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How to Wear Spring’s Metallics: Our Choice is Rose Gold
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CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS SEASON’S METALLICS?

 

Neither can we. And apparently neither could Jason Wu, Lanvin, Altuzarra, and Tom Ford. All incorporated metallic shimmer and shine into their Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collections.

 

 

Altuzarra Spring 2014 Ready to Wear

 

Altuzarra Spring 2014, Ready-to-Wear Courtesy of Vogue U.K.

 

 

HOW TO WEAR IT

 

A great way to bring metallics out of the dark of night and into the daylight, is to mix an ultra-feminine, typically evening, metallic with a contrasting menswear piece. This look straight off of the runway from Altuzarra, is a great example: a menswear “long underwear” knit top paired with a metallic silk, high-slit, narrow skirt.

 

 

Spring Metallics

 

 

OUR CURRENT FAVORITE: ROSE GOLD

 

I’m fighting a losing battle trying to resist this liquid, rose gold, sequinned skirt from Haute Hippie. We’ve paired it with a menswear inspired, white linen, button-down shirt, from Frank & Eileen. Roll up the cuffs and tuck it or belt it in. The boots are Saint Laurent’s Paris Ankle Boots in Cognac.

 

Play up the rose gold by accessorizing it with your favorite rose gold jewelry. I especially love the patina of antique gold. Slip on this rose gold and old European cut diamond snake ring from our Collections.

 

 

Antique Rose Gold Snake Ring

 

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Want to see more rose gold fashion? Visit our Pinterest Board: Blush – Trends 2013/14 – Blush, Beige, Buff and Rose Gold.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Antique & Modern: Double Strand of Pink Pearls with Antique Rose Gold Shield Locket

 

A Pink Pearl Necklace and Rose Gold Locket

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It’s that time of year again! Soft iridescent shades reminiscent of pink pearls and warm neutrals in rose gold tones are starting to appear. Pink, blush and nudes are a big part of Spring’s fashion landscape for 2013. Louis Vuitton has added two new pinks to its handbag collection: Indian Rose, a candy-colored pink and Rose Velours, a pale pink-beige.

 

 

Spring Trends 2013

 

Tom Ford and Valentino both included shades of blush and beige in their spring collections. And even Pantone has jumped in declaring “Linen,” (a color that falls somewhere between buff and blush) one of the top 10 colors for the Season.

 

Our favorites in this lovely group of neutrals are: blush and rose gold. Jessica Chastain recently demonstrated the beauty of the color when she wore a Swarovksi beaded, rose gold stunner by Armani Privé to the Oscars last week.

 

Of course no look is truly complete without a few pieces of jewelry. The jewels that are part our Spun Sugar collection are not only one-of-a-kind, but also pair well with the blush, buff, and caramel colors that are part of this Spring Trend. The inspiration for this collection came from gems and precious metals that remind of us of the colors of spun sugar: pale cotton-candy pink, the warm rose-yellow gold of spun sugar and the sparkling white of granulated sugar.

 

Here are a few sweet treats from this collection:

 

Pink Pearl and Double Diamond Earrings in 18kt White Gold

 

Each pearl has a slightly different hue of pink. One is lavender-pink, with a blue iridescence and the other is a peach-pink with golden overtones.

A Pair of Pink Baroque Pearl Earrings with Two Brilliant Cut Diamonds

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Edwardian Rose Gold, Twist Link, Albert Watch Chain Necklace

 

This Albert watch chain has a feminine oval link, but is still solid enough to be worn with larger pendants. The reason that so many covet antique rose gold, is the patina and color that develops over the years which is difficult to reproduce in a modern piece.

An Antique Albert Watch Chain in Rose Gold

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Modern: 18kt White Gold Danglers with Baroque Pearls Topped with Diamonds

 

These two large baroque pearls shimmer in shades of silvery white and the palest of pinks. They are topped of by rose cut diamonds in a shade somewhere between cognac and rose. They hang from elongated, tear-drop shaped hoops of 18 kt white gold.

 

White Baroque Pearl Earrings with Rouse Cut, Cognac Diamonds in White Gold

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You can find the clothes and accessories from our “Spring Trends 2013: Blush” layout through the following:

 

Jewelry (from left to right)

 

As pictured: Antique: Victorian Etruscan Revival Gold Drop Earrings in 15 ct Gold

As pictured: Antique: Edwardian Rose Gold, Twist Link, Albert Watch Chain Necklace, by Sugar et Cie

As pictured: Modern: Pink Baroque Pearl and Double Diamond Earrings in 18kt White Gold, by Sugar et Cie

 

Clothing

 

As pictured: Hume Top in Sunset, by ALLSAINTS

As pictured: Leather Jacket with Ruffle Detail, by Zara

As pictured: Pencil Skirt, by Versace (now out of stock see alternative below)

Alternative: Silk Skirt, by Dolce & Gabbana

As pictured: Cole Ashby Jeans in Optic, by ALLSAINTS

As pictured: Vegan Leather Tank in Blush, by Sabine

 

Shoes

 

As pictured: Sierra Sandals, by Pour La Victoire

As pictured: Olympe, by Jean-Michel Cazabat

As pictured: Dolly Slingbacks in Blush Pink Suede, by Charlotte Olympia