Leather Fringe Jewelry

We love the look of this Tom Ford cuff which is entirely impractical as jewelry, but something we’d like to hang on our wall. It reminds us of the outfit Carrie wears in Sex and the City with a long fringe purse – totally beautiful but not exactly wearable.

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A leather fringe in winter is a particularly nice combination, when texture is king and turtlenecks and long sleeves mean most of our jewelry is covered up.

Here are a few other leather pieces we love that are a bit more wearable.

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Biker collar, we love the wrapped leather choker, $152 at AhaLife

 

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Tassel Collar  $44 at Bauble Bar

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Tom Ford Tassel cuff, $890 at Neiman Marcus

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Our Pick: Ilaria Leather Necklace, $158 at AhaLife (also available in gold and silver)

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Suede fringe necklace, $54.90 at Express

 

Polka Dot Jewelry

On Instagram the other day we saw the most beautiful brass jewelry ring. The caption was in Japanese, the account was in Japanese, and the best internet scouring has produced not so much as a clue.

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With or without the fantom ring, we’ve had polka dots on the mind. Looking through our jewelry box we found this classic Kusama Louis Vuitton bracelet (which you can still find on second hand sites on the web) from a few years back.

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We also stumbled across several other polka dot styles we love.

Marc Jacobs Steel bracelet, $92 at Yoox  (bottom right)

Vintage Italian bracelet, $9,800 at 1st Dibs  (bottom left)

Our biggest discovery is John Hardy, whose dot collection has some pieces we love.

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John Hardy drop earrings, $795 at Bloomingdale’s

Dot bangle by John Hardy at $670 at Neiman Marcus

 

 

2 in 1 Jewelry: Three pieces of convertible jewelry

There are few things more exciting than finding out that an item of clothing you love is reversible. It’s two for the price of one. Even if you prefer wearing it one way over the other it’s nice to know you can switch it out once in a while.

We never even considered that jewelry could be designed the same way, but it’s such a smart idea. Some of our favorite convertible fine jewelry  earrings can be found here and here. But for less than half the price, the pieces below are also good investments and – considering you’re technically getting two pieces from each – a great deal.

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Convertible choker and earring, gold plated brass, Maison Margiela at Net-A-Porter, $480

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Convertible cuff and necklace, alloy and ribbon, by Gabriela Artigas at Des Kohan, $218

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Studs with removable drops, gold plate, Chalcedony and Iolite by Bounkit at Charm & Chain, $495

 

The Best Pearl Rings

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 11.08.32 AMWe once fell in love with a pearl stacking ring on a trip to Japan. Not too expensive and just the right amount of luminescent pearls, we were sad to learn the designer had stopped making them because he hadn’t figured out a way to make sure the pearls stayed in place.

While we may never be able to wear that particular ring, we have been finding a number of rings made of gold and pearl that are equally nice. Because pearls are less expensive than many stone, this also makes the pricing a lot more approachable.

  1. White Equilibrium ring, 14k gold, pave diamonds and pearl, Jennie Kwon, $560
  2. Pearl  stacking ring, 14k gold and pearl, YLang23, $292
  3. Small Pearl Ring, 14k gold, pearl and diamond, Jennifer Fisher, $1,800
  4. Quarry ring, 14k gold and pink pearl, Bird, $480

How to Wear Rose Cut Diamonds That Are Not Engagement Rings

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We love rose cut diamonds but they are hard to find in jewelry (especially rings) that don’t look too engagement ring-y.

Rose cut diamonds are defined by a flat bottom with a dome-shaped crown that can be further defined by up to twenty-four facets – or small, leveled edges. The style is often found  in vintage jewelry – especially from the Victorian era. But has lost some popularity in the twentieth century.

Theses pieces of fine jewelry all have rose-cut diamonds but don’t look too much like engagement rings.

Pinched Ring with Rose Cut Diamond, diamond and 14k gold by Polly Wales, $1,240

Crown Bezel Diamond Ring, diamond and 14k gold, by Grace Lee, $1,385

Trio Ring, diamond and 14k gold, by Ananda Khalsa, $1,815

The Best Hammered Gold Jewelry under $350

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 4.52.14 PMHammered gold always makes us feel like powerful Greek goddesses. It’s also often more affordable than non-hammered pieces because designers can use less gold to create the same size of jewelry. Hammered gold tends to be slightly less shiny as well (though you should look at the piece to make sure)

We love all these pieces equally, but particularly love the Melanie Casey stacking ring. The black diamond is strong and creates a beautiful contrast with the hammered gold. It’s also a more subtle nod to the ancients and can be matched with other non-hammered and even sterling silver.

