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: “Zircon Spiral Necklace” by REALSTEEL

October 22, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Zircon Spiral Necklace” by REALSTEEL

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Zircon Spiral Necklace” by REALSTEEL     “Zircon Spiral Necklace” by REALSTEEL, incorporating blackened steel and precious stones and metals, designed by Robert Grey [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bocciolo Flower Bracelet” by Le Sibille

October 21, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bocciolo Flower Bracelet” by Le Sibille

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Bocciolo Flower Bracelet” by Le Sibille     “Bocciolo Flower Bracelet,” wrap-style bracelet of sterling silver and bronze with a micromosaic flower with rhodolite [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Love Doves” Pearl & Diamond Earrings by Loretta Castoro

October 20, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Love Doves” Pearl & Diamond Earrings by Loretta Castoro

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Love Doves” Pearl & Diamond Earrings by Loretta Castoro   “Love Doves” Pearl & Diamond Earrings in 18kt gold with soufflé pearls by Loretta [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Diamond Daisy Chain” by Janet Deleuse

October 17, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Diamond Daisy Chain” by Janet Deleuse

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Diamond Daisy Chain” by Janet Deleuse     “Diamond Daisy Chain” of 18kt white gold with pavé diamonds by Janet Deleuse.  http://deleuse.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ocean Waves Bracelet” by Tom Kruskal Designs

October 16, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ocean Waves Bracelet” by Tom Kruskal Designs

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Ocean Waves Bracelet” by Tom Kruskal Designs   “Ocean Waves Bracelet” of 14kt gold by Tom Kruskal Designs. http://tomkruskaldesigns.com/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Hammered Rose Gold & Pavé Diamond Earrings by Meira T.

October 15, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Hammered Rose Gold & Pavé Diamond Earrings by Meira T.

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Hammered Rose Gold & Pavé Diamond Earrings by Meira T.   Hammered 14kt rose gold and pavé diamond earrings by Meira T.   http://www.meiratdesigns.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Brillio Collection” Necklace by Calgaro

October 14, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Brillio Collection” Necklace by Calgaro

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Brillio Collection” Necklace by Calgaro   Brillio Collection necklace of sterling silver and brown enamel by Calgaro.  www.calgaro.it   [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pavé Diamond Moving Flower Pendant” by Michael M. Collection

October 13, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pavé Diamond Moving Flower Pendant” by Michael M. Collection

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Pavé Diamond Moving Flower Pendant” by Michael M. Collection     “Pavé Diamond Moving Flower Pendant” of pavé diamonds set in 18kt white gold [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Freedom Earrings” by Goshwara

October 10, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Freedom Earrings” by Goshwara

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Freedom Earrings” by Goshwara   “Freedom Earrings” of 18kt yellow gold with blue topaz and diamonds by Goshwara.  http://goshwara.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pura Collection Ring” by Roberto Demeglio

October 9, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pura Collection Ring” by Roberto Demeglio

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Pura Collection Ring” by Roberto Demeglio   “Pura Collection Ring” of black ceramic with white diamonds by Roberto Demeglio.  http://www.robertodemegliousa.com/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Fox Briolette Necklace with Blue Topaz” by Pyrrha

October 8, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Fox Briolette Necklace with Blue Topaz” by Pyrrha

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Fox Briolette Necklace with Blue Topaz” by Pyrrha   “Fox Briolette Necklace with Blue Topaz” in reclaimed sterling silver by Pyrrha.  http://www.pyrrha.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Mesmerize Triad Hoops” by Lana Jewelry

October 7, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Mesmerize Triad Hoops” by Lana Jewelry

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Mesmerize Triad Hoops” by Lana Jewelry   “Mesmerize Triad Hoops” earrings of 14kt gold with rainbow moonstone and black onyx doublets by Lana Jewelry.  [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bubble Drops” with Carved Smoky Topaz by Madstone Design

October 6, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bubble Drops” with Carved Smoky Topaz by Madstone Design

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Bubble Drops” with Carved Smoky Topaz by Madstone Design   “Bubble Drops” earrings of 18kt yellow gold and carved smoky topaz by Madstone Design.  [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Diamond Shape Earrings” by Annie Fensterstock

October 3, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Diamond Shape Earrings” by Annie Fensterstock

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Diamond Shape Earrings” by Annie Fensterstock     “Diamond Shape Earrings” with diamond pavé in 22kt yellow gold, by Annie Fensterstock.  http://www.anniefensterstock.com/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Oxidized Silver Earrings with Sliced Tahitian Pearls by Jordan Alexander

October 2, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Oxidized Silver Earrings with Sliced Tahitian Pearls by Jordan Alexander

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Oxidized Silver Earrings with Sliced Tahitian Pearls by Jordan Alexander   Oxidized silver earrings with sliced Tahitian pearls and diamonds by Jordan Alexander.  http://jordanalexanderjewelry.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ripple Wide Band Ring” by Suzie Horan

