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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: X Ring of 18kt Pink Gold & Diamonds by Suzy Landa

November 21, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: X Ring of 18kt Pink Gold & Diamonds by Suzy Landa

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day X Ring of 18kt Pink Gold & Diamonds by Suzy Landa   X Ring of 18kt pink gold and diamonds by Suzy Landa.  http://www.suzylanda.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: 18kt Rose Gold & Black Rhodium Ring with Diamonds by Supreme Jewelry

November 20, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: 18kt Rose Gold & Black Rhodium Ring with Diamonds by Supreme Jewelry

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day 18kt Rose Gold & Black Rhodium Ring with Diamonds by Supreme Jewelry     18kt rose gold & black rhodium matte-finished ring with white [...]

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Jewelry for the Proud Mommy of a Budding Artist

November 19, 2014

Jewelry for the Proud Mommy of a Budding Artist

Personalized jewelry, from signet rings to name plate necklaces, are favorite pieces in countless jewelry wardrobes. Many a parent wears a pendant or charm bracelet bearing the initials or birthstones of [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Fusion Drop Earrings Pink Opal” by Fernando Jorge

November 19, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Fusion Drop Earrings Pink Opal” by Fernando Jorge

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Fusion Drop Earrings Pink Opal” by Fernando Jorge   “Fusion Drop Earrings Pink Opal” in 18kt gold by Fernando Jorge.  http://fernandojorge.co.uk/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Phi Ring” by Phioro

November 18, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Phi Ring” by Phioro

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Phi Ring” by Phioro   “Phi” 18kt rose gold ring with pavé diamonds by Phioro.  http://www.phioro.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Signature Gold Hoops Hand-Woven with Gold Beads by Simon Alcantara

November 17, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Signature Gold Hoops Hand-Woven with Gold Beads by Simon Alcantara

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Signature Gold Hoops Hand-Woven with Gold Beads by Simon Alcantara   Signature 14kt gold hoops hand-woven with 14kt gold beads by Simon Alcantara. http://simonalcantara.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Starry Sapphire & Diamond Earrings” by Sutra

November 14, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Starry Sapphire & Diamond Earrings” by Sutra

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Starry Sapphire & Diamond Earrings” by Sutra   “Starry Sapphire & Diamond Earrings” in 18kt gold by Sutra. http://sutrajewels.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rainbow Moonstone (Rough) 3-in-1 Triangle Studs” by Didi Jewellery

November 13, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rainbow Moonstone (Rough) 3-in-1 Triangle Studs” by Didi Jewellery

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Rainbow Moonstone (Rough) 3-in-1 Triangle Studs” by Didi Jewellery   “Rainbow Moonstone (Rough) 3-in-1 Triangle Studs” with rainbow moonstones and zircons set in blackened [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Kiku Brooch” by Mish New York

November 12, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Kiku Brooch” by Mish New York

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Kiku Brooch” by Mish New York   “Kiku Brooch” of 18kt yellow and rose gold with white and cognac diamond accents by Mish New [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Noir Bangle” by ALOR

November 11, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Noir Bangle” by ALOR

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Noir Bangle” by ALOR   “Noir Bangle” of 18kt white gold, stainless steel, black stainless steel and grey stainless steel with diamonds, by ALOR.  [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rose Cut Rock Crystal Twin Teardrop Locket” by Jamie Joseph Jewelry

November 10, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Rose Cut Rock Crystal Twin Teardrop Locket” by Jamie Joseph Jewelry

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Rose Cut Rock Crystal Twin Teardrop Locket” by Jamie Joseph Jewelry   “Rose Cut Rock Crystal Twin Teardrop Locket” with 14kt yellow gold link [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Amethyst & Ruby 18kt Gold Florentine Chain Bracelet by Paolo Costagli

November 7, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Amethyst & Ruby 18kt Gold Florentine Chain Bracelet by Paolo Costagli

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Amethyst and Ruby 18kt Gold Florentine Chain Bracelet by Paolo Costagli     Amethyst and Ruby 18kt Gold Florentine Chain Bracelet by Paolo Costagli. [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Four Diamond Center Forged Cuff” by Rebecca Overmann

November 6, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Four Diamond Center Forged Cuff” by Rebecca Overmann

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Four Diamond Center Forged Cuff” by Rebecca Overmann     “Four Diamond Center Forged Cuff” of oxidized sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold with [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Carnevale Rings” by Carolina Bucci

November 5, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Carnevale Rings” by Carolina Bucci

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Carnevale Rings” by Carolina Bucci     “Carnevale Rings” in 18kt gold with high-fired enamel beads by Carolina Bucci.  http://www.carolinabucci.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Three Sirens Necklace” by Catherine Grisez

November 4, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Three Sirens Necklace” by Catherine Grisez

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Three Sirens Necklace” by Catherine Grisez     “Three Sirens Necklace” of oxidized sterling silver by Catherine Grisez. https://www.cgrisezjewelry.com/   [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Diamond & Tourmaline Bar Ring by EF Collection

November 3, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Diamond & Tourmaline Bar Ring by EF Collection

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Diamond & Tourmaline Bar Ring by EF Collection     Diamond & Tourmaline Bar Ring set in 14kt yellow gold by EF Collection.  http://www.efcollection.com/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Cocoa & White Diamond Ring by Kallati

October 31, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Cocoa & White Diamond Ring by Kallati

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Cocoa & White Diamond Ring by Kallati   Cocoa and white diamond ring set in 14kt rose gold by Kallati.  http://www.kallati.com/   [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Nautilus Ring” by Sian Bostwick

October 30, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Nautilus Ring” by Sian Bostwick

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Nautilus Ring” by Sian Bostwick   “Nautilus Ring” of black oxidized silver and bright blue anodized titanium by Sian Bostwick.  http://www.sianbostwick.co.uk/ [...]

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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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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Mandible Earrings” by Coleoptere

October 29, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Mandible Earrings” by Coleoptere

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Mandible Earrings” by Coleoptere   “Mandible Earrings” of 18ktyellow gold with white diamond pavé by Coleoptere.  http://coleoptere.us/ [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Alandalus (Day) Earrings” by Octium

October 28, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Alandalus (Day) Earrings” by Octium

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Alandalus (Day) Earrings” by Octium   “Alandalus (Day) Earrings” – 18kt rose gold faceted dome earrings with diamonds –  by Octium.  http://www.octiumjewelry.com/   [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Flame Drop Luna Pendant” by Frederic Sage

October 27, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: “Flame Drop Luna Pendant” by Frederic Sage

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day “Flame Drop Luna Pendant” by Frederic Sage   “Flame Drop Luna Pendant” of black mother-of-pearl and pavé diamonds in 18kt pink gold by Frederic [...]

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The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Diamond & Sapphire Bracelet by Beverley K.

October 24, 2014

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day: Diamond & Sapphire Bracelet by Beverley K.

The Truly Jewelry Gem of the Day Diamond & Sapphire Bracelet by Beverley K.   Bracelet of diamonds and sapphires in white gold by Beverley K.  http://www.beverleyk.com/ [...]

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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 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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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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