Endless talk of all things sparkly.

Obsessions

How about some gold bracelets?

Stack 'em high!  A trend that is pretty glamorous, is happening right now.  Gold and diamonds are the perfect combination for a glittery wristful. The picture above could act as inspiration--here are some gold bracelets for you guys to check out. This chunky 18k gold and diamond bracelet is actually a vintage piece from Dover Jewelry. It is priced at $12500, so you can see that this trend comes with a price. I could see this bracelet being passed down through generations, and well worth the pricetag. This bracelet has an interesting bamboo link look to it. The diamonds add some glam to an otherwise organic bracelet. The designer is Henry Dunay, and can be found at Neiman Marcus. Gold Palace has always been a favorite of mine. Their bangles made in India, usually are made of 22k gold. Make sure you click on the help section to figure out your correct size of bangle--standard inches are not used. This one is actually a baby bangle, but would probably fit me since I have such tiny wrists! Read More

My Jewel Box

I miss…

  One thing that I miss is my Lori Greiner mirrored jewelry box.  We just moved 12 hours away and I was forced to part with it.  It kept all my jewelry so organized and the mirror was an extra bonus.  I chose the cherry finish, although now I wish I had gotten the white. I recommend it highly, although it was not fun taking it out of the huge cardbard packaging.  Large pieces of masking tape were placed across the front of the mirror, and when I first got it, I couldn't get all the residue off from the tape.  Not even Goo Gone worked!  With the help of a razor blade and a lot of Windex, it was good as new.  The jewelry box can be purchased at QVC. As for now... I have this tiny travel case. :( Read More

Auctions

eBay: Pick of the Week!

Searching on eBay for jewelry can be fun and exciting.  It is like having an antique mall at your fingertips--and a very large one at that!  I usually look every other day, using the categories: Jewelry & Watches > Vintage, Antique > Fine > Diamonds.  From there, you can narrow your search even more by choosing a specific time period, like Art Nouveau or Edwardian.  Since I don't have a favorite time period, I usually leave it broad.    This week's top picks come from member: ashland_investments.  Both are lots of vintage bar pins, which are in excellent condition and at a great price.  I like the sapphire and diamond ones.  I might have to make an offer on these! A great idea to wear these vintage bar pins is for all the brides-to-be out there.  If you have a silk ribbon or sash going around your waist of your wedding dress, pin one of these to the very front or even in the back.  It will look stunning and it could even work for "something old." Read More

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Obsessions

Obsession: Crosses

I guess since it is Sunday, it would be appropriate to feature some glitzy crosses for your enjoyment. Over the years, this symbol continues to be a favorite and will never go out of style. So remember that when you are purchasing cross jewelry. In any given day, I bet you will see at least one person wearing a cross--whether it is on their ring, hanging as a pendant or dangling from their ears. Here are my top choices for this classic symbol: This delicate rosary is trendy and would make any white t-shirt look designer. It actually has yellow sapphire beads as the chain, which makes it even more unique. Designer: Me & Ro, Price: $1630 and you can purchase this at the Giving Tree. This little thing is 14k white gold and is a necklace that features an offset cross. It is not your everyday cross pendant that hangs from a chain, and that's why I like it. A tiny diamond completes the necklace which can be found at Ylang|23. Price: $465. Don't forget your ears! I think both these 14k yellow gold earrings would be extremely versatile and and are both under $50 from Ross-Simons! At this price you could buy a few pairs, depending on how many holes you have in your ears. Read More

Antique & Vintage Jewelry

Estate Finds

Vintage jewelry is a whole new level of the jewelry scene. The intricacies of the workmanship do not compare sometimes to present-day jewelry. And the hunt for unique pieces is the best! Here are a few finds I came across in my hunt...now if I could only afford them... This gorgeous bypass ring is from Dover Jewelry.  You have 1.55 carats right here, set in platinum for $5400.  Would make the ultimate engagement ring! I am pretty much in love with this estate bracelet from the 1950s! I like the delicate look of the blue enamel. Of course it has lots of diamonds, which make the price tag come in at $1595! From Ross-Simons. Lastly, I spotted this necklace on Fay Cullen. I don't know why, but I like it...I think it would look great with a plain black strapless top and some skinny jeans. The price is $690 and features lapis and turquoise. Find any good estate pieces? Post the web address in the comment section of this post! Looking forward to checking out your finds! Read More

Obsessions

Obsession: Eternity Bands

A ring that never could go out of style is the classic eternity band. For those of you who don't know, they are bands that have gemstones that go all the way around the entire ring. The stones can be cut in a few different shapes, adding to the uniqueness. Recently, I purchased a round cut sapphire eternity band on Ebay from Doverjewelry. Doverjewelry is a great seller, who was featured in Lucky magazine. The ring caught my attention because of the etching along the 18k white gold, as well as its size of 4.5 (since I have the tiniest fingers!!). It is very difficult to find an eternity ring that small without getting it custom made. I also liked the channel setting because of its wearability (stones are less likely to be "knocked" out). If you're looking for an eternity band, but don't feel like taking a chance on Ebay, check out these below. Happy hunting! This one is from www.Ross-Simons.com It retails for $585, but usually they have some sort of sale, whether it's 15% off or free shipping. The pattern is pretty on this one and 35 points of diamonds make it good for stacking. Or, check out this turquoise and 18k yellow gold eternity band. I like the chunkyness of this ring. It has a boho-chic look to it. But, it comes with a hefty price tag of $1050 from www.moondancejewelry.com The best for last! This eternity band designed by Todd Reed takes the cake! Over 6 carats of raw diamonds and outfitted in 18k yellow gold. At $6000 this would make a great anniversary gift.  Available at www.twistonline.com Read More