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No Hassle Tassels

Last spring/early summer, the fabric accessory du jour was the pom pom. It was all about the pom! See here, here and here. And pom poms are fun, I say this with the inimitable experience of a former cheerleader.  But you know what’s even more fun? TASSELS! That’s right, you can tie them on drawer handles, trim Ikea curtains with them so they look super fancy, they’re a hell of a lot easier to make yourself, and they often come in leather. I’m a big fan. And this spring, there’s no hotter way to wear the tassel trend than on yo’ jewelry. It all started, as a jewelry trend blog post is wont to do, with a Tumblr post:

Lapis Tassel Necklace

via Shopbop

Of course this is sold out. It’s sterling and lapis (with a  gold plate) by designer Chan Luu. Luckily, Luu has several other tassel necklaces on Shopbop, proving you’ve got plenty of options. You can go the luxe route and channel a little Art Deco with options from Tiffany, or you can click through practically every costume jewelry online shop to find a fun, no-hassle tassel. Join me.

Coral Tassel necklace

via Furbish

This awesome wood bead tassel necklace is from Furbish, and is pleasantly priced at $28. It comes in a variety of bright colors, with decreasing odds of being in stock. Go,shop,now.

Mint tassel necklace

via Liza’s Little Things on Etsy

Alternatively, Etsy Shop Liza’s Little Things has oodles of tassel necklaces in every color combination you could desire. Also $28.

Tassel Bracelets by Dannon on Etsy

via dAnnonEtsy

And if you don’t want to limit your tasselfying to necklaces, Etsy shop cannon Etsy’s got you covered in the bracelet department.

Tiffany Fringe Necklace

via Raymond Lee Jewelers

And if you prefer your tassels to be a more abstract, flatter interpretation, consider this Tiffany pendant. I might be stretching – it’s more fringe than tassel if we’re getting specific – but it’s perfect for those whose tastes don’t skew quite so boho. Also available: the matching earrings.

Tiffany Fringe Earrings

via RLJ

Would you rock out with the tassel trend this spring? If this jewelry can’t convince you, I don’t know what can – but in case you need more persuading, allow me to direct your attention to some more tasseled goodness. So don’t be hassled – time to don a tassel. I’ll leave you with that precious rhyme.

Web Roundup: Engagement Ring Etiquette, Etsy & Easter

This week’s post brought to you by indignance. I would say “irateness” but a. I’m not sure if that’s a word and b. these are strangers. I need to reserve my spiciness for personal affronts. Nonetheless, I’m kicking off web roundup with the bad news first (so the good news can cheer you up!) That’s how I’ve always done it. The good news/bad news thing, not web roundup. Web Roundup is usually a place for butterflies and bunny rabbits which we’ll get to, because it’s Easter weekend. But first: the wrath of D&D.

W. T. Actual. F. Etsy Vendor! You shall remain nameless (until this click through.) However, you get a slap on each wrist for allowing Tech Crunch to write the sensationalist headline “Buying an Engagement Ring Online Spoiled the Surprise.” There’s got to be a better way (perhaps numerical?) to designate reserved listings. Or just mark them as sold and note who the customer is, you know, offline. That being said, the cardinal rule of #hinting is to not follow up. The laws of engagement ring wish listing are simple and finite: do not check to see if your dream ring was sold. I didn’t even go on the side of the showroom with the bridal cases for the last three months before I got engaged. I certainly didn’t check the online listing (hard, because it’s part of my job). If I can avoid that kind of temptation, so must you, hopeful brides. And if it really needs to be said: no, buying an engagement ring online won’t ruin the surprise. If you don’t inadvertently ruin it your own self.

This guy. Ohhhoooo this guy. He’s an interminable d-baguette, no doubt, but I always relish an opportunity for the civilized debate of broken engagement etiquette. The only correct answer is: consult your state law or an attorney. It varies across the US, and there’s no hard and fast rule based on decency i.e. “Thou who called off the wedding shalt not keep the rock.” Typically, An engagement ring is largely considered a “conditional gift” given in good faith that the engagement will result in a marriage. If the marriage never happens, the conditional gift legally should be returned. However, some states contend that if groomy broke off the wedding, he doesn’t get the bauble back. Although some brides have been known to turn profit and sell the engagement ring, they might be forced to pay back the cash value if things get nasty/litigious. I tend to think that no matter who called it off, the ring should be given back to the giver. Especially if it was a family heirloom. Either way, I’d feel weird juju about keeping it. This girl though? Take the money and RUN honey, especially since you’re well within your legal rights. Use it for a celebratory trip to thank the LAWD you didn’t marry that schmuck.

Ok, now onto the fluffy stuff. but no Peeps. I hate Peeps. Give me a Reese’s Egg any day.

If this doesn’t scream easter IDK what does.

Yes, I’m aware I linked to a Lilly Pulitzer dress last week also. What of it? I might have a Lilly problem. And that problem is that there’s no Lilly store in Chicago (how did I get here?!) Picking up something in this foxy pattern, in honor of Ruby the foxy puppy, next time in in Boca.

Finally, This should come in handy this weekend. And every weekend.

Paleo Booze Guide - Paleo Alcohol and Smarter Drink Choices

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Nina Dobrev Jewelry Line for Charity

Nina Dobrev has risen to stardom through her role on The Vampire Diaries. With her rise to fame, she has increasingly showed her desire to give back to not only her local community, but to regions around the world. This has made her one of the great up and coming philanthropists in Hollywood as well. This shines true with her latest project, as she has designed to team up with Gorjana, a jewelry company, in order to create a collection with all proceeds dedicated to go towards individuals suffering with EB (epidermolysis bullosa).

