Entries in may is gold month (2)
The allure of gold is unlike any other metal--it conjures up so many feelings when I look at my favorite yellow gold bracelet brought back from Italy by my grandparents over 20 years ago, or when I wear my gold hoops that I purchased when I graduated from high school. I can sense the power, the value and the weight of the gold, but I can also feel the memories, the sentiment, and the love behind each piece. Celebrating gold is something I do everyday, as it is hands-down my favorite metal used for jewelry, so having an entire month dedicated to GOLD and promoting everything about it makes me happy! Over at May Is Gold Month, they have committed to spreading the knowledge of karat gold, promoting the wearability of gold with weekly trends, even providing some deals and contests for readers as well. For me, it's a passion I can stand behind too, right there with them!
My love for karat gold jewelry has brought me on so many journeys with my #JewelryRoadTrip and working with LoveGold for two years, I've put on some miles all in the name of gold. I love the fact that gold has been found on every continent and it is my lifelong dream to be able to pan for gold and actually find some! I like to relate my quest for finding and featuring gold jewelry stores/designers on my blog as being similar to the gold miners of the big Gold Rush of 1849. In fact, it is one of my most favorite things to research and learn about. The power of gold is depicted best in situations like the California Gold Rush, where hundreds of thousands of gold-seekers put everything on the line in search of one thing. Gold's impact reached far greater than just the discovery of it alone and it will always remain the number one selling metal for luxury and jewelry items.
How you wear and style karat gold jewelry is a whole different realm of gold. My biggest tip would be to try new ideas and trends--don't ever wear the same pieces of jewelry every single day for the rest of your life! If you need some suggestions, May Is Gold Month has put together some weekly trends that you can easily focus on and I'm here to help suggest ways of taking each and making them your own. Let's start from the top!
Trend #1: GOLD HOOPS
A gold jewelry staple that will never go out of style, gold hoops are a piece of karat gold jewelry you must own! Thick or thin, large or small...the style and size does not matter, it's how you wear them and what you wear them with that is most important! I like to wear mine stacked on one ear, with each being similar in size and style. I left my other lobe bare to give it a dramatic effect. Karat gold hoops can really add a spice to your style--a small addition with a big impact.
Trend #2: LIGHTLY LAYERED
This is a great trend because you can combine lots of small, karat gold jewels to create one big, impactful look. I've always had a thing for tiny gold bracelets and each one has a unique style. Some are from Italy from my grandparents so they are very sentimental to me, while one I bought from a gold kiosk in the middle of the mall, and another is from Kay Jewelers. Wearing them all together is fun and every time my arm moves, they move around with me. The small karat gold rings are fun to stack and layer as well, so both types of jewelry play off one another.
Trend #3: GOLD RINGS
This trend comes way too natural for me--I don't ever leave the house with just ONE gold ring. However, there's a skilled art to stacking rings and piling on whatever you have just won't cut it. I like large, elongated rings to go on the biggest finger--the middle finger--and that works as a good starting point. Combine rings that have a special meaning with pieces that are trendy. I love the geometrical trends that are happening right now, so I opted for a lightweight, but still 14k solid gold version of this trend to cut the cost. One thing is for certain though, whenever you buy a piece of karat gold jewelry, it is an investment that you won't regret.
Trend #4: SYMBOLISM
Gold jewelry is often highly symbolic, whether it's a talisman, a good luck charm or a piece of jewelry that means something more than what meets the eye. For me, I have many karat gold charms in my life that hold a symbolic meaning like my Figas, and my lucky locket passed down to me by my Gram. My newest additions are the lapis scarab (if you follow me on Instagram, I've sold two large lapis scarab pieces recently and sort of regretted selling--and then I found like mini version of it just recently on my trip to DC, from The Antique Guild) and a gold heart ring box that holds an almost identical miniature version of my engagement ring, recently purchased from A.Brandt + Son. The charm is so neat because it opens and closes, and the craftsmanship is impeccable.
Trend #5: WRIST BLISS
What a dueling pair of wrists! My bracelet style is quite bipolar--I love a great karat gold Victorian hinged bracelet but then I also can go very modern, chunky with a large, heavy men's Cuban Link chain. Talk about opposites! I love both for different reasons, but that's the beauty of having different styles and karat gold jewelry has SO many styles. I've collected the Victorian gold bracelets over the years from my job being an appraiser, but the Cuban Link chain is my husband's! I hope to own a matching one some day...one that actually fits though! His is huge on me!
Trend #6: NECK CANDY
Necklaces are the type of jewelry I own the least of, but surprisingly that has been changing lately! I think it's because I like wearing necklaces that are more than just a chain and a pendant or charm. That's when I got the bright idea of turning my gold cross charm bracelet into a necklace by adding a gold bracelet to each end and extending the length. It easily transforms it into a close-fitting statement necklace that everyone asks about...and even better, each cross has a story. I've also added my Fox & Bond Mini necklace to the mix to make the look more interesting. The Mini is a miniature solitaire ring which features a special engraving on the inside.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with May Is Gold Month.
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Last month was MAY IS GOLD MONTH, where I participated in an interivew about jewelry and gold--my two favorite things! The website also interviewed several other tastemakers with the same interview questions, all of which are really interesting to read! Check out my interview here (and below):
WHAT ARE THE HOTTEST TRENDS IN JEWELRY?
Many red carpet jewelry trends are translating to every day wear – like pinky rings, bold gemstones, opaque stones, geometric inspired jewels and one-of-a-kind pieces.
HOW DOES THIS TRANSLATE TO GOLD?
Yellow Gold has made its way back into the #1 spot as the preferred metal of consumers. I think people are enjoying its richness in hue and how it looks great with so many skin tones. It also pairs beautifully with so many gemstones.
WHAT MUST HAVE TRENDS IN KARAT GOLD ARE YOU SEEING FOR FALL 2014?
Stackable and collectible rings in 14k Yellow Gold are huge hits for many age groups. The affordability of the thinner rings, combined with the timeless investment of fine Gold is both intelligent and trendy!
WHAT IS THE PERFECT “GOLD” GIFT?
Pieces that are personalized in some way – like an engraving or special birthstone – are perfect Gold gifts. I also love the abundance of Gold inspired charity jewelry that is out in the marketplace.
WHAT (CLASSIC) GOLD PIECES SHOULD EVERY WOMAN OWN?
A really cool statement ring that has a story behind it. Maybe it's antique or vintage… if it makes people stop and ask, it is a totally necessary essential!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF GOLD JEWELRY AND WHY?
In December of 2012 my grandfather passed away. My grandmother gave me their wedding bands from 1956 when they were married in their homeland of Italy. They are 18K Yellow Gold and have beautiful engravings on the insides of each.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT KARAT GOLD?
Gold has such a remarkable, unbelievable history. It has an incredible allure that is deeply rooted. If taken care of properly, a piece of Gold jewelry can last hundreds of years. I love how it can be passed down through generations and continue to be even more valuable year after year.