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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

“… it’s fun to wear, it has lasting value and it connects people across generations.” Hmm. What could that describe? A top from H&M? The latest iPhone? An app, an antique end table or a even an exotic trip? Nope! It can only be jewelry. Michelle Graff, the editor-in-chief of National Jeweler, wrote those words […]

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

The choker necklace has gotten so hot so fast this spring — especially at Coachella — that Vogue is ready to declare the style so over in favor of ankle bracelets, aka anklets. Forget the choker necklace, this is the accessory you need this summer: https://t.co/FEVuX8Liqf — Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) April 20, 2016 When I saw […]

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Admittedly, I’m biased, but I think I have the best Easter egg evah (apologies to Faberge and the Russian royal family, but mine is wearable). My egg locket is made out of 18K yellow gold and it has a surprise inside. Look at the silver hen with her diamond eye! But why stop with one […]

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My jewelry line is closely connected with my interest in bad-ass historical women. One of the earliest designs I did was my Gloriana necklace, inspired by Elizabeth I. There are so many things I love about Elizabeth I.  I included a couple of my favorite stories in this post from 2007. Check it out. CLICK […]

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Thank you to gorgeous JCK senior editor Jennifer Heebner for including my BOSSY necklace in her post on whimsical jewelry designs. Whimsical is No. 7 on Jennifer’s list of 12 jewelry trends for 2016. JCK is a jewelry-industry trade magazine so the annual list of jewelry trends is meant for retailers as a “guideline for […]

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Erica M. Blumenthal, writing for the New York Times Thursday Styles section, has declared that this is the year of the daisy: “Expect a floral explosion as spring fashion starts to arrive in stores, and no flower is getting more love this season than the daisy. The relentlessly cheerful print, iconic in a grungy way […]

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

I’ve been excited about rubies for my Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day countdown, so here are some more rubies with a punk twist. Proving Valentine’s Day red doesn’t have to be all hearts are these ruby-eyed skull earrings. There’s a matching necklace … … and a ring. For those with an unlimited budget, I’d recommend a different […]

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Friday, February 12, 2016

The Vampire Diana heart ring has been a Jewel of the Month before, but I’ve got to revisit it for this Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day countdown. My Vampire Diana designs — hearts with stakes through them — were inspired by my favorite bloodsucker, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I started out with a silver ring […]

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Here’s a jewelry design for Throwback Thursday that’s also ruby-red for Valentine’s Day: my Lady Jane necklace. The true story of Lady Jane Grey — the “Nine Day Queen” of Tudor times — inspired me to create this teardrop-shaped pendant in 2008. It was made from two pieces of custom-cut rock crystal, loose rubies, and […]

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

You’ve got one more day to order for Valentine’s Day delivery. How about this BAE necklace for your bae? I like the way “bae” can be applied to your girlfriend or your platonic gal pal. If you don’t have a Valentine, get it for your Galentine!  

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