Nina Dobrev Designs Jewelry Line

via MoviePilot

This is a potentially lethal skin condition where an individual suffering from EB becomes fragile due to connective problems that occur between the epidermis and the dermis. This skin condition plagues children across the globe. These children are often refereed to as “butterfly children” because their skin is so incredibly fragile, it can simply flake off like the dust on a butterfly’s wings.

The collection is currently on sale right now and is going to continue to sell until the 14th of May. The designs are all rather simple, yet elegant. The majority of the pieces are designed out of yellow gold and feature partially black elements, in order to add a greater emphasis on the gold touch. Additionally, there are some pieces that feature diamonds sparkled throughout the piece. The designs are also suppose to coincide with Mother’s Day, as the collection’s sale period ends right on Mother’s Day. It is both Nina Dobrev and Gorjana’s desire to increase sales off of the Mother’s Day holiday coming up.

Currently, the jewelry can be purchased directly through the Gorjana website. There are several different options to choose from for individuals who are looking. While there are some crafted from yellow gold, a large number of these designs are also crafted out of a stainless steel with a yellow gold coating, in order to make the designs more affordable for just about anyone. Several of the designs also feature a butterfly in order to coincide with the “Butterfly Children” name Most of the designs are either for necklaces or bracelets, although there are a few different earring studs and rings. For the most part though, these designs are rather simple, so chances are, individuals who are looking for a gift for their mother or just want to expand their current jewelry collection and also want to support a good cause, is going to find something in this current collection.

The cause itself is known as Nina 4 EBMRF. Short for Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, EBMRF is supported by celebrities from all over the world who donate their time and money in order to help with the cause. Celebrities such as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Zach Galifanakis, Brad Pit and many others have all turned to help this cause and to bring in more money for research in order to determine how to both correct the disease but to also prevent it as well. And for those individuals who wonder, 100 percent of the proceeds from the jewelry purchased goes towards the research foundation in order to help individuals suffering from the disease.

Web Roundup: What Women Want

What is UP? Aside from oodles and oodles of interesting auction news, this week was remarkably hot in jewelry news. We had The Duchess declaring her love for a NZ jeweler. Cartier snapped up an insanely gorgeous jadeite necklace of its own design – very eager to get it back into the archives, I assume. Would love to see this puppy on an oscar’s red carpet in the coming years! I made these as my afternoon snack (thought I’d eat the whole cooking sheet, but couldn’t fit more than 5 in my stomach. So rich, so delicious.) And speaking of rich and delicious: I have this meal on my Chicago restaurant checklist. Ridiculous? Yes, but worth it just to say I had it.

NOT A POOL - it's an actual river in Turkey.

How bad do you want this pool? Plot twist! It’s not a pool.

LIES.

Despite my work uniform being yoga pants and the least stained tank top I can find, this is my new favorite blog.

And, in other visions of what I’d like to wear, I relay relay relay would like this dress. Please.

I, along with the rest of the world it seems, fell totally in love with Prince George this week.

Totally swooned for these spring-perfect boutonnieres.

Interesting article, with a  lot of sweet sentiment. We’ve seen a huge spike in couples shopping exclusively for vintage & antique diamonds, for those who don’t have Nana’s.

And on the topic of what the ladies want in an engagement ring

What women want in an engagement ring

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It’s Time To Talk About the C Word

Why Your Jeweler Shouldn't Use The C Word

Readers, it’s time for some real talk.

We are here today, to talk about the c-word. Clarity enhancement. Like that other c-word, it’s just as dirty when you’re not up front about it. Some women are fine with it, others appalled. But the importance lies in disclosing when you’re about to use it (you know, earmuffs, etc.)
Clarity enhancement is the jewelry industry’s dirty word. If you’re going to treat your stones, then fine, so be it. But you need to disclose up front that your customers should go into the conversation knowing that the c word is going to be used.
You would never roll up on your grandma and drop that into casual conversation! Nor should you roll up on Pinterest (your cool cousin) and (not) drop it. Because, unfortunately, the vast majority of diamond consumers and engagement ring coveters don’t know to look for it. RLJ doesn’t buy clarity-enhanced diamonds (or we try not to) because it’s confusing to consumers. We’d just rather avoid it altogether. If you’re well-versed in diamond treatments and your jeweler discloses up front that a ring has been treated, there’s nothing wrong with clarity enhancement. It’s a great way to get a great deal on a good looking diamond – but it most certainly affects a diamond’s value and you should always know what you’re paying for.
Clarity enhancement refers to several treatments a diamond might undergo to -you guessed it- enhance its clarity grade.  Common treatments include laser drilling or fracture filling. To fill fractures, a tiny amount of glass material is introduced into super-thin crevices and fractures (aka feathers). Laser drilling is meant to zap away inclusions, much like unwanted body hair. It doesn’t affect the other characteristics of a diamond, like its carat weight or color. GIA has concluded that for normal wear, clarity enhanced diamonds are durable, but may be more susceptible to high heat, pressure or corrosive materials. So, you know, don’t stick your clarity enhanced diamond in a vat of acid (don’t do that with an untreated diamond either.)
So, the c-word makes a statement about a diamond A big one. Maybe you’re cool with it. Maybe it offends you to your core. Either way. You have the right to know that’s its use is imminent. So avert your eyes, your wallets, and your ears if you’re so inclined, but don’t fall for something that seems too good to be true. A $10k-plus “discount” on a diamond doesn’t suggest wholesale pricing. This particular dealer isn’t acting charitably by giving you access to trade price structure, they’re usually selling treated diamonds. It’s up to them, as reputable sellers, to let you know. but it’s up to you, the one parting with hard-earned cash, to be a savvy, well-versed customer. So if you feel violated by use of the c-word, tell that dealer to wash their mouth out with soap and turn heel away from their shop.