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Top Five Designer Jewelry Brands You NEED In Your Jewel Box

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There are so many pieces of jewelry out there! It is almost mind-boggling thinking about the number of options we have as consumers, along with all the push and pull we get from the media..."buy this," "save 50% on this," "check out this season's must-haves."  And with more and more celebrity endorsements and blogger sponsorships, you might not know who to turn to for advice anymore! 

Well, I've put together my current list for the Top Five Designer Jewelry Brands which you need in your jewel box--and these are chosen based on my own opinion.  This is not a sponsored blog post nor did I receive any compensation to choose any of these five designers! I simply think what they are doing right now is amazing and by adding any or all of these designers to your jewelry box will no doubt be an investment in more ways than one!

1. Buddha Mama Jewelry: I was really impressed after seeing all the new collections at this year's Couture show and truly floored by the vibrant colors, rich gold and enamel work, with enamel being a huge focus for the girls this year. I loved every bit of it!  When buying a piece from Buddha Mama, you can't really go wrong--they also have big and bold if that is your style, lots of statement pieces, some spiritual pieces and if color is your thing--tons of options!

>> My pick? I would go for either one of their shaker cuffs (of course custom fit, as no cuff ever fits me ) or one of their 20k Marquise pendants outfitted with a color combo that gives you the best zen vibes you can find.

2. Nancy Newberg Jewelry: I love this line of jewelry because it is one that you can put on with anything--jeans and t-shirt, ball gown, pajamas--and just works. The jewelry is sophisticated yet cool, refined yet slightly edgy. The rings you see in the photo above, those can be worn alone, with no other jewelry whatsoever, and you'd still be best dressed in terms of jewelry wherever you are.

>> My choice? Either the ring pictured in yellow gold or one of her newest domed ball rings.

3. Venyx: This stunning line by Eugenie Niarchos totally transports you to another world. The uniqueness of it alone puts it in the top five. If you like colorful, most of her designs will be the perfect addition to your jewelry box; color is a big part of her line. The black-light responsive enamel rings are really cool too. Bottom line, if you want something that will truly get people talking and curious as to the story behind a piece, then Venyx is for you.

>> My pick? Anything with a rainbow of gems will do, but if I had to choose, a Moonshell rainbow ring.

4. NC Rocks: A favorite newcomer of many, NC Rocks truly "rocked" it at Couture. Adding a piece from their collection to your jewelry box would be a smart thing to do, as I only see them growing and continually expanding their collection. Start now and continue collecting! Their enamel pieces are incredible--love the Art Deco inspired designs.

>> My choice? Either the middle ring I'm wearing in the above photo or the Venice ring.

5. Alison Lou Jewelry: Investing in a young and hip jewelry designer like Alison Lou is smart and her jewelry is worth every penny. Every jewelry box needs a piece when you look at it, it makes you smile. That's exactly what kind of jewelry Alison designs...whether it's a ring that features your favorite emoji, a pair of earrings delicately enameled in your favorite color, or a necklace that is personalized, her jewels are just as sentimental as they are trendy.

>> My fave? Her Wildflowers by the Yard necklace...or if you're more of a ring girl, any of her enamel eternity bands are amazing.

 

 

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Arik Kastan Launches New Designs at Couture

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Arik Kastan has been busy debuting some new designs and collections out in Vegas earlier this month! The team was so excited to show off new pieces in front of thousands of buyers, press and journalists.

Take a look at the photos here, taken at the tradeshow...can you spot the new designs?  New favorites?!

>> Didn't attend the event, no worries--here's some things you missed! 

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A padlock on a thin chain is all you need for a night out in Vegas! And this particular piece has a surprise--one side is moonstone, the other is labradorite. Hey, there's your day to night change-up right there! ;)

Double-sided padlock, Price: $2,398

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We've added lapis to our lineup and have never looked back! Completely obsessed with how this deep, opaque blue looks with all that is trending in fashion right now. Don't forget to stack for full potential.

