Earrings by Annie Costello Brown

If Fall 2016 marks the return to minimalism all of us nineties kids are hoping for, it will also be known as the season of the statement earring. What better way to pop your ribbed mock turtleneck sweater than a pair of absolutely over-the-top earrings?

Enter Annie Costello Brown, an L.A. based jewelry designer and artist who we first discovered at a Clare V. shop.

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Image of the designer at her studio and home borrowed from Jean Stories

These are big pieces and they are priced so fairly, we almost couldn’t believe it. Shoulder grazing brass earrings for around $300. Yes, please!

You can order them directly from her shop here, though she notes up to 4 weeks delivery time.

One of the best parts about them is how light-weight they are. Though they pack a substantial sartorial punch. We were amazed at how little they felt like when they were actually on.

Here is one of our favorites.

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Long rain dusters in silver. $239. Available here

Brown has purposefully kept the size of her company small – so small, it’s just her. This allows her to actually create each piece herself.

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Matisse Chandelier Earrings. Gold finish. $179 at Mille

The Best Opal Jewelry

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October’s birthstone is the opal and if you’re lucky enough to be born in this month you probably have already built up quite a collection of beautiful opal jewelry. For the rest of us, unless you live in Australia, where it is the National stone and ninety-five percent of opals come from, you may have a piece or two.

Not just for mood rings anymore, here are our favorites opal jewelry pieces. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you know our tastes lean toward minimal and colorless most of the time and this list reflects that. But opals come in millions of shades – often more than one at a time – and it’s worth exploring the designers below for pieces in different colors if that is what you are looking for.

1. Lollipop Necklace, 18k gold and pink opal, Ippolita, $895

2. Loren Stewart Opal Ring, 14k gold and opal, The Dreslyn, $275

3. Ear climber by Zoe Chicco, 14k gold and opal, Bloomingdales, $460

4. Stud Earrings by Elisa Solomon, 18 karat yellow gold, opal cabochon, pearls, diamond, $930

5. Beveled ring by Melanie Casey, 14k gold and opal, Artful Home, $165

Surprise Find: J. Crew 14k Hoops

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J. Crew + Jewelry is not a combination we usually think of aside from piles of costume jewelry at the check-out counter and enormous statement necklaces. Not a bad thing but not necessarily anything to search out.

But, like a blue and white striped top or pair of khakis, J. Crew has created a classic piece of jewelry. It looks like they’re only available online and in a couple sizes. We prefer the medium which fit our ears better, but if you have very small lobes, the smaller size might be work (and are $50 cheaper).

We think these would make a great splurgy gift and a wonderful piece for a new jewelry collection that is expanding up beyond fun costume pieces. 14k solid gold

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Seaside Spring: Sea Shell Jewelry Three Ways

While we probably wouldn’t wear a piece of clothing with seashell motifs on it, we love simple pieces that highlight petite sea life. Of course you can always go organic and wear pearl, coral, and shell jewelry, we’ve enjoyed seeing the shapes in gold, brass and silver. The look is results in an accessory that is more monochromatic and modern.

Our Favorite Sea Shell Jewelry

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Splurge: Valentino Rings, $745.
How we wear them:  across three fingers

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Our Choice: Annette Ferdinandsen Mussel Earrings, $295
We love these! 18k gold earring hooks carry a muddled silver earring. Also available in small and larger.

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French: Isabel Marant, $150
A combination of real shells and antiqued brass, these are costume jewelry done right.