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Victorian Bangles: Stack ‘Em Up
02 / 16


Stacking Bangles


Stacking bracelets seems to be one of those trends that never really fades. In fact, during the Victorian period, women would wear multiple bangles on both arms. Maybe we wouldn’t go that far, but we do love to pile on these delicate Victorian bangles set with rubies, diamonds, pearls, and sapphires. They seem to go so well with so many different looks.


The workmanship and details are what make these Victorian gold bangles unique. You are unlikely to find details like the engraved scrolling pattern that covers the top and bottom edge of the sapphire and diamond bracelet on a modern piece. You can tell that the stars and squares in both the ruby and diamond and the sapphire and diamond bracelets are hand carved and one of a kind because each one is slightly different. We especially love the fact that from the side, the center of the rose gold, seed pearl, and diamond bangle looks like the top of a royal scepter or a crown. The gypsy set bangles (the ones in the picture below with the stars and squares) especially lend themselves to stacking, as the stones are set flush to the surface of the gold.


Antique: Victorian Rose Gold, Diamond & Seed Pearl Bangle Bracelet


A Victorian Rose Gold Diamond and Seed Pearl Bangle

© Copyright Sugar et Cie 2013


These bangles are really versatile. You can wear one by itself, mix them with the bangles and bracelets you already have, or buy several to make your own stack.


Below we have paired several of our jeweled, gold bangles from our Victoriana Collection with skinny jeans, a leather peplum tank (a new trend for spring) from Tibi, a leather jacket from AllSaints and touch of red from Burberry in the form of their red stiletto studded bow sandals.


Make sure you check out the links below. We have included some great alternatives to many of the items pictured.


How do you like to stack your bracelets and bangles? Share with us and post a picture.



Stack 'Em Up




Bangle Bracelets

As pictured: Antique: Victorian Ruby and Diamond Carved Star Gold Bangle Bracelet, by Sugar et Cie

As pictured: Antique: Victorian Rose Gold, Diamond & Seed Pearl Bangle Bracelet, by Sugar et Cie

As pictured: Antique: Victorian Sapphire & Diamond Gold Bangle, by Sugar et Cie

As pictured: Antique: Victorian Gold & Pearl “Half Hoop” Bangle Bracelet, by Sugar et Cie




Leather Jacket

As pictured: Pitch Leather Biker Jacket, by AllSaints

Alternative: Biker Leather Jacket with Buckles, by Zara


Skinny Jeans

As pictured: Molotov Kenta Jeans, by AllSaints

Alternative: Low Rise Demi Curve Skinny Jeans in Celestial, by Levi


Leather Top

As pictured: Leather Sleeveless Yoked Top (in black also comes in white and Tan), by Tibbi

Alternative (Vegan): Vegan Leather Peplum Top (Black), by Tinley Road




Strappy Sandals

As pictured: Metallic Leather Studded Bow Sandals (Metallic Cadmium Red), by Burberry





As pictured: Britannia Skull Box Clutch, by Alexander McQueen

Alternative: Prisma Flat Pouch, by Alexander Wang




Lipstick & Lip Gloss

As pictured: Semi Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard, by Nars

As pictured: Larger than Life Lip Gloss, Bleecker, by Nars

02 / 10


It’s great to find versatile pieces of jewelry that work well with either jeans and a t-shirt or a little black dress. We’ve selected a snake armlet and a pair of rose gold and onyx cameo earrings, and paired them with both a day look and evening look to show you how you can take your jewelry from day to night. They also happen look great with one of the trends that’s big for spring 2013: black and white. Many of the fashion houses, Proenza Schouler, Calvin Klein, Narcisco Rodriguez, in addition to others, had multiple black and white looks on their runways.


These pieces also reflect jewelry trends that were big in 2012 and that show strong indications of continuing on past 2013: snake jewelry and rose gold.


