Today is the day that I finally admit: even though I love wearing silver in real life, there is no arguing with the fact that gold looks so much prettier in photos. Such is the case with this Burberry Gold Etched Paisley Necklace. I love the concept, because the rectangular danglies are very Art Deco, but the paisley pattern makes it much more amenable to pairing with softer, romantic looks. I think I would have preferred it more if it was more of a damask pattern (aside: I loves me some damask), but since it’s heading on spring/summer, why not?
The only possible hurdle, and one that should be expected when you see over-toted brands like Burberry, is the price. I feel like if I tried hard enough I could find something similar in some sordid Chinese alley for approximately 10% of the current price, on top of which the real thing isn’t even made of real gold. It’s made of brass! Somehow, I don’t think the price justifies the product.
Bottom line: if you’re OK with buying this overpriced piece of jewelry for $358 (down from an even more asinine price of $895), then feel free to head over to Gilt.
Fabulous is a word I would use to describe this Vera Wang Beaded Gold Leaf Bib Necklace. I actually think this looks more like feathers, but no matter; the intricate beading detail is exquisite. Honestly, after wearing this, how could you top this kind of flawless perfection in jewelry? Answer: you can’t. I would love love love to see this paired with a deep dark-colored (navy, perhaps?) V-neck evening gown on the likes of someone like Marion Cotillard.
Sold out, because this kind of finery doesn’t stick around for long at discount prices, for a measly $259 (down from $1,450! I die) over at Rue La La.
This white gold, diamond-encrusted ring from Vendoro is so iced-out and ostentatious that it falls on this side of the fabulous fence for me. This is so totally the ring that you pair with some dark understated (yet incredibly draped) strapless gown as you casually waltz down the red-carpeted stairs of some unspeakably rich gala, during which the ladies who lunch glare enviously at your obscure yet amazing jeweler’s work. The description also claims that some part of this construction is “rotating,” and any piece of jewelry that has working components basically doubles in value in my eyes (who doesn’t love blingy toys??). Which is to say, I would totally drop 5Gs on this if I could.
$4,875, down from $9,750, over at Gilt.
I actually did some research on this and Garrard Jewelry solicited the help of Jade Jagger (rocker daughter of legendary rocker Mick Jagger) to whip up some new and exciting pieces to augment this legendary British company. The Orrery line (from which this Diamond Ovals Ring derives) comes from this collaboration. I’m not sure about the practicality of having a bauble on a ring that is so very large, but this is negated by the fact that it’s such a shiny pretty toy, and I am but a magpie. Guys, the rings move. (I had to google to be sure, and now I am.)
Shiny pretty toys, however, are never cheap. :( $1,350, down from $3,000, over at Gilt. (Yes I know … AGAIN.)
Carrie Saxl is a jewelry brand that likes to do interesting things with metal cutouts, and I very much desire to own their Hole Stitch Pendant Necklace, shown here. I don’t seem to recall the metal chain stitch look being terribly creative on its own, but I do like that they switched it up and put it on an inner, rather than outer, edge. Also amazingly great is that the pendant itself is connected to the chain, so that 1) the back of the chain will never slip up annoyingly and creep closer to the crevice between your bosom throughout the day despite constant adjustment and 2) the pendant will not flip around annoying, showing its back to the public despite constant adjustment. Win/win? I think so.
$46, down from $104, over at Gilt.
I really like this set of 6 bracelets because they seem so rich-bohemian (if anyone’s seen the latest Hermes ads with Karlie Kloss, they know exactly what I mean). The beading looks expensively intricate, and the mix-and-match opportunities are plentiful. Most of all, however, I really like the blue and purple hues that are matched with the silver and gold. One so rarely sees these colors in combination in a way that is not hideously gaudy, and I can’t help but salute that.
HOLY CRAP, however, to how much these cost: $810, down from $2,700. That means before discount, these bracelets were almost $500 EACH. o_O I can’t help but feel that I could learn intricate beadworking and create my own for that kind of price. For those who want the ready-made item, however, you can get ur mojo on here.
There are a lot of elements in this necklace that I usually don’t go for (weird chunky chains, the fact that there are multiple chains, the fact that it’s gold, the list goes on and on) but for two reasons, I’m weirdly captivated by the Botanical Mother of Pearl and Amber Necklace by Carolina Bucci. The first is thus: the flower in the middle, which is made out of mother of pearl, just looks so much like fabric to me. I can’t tell if that’s a good thing or not (and maybe it’s just a product of the photography) but anything that looks soft when it’s actually hard is probably not a bad thing, right? The second is that this necklace has somehow made what could have been extremely tacky into something fairly classy. It’s to Hawaiian-inspired gold jewelry what P Diddy’s white party is to the ghetto neighborhood block bonanza.
Personally, I’d LOVE to see this paired with an off-the-shoulder mustard yellow cocktail dress (like Diane Kruger’s recent Best Dressed gown, except, you know, short) and some lucite heels (preferably Stella McCartney from last season, not Prada for this one). A clutch—dark teal?—in an exotic, maybe. I’m thinking, croc. Now that shit would be bananas.
For those with the big bucks, this is now available for $1,968, down from $3,938 over at Gilt.
Eddera looks to be a fashion company that makes mythical-inspired jewelry: lots of leaves (how awesome is this Ivy Leaf Headband? seriously), flowers, animals that evoke death, etc, and this Swan Cuff is no exception. The exaggerated coil of the neck makes the entire piece more emotional and poetic than it might have been under a handler like, say, Juicy Couture. Not that that’s a bad thing—every now and then, we all need a piece of Greek ethos jewelry, no? I’m usually not a fan of gold either, but I think it works nicely here to balance the tragedy with a whiff of warmth. $125, down from $270 (decent), over at Gilt.
Frankly, I don’t care that these three necklaces, all from Icerok, are for men. The tag line bills them for heartbreakers, but you know what they say about gender equality these days—even women can be assholes. Switch the chain out for a more delicate looking one and you’re in business for the softer sex.
About the pendants themselves: I think the idea is ingenious. Pairing various weapons with their victims ironically combine to form very cute and endearing decorative pieces. Available now at Hautelook.