- Mila Unveils Motherhood Ring Design
Mila Kunis has marked the birth of her daughter, Wyatt Isabelle, by designing an emerald “motherhood ring” that will in turn benefit other mothers.
The actress – who is also global ambassador for Gemfields, the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones – has created an 18-carat yellow-gold emerald ring with jeweller Marina B, the profits from which will go to fund a maternity centre in Zambia, near the Gemfields mine.
“Carrying a child and bringing new life into the world marks the start of an incredible journey,” Kunis explained.
“Throughout history, every culture has its own way of recognising this extraordinary event, often with a gift for mother or child. Precious green emeralds are traditionally symbols of motherhood, wisdom, and long-lasting love. But they are also a symbol for hope in many cultures, and so the proceeds from this collection of Motherhood Rings will benefit the opening of Gemfields Nkana Health Centre, where four new wards have been built – a major undertaking that will have long-lasting benefits to the local community.”
All profits from sales of the rings will go directly to the project, upgrading the health centre and adding a new maternity clinic. Click here to reserve a Mila ring, priced $4,800.
- Tiffany & Co’s Christmas Cracker
Tiffany & Co is getting in the festive spirit by creating the most decadent Christmas gift of all – a diamond-filled cracker.
The one-off piece – featuring a tasselled pearl necklace, a diamond necklace, soleste tanzanite earrings and a pink tourmaline ring – will be on display in the jeweller’s Old Bond Street boutique from November 25, sparkling away in the lead up to the big day.
We certainly wouldn’t mind one of those on our Christmas place setting.
- Spring Jewelry Trends 2014
Pantones Color of the Year; Radiant Orchid will definitely be on trend this spring, and all year round! This color is perfect with its versatility for both professional and casual settings! Add a pop of color to your look with jewelry designs that shine with this fun hue! Our Plum Orchard necklace and Purple Romance earrings are perfect examples of how to wear Radiant Orchid this spring!
Jewelry with a chevron pattern or any pointed edges are continuing to be on trend. You will see work with metals a lot in this trend instead of bright colors. The chevron, with its triangular points are also referred to as zigzag effects. Jewelry using these fun patterns and shapes are very in style with the rocker-chic aesthetic celebrated in punk-inspired fashion! It gives any outfit that little extra edge. Check out the trend in our Modern Cut and Deco Delight necklaces!
Punch up your wardrobe with a fun statement necklace this spring! It’s also a great way to add a pop of color to your ensemble! Adding large, chunky crystals or pearls have been on trend for quite some time, and now that it’s starting to get warmer, you can pair them with your favorite flowing spring dresses! Our Queen Anne’s Lace and Caribbean Getaway necklaces are perfect for this season!
What trends will you be rocking this spring?
- Sarah Jessica Parker To Curate New Jewelry Venture, WeTheAdorned
A new way to grow your jewelry collection will be hitting the web this spring: WeTheAdorned will be introducing their membership-based e-comm destination, with help from Sarah Jessica Parker.
The actress-slash-shoe designer will be curating the jewelry offerings, which will feature pieces that have been specifically designed for the site, by the likes of Erickson Beamon, Lulu Frost, Paige Novick, Fenton Fallon and Pamela Love.
Each designer has been given artistic license to design whatever they like, using bronze, 24-karat gold, diamonds, emeralds, and any other precious or semiprecious stones.
Memberships will be offered at a premium and non-premium level, and the site is now open for early sign-up, although the annual fee for both levels has yet to be determined.
The founders of the site, Tim McElwee and Cyia Batten, are also the designers behind jewelry line, T. Cyia. The duo raised money for their latest venture via Kickstarter in June 2013.
WeTheAdorned will fill a niche that fits in somewhere between the sparkly baubles sold at places like Tiffany & Co., and the affordable gems offered at BaubleBar. Geographically speaking, all the designs be manufactured in America; on the business front, the company’s structure will allow most of the revenue from the sales to flow back to the designer.
- Quick tips for a glamorous New Year’s Eve
From a touch of faux fur to a splash of embellishment, welcome 2014 in style with these five easy steps.
New Year’s Eve is here and with it one of the biggest party nights of the year. Whether you are tripping the light fantastic or having a modest soirée with friends, the occasion demands a festive dose of razzle-dazzle. If you’ve neglected your party outfit in the Christmas rush or it requires some added oomph, just a few quick additions will have you glamorized with minimum time and hassle.
Go for faux
Faux fur has undoubtedly been the trim of the season and gives an outfit instant excitement. If you’re looking to make a statement then newly launched label Shrimps is sure to delight. Designer Hannah Weiland’s furry jackets and clutches in cartoon brights have been spotted on London’s most stylish including model Laura Bailey and street style favourite, Julia Sarr-Jamois.
