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Think Big!

giant pearls  Check out this giant ceramic pearl sculpture from British artist and jewelry designer Nicola Malkin –

In the 1980’s, there was a store on West Broadway, in Soho called Think Big!  I was so fascinated by this place and it’s giant ketchup bottles, six foot tall pencils and four foot wide tennis rackets. They sold larger than life versions of everyday items, long before Mc Donalds started super sizing. I bugged my parents for something and eventually they bought me a two foot high book of matches. In their defense, I think that was the least expensive thing in the store.

giant earring Giant jewelry as urban street art from Dutch artist Liesbet Bussche –

One thing they didn’t have was giant sized jewelry. Someone I use to work with told me that the older you get, the larger your jewelry gets. Now, I’m starting to understand what she was talking about. When I first started really wearing and buying jewelry for myself, two of my first purchases we’re a miniature diamond cross and a very delicate diamond line bracelet. I’m probably the same size I was then (about 16 years ago) or tinier, but the cross and the bracelet both look microscopic now! I rarely wear either piece now, and if I do I layer them with other things, like about five other bracelets!

ball studs big Another piece from Nicola Malkin

There are tons of things I love now, they I never would have worn back then. Why is it that the older you get your perception of size changes. Whether or not I understand the reason why, it can only mean one thing for me, in another ten years I’ll be wearing tennis ball size earrings and rings the size of crystal ashtrays!

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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Jewelry


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Hi, My Name Is

carrie-400x400 Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the iconic Patricia Field “Carrie” necklace on Sex and The City

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As I was going through some old photos, simultaneously amazed and horrified at all of my 80’s fabulousness I was inspired for a flashback Friday blog about nameplates necklaces. Yeh, I know it’s Saturday, so I’m a little late.

If you grew up in New York in the 1980’s you know exactly what I’m talking about and you might still have one hidden in the back of your jewelry box. Long before Sex and The City was even a column in the NY Observer and Patricia Field designed the iconic “Carrie” nameplate for Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, we we’re rockin’ these in Brooklyn. But, we we’re so a head of the trend, we we’re just plain tacky.

christina nameplate  If you must wear a nameplate necklace this site has a huge selection –

Some of them had diamonds, a swirl underneath, diamond cutting or maybe even a tricolor flower or two if you we’re really lucky. Back in the day, (the day being mid 80’s in Canarsie, Brooklyn) owning a nameplate was almost a rite of passage, it was taken seriously. We didn’t buy them at street fairs like Carrie Bradshaw did, they we’re “good” jewelry, and no well dressed girl was complete without one. Well, a nameplate necklace, frosty pink lipstick, big hair, slouch socks and a scrunchy. Ahh, the 80’s

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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Jewelry


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Simply Charming

I was on my way to meet a friend at the Nom Wah Tea Parlor ( in Chinatown today, when something caught my eye.

charm necklace

In the window of Lost Wax Studio ( on Elizabeth street, I spotted a 1980’s plastic charm necklace. We all had one, plastic link chain with chunky, colorful charms. I picked it up, threw it on and couldn’t stop laughing…until I looked at the tag that is. The description read as follows “Vintage 1980’s charm necklace”.

VINTAGE, really? But, how can that be, I owned one!!! It was like the first time I heard an Alice in Chains song on the “classic” alternative station! Does this mean I’m vintage too? This is a topic for another blog, or not.

Anyway, back to the necklace. Hot pink, turquoise, yellow, animals, shoes, telephones, lipstick, you name it I probably had it, all with bells, lots of googly eyes and big plastic clips. My collection outgrew the original necklace and I had to expand to another one. Then, when I’d link the two together it just about came down to my waist. That was status in the sixth grade!

I’d spend so much time rearranging them, color coordinating them, making sure they we’re perfectly spaced, I was always obsessed with my jewelry!

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Stick It


Friendship pins, remember those? I’m totally dating myself. Simple concept- tiny safety pins, tiny beads and one major 80’s jewelry trend. I remember how exciting it was to get a box of pins

friendship pins

(my faves were the super tiny silver ones, with the gold tone a close second) and a pack of those little beads that were always on the horrendous moccasins and indian belts I wore as a kid.

I really thought I was a creative genius, the way I’d layer those beads into cutting edge 80’s color combos, baby pink & blue, shades of lavender (still a fave of third graders everywhere).

But the best part was that I actually sold them! They were a big hit, I even took custom orders. Sure I only got about a quarter each, but I was a budding jewelry designer!  entrepreneur!  and thought I’d be running shit pretty soon.  I’ve since developed a slightly more grown up aesthetic, but I may have to rework the friendship pin for 2013.

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in 1980's, Jewelry


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