September 8, 2014
As most of us know by now, comedienne Joan Rivers died last week at 81 years old. We wanted to take a moment to highlight her jewelry line and the personality behind it.
Joan Rivers, the entertainer, seemed to spend as much time on the QVC home shopping channel as she did telling jokes and critiquing celebrity fashion. For years, she ceaselessly hawked her line of jewelry, clothing and beauty products on television.
It worked. In 24 years of appearances on the channel, she managed to sell over $1 billion in merchandise, according to QVC.
Her big-sellers included the Pave Crystal Lovebirds Brooch, (shown below) for $150 and the Starlet Style 20 necklace (also shown below) for $112. Shoppers â€“ or at least those claiming to be â€“ inevitably left positive comment on the website about her products. For example, the necklace garnered a 4.8 out of 5 rating, including 98 five-star reviews.
Source: Fortune -http://fortune.com/2014/09/04/joan-rivers-legacy/
September 3, 2014
Clip-on earrings are experiencing a resurgence. But not just for the ears. Because of their vintage-y quality and unique craftsmanship, people are using them for other purposes, like sprucing up a hair-do or ponytail.
So blow the dust off of your grandmother’s clip-ons and try them out in your hair (as shown in the following video):
September 2, 2014
It’s not a great shot but its the closest we’ve come to seeing Angelina Jolie’s wedding ring after her secret ceremony wedding on August 23rd. But we can tell you a little about the designer and his process working together with Brad Pitt.
The newlyweds turned to luxury jewelry designer Robert Procop for their wedding bands, Procop confirmed to Us Weekly. Jolie, 39, previously worked with Procop for a 2010 jewelry collection, which benefitted her Education Partnership for Children of Conflict charity. The jeweler also spent time with Pitt, 50, to design Jolie’s engagement ring.
In 2012, Pitt presented his love with a massive diamond ring, estimated at 16 carats. “Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration,” Procop told ABC of the engagement ring at the time. “He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suit Angelinaâ€™s hand. Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution.”
August 27, 2014
We all know by now that it’s all right to mix jewelry colors and metals. It’s more than all right–it can actually accentuate jewelry shades and add depth to your outfit. In this quick video, we learn the basics of mixing and matching. Try it today!
August 26, 2014
Most of us don’t associate Ralph Lauren with high-end luxury items but know them more for polo shirts and the like. (Preppie casual, if you will.)
But Lauren decided to up the ante in his stores and his merchandise as you’ll see in this article in the Wall Street Journal.
Stores that used to be plush, clubby havens celebrating designer Ralph Lauren’s vision of stylish, casual American dressing are now transformed. Greeting shoppers as they cross the threshold at the designer’s New York City men’s store on Madison Avenue are $4,100 men’s watches with polished stainless-steel cases, crocodile bags and lace-up dress shoes starting at around $500. Polo Ralph Lauren RL +0.11% polo shirts have been relocated upstairs.
August 25, 2014
The intricacy of lace has always been a spectacular feat of design. It’s not surprising that one enterprising jeweler decided to take it one step further.
Source: 10x [http://blog.nationaljeweler.com/2014/08/a-new-take-on-lace.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+10x+%28National+Jeweler+Network+10x%29]
Monika Knutsson has found the perfect way to combine an antique look with a golden, modern touch with her Gilded Lace collection.
After getting her start in fashion, she eventually realized she could use the lace she found in other ways. The designer began dipping the pieces in karat gold, creating a unique look that celebrates the fabric piecesâ€™ past as it brings them into the present.
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August 20, 2014
No one gives more detailed and exacting fashion advice than Marilyn Hellman. Take a few moments to listen to her words of wisdom and choose your earrings accordingly.
August 19, 2014
Trendhunter lead us to this strange new jewelry fad that will have you salivating in no time. That’s right–meat jewelry. (Not to worry. It’s not real meat. Though it looks amazingly like it!)
Wear your love for meat on your wrist or around your neck with these peculiar meat jewelry items. Onch Movement created these outlandish pieces of hyperrealistic meat and turned them into stylishly wearable ornaments.
August 18, 2014
This whimsical and eye-catching piece by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and designer Cindy Chao caught the attention of many A-list jewelry designers and buyers alike at the the Paris Haute Couture Week in July.
Ballerina Butterfly Brooch by Cindy Chao & Sarah Jessica Parker
Spectacular Brown Sparkle
The piece is constructed of 18-karat gold and titanium, and features a jaw-dropping 26.67-carat cushion-cut fancy brown diamond, three rough brown diamond slices totaling 47.71 carats, three conch pearl pieces weighing 7.25 carats, all surrounded by a staggering 4,698 diamonds and fancy colored diamonds weighing 98.09 carats.
According to the International Diamond Exchange, the brooch took two years to make. Rapaport reported that presale estimates indicate the brooch will sell between $750,000 and $950,000. Fittingly, all proceeds from the sale of the â€śBallerina Butterflyâ€ť will benefit the New York City Ballet, an organization that Parker said is close to her heart.
August 13, 2014
Rising jewelry sales offer a solid indicator of an economy that can finally “breathe” a little again. JCK details how much it has risen and why people are (once again) deciding that jewelry is a smart asset.
Jewelry sales have risen for the last 27 months, thanks to consumers who see jewelry products as a lasting asset, according to retail measurement serviceÂ SpendingPulse.
The gains have been slow and steady but will likely continue, predicts Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president of market insights for MasterCard Advisors, which producesÂ SpendingPulse.
â€śIt feels permanent to buy jewelry,â€ť she says. â€śMany people today canâ€™t afford to buy homes. We are seeing new home sales dropping. But we do see discretionary income rising, like spending on restaurants and travel. People want to invest in something that is pleasurable toÂ wear.â€ť
She also says that, after a recession that destroyed value in stocks and bonds, some consider jewelry an item with lastingÂ value.
The group has also seen double-digit jumps in the amount of jewelry purchased online. It estimates online jewelry sales constitute just under 20 percent of theÂ market.
â€śFollowing the recession, consumers do not have a lot of time,â€ť Quinlan says. â€śThe consumer physically wants to go to the store, but wants to shop when and where she wants toÂ shop.â€ť
She adds that while gains for small businesses have been generally outpacing gains for larger ones, that isnâ€™t true when the weather is bad, because people are more inclined to shopÂ online.
Her advice for jewelers: Beef up online, and for those that shop with you, â€śmake your store anÂ experience.â€ť