Archive | April, 2010

Garage Sale Vintage

30 Apr

Vintage is something that seems to never go out of the style. Whether its placed on a lapel or weighs about 5 pounds and resides on your right hand; there is always a place for vintage jewelry. Brooches add a gorgeous artistic flare as well as old costume jewelry. But where do you find such pieces?

Garage Sale Vintage

Easy! You pass up opportunities to find these little treasures on any road trip during spring, summer, and fall. Garage sales, dummy! Garage and estate sales are like the mecca for vintage pieces. You see, when rummaging through grandma's junk in the attic people find eclectic rings and bracelets that they have no use for. So, they throw them in a little box and mark them at 50 cents a piece. What they don't realize is that these pieces have the potential to be fashionable!

On those scorching days in the summer, I find the best stuff! For example, just last summer I found this long necklace with a bejeweled seahorse pendant. It is so funky and unique, and people always ask me where I got it. They never believe when I tell them I found it under a pile of old sappy romance books at a garage sale for a dollar… a dollar!

Garage sales are one of the best places to find vintage jewelry because its real, and super cheap. A lot of times, the gems and metal are the real thing, but because of the tarnish or dirt the owners neglect to realize the true worth. All you need is some jewelry cleaner and a toothbrush, and you'll have a new (well kinda new) and truly unique piece for all your friends to gawk at. Happy hunting! ☺

Take A Bite Out of Beauty: Twlight Earrings

24 Apr

Take A Bite Out of Beauty: Twlight Earrings
© Twilight Style 2010

The world of Twilight is expanding exponentially (whether we like it or not). It was only a matter of time before jewelry designers banked on the growing trend. Regardless of the series' popularity, the jewelry is definitely a beauty in its own.

With the gothic-inspired style, the Twlight Chandelier Earrings give off a sophisticated vibe. Geared more towards a formal look, the blood red swarovski crystals emit a very sexy persona, smoothed down by the delicate sterling silver wire. The draped chandelier look adds an air of elegance to a neat updo, or flashes a bit of mystery when concealed within the hair.

The earrings go for about $45 through many of the Twilight Fansites and come in many variations. Also available are necklaces, bracelets, and movie replicas.

Bracelets for Boobies

22 Apr

In honor of all the strong women out there battling breast cancer, a Christina Applegate inspired bracelet has been crafted to remind us of the struggle of these beautiful women. The bracelet is sterling silver interwoven with pink suede and is fitted with a pink enamel ribbon charm as well as a heart which reads "Together we can make a difference".

It's delicate appearance creates a beautiful piece of jewelry that will not only accent a casual outfit, it also serves a purpose. 25% of the proceeds received by Emitations Jewelry will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

You can snag your very own Silver Breast Cancer bracelet from Emitations for $24.99 and help the cause. The price isn't bad for sterling silver and it truly is a pretty bracelet.

Bracelets for Boobies
© Emitations Jewelry 2010

The Classic Gold Chain

20 Apr

The Classic Gold Chain
© 2010
The classic gold chain has become de rigueur in the fashion world. Nearly everything I wear requires some kind of necklace and, as accessories go, the gold chain is the most flexible thing in my jewelry box.

The only problem for me is finding the right one. I have several imperfect models including one that tangles up because it's too delicate and one from a flea market that borders on gaudy.

What I need is a nice, classic gold chain. And I'm sure I can have one too, for a mere $300.00. The only trouble is that this week I'm not in the mood to spend, so I'll have to make due with the $135.00 version I found at the Metropolitan Museum Store.

Their Spanish Openwork Necklace is 36" long. It's temporarily backordered (that never deters me: I can exercise patience when required), I hope due to popularity, because I think it's a classic.

Photo above is from store.metmuseum.org.

Citrine Drops Unearthed

19 Apr

Citrine Drops Unearthed

Random finds on the web always excite me. It is the dream of every blogger to find the undiscovered site with a trove of cool items.

I was trolling for said mystery-website when I came across Amber Marie Bently, one of those mysterious and severely overpriced websites that stay in business despite all odds.

I was looking for a gold cuff. It has become an obsession of mine to find and own one, but they are shockingly expensive. I suppose with gold prices being what they are these days, I shouldn't be surprised. Nonetheless, when I see four-figures attached to a plain cuff, my jaw gets bruised from hitting the floor.

Anyway, Amber Marie Bently makes a $5624.00 solid flower gold cuff, and they also make these lovely citrine drops for the much more reasonable price of $200.00.

I think they're beautiful. Hope you agree!

Photo above is from ambermariebently.com.

Cocktail Ring Heaven

18 Apr

Cocktail Ring Heaven

Big rings are in and I love them. They bring any outfit to life, and add something fun to even the most boring jeans and simple shirt.

Having a cocktail ring for every outfit would be fantastic, but of course stones are expensive – especially large ones.

