BEHIND THE BAUBLES: VRAI & ORO

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If you haven’t already fallen in love with Vrai & Oro, you haven’t been paying attention to Monday or Tuesday’s posts! In addition to offering fine jewelry without the markups (details here), the L.A.-based brand prides itself on a mantra to “Live Authentic.” The brand isn’t about trends. It isn’t about over embellishment. It isn’t about fast fashion. Vrai & Oro embodies quality, simplicity and transparency. Read on to learn more about Vanessa Stofenmacher and Chelsea Nicholson, the entrepreneurs behind the baubles. Then, sign up here to receive $10 off your first purchase. 

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Shop It:* Baguette Diamond Necklace, $315 | Double Stacked Ring in Silver, $65 | Baguette Diamond Earrings, $430 | Thick Stacking Ring, $175 | Diamond Line Necklace, $295 | Baguette Diamond Ring, $230 | Line Earrings, $70 | Small Hoop Earrings, $130 | Set of Three Skinny Stacking Rings, $125

*All items are solid gold, unless otherwise noted

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: RACHAEL RYEN JEWELRY

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As I continue to shop for my own jewelry collection, I find myself shunning fast fashion accessories and opting for the pieces that will last a lifetime—a difficult task on a limited budget. Fortunately designer Rachael Byers sought to fill that void in the marketplace. “It was difficult to find a beautiful, genuine stone that wasn’t set in solid gold with a price to match. The fine jewelry was overly traditional and the costume and fashion jewelry was cheaply made or way too trendy to invest in,” she explained. Rachael began using design techniques of fine jewelry to create 14k gold vermeil, gold-filled and sterling silver jewelry punctuated by vibrant, colorful semi-precious gemstones and diamonds, and in 2011, the Rachael Ryen Jewelry Collection was launched. 

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Shop It: Hasma Charm Necklace, $69 | Square Link Bracelet, $60 | Diamond Bar Necklace, $425 | Vintage Bezel Gemstone Earrings, $55 | Long Drop Earrings, $148 | Round Prong Set Ring, $225 | Diamond Hollow Circle Ring, $445 | Button Star Stud Earrings, $69

Follow Rachael Ryen Jewelry: TwitterFacebookInstagram, Tumblr, Pinterest

Reminder: Enter to win $300 to spend on art at UGallery.com!

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: CHARM & CHAIN

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Receiving editorial praise within a year of its November 2008 launch, Charm & Chain has become a premier destination for women’s designer jewelry. Ali Galgano, the woman behind it all, sought to expand the role of jewelry in a woman’s wardrobe, resulting in an e-commerce site with a well-curated selection of enviable—and on trend—gems to suit women’s varying styles and budget.

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Shop It: Lele Sadoughi, $265 | Dannijo, $495 | ASHA, $225 | Ginette NY, $660 | Vita Fede, $225 | Margaret Elizabeth, $88 | Eddie Borgo, $315

Follow Charm & Chain: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

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Behind the Baubles: Elizabeth JEAN

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After fulfilling her dream of visiting 21 countries before her 21st birthday, Elizabeth Stewart earned a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Australia’s Monash University. She never dreamed her career would lead to jewelry design until a family member commissioned her to create a small collection. Since then, Elizabeth’s line has blossomed into her own label (Elizabeth JEAN), an online boutique and even an editorial placement in Vogue

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Shop It: Lana Necklace (my favorite!), $339 // Cecile Studs, $165 // Hudson Bracelet, $269 // Florence Ring, $144 // Laurel Ring, $165 // Penelope Earrings, $219 // Vienna Ring, $175 // Viktor Armband, $179

Follow Elizabeth JEAN: TwitterFacebookInstagram, Pinterest

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Behind the Baubles: Lacee Alexandra

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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. 

Lacee is offering B&B readers a 30% discount through April 29! Just use code BAUBLES at checkout!

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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

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Behind the Baubles: Karen Hsiang

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Beautiful, sensual curves are a hallmark of Karen Hsiang’s jewelry collection, so it wasn’t too surprising to learn she was a former dancer! Her delicate designs are meant to be worn everyday, but they’re even more breathtaking layered with other pieces from the line—or with pieces from your own jewelry box. Better yet, each item can be customized with the metal and stone choice to suit your style. 

Karen is offering a 30% discount to B&B readers through Christmas with code BKAB. I’m actually pretty eager to add a piece to my own collection and finally settled on the crevice ring (gold-plated, moonstone) after spending the better part of an hour winnowing down my choices! Tag me on Instagram (@bedknobsandbaubles) if you place an order, I’d love to see what you pick out! 

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Shop It: Silver Wrap Ring, $190 // Curved T-Bar Necklace, $225 // Silver 3 Pointer Earrings, $490 // Dainty Lariat, $75 // Crevice Ring, $140 // Silver Lateral Ring, $205 // Lateral Cuff, $315 

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Behind the Baubles: Samantha Wills

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Samantha Wills’ designs aren’t my usual style, which is exactly why I adore about this boho-meets-vintage-meets-glam line. Entirely self-taught, the native Australian has been called “Australia’s biggest export since Vegemite” and was named a “break out star” by The New York Times in 2011. Despite her rising star status, Samantha is still a down-to-earth gal. She remains the spokesperson for her brand, has a charming blog, and can’t resist salted caramel. What’s not to love? image

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Shop It: 3000 BC necklace, $385 // Be My Girl stud earrings, $85 // Hidden Parlour ring, $120 // Deep Sea Love bangle, $145 // Crystal Visions ring, $175 // Bardot Ring, $109 // Heart of Aries cuff, $175 // Sagittarius Skies earrings, wait list and my personal favorite!

All prices listed in AUD. 

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Behind the Baubles: Samantha Faye

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If you had been paying attention to Bauble Bar last month, you’ll remember the whimsical charm necklaces from Samantha Freedman’s jewelry line Samantha Faye. (Who can forget that pineapple? Swoon!) Samantha is a third-generation jeweler who left her career as a lawyer in 2011 to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, father, and now, brother. There are dozens of charming - and affordable - designs to choose from. 

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Shop It: Pig, $54 // Pineapple, $58 // Hippo, $54 // Lobster, $64 // Acorn, $58 // Anchor, $58

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Behind the Baubles: Elva Fields

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Emily Wheat Maynard, Designer, Elva Fields

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Designer Emily Wheat Maynard explored the relationship between Italian Renaissance and ancient Greek and Roman jewelry for her Masters thesis at The Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in New York City. This passion for historic jewelry inspired Emily to take a semester at the Jewelry Arts Institute in Manhattan to acquire the skills necessary to launch Elva Fields Jewelry in 2003. Her line features vintage and antique finds that are reworked into stunning necklaces and earrings. 

Keep in touch with Emily on Twitter and Facebook!

Shop the Highlights: Wild Waves necklace // Around the Way necklace // Ocean Exploring necklace // Winning Lineage necklace // Soul Shines Through necklace // The Best in Yourself necklace

Congrats to Jillian of Cornflake Dreams for winning the Gerard Yosca necklace! I can’t wait to see how you style it! Thanks again to everyone for entering. Your support makes these giveaways possible. 

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Behind the Baubles: Loren Hope

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Created by Loren Barham, Loren Hope is a jewelry line best described as a modern - and colorful! - approach to vintage. An array of rhinestones, semi-precious stones and Czech glass embellish Loren’s hand-crafted designs. It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite from her collection, but the darling sunburst studs in malachite top my list.

Shop the Highlights: Collette necklace // Sunburst studs // Leda bracelet // Clara earrings // Petra pendant

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