Meanwhile, Helen Moore’s faux fur stoles, collars and capes are not only uber desirable, they are also all handmade in the UK. Our favourite is the luxe Vixen scarf, £68. Drape over the shoulder for Gatsby glamour.
The embellished clutch
If you’re looking to update a pre-existing outfit then an embellished clutch will do just that. The offerings are endless – be it sequin, crystal, beaded or glitter, and an easy way to indulge in some festive glitz.
Jimmy Choo never fails on the evening bag front and has the added allure of shoes to match. On the high street Coast have a suitably sparkly selection for under £100 and Boden’s velvet and sequin clutch has been reduced to the very merry price of £14.70 in sale.
If you only wear one piece of sparkle then make it a pair of lavish drop earrings. Nothing says evening glam better than a cluster of crystals at your lobes so go for something big and bold for maximum impact.
For costume bling Accessorize has the best on high street and Miu Miu’s brand of kitsch glam makes for wonderfully O.T.T gems. Pull hair back into a ponytail or sweep over to one side to best showcase your sparkle.
Astley Clarke is the ultimate virtual jewellery box, stocking covetable sparkles to suit all budgets including Miguel Ases beaded chandelier styles, which are now on sale.
If there is one thing that will capitulate an outfit to red carpet readiness in two minutes flat, it’s slipping on a decorative headpiece.
Jennifer Behr’s Swarovski headbands and Art Deco-inspired hair clips add Hollywood glamour to the plainest of outfits whilst Maison Michel’s lace kitty ears spell minxy fun.
Both Browns Fashion and net-a-porter.com stock a myriad of hair accessories adorned with crystals, pearls and gems but for a cheap trick try River Island’s twinkly headband for under £10.
Perhaps the speediest way to inject some fun into an outfit is with a pair of patterned tights. Saint Laurent’s crystal studded fishnets dazzled on the winter catwalk, demonstrating the worth of glamorous hosiery. Retailing at a cool £688 they are somewhat extravagant but thankfully, Topshop have an equally spangly pair for only £10.
Marks and Spencers, Falke and sockshop.co.uk have lace print, polka-dot and glitzy styles. Stick to black any stay clear of anything novelty.
If time is really against you then a quick slick of lipstick has transformative abilities. After dark hours call for red, be it hot coral or seductive berry. Nars’ Satin Lip Pencil has remarkable lasting power and Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy range has a shade of red to suit all complexions. Finish with a spritz of heady scent et voilà!
- Jewelry Designers Support Philippines Relief Efforts
Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, disaster relief efforts continue to mount. The jewelry industry, not surprisingly, is doing its part to contribute money where it’s needed.
Kara Ross is donating 25 percent of the retail price of a select group of handbags to causes supporting Philippines relief efforts. Priced $670–$1,170, the bags—many of which are one-of-a-kind—were hand-woven on wooden looms by artisans in the Philippines. Roughly 15 styles will be available via her website, and the promotion will end when the bags are sold out.
Through at least the end of 2013, Graziela Gems is donating 10 percent of online sales from her Wave Ear Cuffs to the American Red Cross’ Haiyan disaster relief efforts. The earrings—popular with celebs including Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Dockery—come in two sizes and 10 styles and range in price from $240 to $490.
- Swatch’s Catwalk-Inspired Watches Have Landed!
Swatch, the iconic watch brand we couldn’t get enough of as kids, has gone seriously high fashion with their new collection. Launched today, they’re ticking off autumn trends including Christopher Kane-inspired camouflage and Lanvin-esque mega pearls.
The Urban Expression collection stays true to Swatch’s street style roots, with popping neons and killer prints on offer. This £46.50 camo number couldn’t be more on the money for nailing the big print hitter of the season, which as well as at Kane, popped up on the runways of Fendi, Michael Kors and Guy Laroche.
The Les Annes Folles line brings the glamour, with art deco detailing and tortoiseshell finishes featuring on delicate styles, making for a timeless 1920’s vibe. The £44.50 triple strapped pearl showstopper is our pick for paying tribute to Lanvin’s piled up pearl necklaces. Flip the face underneath and you can rock it as a bracelet too, giving you serious bang for your buck.
Rocking new season catwalk trends with a never-date buy that won’t break the bank? Sounds good to us!
- Cannes Suffers Second Jewel Robbery in a Week
Cannes is having a heck of a year.
Days after a headline-making, likely record-setting jewel theft in the French city, a nearby luxury watch store also suffered an armed robbery.
