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Entries in beladora (17)

Beladora features Aldo Cipullo Jewelry #LoveGold 

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I like to think the mildly common parallels between Aldo Cipullo’s life and mine mean something; I think it is mainly because, although I do love jewelry--his jewelry designs I adore.  His most iconic creation--the Cartier Love bracelet--is incredibly genius.  Its simplicity, mass appeal, symbolism, and most importantly, it being unisex makes it such a best-selling, most coveted jewelry item.  His “Juste un Clou” Nail collection has seen a resurgence to new generation coveters, I being one of them.  The idea and symbolism of a nail making up the entirety of a design is brilliant. 

Cipullo produced more than just those well-known pieces during his tenure at Cartier.  Several pieces are currently for sale from Beladora, an antique and estate jewelry source of the world, located in Beverly Hills, California.  I’ve visited their headquarters three years ago and they have some pretty amazing pieces of jewelry.  Those pieces include some very geometric inspired designs, using opaque gemstones and 18k gold.  The model above is wearing some great examples, as well as the specific details below:


Cartier Aldo Cipullo Jade and Onyx Earrings in 18K




Cartier Aldo Cipullo Rhodonite Pendant in 18K




Cartier Aldo Cipullo Lapis and Coral Earrings in 18K




Cartier Aldo Cipullo Black Onyx Circles Bracelet in 18K




This post was brought to you in collaboration with LoveGold



Jewelry Lookbook: American Dream


Been realizing more and more what it means when people say "The American Dream." The beauty of the concept is how varied each person's definition can be. Gold bangles and a peace sign necklace are true American classics to me, just as an apple pie or a baseball game! Check out some great picks inspired by the above photo.


This mesh snake bracelet from Beladora is very trendy--gives the serpent ring trend a run for its money! It is a contemporary piece that is done in 22k yellow gold with a 14k yellow gold clasp. Both snakes have ruby eyes and golden fangs. Price: $1850


The peace sign is symbolic on so many levels, and by wearing one you can be reminded daily of how important it is. I think a peace sign pendant is a great piece of jewelry to own. This one's from Zoe Chicco and done in 14k yellow gold with a hammered textured. Price: $378


This cuff is done in 22k yellow gold, designed by Jean Mahie. The green stones are jade and are scattered throughout the textured gold. This piece can be purchased from Beladora, it is vintage 1980s. Price available upon request.


This bangle is a classic with a twist. The design is geometrical, circa 1970 done in 18k yellow gold. From Beladora and priced at $1850

Verdura: Master Jeweler

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I am really excited about the batch of jewelry books I ordered using some gift cards I received over the holidays. The first book that has been on my list for awhile is called Verdura: The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler. Can't wait for it to come in the mail, I will post more about it as I'm reading. For now I'll leave you with a few pieces of his which can be found over at Beladora. That is what I love about antique and estate jewelry--you are able to buy pieces designed by great artists from the past.


This Verdura piece has large turquoise wrapped in a 18k yellow gold feather design. There are 0.87 carats worth of diamonds added to the ring. A classic Verdura design. Price: $4450 from Beladora.


Another Verdura design is this bold sapphire ring. The domed shape of the ring mimics Oriental architecture, set with gorgeous Montana blue sapphires. Done in 18k yellow gold, with Verdura's hallmark stamped on the inside band. Price: $4650 from Beladora.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Purple Pretties


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party back in July.  I don't usually get excited about fashion, but this entire look is amazing.  I like the purple tones, especially the jewelry.  Amethysts are unknown to my jewelry box, however after seeing these purple pretties, I may have to rethink that.  Lavender jade is another gorgeous option.  Check out a similar necklace and ring that will give you this look.  The stunning sequined jacket?  From Topshop.



This amethyst pendant is circa 1905, from the Edwardian Era. It has actually been crafted from a brooch. Done in 14k yellow gold and priced at $696, from Beladora2.



Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is actually wearing a quite similar ring, done with this texturized, "branchy" gold. This ring is straight from the '70s featuring two drops of lavender jade, with diamonds scattered about the setting. Very unique ring, done in 18k priced at $2550 from Beladora.

Obsession: Elongated Antique Rings


My most favorite ring out of my entire collection is the elongated antique diamond and sapphire ring that I am wearing on my middle finger above.  I remember when I spotted it at a local Pawn Shop, I sort of thought it was too bold for my tiny fingers.  So glad that I took a chance on "something different."  You should take a chance on a jewelry style that you don't normally wear.  Whether it be an elongated ring, a bright colorful gemstone mix, a statement necklace, or finally investing in a charm bracelet--you should go for it.  It may end up as your favorite "obsession."



This ring is the epitome of the Retro Era. It is set in platinum with an Old European cut diamond front and center--0.65 carats! Baguettes fan around, giving it that elongated look I love. From Beladora and priced at $4250.


Pretty Edwardian Era ring, with diamonds and sapphires. The symmetrical design of the ring looks like the doodles I used to draw in High School. The ring is done in 18k yellow gold and priced at $1150. From Israel Rose


The large, round bezel set diamonds on this ring showcase a geometric pattern reminiscent of the Art Deco Era. Of European origin, featuring 14k yellow gold and platinum--total diamond weight is 1.3 carats, and all natural rubies. Price: $8402 from Adin.


The final ring comes from Beladora, and is from the Art Nouveau period. Round, Old Mine cut diamonds and sapphire all set in 14k yellow gold. Price: $1895

{Didn't set out picking rings from each Era, but it ended up that way. Goes to show how elongated rings were a part of each time period, and will continue to be popular.}