I'm heavily inspired by great artists. Iconic painters, photographers and designers of all kinds provide a wealth of beauty to enjoy. Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky were Expressionist and Abstract painters who wielded color on a paint brush with abandon and I'm often drawn to the colors and symmetry used in their original work. I've used combinations of hues from these artists' most colorful masterpieces in my signature LUXE collection. The colors of stones like blue-green Turquoise, deep orange Carnelian, rich yellow Topaz, intense purple Amethyst and neon green Peridot are well represented in some of my favorite paintings, a few of which I've shared here in the collage above. My artist-inspired classic cluster earrings are available in our store and as custom designs where I love working with customers one-on-one to create color and gemstone combos based on their own artistic inspirations.
May 28, 2014
May 20, 2014
The long Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us! I'm counting down to a few days of excitement as well as much needed rest and relaxation. My calendar is filled with a variety of activities from supporting local artists and crafters at one of my favorite open air markets to hosting a small cocktail party for visiting friends at a beloved casino paradise. Between events, I've made sure to schedule a little chill time for spa-ing, shopping the big sales and if warm enough, getting a little recreational reading done beachside with The Man. Having one look that can handle it all with a stylish comfort factor is key. From the perfect tote bag to a fabulous skinny gilded bangle bracelet, take your weekend chill style to another level. Take a leisurely stroll in gold flats, adorable eyelet shorts and a striking neon tank top. Add colorful stud earrings and chic sunglasses and you're good to go! And of course, if you're going to enjoy the great outdoors, don't forget the sunscreen!
*images: River Island Strappy Cami Top, Matthew Williamson Sunglasses, Gemmy Jewels Hexagon Stud Earrings, L'Oreal Suncreen, Janet Evanovich book, Michael Michael Kors Tote Bag, Gemmy Jewels Skinny Gold Hinged Bangle Bracelet, Merona Eyelet Shorts, Sam Edelman Sandals
May 13, 2014
A fabulous customer who shops in our Gemmy Jewels showroom quite frequently always lets us know what season it is by the delectable fragrance she wears. Her nose is spot on at picking just the right scent for her body chemistry and style. Somehow, she manages to coordinate her scent with whatever look she is wearing that day. It's so uncanny, we had to ask her how she did it.
First, she doesn't have a signature scent. Not being limited by a particular brand allows her to explore. She buys fragrances that simply, strike her fancy (we wonder what the top of her dresser must look like). Second, she never buys a scent on impulse and she never tests a fragrance in the store. It's just not a real life environment so she collects samples and spends a few days with each scent, letting them grow on her. She audits her collection and returns to purchase the perfumes and eau de toilettes that work perfectly for her. Her favorite Summer fragrance? Le Mimosa by Annick Goutal.
A few passionate perfume buffs from our staff shared their own "swell smells" for Summer:
1. Elisabeth, our Administrative Manager has a thing for scents from the 90's because they remind her of her college days, date nights and sorority socials. She adores Cool Water by Davidoff because it's fresh, great for everyday and has staying power.
2. It could be her obsession with baked goods that keeps Lisa, our Marketing Director in love with sugary, super sweet fragrances like Coach's Poppy Blossom. Her 8 year old triplet boys say Mommy smells like cake when she wears it.
3. Our Production Intern, Calise, helps to make our jewelry by hand so it's natural that she would appreciate handmade fragrance oils like her top pick Sirena by Spectrum Cosmetics. The roll-on bottle is so convenient - pop in the purse for touch-ups.
4. Me? I love almost any scent with a rose base. My current go-to is the fresh green floral named after one of my favorite places to hang out in NYC - Highline by Bond no. 9. So lovely, I predict the bottle will be empty by the end of the season.
What scents will you spritz on the Summer?
*images (top and middle): huffingtonpost.com, livesimplybyannie.com
May 6, 2014
It's wedding season! The glorious time of year when my design studio comes alive with beautiful crystals, diamonds and the most incredible brides in search of jewelry that is as unique as they are. It's my honor to work one-on-one with The Classic Bride who appreciates wedding traditions, The Avant Garde Bride with her eclectic style and The Contemporary Bride and her eye for clean lines and sophisticated airiness. All are very original but I have found that when it comes to creating a piece of jewelry for their special day, Pearls are the most requested element. Their creamy luster, often quirky shapes (freshwater pearls) and iridescent glow make them perfectly suited for every bride. Incorporating real or faux pearls into wedding decor is also a popular trend I'm loving right now for its elegance and sophistication.
Pearls can become a treasured keepsake to adorn the bride, accessorize the groom, or present as memorable gifts for the wedding party. As my Style Board above illustrates, they enhance the romance of this noteworthy occasion. Having pearl bridal jewelry custom designed especially for the bride and bridal party is a surefire way to assure one-of-a-kind looks for this extra special day.
Need bridal jewelry and other wedding inspiration? Check out our boutique on Etsy and our Bridal Bliss board on Pinterest.
**images: Monique pearl earrings, pearl back gown, pearl drape bouquet, pearl flower hair pins, pearl clutch, Victoria pearl necklace, pearl birdcage veil, pearl bouquet, pearl bow shoes, pearl barrette, pearl draped chairs, pearl candle centerpiece, pearl wedding cake, pearl wedding cake server set