Day to Night Jewelry




As pictured: Antique & Modern: Onyx Cameo Drop Earrings In A Rose Gold Surround, The “Greek Warriors” by Sugar et Cie

As pictured: Vintage: Snake Bangle in 9ct Gold, Circa 1920’s – the “Cleopatra Armlet,” by Sugar et Cie




White T-shirt

As pictured: White Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Cotton T-Shirt, by James Pearse

Alternative: Perfect Fit Long-Sleeve V-Neck Tee, by J. Crew


Black Jeans

As pictured: Stilt Low Rise Skinny Jean (charcoal grey wash), by AG

Alternative: Toothpick Jean in Pitch Black Wash, by J. Crew


Black Dress

As pictured: Wool and Jersey Sleeveless Belt Dress, by Gucci

Alternative: Leather Trimmed Black Dress, by Bailey 44





As pictured, short boots: ACNE Cypress Con Solid Black, by ACNE

As pictured, tall boots: Black Boots, by Maripé

Alternative: Shirley Strappy Riding Boot, by the Frye Boot Company



As pictured, pumps: Saint Laurent Paris Tripple Strap Shoes, by Yves Saint Laurent

As pictured, ankle boots: Dyptic, by Christian Louboutin

Alternative: Customize your own heels (e.g. black snakeskin, 4 1/2 inch, strappy sandals). Shoes of Prey has endless leathers, heel heights, and options to allow you to design your own perfect heels.




Nail polish

As pictured (from left to right): Nail Polish, A Glamorous Life, by Deborah Lippmann

As pictured: Nail Polish, Orgasm, by Nars

As pictured: Nail Polish, Diamonds and Pearls, by Deborah Lippmann



As pictured: Outrageous Prisma Chrome Metallic Eyeshadow in Color Metallic Beige #1, by Sephora Collection



As pictured: The Rouge Homage Lipstick, in Goldeneye, by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty


02 / 04


In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share a few of the ways that jewelry or unusual tokens of love (from the Georgian and Victorian periods) have been used to convey the romantic feelings of the gift giver. Do your friends a favor, and send this post on to the men in their lives or send it on, as a subtle hint, to your own significant other.


The Danish Hovedvandsæg or Vinaigrette


The one pictured is heart-shaped, one of a kind, and perfect for Valentine’s Day. It is available through our boutique, Sugar et Cie in our Victoriana Collection:

An antique heart shaped vinaigrette with a crown on the top

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Presenting a Hovedvandsæg was a Danish engagement tradition in the 18th and 19th centuries. A Hovedvandsæg or vinaigrette (more on vinaigrettes in our glossary) was presented to a woman by her intended.


Lover’s Eye


You are likely to find next tradition either a little creepy or conversely, insanely romantic.


Most sources site King George the IV (at the time the Prince of Wales) as the originator of this trend. He had a popular artist of the day paint his eye hoping to use it as a romantic gesture to win over the woman who had previously rebuffed him. He had it set it into a locket and shipped it off, hoping to persuade her (Maria Fitzherbert) to marry him. As the story goes, the gift, or the letter that went with it worked and she eventually gave in. They married in secrecy (due to the King’s disapproval) in December of 1785.


A portrait of a beloved’s or lover’s eye allowed people to display these tokens of love openly, but still with secrecy as it was often difficult to determine the subject’s identity by just one eye. These miniature eye portraits are found embedded into a variety of pieces of jewelry, however they are most commonly part of a pendant or a brooch. They can also be found in rings and other decorative pieces. They range from the very plain to the very elaborate (set into precious metal and surrounded by gems).


Because this trend lasted a relatively short time (approximately 30 years), they are considered rare. The Lover’s eye shown in The New York Time’s Art & Design Section online (February 2012): is truly beautiful: the vibrant blue-eye set against the pale skin in a teardrop setting of gold is surrounded by pearls (a symbol for tears). Around the same time last year, an entire exhibit “The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from The Skier Collection” opened at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The catalogue of the exhibit, with the same name can still be found in hardcover online at Amazon.


A Snake as a Token of Love?


Another pair of trendsetters, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, kick-started this unusual tradition: the snake ring as an engagement ring. Upon their engagement, Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with a coiled gold serpent ring set with emeralds. Depending upon the style of the snake it could either mean strength and wisdom or love.


While the snake ring is no longer associated with an engagement, it’s romantic history makes it a great gift for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few from our current Serpent Collection, which can be found by visiting our boutique: Sugar et Cie.


antique gold and diamond snake ring

© Copyright Sugar et Cie 2013

  • A pearl, garnet and enamel snake bangle smaller
  • ElizabethTaylor snake bangle
01 / 24
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.