Oscar Sunday: Jewelry Report Card Muse

Lainy Hedaya in Aron & Hirsch jewelry at Muse.

Some people like Christmas morning, for fine jewelers there may be no other better beginning to the day than Oscar morning. Our choice for the jewelry report card A++, one to follow, has been chosen because they work hard to showcase unique jewelers, include ethical stone practices, and are a influencer’s hidden gem when reporting on the fine jewelry market.

It all started with an international trip to Tel Aviv and a custom wedding band. That young designer was Yossi Harari. Muse, began at that moment. It was founded by the band’s commissioner, Jennifer Shanker, WJA award winner.  She has an established history in the jewelry biz, and in 2016 Muse partnered with GEMFIELDS, using ethically sourced and sustainably mined gemstones. GEMFIELDS X MUSE is in its own right a sustainable and gorgeous charm filled jewelry line. However, if you want to be on top of the fine market and meet new jewelers ahead of them blowing up, following @museshowroom on instagram is a start. We’re betting that we will see some pieces from Muse tonight at the Oscars. Besides Oprah frequently sources her finds there, and if it is good enough for O, it is good enough for me!

The carpet will be full of diamonds, emeralds, and rubies…so why not take a look inside Muse, who has worked to elevate colored gemstones to an artform. They are a leader in showcasing the next big thing in the world of fine jewelry. They stock a group that is both international and in many cases,exclusive to Muse. Here are a list of some of their current jewelry designers. Also, they don’t carry everything online so following them means you’ll be the first to see new designs. If you are in the New York area, one could benefit from a trip to the showroom to see the amount of pieces they really do carry.

Elena Vosti
Holly Dyment
Julls Brasil*
Joana Salazar
Michelle Fantaci
Nancy Newberg
Nikos Koulis
Silvia Furmanovich (fine jewelry and preciously worked bags)
Tara Hirshberg
What We Want:
How does this relate to tonight’s Oscars, well a little birdy told my we can expect to see plenty of Nikos Koulis on the carpet among other jewelers tonight. While the Oscars is usually full of large diamonds, it would indeed be fun to see some color.  Now, if you were following the work of the showroom you would have a leg up on this already!   So to celebrate the work of these designers we have chosen our favorite pieces, and those we think are very red carpet worthy.

Silvia Furmanovich bags at Muse.

Nikos Koulis jewels from Muse

Nikos Koulis jewels from Muse.


Carolina Neves earrings at Muse.


Joana Salazar earrings from Muse.

Keeping up with Muse on instagram is a way to discover new whimsical designers. Not to mention it is a plethora of pretty sparkly images. The pieces they post are enough to make any Conneoisseur’s mouth water.

*All images from Muse Showroom online, its jewelers, and its instagram images. Rights Reserved.

Yara Shahidi image via Vanity Fair, Nagi Sakai photo.

Immortalized Jewelry: Women’s Adornment in Historic Paintings.

With the launch of the Google arts and culture iPhone app, lots of people started to wonder…”Do I look like the Mona Lisa?”  The answer, for 99% of the inquires is sadly no… In some cases, the supposed matches could be quite a surprise.

The app, the new exhibits focusing on women artists in various museums, and Gucci’s recreated paintings by Ignasi Monreal have gotten us in the mood for the classics! In their spirit wee decided to explore the paintings of great masters and create an homage to the jewelry of some of our favorite works of art.  So our contributor Deanna has created a get the look using various current artists, vintage pieces, and items from the shop.

Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Johannes Vermeer

Housed at Mauritshuis

Minimalistic Pearl Earrings

Gucci – Single Earring with Pearls

Catherine Canino – Sterling Silver Pearl Drop Earrings

The Princesse de Broglie
by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Next Level Neoclassical Parisian

Kendra Scott – Decker Beaded Tassel Earrings


Sollis – Russa Tassel Earrings

$98 AUD

Sarara Couture – Line Vautrin Gilt Heart Medallion Necklace


Sarara Couture – 60s Goldette Medallion Necklace
The Real Real – 18K Diamond Enamel Bracelet 

Vittoria Colonna
by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Jules Lefebvre [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gold Leaf Everything

Gucci – Metal Leaves Headband

Urban Outfitters – Golden Flower Halo Headband

Sarara Couture – Les Bernard – Relic Coin Necklace

Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
by Fida Kahlo

Photo: Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust Bohemian Punk Rock

World Market – Geometric Turban Headband

Gucci – Crystal Studded Butterfly Brooch 
Vintage Taxco Mexican Butterfly Brooch. Coming soon. 

Ash + Ames – Lattice Gold Neck Cuff 

Sarara Coutoure – Brutalist Oversized Leaf Necklace

Sarara’s Personal Edit

Gustav Klimt Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 

Gustav Klimt – 1. The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. 2. Neue Galerie New Yor

      Magical Modern Woman

Sarara Couture Good Luck Eye Earrings


Our Good Luck Eye earrings, the perfect reflection of her dress details.