Most of the pieces in this round-up are 14k gold, except for the collar. Since we’re hesitant to wear expensive jewelry that does not have a clasp, this is the right price to pay for this item.

Hammered bangle, 14k gold, at Bloomingdales, on sale for $350

Melanie Casey Jewelry ring, 14k gold and black diamond, at Etsy, $265

20mm hoops by Gioelli, 14k gold, at Overstock, $299 (or less)

Gorjana necklace, 18k gold plated, at Shopbop, $85

Hammered disk earrings by Nancy Kraskin, 14k gold, at CatBird, $340

The Best Raw Diamond Earrings

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Raw diamonds are beautiful because they are so unexpected. There is no difference between a raw diamond and a polished one – except the polished stone has been finished and cut. The carats and clarity are the same – and the price will reflect that.

We love raw diamonds in earrings. They are the anti-sparkle, but some how still bring the same beautiful jewelry-ness to your face.

Rough Diamond Studs by Meira T, diamond and gold, available at Bee-A-Porter, $990

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Chantilly Earrings, 18k gold and diamond, available at Plukka, $6,200

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Natural Diamond Slice Earrings, 14k gold or rose gold and diamonds, Alexis Russell $228

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Cube Earrings, gold and diamond, Erica Weiner, $375

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Cluster Earrings, gold and diamond, Ashley Morgan, price available on request

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Earrings, gold and diamond, EngagedJewelry, $395 (plus many more similar pieces)

Three Pearl Earrings – Three Ways

A pearl stud is a classic piece of jewelry and a must have for most jewelry boxes. If you’re a fan of pearls and you would like to wear them in a slightly different way, we’ve seen a lot of contemporary three-pearl earrings on the market this spring.

1. Sugar Pearl Posts, glass pearl and metal; Anthropologie, $32: These Anthropologie earrings are not made with real pearls, but their shape has a great minimalist-organic vibe. We like the round casing and that they lay flat on our ears.

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2. Climber Stud, shell pearl and rose gold plated sterling silver, Kellin Silver, $44: Shell pearls (which are made by dipping beads into a shiny white material) are not real, but they share the same iridescent white as high quality pearls. Set in a curved row, these earrings are bigger than the other earrings on this list.

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3. 3Pearl Earring, pearl and sterling silver or 14k gold, Saskia Diez, from 219£: The most expensive pair on this list are also our favorite (sigh!). They are about as large as the Kellin Silver earrings, but lay in the crevice of our ear and keep the backing completely invisible.

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The New Organics: Leaf Jewelry

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Clockwise from top left: CZ Double Leaf Bracelet, Gingko Leaf Earrings by Michael Michaud, Leaf bracelet by Meira T., Leaf studs by Finn, Russian gold gingko leave clip-on earrings

Maybe its because its fall, but we are loving these pieces of fall jewelry popping up in stores lately. It all started with the brass gingko leaves by Michael Michaud, which we love. But they are large and can’t be worn with everyday outfits.

The second piece we found was the Meira T leaf bracelet which is much more of an investment piece – and why we prefer the organic leaves to be less obvious. It is beautiful on and falls beautifully around the wrist.

But are favorites? The Finn gold studs. These are perfect if you have a second hole and look great on their own as well.

Gingko Leaf Earrings by Michael Michaud, brass, $52

Leaf bracelet by Meira T, sapphire, diamond and gold, $2,050

Leaf studs by Finn, 18k gold, YLand23, $550

CZ Double Leaf Bracelet, gold vermeil sterling silver and pave diamonds, Jacquie Achie, $315

Russian gold gingko leave clip-on earrings, gold metal plated ross, Oscar De La Renta, $225

The Best Asymmetrical Earrings

Screen Shot 2015-10-17 at 9.52.20 PMThe asymmetrical earring trend has carried over from 2014 – and looks like it will continue into 2016.  So we might as well jump onboard, but only in our own Nieve style. It’s a hard look to pull off – but we recommend letting your earrings be the focus despite that. As we come into fall, we’ve found they look great with a turtleneck, especially neutral toned ones so as not to veer too far into a less modern look.

We’ve selected one bright piece, but these studs are small and fit tightly against the ear. Our favorites are the Amber Sceats ones from Australia, but we think the Madewell ones are a great alternative for a fraction of the price.

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Arme De L’Amour, gold plated brass, Net-A-Porter, $220

Clara earrings, gold plated brass, Amber Sceats, $139

Lynne Earrings, brass and crystals, Elizabeth Cole, $77

Drawing Angles earrings by Smith/Grey, gold plated silver sterling, Wolf and Badger, $381

Industrial Stud, brass and steal, Joomi Lim, $120

Madewell Odd Shape Earrings, brass, Shopbop, $30