April 15, 2014
While it seems like a natural extension, we don’t often see jewelers moving into the world of creating high-end handbags. Bochic took that leap to some beautiful results.
Jewelry brand Bochic will introduce a line of evening clutch bags in September, marking the brandās first extension beyond fine jewelry.
Bochic will introduce the handbag collection at the Westin Hotel Paris during Paris Fashion Week, after which it will be available worldwide through events such as trunk shows and on the Bochic website.
Price points start at $2,500.
The bags in theĀ initial collection are called āAlicia, āGildaā and Madeleline,ā each inspired by film noir of the 1950s. Each style includes detailed gold handles that were made in Rome, meant to complement the leathers used for the body of the bag–crocodile, python, serpentine and sting ray.
To connect the line with the brandās heritage, each bag also will feature jewelry detailing, created the same way as Bochic jewels, using enamel and natural precious stones such as rock crystal, onyx, and turquoise.
Source: National JewelerThe āMadeleine,ā pictured above,Ā starting at $2,500.
April 14, 2014
And I think the overall ring is JUST GORGEOUS! You guys really nailed the look of the pictures I sent you. I love its daintiness and vintage-ness. I think you guys just did a beautiful job recreating it and I couldn’t.be.happier.
April 14, 2014
Nicki Minaj is known for her over-the-top costumes and award ceremony outfits.But at the MTV Movie Awards last night, she chose a more subdued and sophisticated look.We like it because its a great example of jewelry perfectly paired with a sleek black dress with clean lines.Take note of the cage necklace, drop-hoop earrings, multiple arm cuffs and bracelets, and statement rings.
April 9, 2014
More and more eco-friendly jewelers are coming up with pieces that contribute to a cleaner world, whether using recycled materials, or in this case, smog.
āItās weird how the city [Beijing] is covered in smog and no one is doing anything,ā Daan Roosegaarde remembers thinking.
What started as a common ā albeit worrying ā observation, soon became a quest for the designer: He wanted to find a way to incorporate the noxious mixture of pollution and fog in another one of the poetic-pragmatic projects for which he has become famous since founding Studio Roosegaarde some six years ago.
The result is a highly ambitious project by Studio Roosegaarde to create smog-free parks in Beijing.
Daan Roosegaarde found a way to incorporate a noxious mixture like pollution and fog to create a high-end designer product, the smog ring. Credit Studio Roosegaarde
And a by-product of that project is the smog ring, an elegant piece of designer jewelry intrinsically linked to the new reality of urban pollution and the fight against it.
āI like the notion that you take something high-end and combine it with the problematic,ā he said.
The ring ā which is still in its design phase ā will be a simple band mounted with a small clear center stone containing smog particles extracted from Beijing city air. The black dust, which is largely carbon soot from coal, will be configured in a millimeter cube, to symbolize a cubic kilometer of smog that each ring has cleared.
April 8, 2014
It’s happened to all of us (well, all who wear earrings!). You lose the back of your earring and you’re not at home to find a spare in your jewelry box.
Here are some DIY approaches to get your through the evening:
Pencil eraser: Make a hole in the eraser with the earring. Tried and true method.
Cork: Same principle holds true with a cork. Just break off a little piece and make a hole
Aluminum foil: (Bet you didn’t know this one works!) A piece of foil folded several times over will do the job.
April 7, 2014
Kate Middleton continues to break ground as a royal fashionista, frequently wearing the works of jewelers from the countries she visits. This time, the lucky winners are New Zealand’s Tory and Ko.
Designer Victoria Taylor and business partner Kirstin O’Brien said she was “very specific” in her choices and selected two pairs of earrings from Tory & Ko’s “Pretty Collection”, another pair of pearl and diamond white gold earrings and a matching pearl necklace with diamond keepers from the “Bespoke Collection”.
Here are Kate’s choices:
April 2, 2014
Most of us who were alive in the 70′s remember mood rings. These pop culture rings told you, by the shift of their color, whether you were calm or tense or anywhere in-between. But did they have any validity?
How Mood Rings Work?
Mood Rings contain thermotropic liquid crystals inside the stone or the band of the mood ring. These liquid crystals are able to show different colors at different temperatures. Ā The liquid crystals in modern mood jewelry are usually made from a flat strip of liquid crystals with a protective coating. Ā These crystals react to changes in temperature by twisting. Ā The twisting changes their molecular structure, which alters the wavelengths of light or color that are reflected or absorbed. Ā Ā When the temperature of the liquid crystals changes so will their color and this is how mood rings work.
Do Mood Rings WorkĀ / Do they really show your emotions?
Your mood is correlated with your body temperature. Ā A personās normal body temperature is 82Ā°F (28Ā°C). Ā When you are stressed or cold blood is directed to the internal organs and away from the skin and the mood ring will turn a darker color. If you are happier or feeling passionate the crystal will twist in another direction and start to change color as your body temperature increases. Ā Therefore there is a correlation with mood and your body temperature so to some degree a mood ring can show your emotion.
There are other factors why the mood ring will change that are unrelated to mood such as such as just finishing a work out or having a hot bath.Ā Mood Rings and Mood Jewelry canāt tell your emotional state exactly but what they can do is provide you with a beautiful color changing ring; a guide to your mood and have a lot of fun deciding which āmoodā you are in.
Source: Best Mood Rings
April 1, 2014
Bookmark this page so you can refer to this great cheat sheet from Ma Nouvelle ModeĀ when you’re unsure about your necklace choice.
(Christie, great job of modeling!)
March 31, 2014
Midi rings are playful adornment and add that certain creative boheme touch to just about any outfit. They are meant to be worn between your first and second knuckle. If you’re concerned about the comfort for a midi ring or whether it really stays on, don’t be. A well-fitted midi ring feels like other rings you wear on your hands, trust us! If you’d like one made just for you, contact us and we’ll lovingly create it!
March 26, 2014
This amazing gem is such a work of art!
Washington’s Museum of Natural History is the new home of the Dom Pedro — the world’s largest aquamarine gem, cut from what was believed to have been the largest gem-quality crystal ever found. Discovered in Brazil, the crystal was then taken to Germany where it was transformed into its current shape by world-renowned gem artist Bernd Munsteiner.