Stefano Patriarchi makes a gorgeous golden sterling silver ring that will go with everything. The band is adjustable so it will fit most fingers.

My gold standard (no pun intended) for any piece of jewelry is finding something that goes as well with jeans as it does with dress pants. I'm a day-to-evening kind of girl. And this ring is perfect for that.

Patriarchi has a whole collection in the same style as the ring, which can be seen on his website. He's all about simplicity, which in itself is special when so many designs lately are over-embellished.

For something that's not real gold, $258.00 is a bit pricey, but if you factor in that the ring will be worn every day (or it would by me, at least), it's a winner!

Photo above is from forzieri.com.

A Dash of Gold Completes the Outfit

11 Apr

A Dash of Gold Completes the Outfit

Edgy and daring. That's how the Presh Gold Chain Sunburst Cuffs are described on the Max & Chloe website.

Really? I wouldn't say so.

They are not black, nor is there any pointy steel hardware to be found. I think they look quite demure, and rather beautiful.

Still, I suppose it takes a certain type of person to wear a cuff in the first place – they're definitely not for everyone.

I really love the Presh cuffs. I think the color choices are great, and the design is cool. I'm also a huge sucker for gold. For not a lot of money (these are $73 a piece), it makes you look shiny and put together.

Plus, gold hardware has gotten less expensive, and I personally own a lot of it. On a bag or belt, it elevates any outfit. And what could be better than that?

Maybe a white cuff with gold chain to finish the look!

Photo above is from maxandchloe.com.

Amazonite: the New Turquoise

11 Apr

Amazonite: the New Turquoise

I have this thing where I get obsessed with certain colors. Lately it's been turquoise. It's a summer thing: I always get obsessed with turquoise in the summer.

I know, you're thinking "it's April! Summer's not exactly around the corner!" This is true. Summer isn't here yet, but the promise of warm weather hangs in the air. Even though I work in an office five days of the week, I always feel like summer represents vacation time and leisurely days spent by the pool.

Pool… Turquoise… you get the idea.

Dana Kellin is my new muse. Her work is all over the web. Most of it has an unfortunate homemade quality, but she has a number of lovely pieces with coiled 14k gold and well-chosen gemstones.

Dana has embraced amazonite, which is a greenish stone. Set in gold, it looks terrific, and she has at least thee pieces I'd love to own – a round amazonite pendant, a larger oval pendant, and also a set of earrings.

If I had to choose, the oval pendant would win, hand's down. But, thanks to Dana, it's a tough competition!

Photo above from ylang23.com.

Etsy for Kids

11 Apr

Etsy for Kids

I'm a little obsessed with Etsy.com. I get bored with the same-old, same-old jewelry styles out there, and Etsy has some really great designers.

My friend's little girl (age five) wears jewelry sometimes. She loves it. Little rings, little pendants, tiny bracelets. I admit that at first I found it disturbing – evidence that the child was growing up too fast.

But then I remembered how much I loved putting on my mother's jewelry when I was a little kid and how incredibly fun it was to play "dress up." They didn't make child-sized jewelry in those days.

I know everyone sells kid jewelry now and some of it costs a pretty penny. Etsy carries a lot of great designs for kids or for adults, and the price point is such that there's no pain if the necklace you select ends up part of your child's "dress up" collection.

I particularly love the Watermelon Blossoms with Moss Green and Cocoa Brown Ribbon Necklaces (what a mouthful!). At $12.99, the price is fair, and it's a lovely accessory. I also thought the Bee's Knees Necklace would be cute for a child (or an adult!), and it's only $16.50.

Check out the sellers' other items while you're at it. There are lots of great designs to be had, and all under $20.00!

Photo above is from etsy.com.

Who Keeps the Ring?

11 Apr

Who Keeps the Ring?

Cheating on your fiancé is just… lame. I think we can all agree that if you're already shopping for a different model before the wedding, the long-term prospects don't look good.

Apparently John Gunther, 27, was still "shopping" when his fiancé, Danielle Cavalieri, 26, found out she wasn't the only girl in his life. She called off their engagement.

Gunther demanded back the engagement ring, which is the ultimate in classless under the circumstances, but one would think that Cavalieri would have immediately returned the ring once she found out that her fiancé cheated on her. Personally, I would have encased the ring in a concrete brick before giving it back.

Anyway, Cavalieri felt differently and wanted to keep the ring (weird – but if it looked anything like the Blue Nile ring pictured above, I kind of get it) so Gunther took her to court. Unfortunately for the girl, they live in NY and the court ruled that any jewelry given "in contemplation of marriage" needs to be returned.

So she lost the ring. But she won the war – she's marrying someone else on Saturday. And presumably, any future dates of John Gunther will find the press about the case readily available online.

Hopefully that will make any future girlfriends of his aware of who they're dealing with!

Photo above is from bluenile.com.