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  • The Jewelry People Were Wearing the Year you Were Born

    This really fun Cosmo article takes you back to the year of your birth so you can see what kind of jewelry others were wearing. Really cool, right? 

    Well there’s one caveat: it only goes back as far as 1985. Sorry old timers  – if you were born before 1985, you’ll just have to do some Google research yourself. (Which is relatively easy: simply Google your year of birth along with the words “jewelry trends.)

    Here’s a shot of a jewelry trend from 1976. (Yes, it is a show about the 1950’s but Laverne & Shirley was such a hit that oversized pearl necklaces were donned all across America in ’76. Plus, a nod to Penny Marshall, whom we lost last week…sigh.)



  • Could Pasta Jewelry EVER Look Good?

    Making pasta jewelry as children made sense: what else could you string more readily than elbow macaroni, with the hole built right in?

    But pasta jewelry could never be something you wear as a “grown up” right?

    Um…think again.

    Pasta company Barilla and Delicacies Jewelry have joined forces to create wearable, fun pasta jewelry for adults with a strong “child within.” The name of the collection? The Al Dente collection of course.

    Chef Kristin Kish said the following to say about this distinctly yummy jewelry:

    Elbow macaroni is one of those shapes that you see and immediately think of your childhood, and these are the memories that stick with me the most. As a chef and with new dish creation, I pull an immense amount from my childhood memories. To me, the elbow is also a reminder to see the world through the eyes of a child, with innocence, curiosity, acceptance, growth, and resilience.


  • Sustainably Sourced Wood – Jewelry Trend 2018

    Tree, Nature, Wood, Kahl, Log, Tribe

    Is it merely a fashion trend for the summer? Or is an indication of trends to come, where women wear jewelry with more sustainable and ecologically sound implications?

    As wood continues to replace heavier metals in fashion jewelry, the reasons for it are varied.

    Of course, there’s the obvious: in the summer, jewelry made of wood instead of metal is simply lighter to wear. (We know how annoying heavy metal jewelry can be in a hotter climate. Come visit us in Scottsdale, AZ! )

    And according to a recent Bloomberg article, this trend is nothing recent:
    “We can see it in artisanal crafts going back 6,000 years,” Katey Brunini says. And unlike precious metals and mined stones, it’s naturally renewable: Her sources for woods such as Costa Rican cocobolo follow rules from the Forest Stewardship Council, an international nonprofit which promotes responsible forest management.
    And also, there’s an interesting metaphysical element to this kind of jewelry making as well:
    As for Brooklyn-based designer Mark Davis, in addition to sustainable American walnut and African blackwood, he says he reclaims timber from old buildings because it’s a “dense wood that lived its life previously.”
     Of course, there’s the cost as well. Wood in jewelry is less expensive than precious metals. A customer can opt for a larger piece without it costing drastically more. Whatever the reason, we love the idea of natural materials being integrated into jewelry making. It brings us closer to nature…and simply looks good!



  • Hearts are Back! (Were they ever gone?)

    Romantic diamond heart necklace featuring 1/8ct t.w. of diamonds, includes a 16" cable chain. Measures approximately 11x18mm. Available in all metals.

    Romantic diamond heart necklace featuring diamonds and a 16″ cable chain.


    When we read this recent piece in JCK, we had to smile. From a jewelry designer’s view, hearts are a long-standing symbol in many types of jewelry, including engagement rings.

    But this basic symbol of love is also appearing more and more on the red carpet and on the runway more frequently, including collections by Lizzie Forunato, Brent Neale, Retrouvaí and Carolina Bucci. Stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Charlize Theron embrace the shape of heart in many of their fun fashions.

    One friend of mine recently purchased a heart pendant so she could attract love into her life. “I figured by wearing a reminder every day that I wanted more love in my life, it sure couldn’t hurt.”

    And why not? The symbol of the heart if powerful and beautiful. And who couldn’t stand a little more love in their lives?

    So we stand behind this heart-wearing trend…but for us, it’s always been there!

  • Structural Earrings this Fall 2017

    Well, let’s face facts: statement earrings are here to stay. And for good reason: who doesn’t want their jewelry to stand out? Aside from the wow factor, statement earrings are also a simple and easy choice to really jazz up a simple outfit easily. (But remember: if you decide to go the statement jewelry route, let it standalone. Wearing other jewelry can lead to the dreaded accessory overkill!)

    This Fall season 2017, statement earrings are taking a new, harder-edged geometric twist. This means (at least in our humble opinion) outfits should support or reflect that more linear look. So unthink your Boho look and instead integrate clean lines and sharp colors that your geometrically-loving statement earrings will love.

    If you’re a beginner to statement earrings, try this pair on for size. They obviously still possess the “wow” factor (hello, pink tourmaline!) and trending geometric style, but a smaller size.

