Archive | September, 2006

Bylu for You Jewelry

23 Sep

Bylu for You Jewelry

Like most practical college students, friends Ken Leung and Dana Chin studied a subject that was sure to get them a job. They started with computer engineering.

I bet they didn't get a lot of "what are you going to do when you graduate." However, neither did what they thought they would do or what anyone else thought they would do. Rather than being trapped in a cubicle all day typing away on a keyboard, both took a totally different direction and became jewelry designers. And, thank goodness they did!

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Gold, smoky quartz, diamond
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Drop pendant style necklace
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Blue topaz, gold, diamonds

I've picked out a few pieces here, but I highly recommend viewing the rest of the collection on line. I love how the designers have merged design inspiration through the use of photographs and illustrations to give a hint of where their original approach to the design began.

Modern Jewelry with an Ancient Twist

22 Sep

Modern Jewelry with an Ancient Twist

The glass cases which fill the Malcolm Bett's London jewelry shop invite you into a modern setting filled with high end lighting while the contents of the cases make you think you might be viewing the jewelry belonging to ancient man. You can take a little virtual tour of the shop via Malcolm Bett's web site, but instead of getting your greasy fingers all over his clean glass cases, you get a slide-show treat of his unique approach to jewelry designing.

As a collector of ancient jewelry, okay I admit I've only got a few pieces right now, I very much appreciate the idea of mixing the look of ancient jewelry designing techniques, such as the texturing of metal and the oversized links on some of the chains, with modern day aesthetics.
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Corrupt Your Man with Jewelry

21 Sep

Corrupt Your Man with Jewelry

Who better to design jewelry for men than another man? In fact, jewelry designer Michael Bruder began his career in a very male-driven industry, aerospace. Actually, after growing up in the aerospace world myself and even spending a little time working in it, I don't see his transition into jewelry designing all the different from designing air planes. Both require a thorough understanding of materials used and a necessity for accuracy.

You can read more about Michael Bruder on his myspace site and also cruise through his jewelry site to view his collections. Below are pieces from his various collections designed just for men:

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From his Urban Jungle collection, available in gold or silver
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18kt gold with green tourmaline and diamonds
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18kt white gold with white and champagne diamonds

Dora Wedding Bands

20 Sep

Dora Wedding Bands

Finding unique wedding bands, engagement rings, and anniversary rings can be tricky if you don't want to pay to have something made especially for you.

Not everyone, however, has the luxury of hiring our own private jeweler to create a one of a kind wedding ring creation.

That's why I loved looking through Dora's on line catalog. I was very impressed with the huge selection as well as unique designs they carry.

They have lots of traditional wedding jewelry, but then they also have some modern designs like mixing metals and carved and engraved jewelry pieces.
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This ring is a two-tone of gold and titanium.
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Here's a carved Celtic style ring available in gold, platinum, and titanium.
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This diamond ring is two-tone gold with flower style detailing.

Tila and Co. Jewelry

20 Sep

Tila and Co. Jewelry

I discovered Tila and Co. at one of my favorite fashion shopping sites, The Style Bakery,always a good surfing spot to stop by when you are looking for new jewelry designers to admire.

Pictured is one of their bracelet designs entitled "Amanda," which is full of chunky gemstones beads and brightly colored crystals connected to sterling silver chain and a toggle clasp.

Here are a few other Tila and Co. jewelry pieces for you:

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Madrid
We're reminded of the vibrant city of Madrid when we made this necklace of filigree, Swarovski flat briolette crystal, and 14K gold-filled chain.

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Vienna
This chunky funky green chalk turquoise necklace with ceramic pendant, and silver plate lobster clasp will draw attention.

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Irma Jane
It's easy to see why these delicate fresh water pearls, sterling silver and crystal earrings perfectly complement a beautiful bride fitted with a radiant white silk gown.

I really like the casual style of this jewelry. It makes a fashion statement, but they are still something you can wear comfortably every day.

Big Jewelry Weblog Welcome

19 Sep

Big Jewelry Weblog Welcome

I wanted to take a few minutes today and welcome some new members to my blog roll as well as some fairly new fashion blogs here on the Creative Weblog network. First, my fellow Creative Webloggers, who like me are part of the Dream Team since we are listed in this category on the network: Busy with Style and See Pretty Things.

Ivy at Busy with Style is covering style for the busy working woman: "Executive women are a kind to be admired. They work the brutal business world with little help from their peers, and each step up they make in the executive ladder is a great struggle and even a greater victory. During that process, and working in general, women would very much like to stay just that, but without looking cheap or misplaced. This is where I step in, to bring you the latest trends in executive women fashions, accessories, handbags, shoes, makeup and beauty. Stay tuned for a great adventure in discovering the fashion world — looking from a working woman's perspective."

Then there's Kimmie over at See Pretty Things who will be concentrating on accessories: "See Pretty Things will cover all things that are handbags, jewelry, scarves and much more. If it's an accessory, I'll let you know about and hope to hear how you liked it! I also want to reach out to designers in the accessory community as well. True fashion is achieved through the blending of various elements which are highlighted by the accessory!"