Signature Three-Stone ring in Lapis, Price: $990

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We've got the case of the blues, in the best way possible--we've introduced a whole lineup of aquamarine beauties while in Vegas! As you can see, this one is gorgeous on its own or stacks nicely.

Oval Eternity band in aquamarine, Price: $1,240

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Feeling the summer heat over here in Vegas, which goes perfectly with our Blossom Stud earrings. We opted for the gemstone combo shown here, onyx and aquamarine--a little edgy, a little flirty. Definitely our kind of Vegas vibes.

Blossom Stud earrings, Price: $1,334

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If we could have one wish out here in Vegas, it would be to spend some time by the pool! This ring will help with that--one glance leaves you feeling cooled off and in a tranquil state. Thanks turquoise and emeralds!

Pebble Stone ring, Price: $1,725

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Last but not least, we couldn't help but add a little spice to our repertoire with these earrings! Bold and beautiful, set with garnets in a floral motif. Turn heads with these babies on!

Stained Glass Drop earrings, Price: $1,496

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The latest favorite TRIO, with two brand new designs--the MOSAIC band on the very top and COMPASS ring right below. Look out for them to hit the website soon! Can't wait? Email info@arikkastan.com

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Q & A with Shaesby Fine Jewelry 

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I love catching up with jewelry designers--seeing what's new, their latest collections and what tricks they have up their sleeve for the future. Shaesby Scott is a designer I've been keeping tabs on since 2011. I was even lucky enough to visit his studio on my #JewelryRoadTrip while in Austin, TX. From elongated lines to geometric shapes, Shaesby's jewelry all has one thing in common: it is instantly flattering. I can't get enough of his ring designs and after much deliberation, have finally decided on a pair of earrings for my own personal collection--stay tuned to see what I chose!

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Since we met last Spring, we’ve launched our celestial-inspired, mixed-metal Isla Collection, and now have several exciting projects in the works. Our new Diamond Slice Collection has just been released. It’s comprised of delicate earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings with one-of-a-kind slices of raw diamonds. Each piece is created with the most simple, hand-carved bezel design to showcase the natural beauty of each stone. They catch the light in a very unique way. We are also working on our new bridal collection, expected to launch in the coming months. Stay tuned...


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Austin has turned into a creative hot spot with many talented designers working in a variety of mediums. Inspiration can be found all around. We love calling Austin our creative community!

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Seeing my jewelry worn by others, each piece takes on a life of its own. Building and working alongside a team of extremely talented people I consider family.

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We want to continue adorning women with heirloom quality jewelry. We are extremely fortunate to have customers that value our craft and retail partners that share our passion for assisting in their selection. We will continue to push our creative process.

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Q & A with Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry

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With each collection released and each encounter I have with Lisa Kim Fine Jewelry, I am more and more intrigued...spellbound, you could say. From the first concept of the lookbook (which I still have laid out like a coffee table best seller) to her enchanting video launch depicting her vision and a glimpse into her world, Lisa Kim strikes again, this time debuting a new collection called The Seabeast. The concept and inspiration will leave you curious to see what is next and the new pieces are gorgeous. Highly wearable ear climbers, earrings, necklaces and a unique ring make up The Seabeast collection. If you're like me, you want to know more about the pieces and some insights into the designer, so here you go! Hope you enjoy:

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My boyfriend and I love to cook. We were in the kitchen making dinner one day several months ago when he told me about the cockentrice, which originated from the Middle Ages in Europe. A suckling pig and a capon were sewn together to create a whole new beast that was roasted and served on a platter. This was culinary drama designed to amaze and delight guests while feeding them. The idea of a creature made of different parts stuck in my head and it shaped the story behind The Seabeast. Mythological beasts are mash-ups anyway; the unicorn is a horse with a horn, the manticore is a lion with a human head, rows of shark-like teeth, bat wings, and a scorpion tail.