Bona Drag – Andra Neen – Spar Cage Choker

Irene Neuwirth Jewelry

Portrait Of Marie Antoinette De Habsbourg Lorraine

Portrait Of Marie Antoinette De Habsbourg Lorraine (oil on canvas), French School, (18th century). Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library. Possibly the Hope Diamond on her chest.

The Romantics 

*Deanna Dewey is a contributor at AllRecipes and has worked freelance on publications such as Better Homes and Gardens.

Jewelry Alert, Emerald City: Budget Friendly Alternatives to the Striking Gemstone

The Golden Globes 2018 gave us a lot, like a rousing speech from Oprah Winfrey while accepting the Golden Globes’ annual Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Female solidarity through a dress code of all black.

Celebrities reportedly collaborated on the statement-making all black color scheme in December, but we’re wondering if there weren’t also whispers among some of the ladies about going green with their jewelry. Zoe Kravitz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Issa Rae, and Debra Messing were a few of the actresses who brought emerald city to the carpet. It’s a less featured color so it was kind of perfect for the unique tone at this year’s Globes, popping against the various beautiful range of skin tones.  But…emerald’s do cost top dollar. Don’t let that discourage you though! We’ve got great options that can help you get the look for less. Shop the new power color below in an array of glamorous choices!

And tell us, would you go green with the emerald trend?

Kate Spade New York Bright Idea Stud Earrings 


KENDRA SCOTT Elaina Birthstone Bracelet 

Lab-Created Emerald and White Sapphire Ring in Sterling Silver



Sterling Silver 5mm Round Simulated Gemstone Earrings


Emerald Stackable Ring


GlitZ Finery Multi Row Crystal Station Accent Necklace


Lab-Created Emerald Necklace 10K Yellow Gold

Colors in Rhythm Earrings Lab-Created Emeralds Sterling Silver


Celebrating the Color Green on Sarara Couture: Please check out our options!


Get The Look: How Future Brit-Bride Meghan Markle Does Accessories.

With just a few weeks left until the New Year, Meghan Markle just became the hottest topic of 2017. Fans know her as associate Rachel Zane from the hit TV show Suits. Some may know her as well um….Prince Harry’s fiance. Following the recent news of their engagement, the media thrust Meghan Markle into the spotlight. She revealed in a BBC interview that she’s not used to so much public attention despite being an actress. Now her career, ethnicity, relationship-history, and family are the subject of a lot of scrutiny: is she British royal material or isn’t she, blah blah – Simply put we trust a lady whose favorite accessory is a beagle named Bogart.

First and foremost she is…one stylish gal! And she documents all in her fashion blog Meghan’s Mirror. We checked out how the most famous American girl in Britain does style via her Instagram account. Two words: American-Sportswear.



Think the iconic white button-down. It seems to be a go-to piece for Meghan’s daytime looks. She often pairs it with a skinny jean or pencil skirt and classic pointed pumps. Not surprising since these separates make a super comfortable, practical, and versatile ootd. Get the look by accessorizing them with a nondescript handbag and one piece of understated arm candy.

meghan markle style get the look

Hermes sterling and 18k bracelet

1960s Gucci black handbag 

Banana Republic Parker-Fit White Boyfriend Tunic 

Meghan also likes her aviators. She is a repeat sunglass offender on Instagram, we of course follow her account.

Red Carpet

There are a more aspect to the bride-to-be’s red carpet style though. Fans of Meghan’s fashion might notice that she keeps her hemlines short—midi to mini—showing off her fit legs. She tends to skip prints in favor of solids with textured detailing. The look is usually finished with a clutch. She seems to love classics as her go to jewelry, stacked rings or bracelets, small diamond necklaces and even a watch…She likes a little sparkle, and keeps a simps foundation for her accessories. meghan marble red carpet get the look

Trifari Old Hollywood Bracelet 

Wilardy black lucite clutch 

Missguided Mesh & Lace Minidress 



Meghan also seems to have mastered—hats! Her everyday outfits are comfy and classic. And she sometimes adds a dressed-down topper like a straw fedora or baseball cap to finish off her incognito cool. Sure, she’s usually donning hats when she’s on holiday in coastal Europe or hanging out with one of her uber-famous friends—ya know, regular people stuff.  Here are our picks:

If you want to make Meghan’s accessory hack yours, shop these hats.


Saks Fifth Avenue Small Fedora with Genuine Leather Band

Ebbets Field Flannels® for J.Crew Brooklyn Eagles ball cap


Cuyana Panama Hat


J.Crew Wide-brim packable straw hat


River Island Black wide brim chain trim fedora hat


Ivy Park khaki baseball cap


Lack of Color Ultra Wide Spencer Boater


Is Meghan Markle’s style the right amount of cool? Leave a comment!

