When we stumbled on Karla Fox's cheeky-chic jewels, we were smitten. With a collection of some girlie, some just badass pieces, Karla Fox creates a cool-girl whimsical collection of delicate statement jewels, which pay homage to everything from the "Lounge Lizard" to the "Fairytale" in the form of the heart and arrow ring, or the equally fabulous and less conventional brassiere pendant. Personally, I'm drawn to the cutthroat collection — quirky and edgy all at once — with handcuff earrings and a gun pendant in 14kt gold. It's jewelry for the girl who appreciates the finer things, without taking herself too seriously. Click through for a few of the standout pieces to add to your jewelry box.
Forward jewelry line Made Her Think has long been a Fab favorite. Even though it's a new year, I decided to go back to some of my favorites and see what they're up to. And good thing I did because I came across a treasure trove full of badass Made Her Think pieces to kick off my 2011 with some hardcore flair. These baubles don't come cheap, but they're definitely worth the investment considering they'll get stares and compliments galore. Click through to see and shop some of their newest, coolest pieces.
We've raved about Australian jewelry brand Polli's delicate pieces before, and now we're at it again, this time crushing on their latest Double Dutch collection. Made in stainless steel and kohl gold, they're inspired by quirky, cute Amsterdam. A bicycle pendant, bicycle earrings, and Amsterdam buildings in the form of earrings and necklaces, are a super cheeky way to accessorize yourself. I can't wait to wear the Kohl Gold Bicycle Pendant ($53) while riding my stylish bike around the city.
We'll always love statement jewels, but Summer calls for simpler times. That's where LA based jewelry line, Les Morceaux comes into play. Designer Joanne Tagorda has mastered this effortless aesthetic creating radically unfussy baubles. The collection, comprised of layered matte steel bracelets, chunky oxidized steel necklaces, and braided jersey wrap bracelets, has just the right amount of flair without weighing you down from your Summertime fun. The prices — items range from $28 to $46 — aren't bad either.
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What does love have to do with jewelry? For Ojai, CA-based Love Heals, a whole lot. The team consisting of mother (Adriana), son (Gunnar), and daughter (Elisa) makes sure its jewels not only look good but are good. For every piece sold, they plant 10 trees in Africa and the US; so far, they've planted over 347,881. If that's not reason enough to support Love Heals, their pieces are incredibly unique and make a quiet but bold statement. Yet another cool component to their business is their Design Studio — custom-make your own jewelry and have it shipped to you within a week or two!
Time has shown that some things never change — like our love for friendship bracelets. Ever since receiving this red stringed confection from MC Bracelets, I haven't taken it off. Let's see, that was a little over a month ago, and time has proved that these stringed sensations are as durable as they are cute. Also, designer Mariola Cid Corral, who's had past stints at LVMH, has since expanded her offerings with necklaces. Colors range from hot pink to cobalt blue, so buy one for yourself and another for deserving BFFs!
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Jewelry designer Liz Law wants each of her pieces to tell a story. One look at her jewels and your imagination runs wild. Take, for instance, this Blacklisted Necklace ($160) — so much going on (black lace, silver and gunmetal chains, hematite, silver leaf), yet it all flows harmoniously. Liz also makes delicate earrings and other necklaces using designs like feathers, leaves, Swarovski crystals, and chains. Whether it's a vintage-inspired style or a super modern motif, simple or complicated, Liz's jewelry is always worth a double take.
Australian jewelry and home accessories brand Polli can be summed up in two words: delicate and playful. Designers Maja Rose and Tess Lloyd, who hooked up because of their shared interest in sustainable design and craft culture, use folding methods inspired by Japanese and Danish paper designs to create unique, everyday jewelry. Neat idea. Bicycles, seahorses, tea parties, puppies, peacocks, and leaves are just some of the cheeky designs they use on their earrings and necklaces.
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We're smitten with TomTom jewels. Not only are the pieces well-priced — baubles range from $95 to $325 — designer Elena Coleman also uses her formally trained architect skills to create amazing geometric jewels made out of 18k gold, oxidized silver, and gunmetal. Using cool techniques, such as 3D printing and water/laser jet cutting, Elena creates unique and funky jewels. Her Spring '10 collection, dubbed Shape It Up, is all about scintillating symmetry. How cool is this futuristic gold necklace?
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Jewelry extraordinaire Robin Rothfeld knows beautiful baubles don't have to cost a fortune. That's why she decided to launch an affordable jewelry line, dubbed RichRocks. “In this economy, jewelry doesn’t have to cost a lot to look great,” Rothfeld said. The designer created a collection bursting with upscale bohemian flavor with pavé rhinestone hoops, lots of bangles, fersoh necklaces, and tigereye pendants. The best part? Each piece costs under $100 — I think I need those bird's nest earrings . . .
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