October 1, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Ripple Wide Band Ring” by Suzie Horan

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Ripple Wide Band Ring” by Suzie Horan   “Ripple Wide Band Ring” of sterling silver by Suzie Horan.  http://www.suziehoran.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sea Spray Rings” by Akiyo Matsuoka

September 30, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sea Spray Rings” by Akiyo Matsuoka

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Sea Spray Rings” by Akiyo Matsuoka       “Sea Spray Rings” of 18kt gold with diamonds by Akiyo Matsuoka. http://www.akiyomatsuoka.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bird of Paradise with Chalcedony Drop Earrings” by Thea Izzi

September 29, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bird of Paradise with Chalcedony Drop Earrings” by Thea Izzi

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Bird of Paradise with Chalcedony Drop Earrings” by Thea Izzi     Bird of paradise drop earrings of sterling silver with faceted aqua chalcedony [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Starburst Pendant with Seed Pearls” by Cynthia Ann Jewels

September 26, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Starburst Pendant with Seed Pearls” by Cynthia Ann Jewels

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Starburst Pendant with Seed Pearls” by Cynthia Ann Jewels   “Starburst Pendant with Seed Pearls” on a 14kt gold and sterling silver base outlined [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Link Necklace of Polished Horn & Tagua Nut by Abigail Heche

September 25, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Link Necklace of Polished Horn & Tagua Nut by Abigail Heche

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Link Necklace of Polished Horn & Tagua Nut by Abigail Heche     Link necklace of polished horn and tagua nut by Abigail Heche. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Fly Pendant/Brooch” by Sandra Manin Frias

September 24, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Fly Pendant/Brooch” by Sandra Manin Frias

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Fly Pendant/Brooch” by Sandra Manin Frias     “Fly Pendant/Brooch” of 18kt gold with dendrite quartz and imperial topaz by Brazilian designer Sandra Manin [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Black Silver Pearl Ring” by Arosha Taglia

September 23, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Black Silver Pearl Ring” by Arosha Taglia

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day  ”Black Silver Pearl Ring” by Arosha Taglia     “Black Silver Pearl Ring” featuring a white freshwater pearl set in oxidized sterling silver, from [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Gold Crownwork Finial Earrings with Amethyst Briolette Drops by Ray Griffiths

September 22, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Gold Crownwork Finial Earrings with Amethyst Briolette Drops by Ray Griffiths

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day  Gold Crownwork Finial Earrings with Amethyst Briolette Drops by Ray Griffiths     18kt gold crownwork finial earrings with amethyst briolette drops by Ray [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pueblo Village Design Inlay” Bracelet by Ken Romero

September 19, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Pueblo Village Design Inlay” Bracelet by Ken Romero

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day  ”Pueblo Village Design Inlay” Bracelet by Ken Romero       “Pueblo Village Design Inlay Bracelet” of sterling silver and semi-precious stones by Ken [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Heaven on Earth Sapphire Pendant” by Adel Chefridi

September 18, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Heaven on Earth Sapphire Pendant” by Adel Chefridi

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Heaven on Earth Sapphire Pendant” by Adel Chefridi     “Heaven on Earth Sapphire Pendant” of 18kt gold with diamonds and sapphires on a [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Thorn Earrings” by Laurie Kaiser

September 17, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Thorn Earrings” by Laurie Kaiser

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Thorn Earrings” by Laurie Kaiser     “Thorn Earrings” of pink & green tourmaline slices and diamonds in 18kt yellow gold,  by Laurie Kaiser. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “DNA Pink Sterling Silver Wide Multi-Strand Mesh Bracelet” by Pesavento

September 16, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “DNA Pink Sterling Silver Wide Multi-Strand Mesh Bracelet” by Pesavento

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “DNA Pink Sterling Silver Wide Multi-Strand Mesh Bracelet” by Pesavento   “DNA Pink Sterling Silver Wide Multi-Strand Mesh Bracelet” utilizing a proprietary manufacturing technique [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Moonstone Lotus Amulet” by Jason Dow

September 15, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Moonstone Lotus Amulet” by Jason Dow

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Moonstone Lotus Amulet” by Jason Dow     “Moonstone Lotus Amulet” 18kt gold pendant with diamonds and royal blue moonstone cabochons on 18kt gold [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bird of Paradise Brooch” by Cornelia Goldsmith

September 12, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Bird of Paradise Brooch” by Cornelia Goldsmith

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Bird of Paradise Brooch” by Cornelia Goldsmith       “Bird of Paradise Brooch” of 18kt yellow gold with 22kt granulation, 18kt white gold, [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Baroque Wrought Cuff” by Natasha Wozniak

September 11, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Baroque Wrought Cuff” by Natasha Wozniak

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Baroque Wrought Cuff” by Natasha Wozniak     “Baroque Wrought Cuff” hinged bracelet of blackened sterling silver by Natasha Wozniak.  http://www.natashajewelry.com/   [...]

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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 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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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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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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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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