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Trend Alert – Pastels for Fall/Winter 2013
09 / 24

 

JORDAN ALMOND COLORED PASTELS: FROM WINTER COATS TO TAHITIAN PEARLS

 

What is typically a dominant trend on the runways for Spring has become a hot trend for Winter – Pastels. Beautiful Jordan Almond colored pastels are everywhere. Dive into the trend with a full length winter coat in cotton candy pink from Jonathan Saunders or in blush from Zara. You can always take a more restrained approach by investing in pastel colored accessories that can be worn all year round.

 

PALE PINK, BLUSH, AND ICY BLUE ACCESSORIES

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These Tahitian cultured pearl and diamond earrings were created by Sugar et Cie and are one of a kind. The drop earrings feature Tahitian cultured pearls, one of which is a vivid peacock blue, and the other is a pale, icy blue/silver-grey. The entire setting is in 18 kt white gold. There are thirty-six brilliant cut diamonds set into white gold, sea-star shaped caps. In contrast at the top of the earring, is a single modern rose cut, white diamond set in a hexagon-shaped white gold bezel.

 

 

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These cultured baroque pearl and diamond earrings were created by Sugar et Cie and are a one-of-a-kind jewel. Each pearl has a slightly different hue of pink. One is peach-pink with golden overtones and the other is lavender-pink, with a blue iridescence. Each is topped by two sparkling, white, brilliant-cut diamonds, bezel set in 18 kt white gold, for a total of 2.4 carats.

 

PALE PINK, BLUSH, AND ICY BLUE ON THE CATWALK

 

These are our favorite pastel catwalk pics from British Vouge’s coverage of Fall/Autumn Fashion Week.

 

Jenny Packham Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear 2013

 

Jenny Packham Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear 2013

 

 

 

Dior Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear 2013

 

Dior Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear 2013

 

 

 

Carven Autumn/Winter 2013

 

Carven Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear 2013

 

 

 

Carven Autumn/Winter 2013

 

Carven Autumn/Winter Ready-to-Wear 2013

 

09 / 14

 

ANTIQUE DIAMOND BROOCH

 

This late 19th century silver over gold diamond arrow and crescent brooch, set throughout with rose and old-cut diamonds, is the latest addition to our collection.

 

 

Antique Diamond Arrow Brooch

 

 

The arrow was a popular motif throughout the Georgian and Victorian periods. What makes this example unique and interesting is the crescent moon at the center. The arrow by itself or combined with a heart often conveyed a message of love. Was this an emblem of an archery enthusiast or Cupid’s arrow aimed at the heart?

 

An antique diamond brooch is a versatile piece of jewelry that you can wear with anything from jeans to a Little Black Dress. Here are a few pieces that we’ve curated from the Fall Collections that we think would look great paired with this week’s item.

 

 

LITTLE BLACK DRESS FOR FALL

 

A diamond pin is a great way to add a pop of light to a little black dress. If you are looking to add one to your closet for the upcoming season, take a look at the these three.

 

 

one shoulder black cocktail dress

 

A.F. Vandevorst – Belgium

 

 

 

 

a little black dress

 

Barbara Bui – Paris

 

 

 

 

a ruched black dress with cap sleeves

 

Jay Godfrey – New York

 

 

 

 

WEAR IT EVERYWHERE – BLACK BLAZER

 

Pin a diamond arrow or a collection of arrow brooches to the pocket, shoulder, or lapel of a blazer. It looks great with a classic fitted black blazer like the one from Barbara Bui or with a short knit jacket like the one from Rebecca Taylor.

 

 

Short Black Blazer

 

Rebecca Taylor – New York

 

 

 

 

Barbara Bui Black Blazer

 

Barbara Bui – Paris

 

 

 

 

Barbara Bui Black Blazer

 

Tagliatore – Italy

 

 

 

 

09 / 07

 

THE GUIDE

 

We hope we can help baffled boyfriends and husbands everywhere. If you’ve had difficulty buying jewelry for your significant other in the past, either because you find it too difficult or because whatever you gave her went straight into a jewelry box never to be seen again, then this “How To” guide is for you!

 

We’re not claiming that following will guarantee that your next purchase will be a slam dunk, but we think it will definitely increase your chances of hitting it out of the park (are the sports metaphors helping?).

 

We’re betting that when you tried shopping for her previously, you’ve been asked: What’s her style? This is a hard question for a man to answer and sometimes a difficult question for a woman to answer about herself. It becomes easier when you break the question down into bite size pieces.

 

WHAT COLOR METAL?

 

images of precious metal colors

 

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What kind of metal she currently wears is important. Some women only wear one kind of metal. Is she the type that wears only platinum or white metals (white gold, platinum, silver)? Maybe she wears only yellow gold? Or perhaps she has very specific taste and rose gold is her favorite.

 

Above are pieces of jewelery from our collection in the various metals to give you an idea of the colors associated with: Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Platinum, Silver and Silver over Gold. Keep in mind many of our pieces are antique and a new and modern piece will be shinier with less of the warm patina that develops over time. If you want to know more (why platinum is typically more expensive than gold? or what makes rose gold different from yellow gold?), visit our Glossary.

 

WHAT COLOR GEM?

 

If the gift you are thinking about purchasing contains gems, then the color of the stone is also a factor. Blue may be her favorite color, but it’s possible that rubies and diamonds may be her favorite. What she already has (and wears) or what she talks about wanting are useful clues.

 

RING, BRACELET, NECKLACE OR EARRINGS?

 

Is she the type that changes her jewelry when she changes her clothes or does she wear the same key pieces of jewelry pretty much every day (excluding of course special events)? A good friend of mine wears the same diamond studs everyday, but loves to wear different large gem-set cocktail rings on her index finger.

 

MODERN OR ANTIQUE?

 

When it comes down to modern or antique, do you happen to notice whether she runs into Tiffany to look at the latest designs or is the local jewelry store that specializes in Estate or Antique jewelry her favorite place to browse? Does she favor a one-of-a-kind piece with history, or does she want the latest new bauble?

 

ASK FOR HELP

 

Ask her friends or family for help, if you think they can keep a secret. Do yourself a favor though and don’t ask the ones that either don’t share her taste or don’t know her style. You definitely don’t want to be the one that ends up buying the girl who loves emerald cut diamonds set in platinum a marquis cut diamond set in yellow gold or vice versa!

 

REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN SHOP FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME OR OFFICE

 

If you don’t have the time during normal shopping hours or don’t like running from store to store – shop online! Just make sure you ask questions and read the return policy. If they don’t answer your questions, aren’t helpful, or don’t provide answers to your questions that demonstrate they know their product, then move on.

 

PRESENTATION MATTERS!

 

Lastly presentation matters. It’s a bonus if the boutique you make your purchase from sends the jewelry presentation ready. Let them know it’s a gift. However, if you don’t like their packaging or if it is a special occasion, you might want to consider taking extra steps.

 

images of precious metal colors

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For an engagement ring, consider purchasing a special ring box. During the late 19th century and the first part of the 20th century, engagement rings (or even rings for Valentines Day or Christmas) were presented by high-end jewelers in sterling silver ring boxes. They were lined in velvet, mohair or silk and often monogrammed with her initials.

 

You can still find these antique and vintage sterling silver ring boxes for sale. Don’t let the already monogrammed boxes discourage you. The engraving was often done by hand and is a piece of art. It can be challenging and costly to find a skilled artisan that can re-create something similar. The box will be something she treasures almost as much as the ring inside.