Suzanne Kalan started her jewelry line in 1988 after her daughter, Patile, was born. Patile joined the industry nearly 25 years later and began designing the KALAN by Suzanne Kalan collection. Set with diamonds and white sapphires, the candy-colored baubles are just as bright and optimistic as Patile herself.View comments)
Inspired by the organic imperfection of nature and decay, Lacee Norris launched Lacee Alexandra, a jewelry collection that embraces these forms in a sophisticated, wearable way. Lacee’s artistic nature was apparent at a young age when she spent time in her grandmother’s studio painting miniatures. In 2008, she began studying fine art and design at California State University Long Beach and enrolled in her first jewelry making class on a whim, igniting a passion for what would eventually become her career. Lacee still resides in Long Beach, hand crafting her collection with sterling silver, 14k gold, black spinels and black diamonds.
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Shop It: Transitions Pendant, $360 // Treasured Pieces Lariat, $183 // Collected Crevice Necklace, $397 // Staggered Hoops, $350 // Eternal Stacker, $95 // Moments Band, $125 // Staggered Studs, $350 // Pieces of One Studs, $79
After an opportunity to win a pair of Emma McKinstry double rectangle earrings on Sunday and then seeing her pendant necklace in an outfit post yesterday, you’re getting to know a lot about Emma and her colorful line of jewelry this week! And, as you’ll see in her interview below, Emma’s personality is just as vibrant as the jewelry she designs.
Shop It: Round-About Necklace, $90 // Diamond Cut-Out Earrings, $68 // Life’s a Picnic Pendant, $88 // Double Rectangle Earrings, $70 (enter to win a pair here) // Christine Necklace, $95 // Don’t Be a Square Earrings, $39View comments)
Chain-store jewelry can be lackluster (especially when everyone owns the same thing) and great costume jewelry can come with a high price tag, which is why Joyce Lam (left) and Niki Allworth sought to create an online destination with affordable, eye-catching statement gems: Rue Gembon. Before launching the site, Joyce had plenty of experience in the fashion arena (3.1 Phillip Lim, Women’s Wear Daily, Elle), then ventured into styling under Kate Lanphear’s wing. Niki left behind the accounting industry to pursue her passion for fashion graphic design and began freelancing.
You know how I’ve been obsessed with this season’s classic-meets-modern pearl jewelry? Designer Liliam Higa has it mastered. And it seems a penchant for jewels runs in her family. Liliam grew up surrounded by gemstones at her father’s wholesale store in São Paulo, Brazil. After studying fashion design at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, Liliam moved to New York City to launch her career. She began by styling for photographers and creating accessories to use at shoots, then worked for Lulu Frost before immersing herself in the jewelry industry to launch Lillot. All of her pieces are made in NYC and they’re actually quite affordable. My favorite item, the Brasilia ring is only $60.View comments)
Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe Meghna Patel’s East-meets-West jewelry collection. Drawing inspiration from her native India, the vibrant, intricate designs have been featured in the pages of top publications like Vogue and earned a starring role on the small screen on Gossip Girl. Each piece is handcrafted by Indian artisans who bring Meghna’s designs to life. The ornate pieces in the Taj Mahal collection are my personal favorite with the Mawi earrings topping my list.
Shop It: Trisha Earrings, $250 // Asin Earrings, $200 // Textured Druzy Pendant, $140 // Textured Square Druzy Ring, $110 // Mirror Rings, $110 // Jai Ho Earrings, $260 // Mawi Earrings, $308 (my favorite!)
Let’s just start by saying that any brand citing Carmen Miranda as the inspiration for its newest collection earns a place in my heart. It’s just a bonus that the design duo behind Holst + Lee creates irresistible pieces of jewelry and, as you’ll see below, have incredible personalities. Natalie Holst and Rochelle Lee discovered their shared passion for design while working at New York’s upscale restaurants and nightclubs. They began creating pieces to complete their own edgy looks for work and soon realized other women wanted to wear their designs.
Shop It: Under the Sea Necklace, $475 // Papaya Tree Necklace, $235 // Turquoise Mesh Bracelet, $165 // Black Mesh Bracelet, $165 // Glass Menagerie Crystal Studs, $75 // Coconut Earrings, $155 (my favorite!) // Island Paradise Necklace, $225 // Midnight Storm Necklace, $235
After working in advertising for many years, Lee Renée decided to pursue her first love: jewelry design. She trained under St. Martin’s and London Hatton Garden’s finest silversmiths for three years, officially launching her brand in July 2012. Her collection is full of wit and whimsy and it’s probably no surprise that the Miami-inspired collection is my favorite. The Art Deco flamingos and the dainty pineapple pendant (also featured here) are irresistible.
Shop It: Pineapple Necklace, £89 // Rock Princess Ring, £144 // Cathy Heart Pearl Ring, £92 // Miami Circle Earrings, £118 // Heloise Drop Earrings, £135 // Juliet Bangle, £159 // Flamingo Necklace, £95 // Voodoo Legba Ring, £159 // Miami Arrow Ring, £58View comments)
As many of you know, maintaining blog is a lot of work, but it’s also one of the most rewarding hobbies I’ve ever had. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to “meet” inspirational bloggers and designers on a regular basis and Jane Pope Cooper is no different. Her collection is perfectly imperfect with organic designs and mixed metals (I’m most fond of the lip ring), but it’s radiant personality and optimism that makes me adore the collection even more. (I had tears in my eyes when I read about her brain tumor recovery.) She’s the perfect example of why I started this series; jewelry is infinitely more beautiful when you appreciate the person behind the baubles.
Shop It: Delicate XO Necklace, starting at $198 // Rhodonite Pyramid Studs, $498 // Frond Earrings, $618 // Large Lips Necklace, starting at $355 // Delicate Heart Ring, starting at $111 // Lips Ring, $210 // Slate Bar Earrings, $198 // Skeleton Stack Rings, starting at $627 // Raw Diamond Ring, $582 // Sand Dollar Studs, $630
Noa Sade (right) and Vanessa Lee instantly bonded when they first met in 2008. Pairing Noa’s design talents with Vanessa’s expertise as a former fashion buyer, the duo launched Lionette by Noa Sade the following year creating one showstopper after another. While it’s hard to choose a favorite with so many unique designs (even microphone gloves!), the Gizele necklace tops my list. It would look as fabulous on a tropical getaway as it would under a jacket at work.
Shop It: Alma necklace, $598 // Orian earrings, $265 // Gizele necklace, $388 // Dillen earrings, $345 // Avish necklace, $198 // Sera bracelet, $278 // Coco earrings, $158 // Kip ring, $135 // Badu bracelet, $278
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