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.

Clockwise from top left:

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

The New Palate: Matte Black

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We were struck by this simple ring from Philadelphia designer Bario Neal. The stone is enamel glass and set right against the thin gold setting, exaggerating the matte of the stone.

In person, the ring is a bit bigger than expected, but could still work in a nice set of stacked rings. The lack of color is unexpected and works surprisingly well with silver – a great way to combine rings that sometimes are hard to share on the same hand.

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Senna Round Ring, Glass and Gold, from $375

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

Noticeably Nice: Flake earrings by Wwake

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Fashioned from 14k gold, these earrings are some of the most beautiful organic shapes we’ve ever seen. They lay quite high of your ear, so we think work best with hair pulled back. Depending on the size of your earlobe, these take up quite a bit of space, making them better for fancier nights out.

Everything designed by Wing Yau is something we could see ourselves wearing, but these really stand out.

shortFlake earrings, 14k gold, WWake, $345

A Little Bit of Sun

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The weather in New York has been awful – nothing like what is going on elsewhere in the country, but the grey skies coupled with the late sunrises have been making us feel kind of “bleh.”

Enter these sunny pieces of jewelry. We love this thick spiky cuff from Pamela Love – even at a bit of a splurge. She also makes a thinner version, which sells on her site for $128, if you feel like something to mix and match with other jewelry. We love the rose-gold version, but the sterling silver is a close second.

Sun Cuff by Pamela Love, available in sterling silver, bronze, and 10k or 14k gold plate, from $435

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Want some vitamin D in the form of a necklace? This choker sits above the collar bone and looks fantastic with a button down shirt. It’s less playful than the Pamela Love piece – and very elegantly proportioned. Perfect for a more formal outfit.

Choker by Arme De L’Amour, gold plated brass at Net-A-Porter and the jeweler’s site, $295

Contemporary Planet Jewelry

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We’re definitely not the first people to hear about Sehti Na (she’s been profiled in Vogue and worn by celebrities for years) but we still think she deserves a spotlight here.

These pieces are not costume jewelry, but they are still statement pieces that work best on their own. The earrings are beautiful, but we really love the rings which have a nice organic, hammered look.

The Saturn rings are petite and could be worn on any finger, while the Cosmos rings actually take up a deceptively large amount of space on a finger.

Saturn Collection, 14k gold and various stones and pearls, from $370

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Jewelry-gram: The Best Instagram Jewelry Accounts to Follow

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One of our favorite ways to discover jewelry is on Instagram. At this point, we’re following so many we sometimes miss our favorites which causes spirals of Instagram click-throughs (other people do this too, right?).

We love the behind-the-scenes peeks at our favorite designers and little glimpses into their process, but we particularly love the styling tips from the people who know their work the best.

This is a new feature where we look at (in our opinion) the best jewelry Instagram accounts to follow.

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First up, Baby Anything is an Australian jewelry designer whose travels, family and friends, and beautiful native Australia are a pretty amazing backdrop for work.

Because all of her pieces are handmade the stock varies frequently. Right now, most of the pieces are rings, which is okay because they are shipped in the sweetest little boxes shaped like apples or strawberries.

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Honeycomb Jewelry

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From Left to Right: In God We Trust, Tessa Packard, Ayaka Nishi, Emilie Shapiro, Bee Amour

We were so sad to find out these Tessa Packard Honeycomb Studs, (240£) would not ship to North America so we set out to find our favorite honeycomb jewelry state side.

We stumbled upon Anna Gieselman, who is bee keeper and jewelry designer. Each piece is made to order, so expect a few weeks for delivery from Austin, where she was raised and now raises her bees. If you live in the area you can find her at local art fairs and shops, but if you don’t check out her Instagram.

We’ve also pulled together a few other honeycomb pieces we love from less than $200 to $850.

Honeycomb ring by Emilie Shapiro at Audry Rose, 14k recycled gold with moonstones, $341

In God We Trust Honeycomb Studs at Need Supply Co., sterling silver, $120

Ayaka Nishi, Honeycomb bracelet, 18k gold plated bronze, $380

Bee Amour rings (3 rings that interlock into a single ring), 14k gold, $850

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.

From top left, clockwise:

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

Gemma Gray, 14k gold, $300

Goop, gold-plate and sterling silver, $130

The Unique Cuffs of Jennifer Fisher

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For an outfit that you want to add a little bling to, these Jennifer Fisher bangles and bracelets are our picks from a pretty knock-out collection. We first learned about Jennifer Fisher on Instagram where her inspirational quotes, brightly lit food shots, and cute family photos helped us see her bright, glittery pieces in a more laid back light.

Instead of picturing them with a cocktail dress, we started to see how we could also wear them with jeans, t-shirts, and even workwear.

You can buy the pieces on their site (or even by phone!). Plus; she posts the recipes for the food she makes here.

Braid Cuff, Gold Plate, $695

Small Pulse Cuff, Gold Plate, $365

Mini Organic Cuff, Gold Plate $245

Small Chain Link Cuff, Gold Plate, $420

XXS Heart, 14k Gold, $350