Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are Getting Married: Come Tiara Shopping with Us Before the Big Day!

Cartier Bandeau via Harper’s Bazaar and Alamy. Link in image.

There are more tiara’s floating around the royal coffers than butterflies on a spring day. Every blog and news agency around the world is trying to guess which one Meghan will wear on their big day this Saturday.  From the Spencer tiara to the Lover’s Knot. The Lover’s knot was one of Diana’s favorites, but the Spencer won out on her day, paying tribute to the women in her family who came before her. It was chosen over what the queen had actually gifted her for the day. Although many are speculating it has less allure due to the marriage of Diana to Charles not enduring. However, with Meghan having some crazy distant relation to Diana who knows, should she wear it! The royal family and the queen may actually also take stone signification into consideration when choosing the crown, as well as the history of the piece. Your guess is as good as mine!  However; in Meghan’s case it is possible a totally new one could be fashioned, but Harry did give her a diamond from his mother’s collection…so again I digress.  I’m in just as much suspense as the rest of you not knowing whether to bet on the Strathmore Rose tiara worn by Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (a.k.a the Queen Mother) in the the 20s almost like a flapper band or the Cartier Bandeau.  As our coffers might not be so flush I decided to put together a list of fun vintage costume jewelry tiaras available in various shops below, well I stuck in a few diamonds: Enjoy and start planning your bridal party head gear or Saturday night accessories! Plenty of vintage head gear coming to the shop this month as well as we celebrate.

 


The REAL DEAL:

Favorite Tiara filled Links:

Elle magazine’s historic round up

Diana’s Jewels

Town & Country

Harper’s Bazaar article about Meghan Markle’s Royal Ancestors

 

Sunday Jewelry Report Card: Going to the Source with Rachel Garrahan

Have your Sunday breakfast in luxury reading one of the many quality articles done by this report card winner! One aspect that seems to be a connecting force for a few very successful jewelry based magazines and such publications is freelance writer Rachel Garrahan.  As such, we wanted to bring you right to the source, her instagram account. Why miss out on the plethora of gorgeous images and links to her newest articles. She discusses all things sparkly for the New York Times, 1stdibs, Vanity Fair, Town and Country magazine, the Jewellery Editor and the list goes on… Her instagram images are gorgeous as she also visits jewelers, galleries, picks her favorite finds, and reports on collections via the account.

Lion via Rachel and @hancocks_london

She discusses all types of luxury jewelry; from contemporary collaborations, new artists on the scene, rare estate pieces at auction, to ancient jewels.

Art is one of my favorite jewelry designers of all time, just look at this piece on Rachel’s wrist!

Why We Follow Her:

What We Love:

3D Jewelry, The New York Times. 

Exotic Fables, The Jewellery Editor. 

British Gems From the 1960s, Mahnaz Collection.

Jewelry Armor, New York Times article. 

How Female Collectors are Driving in a New Era of Watch Design

*All images belong to Rachel’s via her instagram page.

Sunday Jewelry Report: A Walk with Ullmann Antique Jewelry

What is better on a Sunday then to enter the 5th generation jewelry shop as you stroll the streets of London?  I’ve had a fascination with all things from England and really the whole United Kingdom lately, although my first encounter with the area was in my teens, when I spent a bit of time there one summer. Today’s A++ jewelry report goes to A.R. Ullmann antique jewelry. 

The first reason we chose them, is that they are a well established firm, based in London’s “Jewellery Quarter” specializing in Georgian to Art Deco jewelry and everything in between those eras. Also, I love stories that begin ages ago, and such is the story of this particular jewelry destination.

Joseph Ullmann.

In 1902, Joseph Ullmann established his jewelry shop in Budapest. During the 1920s he was joined by his son, officially making it a family affair.  However; in 1944, after over 40 years in business they were forced to flee, because of Nazi invasion.  During this period the original shop was destroyed and looted. But Joseph’s son Andrew was not deterred, and in 1951 he opened the 10 Hatton Garden shop, which is the subject of our jewelry report today.

Their jewelry can be shopped in that original location or online. They are also one to follow on instagram, for their beautiful photographs and unique finds. I love the romantic nature of their pieces and images. With the location and long European history of jewelry design, one never knows what they may find or post. Although, they do seem to have quite the assortment of antique whimsical creature and bug jewelry, as well as fantastic rings!

