewelry.  It may be beautiful heirlooms handed down from generations, pieces of fine jewelry, or a silver-plated fashion piece from a local boutique.  Whatever [...]

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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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