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Let us be your eyes into the world of the accessory. The Eye is full of interviews, the history of jewelry, collection features, editorials, visual inspiration, and whatever strikes our accessories filled fantasies. Check out the blogazine series, the anthropology of jewelry and explore the adornment of various cultures. Weekly you’ll also find a jewelry report card, where we choose and shop some of the best jewelry accounts on instagram. From costume jewelry to fine pieces, find out our biggest crushes. Look through the eyes of jewelry designers, stylists, jewelry it girls, Sara our accessories taste maker, and jewelry icons. Follow Sarara on instagram to stay updated on her travels, finds, and articles.

Elle magazine archive: My Vintage 80s Jewelry Inspiration

By | Fashion and Accessories History | 20th century, 70s jewelry, 80s jewelry, Canovas, Chanel, Costume Jewelry, designer, Elle magazine, Fashion, vintage Elle,

1987 Elle magazine image.  I had a little horde of 80s- early 90s Elle magazines that I kept due to the fantastic accessories shots.  This blast from the past continues to grow as I search for the rest and add to the collection.  The colors and chunky images continue to inspire! THE BANGLES: Elle, Jan […]

The Costume Jewelry Collection of Barbara Berger: Taking on the World of Fashion Jewelry

By | Bloggers | Barbara Berger, Chanel, Costume Jewelry, couture jewelry, Designer jewelry, exhibit, Fashion Jewelry, Gripoix, Harrice Simons Miller, Jewelry, KJL, Mad Museum, Miriam Haskell, New York, NYC, Schiaparelli, Trifari,

Trifari, 40s Fruit Salad Bracelet.PHOTO CREDIT: © Pablo Esteva What attracts us wearers and collectors of jewelry to costume pieces? Many important costume jewelry collections are owned by those who can certainly afford the real thing, Barbara herself was the daughter of a diamond merchant/jeweler.   One is free to re-imagine themselves when they wear it. That […]

Diana Vreeland and The Have-It Girls: VOGUE 1976.

By | Fashion and Accessories History | 1976, 70s, American style, Costume Institute of the Met, Diana Vreeland, editorial, Gibson Girl, Irene Castle, Josephine Baker, Marisa Berenson, Vogue,

  While jewelry trends, as well as vintage accessorizes are queen here, the focus undoubtedly the history of jewelry…. I am also very interested in fashion and costume. So, when I ran across an article in my February 1976 Vogue put together by Diana Vreeland about Style the American Way, I was transfixed.  She skillfully blends her […]

The Jewelry of Art Smith

By | Fashion and Accessories History | 1stdibs, Art Smith, Brookyln museum, exhibit, fine jewelry, jewelry auction, modernist, New York, vintage jewelry,

Art Smith, of Jamaican decent and cuban birth, moved to the United States, New York City/Brookyln to be specific in the 1920s.  Considered an important early American jewelry designer, he produced some of the most beautiful modernist work. He has also been recognized as the first “African American” jewelry designer. This year the MFA presented […]

Judy Garland Had All the Best Shoes

By | Accessories | 1938, Ferragamo Rainbow Shoes, Judy Garland, Judy Garland Ferragamo Shoes, Salvatore Ferragamo, Shoe museum,

I remember when I first started out and I saw Salvatore Ferragamo shoes from the 80s, I’m like what’s the big deal? Then I saw the Judy Garland rainbow platform shoe above made in yes 1938, yeah he invented the platform, the cage heel, the wedge- you name he probably did it first. He started […]

Kenneth Jay Lane Mermaid of Fantasy and A Film

By | Fashion and Accessories History | Jewelry, Jewels of Fantasy, Kenneth Lane, KJL,

I love finding out the history or dates of jewelry that I’ve run across. As a visual anthropology doctor, what photographs and film reveal about societies is endlessly appealing.  In this case I would like to focus on a piece I sold and found in a classic film. I sold this early 70s jewels of […]

Bill Smith Jewelry Archive and Runway Size Richelieu

By | Bill Smith Jewelry History | 1970s jewelry, African American, Bill Smith Richelieu, Camelot, Cody Award, costume jewelry Bill Smith, designer, Hamlet, Richard Burton, Richelieu jewelry, Runway Necklace, theater, vintage body jewelry,

I spend many hours researching fashion accessories of the past. Sometimes they lead me on a journey. A few Richelieu pieces that have challenged me, led me to think more about why Richelieu jewelry attracted me in the first place?  That always lands me right back to one of my all time favorites, Bill Smith. […]

Designing for YSL: Willy van Rooy An Inspirational Career.

By | Bloggers | Helmut Newton, history of fashion, interview, Karl Lagerfeld, model, top model, vintage jewelry, Vogue, Willy van Rooy, YSL, Yves Saint Laurent,

Lou Lou, Willy, and Yves. 1980. Willy van Rooy has lived a life of travel, art, love, design, and is the face of one of the most popular fashion mannequins ever made. One could write her off as just a top model, but they would be missing the core of who she is- an artist […]

The History of the Napier Company and its Jewelry: An interview with Melinda L. Lewis

By | Bloggers | Costume Jewelry, Napier, vintage jewelry,

1920s Napier Gold Plated Necklace Napier fashion jewelry has graced the arms, necks, fingers, and ears of many starlets and fashionable women. It has also been a name in the dressing room of the everyday gal for over 130 years. If you haven’t read or heard of The Napier Co. Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry, then […]