*All images of Meghan belong to her via her Instagram account.

Selena Gomez Is Seriously Obsessed With Hoop Earrings, And We Heart It!


selena gomez hoop earrings accessory jewelry style

Images from Selena’s instagram feed.

The internet is on fire again this time with the news that Selena Gomez split from The Weeknd after 10-months. That’s about…three years in Hollywood. And what’s more, there is an unconfirmed rumor that she’s getting back together with Justin Bieber. Is it true?? We’ll let the web sort it out. One thing we’re sure about though is that while her relationship status and boyfriend might change, her commitment to the hoop earring is strong! We couldn’t help but notice, of course, that it’s the one accessory she’s always working into her looks and we think it’s cool that hoop earrings are her thing. And appreciate her commitment to them through thick and thin.

So here are some of our picks inspired by Selena Gomez and her hoop-la.

Danielle Rose Bean. Handcrafted Hoops


3″ Samira Hoop by Jennifer Fischer Jewelry.

Sarara Couture Steel Cut Victorian Dangle Earrings 


Gorjana G Ring Hoops 

Sarara Couture Oversized Chanel Door Knocker Quilted Earrings


Luv AJ Pave Kite Statement Hoops

Simply Vera Vera Wang Square C Hoop Earrings 


If You’re Not Getting The Apple Smartwatch Series 3, Which of These Modern Hybrids Are You Buying?

apple smartwatch series 3

Wearables like the Apple smartwatch, which recently released the series 3, blur the line between fashion and tech, but hybrid smartwatches are blending them! The concept of a hybrid watch is exactly like what it sounds like—classic analog designs built with digital screen displays and hi-tech features like fitness tracking, notifications, electronic payments, voice control, and geolocation services. And to make sure it doesn’t go the way of the Google Glass and lives up to its purpose of being wearable, brands are paying more attention to design. Meaning these modern watches have stylish, interchangeable bands, customizable faces and versatile colors to match your wardrobe or your personality.


Here are our picks for the most wearable hybrid timepieces that can compete with the Apple smartwatch, because a gal needs options:

1. Fossil Gen 3 Smartwatch – Q Venture Rose Two-Tone Stainless Steel

2. Pebble Time Round

3. Samsung Gear S2

4. Kate Spade New York Gold-Tone and Vanchetta Leather Metro Hybrid Smartwatch

5. Misfit Shine 2

6. Marc Jacobs Riley Hybrid Smartwatch

7. Moto 360

8. Asus ZenWatch 2

9. DKNY Minute – Coming soon

10. Tory Burch The Collins – Coming soon

Rainbow Accessories Alert: This Trend Could Change Your Whole Look

What’s your favorite color? We hope it’s all of them because rainbow accessories have become the choice look for outfit extras. And we don’t mean a whimsical splash of three hues here and there. The designs are bright, bold and very purposeful—as in a crystalized multi-color swirl icing cupcake bag. If your closet is ready to taste the rainbow, here are some pieces to help you wear it too.

rainbow accessories

A list of the most tantalizing rainbow accessories we could find. From Left to Right:

Which of these rainbow accessories would you want to rock the look?

How to do that 1980s Earring Thing…..

DION LEE swimsuit, Boohoo.com t-shirt, vintage Ehanel earrings and Gucci hat via 1stdibs. Popmap.com 80s inspired sunglasses, Mark and Graham beach bag.

So, the 1980s earring….part of me is afraid, having lived through the 1980s and the other half is esthetically happy. The style of the 1980s was a little punk, a bit geek, over the top, and let’s face it the jewelry was pure fun. Color, especially the primary and a new class of neons and pastels reigned. You can absolutely wear the 80s earring styles that we are seeing now, in a classic way or even with a modern take. I can’t tell you how many of these have been pulled for editorial shoots recently.  So, how should one wear it without looking like you stepped out of the DeLorean in Back to the Future? There are tons of new styles and vintage examples to choose from. However; the most important part of that undertaking is a base which is classic- use black, wear some jeans and a white t-shirt, the right sunglasses or fun shoes mixed in and a focus on well, those earrings- I say leave off all other jewelry.

1980s BillyBoy* earrings from my personal collection.

She inside Cap Sleeve T-shirt, vintage 80s lightening bolts from my collection, Citizens of Humanity Rocket jean, Tory Burch heel sandal, Rag and Bone Fedora…..

Lastly, really this new take on the 80s earring is about using the glamorous oversized sterling or rhinestone earring worn in a clever modern way…. But for that to happen one must pull in their own style as well.  Maybe that is your signature curly hair, or lip color!

Collection of Wendy Gell earrings. She was featured in magazines from Vogue to Elle in the 70s and 80s.

Sterling silver 80s examples from the image archive.