According to a police spokesman quoted by the Associated Press, two armed men, wearing scarves and caps stole what was called a “significant” amount of luxury watches from local chain Kronometry.
The BBC reported that no shots were fired in this most recent robbery, and the same store had been robbed in February.
The store is located less than a half mile from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel, scene of the July 25 theft in which the jewels stolen by a lone gunman reportedly could be worth as much as $136 million.
And these aren’t the only two big jewel thefts in the city this year. Earlier this year, $1 million in Chopard jewels was stolen during the Cannes Film Festival.
- So Why Is Prudent Princess Kate Middleton Wearing A Cartier Necklace Worth £49K?
She’s built a reputation as the Discount Duchess who would rather borrow her mother’s high-street dress for her first public speech than invest in a new frock. But today Kate Middleton stepped out wearing a necklace worth an eye-watering £49,000. Say whaaa?
Arriving at the National Portrait Gallery this morning, Kate looked resplendent in a blue Stella McCartney dress blinged up by the statement necklace featuring three intertwined circles of pink, yellow and white gold. How fancy and utterly perfect for the Olympics-themed event, we mused. And so the hunt for the necklace began – is it another highstreet piece or perhaps a bargain from mega shopping mecca Bicester Village? No, no and no.
In fact, the accessory is Cartier’s Trinity necklace, which is available for £49,000. Considering her notorious ‘prudent princess’ ways, we’re utterly flabbergasted that Kate would opt for such a luxury creation, despite it being undeniably stunning. What’s more, the piece costs £19K MORE than six months’ worth of her royal outfits! Prince Charles coughed up approximatley £30K for the Duchess’ wardrobe during the first six months of being a royal, so we find it hard to believe that she would spend such a huge sum on one item.
The last time she sported a spot of Cartier was on her wedding day last April when she wore that twinkling halo tiara of delicate diamonds, which was leant to her by the Queen. Meanwhile, Clarence House wouldn’t confirm a thing except to say: ‘It’s a piece of private jewellery’.
- Pippa Small Collaborates With Monsoon
Ethical jeweller Pippa Small has teamed up with Monsoon to create a new collection of hand-crafted pieces, made in Kabul, Afghanistan. Profits from the collection – which features charm-adorned necklaces and pendants – will go towards the Monsoon Trust, an initiative launched in 1994 to support local artisans and disadvantaged women and children in Asia.
Small worked closely with the jewellers of Turquoise Mountain Arts to create the range which has a starting point price of £22 for earrings, extending up to £42 for the necklaces. Turquoise Mountain Arts was established in 2007 as a way to promote the production and distribution of Afghan craft and design throughout the world, employing the best students from the Institute for Afghan Art and Architecture.
This collection, which is modelled by Yasmin Le Bon as part of Monsoon’s 40th anniversary campaign this year, is available this month online and in stores.
Visit http://www.monsoon.co.uk for further information.
- Mario Testiono’s Peruvian-inspired collection for MATE
Net-a-Porter has finally unveiled its exclusive collection by Mario Testino for MATE.
For the first time, you can purchase the world-renowned photographer’s gorgeous range of clothes and accessories, inspired by his Alta Moda exhibition.
Alta Moda features a series of portraits showing Peruvians wearing traditional clothing and coincides with the new capsule collection, which includes t-shirts, kaftans, tote bags and scarves. The gorgeous abstract prints were all inspired by Mario’s home town of Lima, Peru.
We’re lusting after this statement necklace, designed by Vicki Beamon and inspired by Peruvian craft. We’ll be teaming it with a crisp white shirt and jeans for the ultimate summer wardrobe update.
Holli Rogers, Fashion Director at Net-a-Porter: “We are huge fans of Mario’s photography and are delighted to be able to offer our customers the opportunity to wear his works of art.
“The color and detail in the Peruvian costumes are unbelievable and this has paved the way for a fun range of clothing, bags and jewellery.”
We couldn’t agree more. Twenty per cent of the profits will be donated to MATE, Mario’s organisation which aims to promote and celebrate arts in his home country. Online shopping for a good cause? We can’t think of a better way to spend our evening on the sofa.
The collection goes on sale later this month. Prices start from £115.
- Whitney Port’s new jewelry line Bits & Bobs
Whitney Port has launched her first jewelry collection, called Bits & Bobs by Whitney Eve. She’s given fans a look at the Fall 2012 collection on her website and you can see some of the pieces here. Port really managed to combine the edginess of geometric pieces with a romantic whimsy – all the gold and layering, a sort of regal aesthetic.