I offer different iterations of the same animal in The Seabeast. The initial release features pendants and earrings that are fusions of scales, fins, waves, and shark teeth. I always like to leave some interpretation up to the viewer so I tend to steer away from literal design; but with this collection I felt compelled to design The Eye of The Beast, which is a departure for me. There are other pieces in the collection with ferocious teeth and spines like the ones you find on crab shells and conch shells.

Did Leviathan really exist? Was there a Kraken that smashed ships to their doom? Did the Midgard Serpent truly wrap itself around the world? Is it still there? Could it be that these myths and tall tales were about one and the same creature that has ruled the deepest and the most secret parts of the Earth all this time? Science would tell us otherwise, but we can't really say for certain that this creature is pure fiction. I like to think that this beast once lived and that its parts were scattered. Once re-assembled, it will live again. I aim to suspend your disbelief. I want you to possess a piece of this creature and take on its power and believe that it is real.

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From an early age I would draw and write stories while listening to music. This led me to my first career as a storyboard artist in animation. It was a fun occupation for sure but I never stopped dreaming stories of heroes in my fantasy world.

I was still working in animation when I signed up for a wax carving course at a small jewelry school here in L.A. One month into the course I committed to becoming a jewelry designer and business owner. I quit my job in 2011.

I took a bench jeweler course at the school. In the following year I interned for fashion designer Michael Schmidt where I got to work on some amazing metal projects for pop artists. After that I went to work for Tony Swatton, a blacksmith, bladesmith, leatherworker, costumer - a truly remarkable maker of all things. If you’ve watched film and tv in the past thirty years, chances are you’ve seen his work. (Remember the Vikings from the Capital One commercials? Tony made all of their gear.) Michael and Tony are two very different guys but they had one thing in common: They made incredible accessories that punched up a performer’s onstage presence. I came away from these places feeling really empowered by the things we worked on. I really wanted to create that feeling with statement fine jewelry.

I had the fortune of studying chasing and repoussé under European masters Valentin Yotkov and Davide Bigazzi. Chasing and repoussé are ancient metalworking techniques that allowed me to create my signature cuff bracelets that remind everyone of Wonder Woman. My bracelets are made by hand using tools and thousands of hammer blows. It’s a more efficient use of metal compared to casting - this means I can go pretty large with my designs and they remain surprisingly light in weight.

I am a member of AGTA and I serve as Communications Chair at WJA Los Angeles. In 2013 I received the Carelle-WJA Grant in Honor of Brooke Tivol McGrath. This was a cash grant of $5,000 that allowed me to produce a look book with my first collection that helped me establish the look of my brand. I feel incredibly blessed to have received this aid from WJA.

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Selling my first piece – a custom rubelite ring in 18k gold. My passion lies in bespoke pieces for fierce and independent women. You know who they are –they’re the ones who speak up and turn heads whenever they enter a room.

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I aim to grow this collection over the coming months. You can expect to see more parts of the beast. There will be one-of-a-kinds with colored stones, pearls, and diamonds.

I would like to partner with more retailers. Consumer values have been changing a lot these past few years and retailers have had to evolve with this. I strongly believe brick-and-mortar stores are still incredibly important despite the rise of e-commerce. Women know what they want more than ever before. They will always want a place where they can experience jewelry in person and connect with it.

From the very beginning my goal has been to create magic in metal. This is my raison d’être. Running a business involves wearing all kinds of hats which I love, but at the end of the day all I want is bad-ass jewelry for our bad-ass selves.

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My cavansite ring. It’s the one piece I made for myself so far. It looks magical and everyone always asks about it. It has heft like all my other designs. My pieces aren’t just pleasing to look at - they have to feel substantial and luxurious, too. My jewelry has presence just like the women who wear it.

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Stacy Nolan Jewelry

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When jewels arrive at my doorstep, it's a celebration! Here's the rundown of my day when Stacy Nolan sent me some jewelry to play with and shoot.

9am: Stacy Nolan Jewelry arrives at my doorstep. 4 pairs of earrings. 2 necklaces. 1 bracelet. 4 rings.

