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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BAUBLE OF THE WEEK

Julie Vos, $330

I’ve long been a fan of the Julie Vos’ work and one of my favorite pieces is this showstopping pendant. I’ll admit that it’s not a cheap indulgence at $330, but it’s a piece you’ll reach for again and again this summer. If your budget is a bit more modest, check out the "Friday Deal" section on her site for a selection of discounted beauties. (I couldn’t resist this cuff in sapphire blue.) There’s always free shipping and you can take 25% off your purchase with code SUMMER25. 

Speaking of great deals, don’t miss out on the Lulu Frost online sample sale that ends tonight. The pendant I bought is still available and this new addition is irresistible. 

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PSA: LULU FROST SAMPLE SALE

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I rarely post about sales (it seems silly when we all get daily emails from J.Crew and Net-a-Porter anyway), but this one was too good not to share with other jewelry hoarders: Lulu Frost’s online sample sale. Much of last fall’s collection is now available at steeply reduced rates, like the iridescent Milky Way pieces (this collar and this pendant are especially gorgeous). I’m also loving the signature rhinestone-embellished cuffs and this Art Deco necklace (the rhinestone pieces remind me of feathers). It didn’t take me long to purchase the Solar Pendant. I posted it as a "Bauble of the Week" last fall and I’m thrilled to finally add it to my collection. 

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: KARA ROSS

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The love of jewelry design has been with Kara Ross since she was a teenager returning home from a trip to Africa with a native gemstone in hand. Her mother took her to a Jeweler’s Row in Philadelphia where she created a square cut ring on an 18 karat gold band with diamonds. Kara decided to pursue a career in jewelry shortly after college and a brief job in advertising at Harper’s Bazaar, becoming a certified Gemologist and officially launching her company in 2003. 

She is now an award-winning designer who has showcased her work in museums across the country and has embarked on noteworthy collaborations, including one with the White House. Kara was selected by President Obama and the First Lady to create gifts for visiting heads of state from magnolia wood that originated on the White House lawn. As you’ll see below, Kara crafted bracelets reminiscent of the signature "shirt cuff bracelets" from her KARA by Kara Ross fashion collection—the piece that made me first fall for her designs years ago. 

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Shop It: Petra Split Pendant in Rubellite and Amethyst, $6,500 | Pangea Stacking Bangle, $2,500 | Zig Zag Studs, $795 | Petra Split Pendant in Green Beryl and Blue Topaz, $8,200 | Cava Open Link Earrings, $3,495 | Hydra Contour Ring, $7,500 | Petra Narrow Split Cuff, $33,000 | Petra Split Ring, $6,850

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BAUBLE OF THE WEEK

Alexis Bittar, $215

I’ve long admired Alexis Bittar’s work and the end-of-season sale at Charm & Chain makes it awfully tempting to add one of his Lucite gems to my collection. 

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: MAU

One of my favorite things about the “Behind the Baubles” series is the opportunity to introduce you to emerging jewelry designers. I came across Marianna Maurer’s debut spring collection, MAU, a few weeks ago and fell in love with the architectural, minimalist designs. (It doesn’t get much better than the facet cuff, which is actually Marianna’s most often worn piece.) Handmade in L.A., each piece is crafted from recycled materials including sterling silver and 14k gold. 

Shop It: Six Point Cuff, $228 | Floret Ring, $160 | Facet Cuff, $192 | Simple Fold Studs, $94 | Simple Fold Ring, $120 | Four Point Earrings, $118 | Bulbous Ring, $185

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BAUBLE OF THE WEEK

Lele Sadoughi, $125

This hematite cocktail ring by Lele Sadoughi is everything: sleek, modern, and affordable. If I hadn’t been on such a spending frenzy lately, this would be tucked away in my pre-order cart on Moda Operandi. (The trunk sale ends on my birthday. It’s basically destined to be mine, isn’t it?) There is a bright side to the pre-order preview, however. Now I have time to save my pennies and until its official launch later this summer. 

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BEHIND THE BAUBLES: KATTRI

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Strong, geometric designs are the hallmark of KATTRI, a fine jewelry collection by Amanda Gerbasi. Her work isn’t over the top and it isn’t overwrought with details. Instead, it’s refreshingly straightforward with bold gemstones and even bolder lines. (I’m head over heels for the white gold and crystal Polygon Ring that looks like a glamorous shard of ice.) The collection launched last year as a Kickstarter campaign, but Amanda’s jewelry roots run over a century deep. In 1900, her great-great grandmother designed and sold jewelry after emigrating from Spain to Brazil.

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Shop It: Quadrant Necklace, £2,190 // Parabola Pendant, £1,275 // Quadrant Earring, £1,470 // Polygon Ring, £1,950 // Hyperbola Pendant, £1,740 // Polygon Flat Ring, £1,125 // Hyperbola Earrings£2,295

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BAUBLE OF THE WEEK

Henri Bendel, $175

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Available in tiger’s eye or mother of pearl, these semi-precious stone earrings by Henri Bendel are ideal for summer’s safari-inspired ensembles. Wear them with a breezy summer dress, smart chino shorts, or this playful animal print romper.

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Bauble of the Week

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ASHA, $175

Now that it’s finally starting to warm up, it’s time to pack away piles of rhinestones and switch to lighter, sculptural jewelry like this bangle bracelet from ASHA. There’s also a hoop earring version if you’re not keen on metal resting against your skin in humid weather. 

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