“I have absolutely loved designing this first season of jewelry and cannot wait for many more! It has been such an intriguing learning experience to work with metals,” Port said. “I had a blast going through the bins and bins of chains, beads, brooches and vintage jewelry in order to achieve what we have made. I absolutely love making jewelry because it is that one touch of sparkle, that one statement piece that can make an outfit shine.”
These definitely are good statement pieces, and should be very recognizable which is good for Port. There’s lots of baroque shapes, trompe l’oeil and charms and overall it really does remind me of something I might find at my favorite vintage jewelry store.
- John Greed Jewellery
John Greed means the world of Pandora, Links of London, Thomas Sabo, Swarovski and many more jewellery brands, including designer watches.
At John Greed, each piece comes to life with style, elegance and distinction. If you are looking for stylish, premium jewellery from a passionate retailer, shop online today and experience some of the most stunning and timeless collections in the jewellery world today.
Thomas Sabo jewellery is world renowned for creating powerful pieces that are truly unique. John Greed has an innovative collection of Thomas Sabo jewellery including bracelets, charms and watches. You can find the latest designs online and shop for everything from a spectacular Thomas Sabo bracelet to countless charms to add to your existing collection.
Whether you are looking to update your jewellery collection with a stylish Thomas Sabo bracelet or a luxurious leather watch, they have hundreds of products to choose from.
John Greed is the leading UK online stockist of genuine Pandora jewellery, charms, beads & bracelets. Buy online from the entire range with fast, secure UK delivery with John Greed Jewellery.
- New From Hong Kong: Gold Source Jewellery’s New Graceful Princess Bridal Semi-Mounts
Inspired by crowns seen in museums in England, Milan, and Turkey, Joe Lee decided to create his own regal styles. So the CEO of Gold Source Jewellery, headquartered in Hong Kong, debuted 20 semi-mount SKUs as part of his new Graceful Princess collection of bridal jewels last week during the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show.
The looks have soft angles, playful crown-inspired prongs, and are offered in rose, yellow, and white 18k gold. Suggested retail prices start at $600, and a number of wholesalers have already placed orders.
- Jewellery & Eternity Rings from PepperPink, London
PepperPink’s aim is to make jewellery so beautiful that women won’t want to save it for best, we think it’s a great ethos to have. Their pieces look as good in the office as they do at a black tie event. Meaning you can look glamourous at any time.
PepperPink are situated in Hatton Garden at the centre of the world-renowned diamond and jewellery trade in London. They design fashion-forward, contemporary jewellery that women will love to wear. Behind the stunning and modern collections is a team of designers and gemstone experts at PepperPink have over a decade of experience in producing fine jewellery. The collection include earrings, necklaces, bracelets, 9ct and 18ct Jewellery and half eternity rings.
Among the fine jewellery at PepperPink there is a gorgeous range of elegant eternity rings. Show someone how much you care with glamorous gold or white gold eternity rings, inlaid with diamonds, rubies or sapphires – beautiful and perfect for a colourful summer.
Many of the eternity rings also have additional pieces with them to for a collection – meaning you can have a complete look to wear and mix and match with your wardrobe.
- How To Buy Vintage and Antique Engagement Rings
Are you planning on buying an engagement ring? Finding the perfect ring can be a challenge, but make no mistake; an engagement ring is one of the more significant purchases you will make in your lifetime.
Today more and more people are choosing vintage and antique engagement rings, over their more modern counterparts. If you’re looking for an engagement ring that is unique you might consider one yourself.
Let’s take a look at some things you should consider before choosing the perfect ring.
Consider Rings from Different Time Periods
First and foremost let’s define antique jewelry. Antique jewelry is not necessarily estate jewelry. Estate jewelry simply means it has been previously owned.
Antique jewelry on the other hand would be defined as over 50 years old. There are several styles that are in vogue like Victorian (1835-1900), Edwardian (1900-1920), and Art Deco (1920-1930) all of which relate to a period of time.
Victorian rings are often set in yellow gold; perhaps rose gold, and designs can be simple to very intricate. Some Victorian rings may be accented with other stones including pearls. Rings from this period also featured a mine cut, which includes an extra row of diamonds at the bottom of the stone.
Edwardian period rings often have rose cut diamonds and brilliant sapphires offering a beautiful contrast and attention grabbing eye appeal often with beautiful scrollwork on the setting.
Art Deco engagement rings are among the most popular of all antique engagement rings. Art Deco rings are generally colorful, set with contrasting gemstones in platinum settings or rose gold and often have geometrical looks and influences from Asian and Egyptian artisans.
