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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The Collection | Bel-Air by Gerard Yosca

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I have no doubt that you’ve already fallen for Gerard Yosca’s latest collection and, as with most jewelry affairs, it was probably love at first sight. (Really, how could you resist the signature mod blossoms? I’ve been styling this necklace to no end and, as you’ll see next week, it goes with just about everything.) However, I find the passion for a coveted piece intensifies after learning about its inspiration. I can just imagine the person residing in that A. Quincy Jones home reaching for Gerard’s gems before her midday martini. Poolside, of course.*

*I’m not sure if the Sidney F. and Frances Brody House actually had a pool. That’s the great thing about the imagination, isn’t it? 

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Style It | The Statement Necklace

Gerard Yosca’s latest collection is a good one (more on that tomorrow) and the statement necklaces steal the show. Whether you prefer to wear one standout piece or layer with abandon, it takes a healthy dose of panache to pull off a bold bauble. Gerard’s tips will have you effortlessly incorporating a statement necklace into your wardrobe in no time.

Take heed of that final guideline. The piece you select should be one you’ll love for years. I promise it’s worth the investment.

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Behind the Baubles: Rue Gembon

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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.

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Shop It: Andreia Earrings, $27 (my favorite!) // Celeste Bracelet, $90 // Liana Necklace, $71 // Jacquelyn Earrings, $27 // Carissa Gun Necklace, $62 // Darla Topaz Ring, $60 // Alea Bronze Ring, $35

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Behind the Baubles: Meghna Designs

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. 

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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!)

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Behind the Baubles: Holst + Lee

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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. 

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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

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Behind the Baubles: Lee Renee

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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. 

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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, £58

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Behind the Baubles: Jane Pope Jewelry

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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. 

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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

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Behind the Baubles: Lionette by Noa Sade

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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.

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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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Photo by Divine Light Photography

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Behind the Baubles: Sarah Magid

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Based in NYC, jewelry designer Sarah Magid has 15 years of experience designing for brands like Henri Bendel, Coach, J.Crew, and Etienne Aigner—but I think we can all be grateful that she eventually branched out on her own. She masterfully mixes brightly colored stones with sculptural metalwork to create pieces that can best be described as art. (Heck, I’m just as crazy for those pink crazy lace studs as I am for the larger jewels.)

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Shop It: Turquoise & Pink Cone Necklace, $775 // Mini Metal Cone Bracelet, $395 // Black Agate & Pave Cone Chandelier, $390 // Lapis & Turquoise Crazy Lace Cone Necklace, $875 // Gold & Hematite Sphere Pendant, $750 // Pink Crazy Lace Agate Cone Stud Earrings, $150 // Amethyst & Red Agate Cone Bracelet, $575 // Lapis & Turquoise Crazy Lace Cone Bracelet, $625

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