Thursday, July 21, 2016

No Secret

Why do certain gemstones beckon with a come-hither we are unable to resist? Alluring colors rich and full of mystery--their hue is nearly indefinable. Oh yeah, that's what I'm looking at.

Chalcedony--even saying the name makes one pause. What is it and where on earth did it come from? The billowing blue-green cloud somehow manages to be both subtle and evocative at once. It's a baby robin's egg, a little girl's Easter dress---the velvet lining in mom's "don't touch that" jewelry box.

The Secret Ring by Erica Courtney SRP $14,000


Dig a little deeper and we learn the ancient stone's name first appeared in Pliny the Elder's (AD 79) legendary tomes--and it's likely the name points to the Asia Minor town of Chalcedon.

Erica Courtney dreamed up a yummy confection that is all grown up and yet still flirty. How'd she do that? It's her Secret Ring and flaunts a 13.62ct aqua toned chalcedony caressed by lustrous waves of warmest gold and counterpoints of icy diamonds winking like a confident beauty who knows how gorgeous she is. The secret? This ring is a Girls Only Club that every woman wants to be in.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I'll Have What She's Having

Celine Dion wears Butani diamond earrings in Paris
There are trendy jewels, daring designs, and unexpected pairings in the accessories world. And there is a place for all of those disparate personal decorations--if not--why would they continue to manufacture and sell them?

With such a variety--and the fun that goes with having so many options today, some jewels still rise above the fray to be keepers--for one's entire lifetime.

Diamonds are forever . .  the old De Beers slogan reminds. They never loose their luster as a go-to choice for adornment. Some designers like Butani, understand a certain unspoken formula that makes jewelry stay as fresh and relevant decades from now as it is today.

Celine Dion greets fans at Dior show in Paris

The Secret Sauce
In my book, excellent jewelry is simply good construction, skillful bench jeweler's technique, appealing design and not least---great proportions.

Celine Dion was recently was spotted in Paris attending the Dior Couture Show wearing a sleek elongated look of legging style trousers and a long black top with black leather gloves and nose bleed stilettos.

Besides some nicely proportioned black-out shades, her only accessory was Butani's diamond pendant earrings; long enough to make a statement and no need to further embellish her look.

Keepers in My Jewel Box
Diamonds in a pendant style earring will bracket a lovely lady's face with reflective sparkles and movement. With just the right proportions, they finish her look, without upstaging the lady. I think I'll have what she's having--who's with me on that one?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lend Me Your Ears

Ear cuffs, climbers, huggies and more . . . ears are to adorn big time now!

Kate Beckinsale flaunts delicate Butani ear cuffs
Ear adornment has for the most part been a female's domain in most cultures for eons--modern hipster-men's ear decor notwithstanding. 

The reason for ear jewels is pretty much intuitive. The ear jewels, prominently or discretely at the side of a woman's face, add attractive light and appeal to her pretty visage. Also earrings are located close enough to the eye area so that when the sparkly stones in them shimmer from afar--it actually adds a lovely impression of dancing to the eyes. 

Clever jewelry designers are not known to leave things alone. So they've conjured up all kinds of ways to cuddle the lobes of lovelies.
Here is an off the ear view of designer Butani's ethereal looking ear jewels that are shown on Kate Beckinsale in the first image. Graceful and playful at once, these bijoux have definite staying power. Not faddish--but fabulous.

Rihanna knows how to wear Borgioni's petite diamond ear cuffs atop round spray ear clips



Wear one, wear some, wear the whole shebang. Ear jewels are a modern ladies take on the once popular mid 20th century ear clips, some of which echo the latest rendition's profile.


I can envision any stylish starlet today wearing these (above) scroll spray-style diamond ear clips by Mauboussin. Yet they harken to 1935, said Christie's who auctioned them off in their New York Important Jewels sale.($19,120.00)

Here's to ears.