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How to Wear Spring’s Metallics: Our Choice is Rose Gold
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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.





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





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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Gold Kilt Pin with Snake Motif

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The kilt pin is popular this fall with Versus by Versace, Moschino Cheap and Chic, and Mark Le Bhian. All are offering skirts and dresses incorporating a version of the kilt pin.





The Kilt Pin Makes A Comeback!




Co-opted from menswear as a fashion accessory, the kilt pin adds a golden touch to your favorite black skirt or a bit of edge to a cocktail dress. Versace has a long history of incorporating safety pins and kilt pins into their designs. Who can forget the image of Elizabeth Hurley in the barely there dress by Versace that she wore to the 1994 premier of Four Weddings and a Funeral? The dress looked as if it might fall off if it weren’t for the combination of safety and kilt pins holding it together.


Below is Versus by Versace’s stretch twill mini-skirt and Moschino’s Cheap and Chic, ribbed wool mini skirt in a hot pink. On the runway it was shown with three large kilt pins worn horizontally across the front flap.




The Kilt Pin Makes A Comeback!





Here’s some of our favorite pieces for Fall/Winter and a “How To” guide to wearing a kilt pin with pieces similar to those that you might have in your closet right now.


The Kilt pin worn on a Scotsman’s kilt, contrary to popular belief, is mainly decorative. It is worn on the front of the kilt, pinned only to the top layer (sometimes mistakenly pinned through to the second layer). Its main purpose is to give the front some weight, helping the front panel to hang properly.



The Original Kilt Pin


Courtesy of Kinloch Anderson



Wear it vertically or horizontally at the top of the crossover flap to highlight the waist of Antonio Berardi’s stretch-wool crepe skirt or vertically at the top of the front facing slit on Lucas Nascimento’s chenille pencil skirt (the green skirt to the right).



The Kilt Pin Makes A Comeback!



You can use it to add interest to a jacket or dress where there is some ruched material. Pin it horizontally, near the shoulder on a jacket like this belted wool jacket by Oscar de la Renta or on a dress like the one below from Alexander Wang.



The Kilt Pin Makes A Comeback!





The Kilt Pin Makes A Comeback!


Looking for a kilt pin to accessorize your skirts. We’ve just added this antique, 18 ct gold snake kilt pin to our collections and its available now. Mine! Mine! Mine!


Antique Gold Snake Kilt Pin

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  • A pearl, garnet and enamel snake bangle smaller
  • ElizabethTaylor snake bangle
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The Snake Bracelet: Maybe Cleopatra Wore it Best
By: Sugar et Cie, Categories: Snake Jewelry

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One of our favorite pieces of jewelry is the snake bracelet. And yes we are jewelry junkies with A LOT of favorites. Snake jewelry (bracelets, bangles, rings, necklaces, etc.) the antique, the vintage and the modern, have become very popular over the last year or two and the growing trend shows no evidence of slowing down.


Every time we see a particularly pretty piece of vintage or antique snake jewelry, we snatch it up! We started picking them up a couple of years ago. And as it turns out, we’re not alone. The sly and sometimes mysterious reptile has been turning up in a number of magazines.


While there is a snake ring or bracelet in almost every fashion magazine (mostly modern reproductions), we did notice a particularly stunning antique serpent armlet in the June/July issue of Town & Country Magazine: a gold, six-coil snake with a large sapphire eye from Stephen Russell’s collection ($75,000).


The team at T&C paired it with a short, pale grey, strapless dress and hot-pink stilettos. The bracelet with its multiple coils, looks like something Cleopatra might have worn, the snake winding its way up her arm, shining against her beautiful skin. Below is another armlet on Elizabeth Taylor from her 1963 movie of the same name.


Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra wearing snake bracelet or armlet>

20th Century Fox


We love snake jewelry from the 19th c. and the early 20th c., mostly because of the amazing details often found on fine pieces from the Georgian and Victorian periods. For the most part you won’t find the same kind of detail (hand carving, enameling, intricate design, etc.) on modern reproductions. It doesn’t hurt that the snake or serpent has been a symbol of strength, love and eternity throughout time. Here’s a favorite from the Victorian Period: A gorgeous blue enamel snake bangle with pearls and garnet eyes (circa 1865, sold by Bonhams in 2011 for 3,840 GBP or approximately 6,281 USD).


A pearl, garnet and enamel snake bangle

Courtesy of Bonhams


While the great ones are few and far between, we have been lucky enough to find a few. Find a motif you love (snake, arrow, buckle, heart etc.) and make it part of your everyday style. Browse through the snake bracelets currently in our collection.


Wearing a snake bracelet from Sugar et Cie’s Serpent Collection.


a gold multiple coil snake bracelet with rubies


Interested in snake rings? Take a look at a few of the beauties we currently have in our Rings Serpent Collection.


If you want more information on antique jewelry or just want to browse through exhibitions of drool-worthy jewelry, visit the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jewellery Collection next time you are in London or online: V&A Jewellery.