What We Want:

Why We Follow Them:

Jewelry Report Card: The Designs of Billie Hilliard

Custom choker, by request. $478.

This Sunday we travel back south to from Texas to Atlanta, GA (my old stomping ground) to the home of a designer who fits the bill for an account and designer to follow. Her jewelry report card grade is an A++! Her brand Billie Hilliard, merges fashion with a sense of heirloom design.  Her jewelry has been worn by Queen Bee, enough said…. She has been featured in magazines like Oh Brides and Essence. You can also follow her blog for more inspiration and style posts. 

How did it all begin? It seems that Billie studied fashion design and even modeled for United Colors of Benetton in her early career. She decided to pursue her passion of jewelry design and is sold in boutiques worldwide.  Studying her jewelry style and pieces, in a few minutes, it is easy to see this gal has talent.  Her designs are fluid and warm, they harken back to the 70s brutalist influences, but in a very modern way. Her jewelry appeals to me because there is a definite sense of structure to the “brutalist” aspects.  She uses wax casting and makes these by hand. Shop our favorite pieces below!

What We WANT:

 

Why We Follow Her:

*All images from Billie’s website and instagram. Rights Reserved.

BILLIE HILLIARD, 1200 FOSTER STREET NORTHWEST, ATLANTA, GA, 3031

Sunday Jewelry Report in Mid Century Jewelry Heaven

Time to wake up in a mid century home, sunshine streaming in those oversized, let nature in windows, and sit down with a cup of coffee in your Herman Miller lounger… I do this every morning well, except for that lounger I can’t seem to find at my comfortable budget zone.  Today’s jewelry report card is for my mid century lovers, and actually, this is a store you can get the chair and the jewelry!

I chose Nordlings Vintage Jewelry on instagram because I love a page with focus and expertise. It is part of the larger NordlingsAntik.com or Nordlings Antik on instagram.  Besides, I’m also indulging myself a little with the mid century theme, for those of you who don’t know we are in the midst of our ongoing mid century restoration outside of New York City, in good old Connecticut. Nordlings is actually based in Stockholm, opened by the family in 1973, but you can shop online as well. If you are in Sweden, be sure to check out their happenings or events up online here. Furniture and art enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either.

The online shop is full of lust worthy mid century works of jewelry art organized by artist.  Spanning mens cufflinks to women jewelry; Tapio Wirkkala to Lissa Vitali. The shop also includes unique unsigned examples as well.

What We Want: (it is in Kr but the have a USD option on the site)

 

$2100 KR or around 255 dollars.

1,034 US dollar

Nordlings jewelry store focuses on Scandinavian design in particular of the mid century.  Their instagram page is a plethora of jewelry being worn and displayed as it comes into the store. Its a clean and fun aesthetic that won’t mess up you instagram feed, but instead enhance it.

Why We Follow Them:

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
$620

Catherine Canino – Sterling Silver Pearl Drop Earrings
$98

The Princesse de Broglie
by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
source:http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/461017

Next Level Neoclassical Parisian


Kendra Scott – Decker Beaded Tassel Earrings

$150

Sollis – Russa Tassel Earrings

$98 AUD

Sarara Couture – Line Vautrin Gilt Heart Medallion Necklace

$5,500

Sarara Couture – 60s Goldette Medallion Necklace
$255
The Real Real – 18K Diamond Enamel Bracelet 
$3,995

Vittoria Colonna
by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Jules Lefebvre [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gold Leaf Everything

Gucci – Metal Leaves Headband
$1,820

Urban Outfitters – Golden Flower Halo Headband
$20

Sarara Couture – Les Bernard – Relic Coin Necklace
$255

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
$9.99

Gucci – Crystal Studded Butterfly Brooch 
$450
Vintage Taxco Mexican Butterfly Brooch. Coming soon. 

Ash + Ames – Lattice Gold Neck Cuff 
$225

Sarara Coutoure – Brutalist Oversized Leaf Necklace
$425

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

$115

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

Bona Drag – Andra Neen – Spar Cage Choker
$675

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.

 

OOTD

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