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Chain Gang

louise Brooks It’s probably a safe bet to say that long  chains ,diamond or otherwise, are going to start popping up all over the place (probably so much so, that eventually the sight of one will make me want to strangle myself with it), after Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence dazzled in a diamond one on the Red Carpet last Sunday.

Diamond chains, popularized during the Edwardian and later Art Deco period evoke a 1920’s flapper style when worn long. They can also be layered with other pieces to put a new twist on any pendant or necklace you already have in your collection can be wrapped around the neck multiple times, depending on the length and can even be wrapped around the wrist as the ultimate layered bracelet look.  In recent years, Tiffany & Co. has brought this look to the forefront of style with their Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard collection.

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When I worked at a super-high end Madison Avenue Red Carpet estate jeweler to the stars, we carried an amazing collection of diamond chains, everything from a delicate 20″ 5 carat chain, to a whopping 100″ 120 carat diamond and platinum dazzler. And yes, they are pricey, but at any carat weight they are such a versatile and wearable, everyday piece. That’s right, I said it, EVERYDAY.  Let’s be honest, using the “everyday” tactic to convince yourself to splurge on an expensive piece of jewelry, doesn’t work. Well, at least it doesn’t work for me. Probably because I love EVERYTHING way too much, sure I’ll wear the new piece for a week straight, but, I’ve yet to wear something every day. I love to change my jewelry all the time and show it all some love. So, the moral of my rambling is, just buy it and enjoy it and don’t make yourself crazy. You don’t have to become one with your new bauble.

multicolor chains

Another option if you like the long chain necklace look, but you might want something in a color, or maybe aren’t looking to make a major investment, you can get a similar look with a faceted semi precious beaded chain. Some gemstones that are often found styled this way are Spinel (which is a sparkly black stone that looks like black diamonds), tourmaline (which is mined in every color of the rainbow) or labradorite (which is a neutral greyish champagne color). Try something new and it might just become your signature !

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Jewelry


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Seeing Red

loose rubiesWith Valentine’s day right around the corner (guys are you listening?), I’m inspired by everything red and frilly, and rubies are definitely on that list. Rubies are one of the most beloved gemstones in the world and are often referred to as one of “the big three” precious gemstones, which are rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

Who wouldn’t love a big honking ruby for Valentine’s day, (or any day for that matter!)? Some of the most beautiful rubies in the world have historically come from Burma, now called Myanmar. The most highly prized color of Burmese rubies is referred to as “Pigeon’s Blood”. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford one of these jewels, so there are alternative red gems to set your heart a-flutter!

big ruby ring

Throughout history, may famous red stones that we’re once thought to be rubies, we’re later proven to be spinel. Probably, the most famous example is the Black Prince’s Ruby, set in the British Royal Crown Jewels. Actually, at one point in time all red gemstones we’re thought to be rubies, until advances we’re made in gemological testing. Wow! I just said gemological testing, I’m really nerding out today!! Fine, I’m actually a closet geek, guess the secret’s out!

Spinel, red especially, isn’t easy to find at retail. But, another much more common red gemstone is garnet. Often, garnet is found in stores in a brownish red variety called Almandite. However, “Pyrope garnet is the most famous of the red garnets. It’s dark, blood red color is attractive, distinct and attractive, often resembling the color of ruby.” (1)

Then, there are also things like, dyed and color coated quartz and topaz, which are super cheap and can come in any color of the rainbow.

So happy shopping, whatever the budget may be!

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