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: “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 Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Carved Blue Topaz Cuff Bangle by Rina Limor

September 10, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Carved Blue Topaz Cuff Bangle by Rina Limor

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Carved Blue Topaz Cuff Bangle by Rina Limor     Cuff bangle bracelet of carved blue topaz  flanked with tanzanite cabochons and accented with [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Art D’Eco Terminals Earrings” by Irthly Jewelled Adornments

September 9, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Art D’Eco Terminals Earrings” by Irthly Jewelled Adornments

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Art D’Eco Terminals Earrings” by Irthly Jewelled Adornments   “Art D’Eco Terminals Earrings” of organic vegetable ivory, diamonds and tourmaline in 18kt white gold [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Inclinations” Ring by Harry Roa

September 8, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Inclinations” Ring by Harry Roa

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Inclinations” Ring by Harry Roa     “Inclinations” Ring of 14kt yellow gold & natural brilliant-cut white zircon by Harry Roa.  http://www.oceanlilystudio.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Jasmine Brooch” by Karin Worden

September 5, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Jasmine Brooch” by Karin Worden

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Jasmine Brooch” by Karin Worden     “Jasmine Brooch” of sterling silver and 18kt gold with diamonds and pink tourmaline by Karin Worden.  Design [...]

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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 Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sonata in the Rain” Bracelet by So Young Park

September 4, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Sonata in the Rain” Bracelet by So Young Park

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Sonata in the Rain” Bracelet by So Young Park     Bracelet of oxidized silver, 18kt yellow gold and 24kt gold leaf from the [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Kaleidoscope Bracelet” by Moritz Glik

September 3, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Kaleidoscope Bracelet” by Moritz Glik

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Kaleidoscope Bracelet” by Moritz Glik     “Kaleidoscope Bracelet” of rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds enclosed in double white sapphires set in 18kt yellow gold [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “90 Degree Bracelet” by Patricia Tschetter

September 2, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “90 Degree Bracelet” by Patricia Tschetter

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “90 Degree Bracelet” by Patricia Tschetter     “90 Degree Bracelet” of 22kt gold and granulation, oxidized and Argentium silver, and fair trade gemstones, [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Astrolabe Ring” by Atelier Minyon

September 1, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Astrolabe Ring” by Atelier Minyon

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Astrolabe Ring” by Atelier Minyon     “Astrolabe Ring” of 18kt yellow gold and oxidized silver with diamonds by Atelier Minyon.  http://atelierminyon.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rosecut Diamond Bracelet” by Lissa Liggett

August 29, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rosecut Diamond Bracelet” by Lissa Liggett

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Rosecut Diamond Bracelet” by Lissa Liggett     “Rosecut Diamond Bracelet” of diamonds in 18kt gold by Lissa Liggett.  http://lissaliggett.com/ [...]

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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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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 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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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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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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