Gripoix is a new-to-me French jewelry brand that was founded in 1868 Augustine Gripoix. Instead of using gemstones, colored glass is set into intricate metalwork. This season’s designs, now available for pre-order, are heavily influenced by the Art Deco period. These hoop earrings are my favorite of the collection, but these are a close second.
If you couldn’t tell from yesterday’s post, I’ve been on a bit of an earring kick lately. So much so that I’ve actually added two new pairs over the last week: Tory Burch monkey hoops and petite tassels from J.Crew. Even if I hadn’t mentioned it last week, I’m sure you could tell the monkey earrings were destined to be mine. I talked about them last fall, right after the Tory Burch runway when they were available for pre-order, and again when the full spring jewelry collection was online. I purchased them as my annual “Tax Return Splurge,” so even though they’re wildly indulgent, I don’t feel too bad about spending the money on something so quirky. They’re sturdier than I expected and they do feel a little heavy after wearing them for a full day. The other pair, the J.Crew tassels, were an impulsive purchase this past weekend. We spent Saturday night in Milwaukee and stopped at J.Crew (not surprisingly, their store is larger than the one in Madison). I spotted the earrings on a table display as I was leaving and couldn’t resist. They have a nice weight to them, which I wouldn’t have guessed from the stock photo.
As much as I love gigantic statement earrings, you’ll only see me wear them occasionally. Why? One of my biggest fears is becoming an old lady with droopy earlobes* after wearing them for decades. Thankfully, there are plenty of gorgeous button earrings that pack as much punch as their chandelier cousins. All of the studs featured here are by Gerard Yosca and they’re anything but boring. My favorites are the daisies. They’re the perfect amount of retro chic and would look fabulous with a shift dress this spring. Browse the entire collection of button earrings here and if you also love the daisy earrings, you’ll be smitten with the new Flowerball collection.
*Dave insists that there’s probably a surgery for that. If doctors can fix the earlobes of people who wear plugs, they can probably fix old lady lobes. And if I happen to develop them over time, you bet I’ll be hashtagging #OldLadyLobes on Instagram.
Here’s hoping that March is in like a lion and out like a lamb this year because on March 31, I’m packing away the tights for the season and accessorizing with bright, tropical colors. This pair of earrings by Melanie Auld would be perfect for the transition. They’re nearly three inches long, have a hint of sparkle and come in turquoise, coral or mother of pearl.