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Designer Spotlight: Ronni Kappos

Up and coming designer Ronni Kappos vintage glass jewelry designs are bold and bright. When I look at her jewelry line, I first thought rainbow bright would be too flashy or gaudy, but she takes rainbow bright to a sophisticated level. Kappos uses vintage German glass from the 1940s, usually surrounded by 24k gold. All of her designs are so affordable for the detail and craftsmanship. I feel like that won't last long. As soon as America gets familiar with this designer, I'm sure we won't be seeing prices under $100. So check out her work at Twist, and check out my favorites below!

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This is the Propeller necklace--black, red and teal vintage German glass with 24k gold. It hangs from a nylon cord that is a kelly green color. This could be worn casually or even dressed up. It is playful and pretty, great for summer. And only $100!

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The Triple Ellipse earrings remind me of a modern version of the cat tail plant. The color combination here would go great with jeans. These are $140.

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And lastly, the Emblem pendant. Vintage glass that is a pretty sky-blue circle, contrasts the bright tomato-red diamond shapes. It has 24k gold surrounding the shapes on a brown nylon cord. Only $100.

Fancy Diamonds; A Wide Range of Colors

Canary...Champagne...Chocolate. Yes, these are names for colored diamonds, and they are some of the prettiest out there. They are called fancy diamonds, and have become increasingly popular these days. Ranging in all shades you could think of, as well as color combinations--like brownish pink, or orangey pink. Sometimes, even taking the place of the tradional colorless diamond for an engagement ring. Remember Jennifer Lopez's 6 carat pink diamond engagement ring, given to her by Ben Affleck? Some celebrities have sought out purple and yellow diamonds. So of all the colors, which is the rarest? That coveted title goes to Red! Red diamonds are extremely rare, followed by Blue.

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This is a champagne colored diamond that is set in platinum. The diamond is graded as a 'fancy-brown-yellow.' It is set in an Edwardian style setting, with diamonds flanking the sides. The diamond is 3.13 carats! It is for sale on Fay Cullen, and priced at $8000.

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Here are some canary diamonds--a very pretty, and flattering yellow. These earrings create an interesting illusion, making it seem that the cluster of yellow diamonds are actually one large stone. But really, there are four small marquise cut diamonds with a tiny round in the center. They are designed by Brian Danielle and can be found on Max & Chloe for $1990.

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And finally, we can't talk about fancy diamonds without including black diamonds! This eternity band is a very special piece. Black diamonds look great set in white gold or platinum. This ring is from www.ice.com and is only $295. The website always offers free shipping on items over $150, so that is an extra bonus!

Necklaces: Nature-Inspired

I've been outside nearly the entire day. Sometimes I feel it is urgent to stop and appreciate nature. With our hectic lives that we all live, it is sad that we don't take the time to just sit and take in the incredible wonders of this world. You could sit and watch the sunset, watch a tiny ant make its way home while carrying something 3x its size, or wonder about the stars and moon. It is relaxing and puts your worries into perspective.
Here are some nature-inspired pieces that are just as amazing as nature itself. Maybe purchasing one will remind you to stop and appreciate the little things in life.

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This little necklace is designed by Pippa Small. That green gem is a chrysophase and it is strung on a natural cord. To give it some glam, two 22k gold seeds are added. This necklace definitely has earthy elegance! It can be purchased at Twist for $620.
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Doves hold a special meaning to my family, so this necklace is near the top of my wishlist. The designer, Renee Garvey, is amazing and all of her designs are so organic. The dove has a white diamond for an eye, and is hanging with a raw black diamond and a smoothed beach stone. What a neat combination! The leather cord is so right...I can't imagine this piece with a gold chain necklace. It is $358 and found on Eliza Page.

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This necklace comes from a website I recently came across and quickly added to my Favorites. It is called Ele Keats and they have amazing jewelry. This particular one is an 18k gold necklace with an emerald crystal as the center-piece. That emerald looks like it has just been dug out from underground. I like how the necklace has the other emerald and gold accents, rather than just the center pendant. Price: $835

Designer Spotlight: Donna Distefano

Makeovers are always fun, but when anyone hears the word 'makeover' they think hair salons, new wardrobe, and getting their nails done.  Donna Distefano adds one more kind of makeover--a jewelry makeover! 

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Ever get tired of that old diamond solitaire ring that is just sitting in your jewelry box?  Or how about that gawdy 80s style diamond cluster ring that catches and snags on all your sweaters?  Well Donna Distefano offers the opportunity to transform your old piece into a modern, up-to-date style!  She consults one-on-one in her studio, giving advice and her expertise.  You are also provided with chocolates, champagne, and gift bags...(all your favorites!)  This can even be done for small parties, bridal parties, anniversary or birthday parties for up to six ladies.  Now that would be a day to remember!  For booking inquiries, check out the website or call 212-594-3757.

Below are some pieces from her jewelry line.  Her collection has inspirations from her previous work and job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check out the prices and other pieces on her website, and you can also order directly. Happy shopping!

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My shopping experience at Ylang|23

Want a shopping experience like no other? Are you nervous about ordering fine jewelry online? Well, Ylang|23 will make you feel like VIP and treat you right!



Earlier this year I had some extra holiday cash and wanted to treat myself. I had been fascinated with Ylang|23's assortment of jewelry on their site for quite sometime...so I thought, why not? When I finally decided to purchase a bracelet by designer Sydney Evan, I noticed it was no longer on their website! I decided to send a quick email about it, but didn't want to get my hopes up. I immediately recieved a response from a friendly sales associate. She had found what I was describing and told me that she would have it ordered. I was even able to get the 7" bracelet sized down to 6.25" at no extra cost! That made my day because it is usually very difficult to find bracelets that can be resized to fit my wrist.

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The sales associate always made time to serve me as a customer, even if I lived 1,000 miles away! When I received my bracelet, it was wrapped in the cutest packaging and ribbon...I didn't want to untie it! But, I quickly did and was amazed by my purchase. I also received a thank you card. I want to thank Ylang|23 for their great service and beautiful jewelry. My purchase may not have been as pricey as some of the jewels that go for thousands...but you sure made me feel as if mine did!

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Pictured far above is the white gold, sapphire and diamond lucky eye bracelet that I purchased; designed by Sydney Evan. Directly above are a few pieces from Ylang|23 that caught my eye! Designers are Ten Thousand Things, Gurhan, and Andrea Fohrman, respectively.