Heavy chain-link necklaces and rich jewel tones have their place all Fall, but when Summer hits we're all about lightening up — and that means your jewelry, too. Of course, since we can't devote an unlimited budget to these seasonal baubles, we're taking a savvy approach to shopping — read: nothing in this set costs more than $50. We've curated a mix of pretty rose gold pieces, embellished friendship bracelets, dainty everyday jewels, and major statement-making necklaces and chandelier earrings for all of your wedding-season gatherings and cocktail parties. With an accessory arsenal like this, changing up your favorite LWD or silk maxi dress is as easy as swapping one great necklace for the next. Just click through to shop all 50 finds.
There was no tribute more fitting for the 50th anniversary viewing of Cleopatra — and to the film's stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton — than Jessica Chastain wearing one of Taylor's Bulgari necklaces at the Cannes premiere. It was a gift given to Taylor by Burton on her 40th birthday, in 1972.
The sapphire-and-diamond sautoir (with a 65-carat center stone) is part of an eight-piece collection that the jewelry house bought back from Taylor's 2011 Christie's auction, and these pieces have rarely been loaned to celebrities. "I feel so lucky to be wearing them. They looked so fabulous on her and she was a movie star from her head to her toes," said Chastain. "That kind of glamorous star doesn't exist anymore but their diamonds do."
An all-angles look at the stunning Bulgari necklace, here in the gallery.
Make a statement this season in the hottest Summer accessories. The must haves? Nicholas Kirkwood's sexy heels and a chic sun hat from Acne Studios. Vionnet's origami clutch is sure to turn heads, and House of Lavande's art deco earrings are simply irresistible. Shop all of our editors' picks below.
— Additional reporting by Danny Feekes
As the weather heats up, we're ditching our clunky baubles for lighter, airy fare. This Summer, we're honing in on delicate layering necklaces, diminutive statement bracelets, and whisper-thin hoop earrings (yes, they're back). Additionally, we're coveting transparent details that give off a diaphanous, modern feel, and tassel details for a little bohemian flair. See and shop our editors' top 14 picks in the slideshow now.
If you're an NYC resident, you may have already spied the bright ropes snaking around Madison Square Park, turning the public hangout into a work of art. That's artist Orly Genger's commissioned project "Red, Yellow and Blue," a monumental (read: 1.4 million feet of rope and more than 3,000 gallons of paint) take on his renowned work with intricate hand-knotted and painted rope. But, if your Summer itinerary doesn't include a trip to NY to see the project firsthand, you can still get your hands on a piece of the art, thanks to Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer's MSP collection.
Drawing from the installation's bold palette and materials, this lineup fuses the artist's work with a minimalist feel — think rope bracelets, anchored with gold-plated hardware and knotted and geometric necklaces in bold primary hues. In short, just the color-rich jewels we need to liven up even our most basic looks. Available online for $125 to $396, it's a small price to pay for a work of art, no? Click through to see each piece, then click over to Grey Area to shop it all.
Miansai, the much-acclaimed men's accessories line created by Michael Andrew Saiger, has finally added a few styles created specifically with women in mind.
"Miansai is a brand that men are proud to wear, but is equally liked by women," Saiger wrote in a post announcing the new product category. "With this new collection, the metals and colorways skew more feminine, but it wouldn't surprise me if some men choose to wear the pieces as well."
The new wares include an offering of the brand's bestsellers in rose gold, plus a new necklace and ring-size versions of its Fish Hook and Screw Cuff bracelets.
A look at all the new additions — and their prices — here in the gallery.
Lulu Frost's sixth collaboration for J.Crew is quickly topping the charts of must-have collaborations to shop this season (and there are a lot to contend with). True to the Lulu Frost label, brilliant pops of color, sharply cut pendants, and intricate details are in ample supply for the Summer '13 collection — the stuff that would not only be a welcome addition to any jewelry box, but the kind that could impact whole wardrobes, too. Neon-tinged statement necklaces could breathe new life into your white tees and tanks; jeweled and tortoiseshell earrings could refresh your cocktail dress lineup; and gold and embellished bracelets would be a welcome bit of arm candy to dress up your work-to-weekend look. Like the collaborations that came before it, this one is stocked with unique, vintage-feeling finds that don't come at the hefty cost of actual vintage baubles. Instead, these retail between $98-$278, and they hit select J.Crew stores and online May 20. Click through for a complete sneak peek — and mark your calendars to shop!
We're going macro on you with close-ups of the prettiest festival jewels, coolest bags and shoes, and the most inspired headwear from Coachella. The annual two-weekend music festival in Indio, CA, is a feast for our ears — and our eyes. It's worth obsessing about the little things, because they make all the difference, right? We are getting up close and personal with the best accessories that Coachella has to offer, so click through to be inspired — and maybe just a little bit jealous.
Your commitment is what matters, but you'd still be pretty upset if you lost your engagement ring, right? Before you get too caught up in showing off your bling like Carrie Underwood, make sure to protect your prized possession with jewelry insurance.
A good personal-article insurance policy will cover your engagement ring, wedding ring, or other jewelry — up to whatever amount you choose — in the case of theft, loss, fire, or something crazy, like the diamond falling out during a water-ski excursion. Policies vary depending on your coverage and the value of your ring, but there are some general rules. Now that you've found the perfect ring, here's what you need to know about ring insurance.