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Must Haves Accessories: Think Pink For Spring
02 / 28

 

IS PINK THE NEW BLACK?

 

Icy pastels, usually reserved for Spring, were part of the color palette this past Fall/Winter. Well, Spring is approaching and pink is still here. Models pranced down the runway at Spring Fashion Week covered in pink from head to toe (Alexander Wang, Balmain, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga). All shades were present from sugary bubble gum to fuchsia to the palest of pales. Not a big fan of all over pink? Add hints and pops of the color through your accessories: shoes, bags, jewelry, etc. Here are some of our top picks.

 

Satin strappy sandals in hot pink

 

 

Sergio Rossi satin pink strappy sandals

 

 

A new discovery, for me anyway. Julep nail polish seems to be free of nasty chemicals. They call it 4-Free. It doesn’t contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, or toluene.

 

 

pale pink nail polish

 

 

 

Julep nail polish in Emanuelle

 

 

At first glance this looks like mother of pearl, but as it turns out it’s plastic.

oval pink and black striped purse

 

Striped oval clutch from Edie Parker

 

 

pale pink mule with gold embellishments

 

Pale pink and gold mule from Oscar De La Renta

 

 

pale pink pearls  with rose gold shield locket embellishments

Cultured pearls with rose gold shield locket from Sugar et Cie

 

 

bubblegum pink peep toe pumps with skulls

 

Bubblegum pink pumps with jeweled skull detail from Alexander McQueen

 

 

pink cashmere and silk scarf

 

 

Chan Luu silk cashmere scarf

 

 

hot pink flat sandlas

 

 

Fuchsia leather embellished t-bar sandals from DSQUARED2

 

 

vintage buckle on blush glazed alligator cuff

 

 

Antique buckle on blush pink glazed alligator cuff from Sugar et Cie

 

 

hot pink lip gloss

 

 

Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl lip gloss in “Boom Boom” fuchsia

 

 

 

04 / 05

 

Secret Keepers

 

What’s better than a really good secret? Perhaps a beautiful piece of jewelry that lets you keep a secret and bring it with you wherever you go. I know that I’m not the only one that finds it hard to resist a hidden compartment. I have been an eye-witness to the bidding frenzy that happens when a piece of jewelry contains a hidden locket compartment. It seems to double or triple the price.

Ruby and Diamond Watch Ring

 

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Hidden Watches

 

We recently acquired a cocktail ring circa 1950. A stunning ring of with cabochon cut rubies, set in rose gold and a diamond at the center. However, what compelled us to snatch it up was the secret behind the face of the ring – a Swiss made watch. It’s fun to have a secret and wear a one of a kind piece that you know no one else is going to have. How many people have you seen wearing a gem-set watch ring? Visit our Cocktail Ring Collection for more information.

 

The Poison Ring

 

Research suggests that the poison ring might be more fiction than fact. Although they did exist, who used them and for what purposes have definitely been exaggerated. Lucrezia Borgia, part of the Machiavellian world of Renaissance Italy, is one of the better known figures at the center of this lore. She is rumored to have poisoned the drinks of her family’s political rivals via a ring she wore that contained a hidden compartment filled with a poisonous substance.

 

The only modern poison ring that I have seen which seems to capture the beauty and spirit of this Renaissance myth is from the famous Maison Boucheron. They had a collection a few years ago that included a series of poison rings with pave-set gems (sapphires, rubies, and emeralds) set in blackened gold. The top slides open to reveal a secret compartment in which to keep your poison of course!

 

Lockets

 

Jewelry from the Victorian period had a language of its own. Many pieces of jewelry from the period incorporated either symbolism, sentimentality or secrecy and sometimes all three. The Victorians loved compartments, hidden or in plain sight. They engraved messages and tucked away tokens of luck or love (painted portraits, a lock of hair, a dried four leaf clover). Lockets hanging from chains or collars were very popular. Most contained pictures of loved ones.

 

 

Antique Victorian Silver Locket

 

 

Victorian Silver Locket with Original Pictures

 

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Bangle bracelets occasionally contained a photo compartment. The compartments were usually hidden behind a small hinged panel that opened up to reveal a framed photo inside.

 

We love these antique pieces with secret hiding places. It’s great to have a piece of jewelry in which to keep a hidden picture of your significant other, children or pets. Some (lockets, pocket watches, bangles) are given as gifts with monograms engraved on a blank cartouche on the outside and/or with a secret message on the inside. Many brooch/pendants have glazed compartments (hidden underneath) which originally were used to hold a lock of hair. Use it to hold a secret message, name or date instead. Browse through our Victoriana Collection and find your favorite jeweled secret keeper.