Tag Archives: Jewelry

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: 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

Click on the image for full size!

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.

Web Roundup: Winter is Coming

house of pinterest Game of Thrones

My house. My Sigil. My words.

Happy April ya’ll! Besides my distaste for April Fool’s pranks, I was pretty into this week. The promise of spring is on the horizon, there are plenty of yellow diamonds in the showroom, and we picked up this amazing pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels earrings today. I got to share some of my favorite wedding tidbits, while simultaneously learning about the Pink Panther-style ring of European diamond thieves that are at large (hide yo diamonds!) Here’s what else I got up to…

Time to get nitpicky. A) This is not Duchess Catherine’s jewelry collection. The first slide was famously borrowed from THE QUEEN. B) A slideshow of her jewelry & not one designer is mentioned. Who wrote this, Ryan Seacrest? C) Droolworthy isn’t the most accurate adjective here people. Princess Kate is all strategy and pragmatism. She purposely wears understated, every-girl-could-own-it jewelry. You wanna talk drool-worthy jewel collections? Let me direct you here.

I don’t think this is an engagement ring.

How he should have Met The Mother. (I want my 9 years back.)

But when one show sh*ttily ends, another excellently begins. WINTER IS COMING.

Maybe it’s the promise of sandal season far, far in my future, but my designer shoe fetish is rearing its expensive, 3.5″ heel head. Look. Look. Look.

And clearly, designer shoes require a designer evening bag.

“It’s really just about dopeness at the end of the day.”

Shared my favorite wedding budget infographics.

I’m making these this weekend (in between the 900 billion showings our broker has scheduled for our apartment.)

Speaking of which, anyone in Chicago know a good place to hang out with your puppy for oh, 4 hours or so? Not the beach. It’s cold. Not the dog park. She’s vicious.

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Solitaire -y Confinement

Sometimes 1 is not the loneliest number. Any well-crafted solitaire engagement ring will argue that fact (and pretty convincingly. Diamonds are good like that.) Today, I’m drooling over a few of our newest solitaire rings back fresh from GIA. The beauty of the solitaire lies in its completely uninhibited setting. The diamond shines singularly, without any kind of distractions – it take a great diamond to pull this off. It’s possible to get a great deal on a solitaire engagement ring, really it is, you just have to shop using your 4 C’s. The cut should be good or better (although I did sneak a very nice fair cut in here, see if you can spot it). The color should be I or better – still virtually undetectable to the eye, but out of the pricey “colorless” range of D,E,F. The clarity should be SI or better, so you don’t have any major inclusions mucking up the statement of your solitaire. And, naturally, the carat weight should be as heavy as your heart desires (and your wallet will tolerate.) With a GIA certificate ensuring you’re actually getting a diamond with these specs, you can rest assured you’re getting a fair deal – and a gorgeous stone. Exhibits A – E:

Platinum and Diamond 1.01ct Round Brilliant Cut Ring

This little number actually is a coveted E color, but it’s petite dimensions keep it from being a budget buster. The center stone is 1.01 carats, so it’s the perfect size for the classic 6 prong platinum mounting, and its VS1 clarity grade ensures all you see is sparkle.

Tiffany and Co Lucida solitaire ringThis ring is a stunning Tiffany & Co. Lucida engagement ring with a massive 2.24 ct center stone. The Lucida cut is Tiffany’s proprietary cut, and it’s shaped similar to a square radiant cut – one of my favorite cuts, as I’ve professed before. The I color offsets the cost of a massive diamond (worth every penny) and it is, as most Tiffany diamonds are, a great clarity grade of VS 1.

platinum GIA certified 1 carat round diamond engagement ringThis 1 carat round brilliant serves as a perfect demonstration of the difference that cut makes. It’s .01ct lighter than the first ring, but it looks way bigger, thanks to a shallow cut (which is probably what earned it a “fair” cut grade – could you tell this was the one?!) But a stunning color and VVS2 clarity grade make sure this diamond doesn’t suffer at all – it’s one of my favorites!

2.62 carat round brilliant solitaire ring

If 1 carat simply won’t do, let’s bump it up to 2.62 carats. This insane ring (another one of my favorites, but in another division. Like the “Ladies Who Lunch Upgrade” division) features a gorgeous round brilliant with a SI1 clarity grade and an I in color. This is the perfect example of stretching your budget to get the biggest, best, sparkliest, “dayum”-est, B.A.D.

emerald cut solitaireAn emerald cut solitaire is something you don’t see every day, and that makes this one even more special. Add to that the fact that this beauty is internally flawless, 1.04 carats and an impeccable G color, and you’ve got plenty of reasons to stare!