Where To Buy Antique Engagement Rings
Antique engagement rings can be found at a variety of places including antique stores, jewelers, estate sales, pawn shops and online. As with most items you purchase these days it’s buyer beware. Make sure that you get a complete description of the piece, including its age, size, condition and of course the four C’s. Color, carat, clarity, and cut.
Antique rings will have stones that were cut by hand and have an unusual more unique appearance. The clearer the stone, the more valuable the ring will be. As for color, Antique engagement rings often come with diamonds that have yellow, green or soft pink tints.
Your ring should be one-of-a-kind. Online vendors will provide detailed descriptions and high-resolution pictures of rings for you to consider before purchasing.
Reputable dealers will always offer a certified gemologist report for you. In many case multiple reports. Always ask about a return policy in the event you become unhappy with your purchase.
Finally, as much as you would like to buy an antique engagement ring on your own and surprise your spouse to be, you may want to consider shopping for that all-important purchase with her. This will make sure she really loves the ring you buy for her.
- Lana Jewelry Introduces StoneGold Precious Stone and Karat Gold Jewelry
Chicago-based Lana Jewelry is known for its modern stylings of 14k yellow, rose, and white gold jewels, and designer Lana Bramlette is now gearing up to add more color to the line for spring 2013. The StoneGold collection—which comprises 50 SKUs of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings with rose-cut colored stones—will be available in stores at the end of the month, with prices starting at $610 retail.
“We are using our iconic chain in the pieces and intertwining stones with them,” says Bramlette. “We take design cues from Donna Karan, where we have just a slight variation of looks from season to season. This season, you see our gypsy disc motif that is boho and cool, spikes that connect to my love of geometric designs, and crosses worn lengthwise in chains. I don’t know if you can call a cross sexy, but you can be fashion-forward when you wear what you believe in.”
And one of the differences between her slice earrings and others? Price. “Ours start at $1,110 in gold with sapphires, are easy to understand, and blend so perfectly with all of our other designs. “You always see slices set with diamonds that cost $5,000,” Bramlette says. “We have not seen them like ours in the marketplace.”
- Just for Men: Platinum and Diamond Men’s Wedding Bands From Demarco
Guys are (finally!) getting more interested in jewelry with a little flash, so the timing of Demarco’s latest men’s styles is ideal. The bridal-focused Demarco—a line within the collections of New York City–based House of Baguettes—targets lovers of contemporary classic diamond looks in 18k gold and platinum.
- HOOPS Watch – Fastest selling Italian watch brand brings a blast of style & colour
The HOOPS Watch range is the fastest selling watch brand in Italy, and is now available in the UK & Ireland. The super stylish HOOPS Watch range has been specifically designed for men & women who want more than just the time from their watch. We love the fabulous colours that the range comes in, they can be the perfect accessory for your wardrobe and can really make an outfit pop!
Ann Molari has brought HOOPS to the UK and Ireland, she is the Managing Director at AMA Agencies, the exclusive distributor for the brand in the region. She loves the brand, “I found HOOPS Watches whilst on holiday a year ago & bought several as they were so different to anything I’d seen at home. Everyone who saw them commented on how unique & different the designs were”. We agree. You can really make an outfit come alive with a colourful watch, plus its useful too!
There’s a watch for every style and taste in the HOOPS range which includes; modern, contemporary, classic & retro designs in a variety of colours, styles & finishes. There are ten fashion led colours with seven models for women & five for men – so plenty to choose from.
With prices between £36 – £50, these stylish accessories are budget friendly, they’re also water resistant to 30 metres & are all available at http://www.AllMyAccessories.co.uk.
- Contemporary and Fine Jewellery from May Thomas
New online jewellery shop http://www.maythomas.co.uk creatively fills the gap between these two worlds – bringing unique contemporary and fine jewellery pieces from emerging, new and established designer/makers to a wider online audience. Sourced from across the globe, some pieces are exclusively available in the UK through May Thomas.
The definition of fine jewellery is sometimes misunderstood as delicate; actually indicating pieces made from precious metal – platinum, rose gold, yellow gold, white gold and silver. In the case of May Thomas these include bold pieces – which can still be elegantly worn.
Prices range from £250 to £2500. Made from premium metals and precious stones by individual, talented designer/makers; these are investment pieces as well as wearable works of art. You’ll feel amazing wearing them as will that special person you buy them for as a gift.
“Our aim at May Thomas is two-fold,” says Deanne. “There are some amazing designers and makers out there, crafting some striking and beautiful pieces. Their work deserves to be seen and worn by a larger appreciative audience. “At the same time,” Deanne continues, “we believe quality jewellery – delivering a real feel-good factor to the wearer – should be affordable, accessible and wearable.”