9:05am: The box has been ripped open, now disheveled over in the corner with Chiefy & Frankie sniffing at it frantically. I'm talking aloud to myself and not a soul is in the house. "Omg I love these! Oh woah, these huggie earrings are exactly what I've been scouring the Inter-webs for!" I simply can't help myself when I'm excited about something, all sanity goes out the window.

9:15am: Hair is a hot mess, pajamas are still on fully coated in Chiefy's hair, no makeup on except for some remnants of yesterday's cat eye and unnecessary bold lip--I start "styling" this pajama look with Stacy Nolan's pieces and the power of jewelry comes into play. I am immediately feeling myself because of the jewels--a diamond briolette can shine! And hell yeah this fringe necklace is somewhat elegant with pajamas, I can see how everyday wear on this baby is a definite.

9:30am: I've already established how I want to wear the Stacy Nolan jewels, so I take a few quick shots with my iPhone for memory's sake, and start to get a feel for what I think the look and outfit should be. Most definitely girly--I feel very sexy with the fringe, the diamond briolettes and the threader earrings. The collection also has a daintiness to it, although when worn all together, it is hardly dainty. Ok, got it!

10am: Shower, indefinitely, and then start getting ready. For makeup, I stuck with a very similar look that I wear for special occasions, except adding the eye shadows that feature sparkles in the palette of my Naked by Urban Decay. I chose a pink lip color to add to the girly vibe and also play off the pink faux fur stole. For hair, I left the bed head look and stuck with my 3 day old curls. Didn't want the look to be too overdone or too polished. For nails, I kept my natural nail showing and simply glittered the tips only. It's a fun and easy nail look--takes some practice but no need to be an expert.

11am: Put together the outfit and now back to styling the jewelry. I opted for wearing the circular black diamond briolette stud earrings in my first holes, then got creative with the threader earrings and huggies. Rather than wearing them normally, I put one pair on each ear--so threaders on my right ear (holes 2 and 3) and huggies on the other side! I also didn't thread the earrings all the way through--they conveniently have earring posts on each end and I wore them as if they were long dangle earrings. I love the long length and really makes them stand out this way. Necklaces, bracelet and rings were more straightforward with the styling.

11:30am: Off I go, hopped into the car ready to scout out a perfect location to shoot the photos! Our first stop was a historic building with a pretty yellow door. As cute as it seemed, the lighting was way off and after a few shots we moved on. I kept admiring the earring look I was sporting and couldn't get over how perfect the huggies fit my ears. We pulled up to a green oasis with some blossoms and greenery that instantly worked. After some makeshift pruning to a few of the sticks and leaves, it was go-time.

1pm: Back at the house and already going through pictures! The multi-color diamond briolette bracelet and matching necklace really stand out in the photos. The lapis tear drop fringe necklace also stuns and I'm glad we got a few shots of the coordinating earrings, done in white onyx.

2pm: ...I've already emailed and placed my order with Stacy Nolan the pieces that I want! lol

4pm: Once all the photos have been selected, I sadly pack up the jewelry to be mailed back. One of the diamond briolette rings finds a new home in my jewelry box instead of the package, and I wave off the pieces one-by-one as they go.

Pieces used for the photoshoot:

14k yellow gold multi-colored diamond briolette bracelet 2.30 carats total, Price: $1,195

14k yellow gold matching multi-colored diamond briolette necklace 2.43 carats total, Price: $1,450

18k yellow gold fringe drop necklace with lapis and diamonds, Price: $2,760

18k yellow gold matching fringe drop earrings with white onyx, Price: $3,750

14k yellow gold black diamond briolette threader earrings, Price: $155 each

14k yellow gold circle studs with black diamond briolettes, Price: $365

14k yellow gold black diamond briolette huggie earrings, Price: $270

14k yellow gold black diamond briolette ring, Price: $200

14k yellow gold black diamond briolette ring with black pave diamonds, Price: $485

14k yellow gold white diamond briolette ring, Price: $575

14k yellow gold champange diamond briolette ring with white diamond pave, Price: $780

 

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Stacy Nolan Jewelry.

 

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