UK to US: Brooke Gregson

 

nasa14.jpgWe went crazy for these astrological necklaces. The astrology sign necklaces are designed by Brooke Gregson from London and are a beautiful splurge birthday gift for someone you love.

 

Each piece is priced differently and made from 14k brushed and carved yellow gold and diamonds. The Aries (3 diamonds) is just over $1,000 and the most expensive Virgo, is just over $2,600.

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We loved trying our sign (Aquarius) on. The piece is weightier than it appears in photographs and falls below the collar bone. The 14k gold is very shiny and bright. Depending on the sign, the token may be oblong or a smaller circle.

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You can find the entire 12 piece collection here

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. PearlĀ  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 foundĀ  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