Splurge or Save: Turquoise Studs

Turquoise is popping up everywhere lately, and the fact that it continues to resurface in fashion every few years suggests the popularity of this stone will only continue to resurface.

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If you’re not used to wearing blue jewelry, or are unsure if the stone is too trendy, stud earrings are a subtle way of testing the waters.

Turquoise is actually a pretty soft stone, but it takes on a wonderful polish and, when you’re buying the real thing, you often finds flecks or veins of gold or other metals and minerals. Depending on your taste, this can be either desirable or not. Personally, we love the imperfections for how it brings more character to our jewelry.

Though there are a lot of sophisticated ways to copy turquoise (many involve dying white stones) most imitations are simply cast plastic. If you’re not sure (or not ready) to invest in turquoise, these humblechic studs are only $24. Slightly smaller, these Ippolita studs are the definition of Italian refinement. But at $795, they are closer to an investment piece.

We love turquoise in earrings because it brings some color around our faces without looking unnatural. But you tell us, would you wear turquoise studs? And would you spend almost $800?

 

 

Splurge or Save: Tear Drop Chandelier Earrings

These earrings are the rose gold standard in chandelier earrings. Big and matte they are crafted from 18k gold and lie perfectly flat. When we first tried them on we couldn’t stop shaking our head to hear the trinkly sound they make when the gold chips clang against each other.

At $2,620 these Irene Neuwirth earrings are a total splurge. Before taking the plunge, this Bold Elements version, made of metal, is only $18 and a great way to try the style for just one night.

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Bold Elements and Irene Neuwirth 9 Drop Chandelier Earrings

 

 

Splurge or Save: Mesh bracelet

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We always coveted the sterling silver mesh cuff from Tiffany’s Somerset collection. Partly for how it looked, but also because it was so much fun to play with on our wrist. Though the mesh isn’t loose enough to change shape, the sterling silver stretches to fit onto most wrists and looks beautiful over black cashmere or peaking out from a soft silk blouse.

At $625, it’s a fair amount of money for a pretty casual piece. So we sourced this Blue Nile version. It doesn’t have the robin-egg-blue pedigree but it is lovely – and unique enough that it won’t look like you’re sporting a fake.

And when we tried it on, it still had the same flexible fun characteristic as the Tiffany version. The Blue Nile version is also thicker than the Tiffany version, which makes it even better for a nice date night.

Which one would you wear?

Wide mesh bracelet, sterling silver, Blue Nile, $350

Somerset bracelet, sterling silver, Tiffany&Co., $625

Splurge or Save: Single Diamond Bangle

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You pay a premium for some brands – often with good reason. World class service, fast shipping, and convenience in particular. And if it is something you will wear often, then paying for the best version you can afford is the route we always recommend.

We love the Elsa Peretti bangle – it’s thin enough but still feels substantial when you put it on. The diamond is tiny (and we mean really tiny) but glints just the right way.

This Loren Stewart piece is slimmer and has a more organic, gold wire appearance. The diamond is also pretty tiny and is cased in gold. Slightly less karats than the Tiffany’s piece means it isn’t quite as shiny, and with wear the wire may become more oblong-shaped.

One note about fit: both of these bracelets come in one size and the Elsa Peretti piece is a bit smaller than the Loren Stewart one.

Elsa Peretti bangle, 18k gold and diamond, Tiffany & Co., $1000

Loren Stewart bangle, 14k gold and diamond, $375

Read the last Splurge or Save article here

Splurge or Save: Monogram Bracelet

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We love our initials, but it can be hard to pull off a monogram. It usually feels either too preppy or, dare we say it, egotistical. But on our favorite accessory, jewelry, they are a great way to share a family name or a loved one.

The most common initial jewelry are rings, which can be worn by men and women, but we’re partial to these light but still significant bangles. The gold-plate or sterling silver ones are practically a perfect match for the more expensive 14k gold piece, and at half the price, a great way to personalize your everyday jewelry without breaking the bank.

Two of these are a pretty way to wear your favorite letters or gift to a good friend.

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Mark & Graham, gold-plate and sterling silver: $159

Gemma Gray, 14k gold, $300

Goop, gold-plate and sterling silver, $130

Splurge or Save: Chain Rings

The first time we tried on a chain ring was at Tiffany’s in the color by the yard collection. You can still find the piece here (from about $150). Our main issue with this ring was that the stone always flopped around and, like link chain usually does, it eventually stretched out.

We still love the look though, so we wanted to find a less expensive few options. We think chain links are perfect for summer – they’re super light and add just enough of a hint of sparkle.

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SAVE: Probably one of the designers we’ve been most excited to post here, Leeloo Bird. Designed by Sandrine (yes, she goes by one name and no, it’s not as annoying as it could be) this ring is total costume jewelry, but it’s stiff band means it will keep shape and size for longer.

Leeloo Bird ring, $33

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SPLURGE: We’ve discussed our love for Vale Jewelry before and this ring perfectly sums up why. The tough black diamond set on the delicate gold chain is just perfect for a minimalist look. A bigger investment to be sure, but so worth it if your style leans toward slight pieces that hint towards luxury.

Gold chain ring, $310

Splurge or Save: Evil Eye Bracelet

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We have been coveting the Netali Nissim bracelet for over a year. The proportions are gorgeous – two strands of 18k rose gold chain connect to drape the large eye design.

$3,300 is pretty expensive so we’ve collected a few others evil eyes we wouldn’t mind having protecting us from misfortune.

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Sydney Evan, multiple styles, ~$440
The jewelry designer Sydney Evan has many evil eyes, but we’re partial to this one with the small diamond. Plus, bonus points for the adjustable clasp.

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Ileana Makri 18k gold, 1,025euro
Beautiful, with a fine, fine gold chain

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Alex Mika, costume jewelry, $150
Just for fun.

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Astley Clarke, 18k gold, $325
This one is slightly different and a bit more casual, but we love how the evil eye dangles on the wrist