I'm too lazy to list all the links in this post, but if you look to the right of the screen you'll notice that my blog roll has dramatically grown. While I have some great jewelry-related blogs listed there, I think it's important to have overall coverage of the fashion blogging community. This means you'll see links to beauty blogs, shoe blogs, purse blogs, and more. I can hardly wait to do my weekly blogosphere round up next week.

Heidi Klum Conquers QVC

19 Sep

Heidi Klum Conquers QVC

You know you've made it to the big time when you get your jewelry on QVC.

No, really, they are probably THE biggest jewelry retailer in the world, and now Heidi Klum's jewelry has managed to take a piece of this huge retail jewelry pie with her recent visit to this shopping network.

I've gotten reports from all kinds of new sources that she totally rocked the TV air waves. I'm very bummed that I spaced and missed it, but here is some of what I've managed to dig up on what I missed as well as some jewelry eye candy from her collection. Enjoy.

From Yahoo.com:
Supermodel, supermom and Project Runway host Heidi Klum's jewelry line struck a lucky chord on its September 14 QVC launch, with 14 of 16 styles in the debut collection completely selling out, ending the anticipated hour-long broadcast after only 36 minutes. Overall, more than 11,000 pieces were sold during the show.
The Heidi Klum Collection features beautifully versatile pieces crafted in sterling silver, 14K gold, and 18K gold-clad sterling. Klum's inspiration for the collection comes from the patterned floor of the Duomo in Milan, and the four-leaf clover symbol appears in necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings in a variety of different ways to suit every woman's taste. Favorites of the show included Klum's signature clover hoop earrings; a textured sterling cuff that she wore to the 2006 Emmy Awards; and a casual clover-leaf pendant on interchangeable silk cords.

"I am ecstatic that the QVC customers responded so well to my collection," says Klum, creative visionary behind the new fashion jewelry line. "I hope the pieces are true good luck charms for the women who wear them."
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Sterling Hammered Clover Charm Ring
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Sterling Hammered Clover Fringe Necklace
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Sterling Clover Fringe Dangle Earrings
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Sterling/18K Clad Small Set of 2 Bangles

Fashion and Jewelry Blogosphere 09/18/06

18 Sep

Fashion and Jewelry Blogosphere 09/18/06

Okay, let's get right to it.

We start off this blogosphere round up with vintage jewelry (pictured) from Style Bytes.

The Fashionable Kiffen has new digs. Time to update all those links.

How about a buckle style bracelet, with loads of sparkles, selected by Brown712?

Bunny Shop announces that along with leggings, which I'm sure you've all been seeing around lately, stirrupsare back.

Kristopher Dukes likes some stud cuff bracelets.

The Purse Blog says we should expect to see more metallics for spring and summer 2007.

Oh Joy! shows us some beach chic styles that are loaded with dangling necklaces.

Blood Diamonds No Biggie?

18 Sep

Blood Diamonds No Biggie?

Looks like the reporting of the Blood Diamond controversy is really all over the road. One minute I hear that it's a major deal and that jewelry retailers are very concerned that the movie The Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio is going to harm holiday jewelry sales. The next thing I hear is that most jewelry consumers don't think it's a big deal at all.

Make up your mind, folks!

Here's the latest news from MineWeb who reports on a survey put out by the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council:

In their survey of 7,223 consumers in the U.S. and Canada, the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (JCOC) found that "consumers are largely uneducated on most of the topics of concern to the jewelry industry." For instance, the majority of consumers "are not sure from where diamonds or gemstones or primarily mined."

"In reality, only a small number of consumers [29%] have ever heard of blood diamonds and less than 10% of JCOC panel members felt they were a huge issue," according to the JCOC.

Of those who were aware of blood diamonds, 23% said they considered it "a large issue," while 25% called it "a small, but important issue." Meanwhile, 35% said they don't know whether blood diamonds is an issue of concern within the jewelry industry. Of those concerned about the issue, only 17% said a jeweler's reputation and a certificate from a third-party organization would give them the greatest reassurance that they are not buying blood or conflict diamonds.

Icewalk Jewelry

17 Sep

Icewalk Jewelry

When I first heard about Icewalks, I thought, "Oh, big whoop. They are talking about shoe clips, which have been around since the stone age." But, alas, I was so wrong. These are so not your moma's shoe clips.

From a company press release:

Ice Walks is a new accessory craze that everyone is talking about. Produced by Daed Jewels, Ice Walk was designed to add personality to the ordinary shoe. Like cufflinks to a shirt, Ice Walk comes in many different variations of metals and precious stones to suit.

"Ice Walk is shoe jewelry for every type of person. From a well distinguished gentleman to a sneaker fanatic, Ice Walk is designed for any type of laced footwear," says Freeze, co-creator of Ice Walks.

Celebrities like The Game, Cool & Dre, Udonis Haslem and Fred Taylor have been seen sporting the distinguished trend. Prices vary depending on the stone layers and metal usage.

Okay, these may be a tad over the top. I mean, can you imagine your man hiking around in boots or tennis shoes like these?
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Personally, I'm having a hard time making that leap, but of course, I don't have any hip hop guys in my life.