I get so giddy when I discover a new source for statement jewelry. That's why, when a co-worker recently showed up wearing this amazing Turquoise Nugget Gunmetal and Sterling Chain Necklace ($485), I melted. The coolest part? Nan is her mom! There are way more eye-catching goodies where that came from. Bracelets, earrings, and necklaces all cross between delicate and rough, just the way I like it. Nan uses quartz crystals, gunmetal chains, deer antler accents, and pyrite nuggets to make her designs unique. There's also a collection full of amethysts, pearls, rubies, and aquamarines for the more sophisticated palette. Mention "FabSugar" to get a 20 percent discount!
Jewels' adornments have an especially unique story. Born the daughter of an Air Force pilot, Jewels grew up traveling the world with her parents. As a young girl, she was attracted to exotic jewelry bazaars located in North African cities such as Tunis and Tangier. Fast-forward 25 years, and her affection has turned into a bustling jewelry business boasting clients like Sheryl Crow, Orlando Bloom, and Patricia Arquette.
Using antique amber, coral, shells, turquoise, gold, North African silver, and coins — most of which are more than 100 years old — Jewels has created a collection filled with modern touches. We're currently lusting over these oversize African bezeled rings. Prices aren't cheap — pieces range from $150 to $2,500 — but you're buying a piece of history.
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While the majority vote went to Lorraine Schwartz, we had to show love to Dannijo's Danielle and Jodie Snyder. The sisters stole our hearts this year with their drippy chains, mixed metals, and funky under-the-sea aesthetic. Celebs are also smitten with their rockin' jewels: Beyonce, Sophia Bush, and Natalie Portman were all spotted donning Dannijo this year. Check out how this spiked silver masterpiece completed Lake Bell's LBD ensemble — sizzle. Oh, and the best part? With price points starting under $100, everyone can enjoy their delicious baubles. Hip, hip, hooray!
The best is finding bling that looks rich but doesn't cost it. Made Her Think delivers precisely that — that's why I've fallen deep in lust with everything under its roof. There's a semiprecious bunch that's pricey, but the classic collection is right up my alley. Whether you're a necklace, bracelet, ring, or earring lover, there's a gaggle to drool over — just peruse below. MHT has also created a handbag line worth looking at.
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It's time to rock the vote for your favorite jewelry designer of '09. Tom Binns swooned us — and Jessica Biel — with his magical Swarovski-embellished pieces. Forever 21 became a frequent destination for its super cheap and chic baubles. Lorraine Schwartz hypnotized us with those emerald earrings Angelina Jolie wore to the Oscars. Alexis Bittar continues to be a Fab favorite with his galactic yet glamorous jewels. Erickson Beamon's funky creations wooed us to a whole new level. Lastly Dannijo, a NYC label born by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder; we can't get enough of their heavy chains and under the sea aesthetic.
(Top Row: L-R, Tom Binns, Forever 21, Lorraine Schwartz)
(Bottom Row: L-R, Alexis Bittar, Erickson Beamon, Dannijo)
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Christine Mighion is taking us to a whole new level with her eco-friendly jewelry line. “The jewelry industry relies heavily upon mining companies to generate raw materials for their products. Unfortunately, the mining process creates significant waste and contaminants, causing harm to the land and its inhabitants,” says Mighion. With that said, she's taken it upon herself to create a beautiful and sustainable collection of fine jewels. Every piece from her line is handmade using recycled gold and conflict-free precious and semi-precious stones — awesome.
Her premier collection, dubbed called Lustre, was inspired by “simplicity in form, timeless design and the dance of light.” I love the combination of colorful sapphires, aquamarines, chocolate diamonds, and garnets. In fact, I can see some of her pieces as unique engagement rings.
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New Moon comes out Friday – you ready? I'm sure you've already laid out your opening night 'fit, but don't forget the fine details. Check out these vampy jewels by Demitasse for a fun way to accessorize your ensemble. The collection, ranging from $30 to $100, includes silver bullet necklaces, rosaries, and fang pendants made out of gold, silver, or brass. Not a bad price for all you vampire wannabes. However, one burning question remains: Team Edward or Team Jacob? You know which one I'm rooting for . . .
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Paige Novick is my new jewelry hero. In fact, her colorful baubles excite me in ways I didn't know jewels could. The NYC dweller, whose past stints including working in Paris at Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld, creates imaginative, organic-inspired adornments. I'm utterly smitten with her masculine-meets-feminine aesthetic and bright pops of purple, green, orange, and blue. If color's not your thing, Paige also has a couple of ferosh silver pieces that will surely tickle your fancy. Her collection is a little pricey — cuffs, rings, and necklaces range from $100 to $800 — but well worth the splurge. Eye candy, at the least.
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Highlighting local talent is always nice, so allow me to introduce Gold & Citrus, a new jewelry line based in San Francisco. Founders Sara and Rich are in this together: Sara is the jewelry designer, Rich is the website designer. The former creates made-to-order pieces out of everything from beads to gemstones, feathers to antique sequins. And the only machine she uses is her sewing machine. Cool.
The current collection is necklace-heavy, but also includes some funky body chains and a headpiece. The common theme is all the creations combine luxury and playfulness. My favorite is this Tangelo Necklace ($376). It's exotic, and looks like three necklaces in one.
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The first thing I thought when I saw Skinny is, what a great gift for my bauble-loving friends. Its pieces are affordable ($20 to $60) and colorful. The brand's website defines Skinny as knowledge, keen insight, on top of the in and out. Get the Skinny by investing in super cute rings with crystals, bracelets with glass beads, hammered earrings, and locket necklaces. The piece I want for myself is this Pewter Swirl Ring ($30). It's so sci-fi chic, non? It would look great with some galactic shimmer.