    Super pretty with a touch of whimsy, genuine Pink Tourmaline, Baby Pink Topaz, and Rhodolite Garnet earrings, set in your choice of 14kt rose, yellow, or white gold. Click on the image for more info.

  • Raw Diamonds – the Next New Trend for Engagement Rings?


    There’s a certain unmistakable beauty to a raw diamond. It’s full of possibility and wonder (to designers like us). For others, the raw diamond represents the truest form of the gem, from the earth and beautiful without any adulteration. Apparently, its also set to be a new trend in engagement rings:

    According to House Beautiful:

    When it comes to engagement rings, more and more brides are looking for designs that are unique and one-of-a-kind. That’s why colorful gems were a huge trend this past year. And now, a new stunning style is taking over: raw diamonds. These rings embrace the rough, natural texture of stones, instead of polishing them down to a smooth surface.

    Considering a raw diamond engagement ring? We can make your custom design dream come true! Contact our highly skilled staff, waiting to make an engagement ring with a distinctly raw and natural touch!

  • Model Kate Moss launched Jewelry Line

    Who knows more about jewelry trends than a supermodel who has literally donned thousands of magnificent pieces over decades? Kate Moss joins a massive registry of celebrities who have launched jewelry lines. But jewelry has been more than a passing fancy for Ms. Moss. She has loved it since she was a wee lass:

    According to Vogue:

    “I would always hunt at Christmas for the smallest box and hope there was a piece of jewellery inside.” In 1997 she told Vogue, “It’s my drug of choice.”

    Collaborating with Brazilian designer Ara Vartanian, the jewelry reflects “pieces that have meaning and that you can wear every day.” This includes pieces with medieval symbolism and amulet-protection qualities. “These pieces aren’t about fashion,” insists Vartanian. “The stones and attitude give them a powerful energy, they are forever.”



  • Welcome, the Lobe Cuff


    Anita Ko’s ‘Floating Diamond’ lobe cuff in 18-karat rose gold with white diamonds.


    When you think about it, its amazing that we humanoids have figured out so many ways to adorn the ears. And we show no sign of stopping with the latest of ear decor hitting the mainstream. Spotlight on: the lobe cuff.

    The lobe cuff is a fun, new earring style that’s basically a hybrid between a hoop earring and an ear cuff. A lobe cuff can be worn in the first or second piercing, fits snugly against the lobe and gives the appearance of wrapping into the ear. It can also be referred to as the “ear hook” (though we much prefer lobe cuff!).

    Says jewelry designer Ara Vartanian (who creates lobe cuffs with larger stones):

    “Customers love this style because the design is aesthetically different, and it helps balance the weight of the earrings with such a large stone.”

    We think this jewelry trend may stick around for a while because the look itself has a classic, comfortable appeal.

    If you’re interested in co-designing your own type of lobe cuff, reach out to us and let’s talk beauty!

    [Source: The Observer]

  • Beard Jewelry – a Bold Statement or Fashion Faux Pas?

    There’s always been a fine line with jewelry trends. Some stand the test of time (statement necklaces are still going strong) while other are a bit more…questionably temporal.

    Beard jewelry, according to a recent GQ article, would definitely fall in the latter category. But why? Men’s jewelry can often be limited. It can often be viewed skeptically, which doesn’t always seem fair. Men deserve to wear jewelry too, right?

    According to GQ:

    Nope. Nope, nope, nope.

    In an era when the grooming pendulum is swinging back in favor of being clean shaven (despite the protestations of insecure bar owners, that’s actually what’s happening), having a beard is enough of a statement in its own right. If you have a beard, it’s better to save your money for deep conditioning treatments that’ll actually help your look than to waste it on glorified sequins.

  • Gold and Black – a Perpetual Color Combo Favorite

    Gold and black jewelry have a long and winning color combination history. And its easy to see why. Nothing sets off the richness and warmth of gold’s yellow hues like a dark-as-night black. The two colors just naturally (and dramatically) enhance the best in each other.

    Need a little proof? Look no further than Amanda’s Style File (in National Jewelers) where she provides stunning examples. (We just love the dog tag, which would work just as well for the female persuasion we think!)


    Todd Reed men’s collection dog tag in 22-karat yellow gold, 18-karat yellow gold, silver with patina, black brilliant-cut diamonds and a raw diamond cube ($4,620)

    Oxidized sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold Dangling Open Pebbles earrings by Rona Fisher ($695)


    Limited edition 14-karat yellow gold black druzy stick and black druzy free-form five-drop earrings by Melissa Joy Manning ($2,100)


    Lashbrook zirconium band with 14-karat yellow gold inlay detailed with a Versailles pattern and eight black diamonds spaced evenly around the band ($1,700)

    We proudly carry Lashbrook so please check out our full line here.

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