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Archive for May, 2015

For All the Moms out There

Every year on Mother’s Day, millions of people express their gratitude for the women who had a hand in raising them. One of the most popular gifts of the day is jewelry — from bracelets to pendants to brooches to rings galore.  While anyone can appreciate a tasteful bit of bling, these commercial — perhaps repetitive — products may start to feel a bit trite year after year. But of course you may not want to sacrifice the quality found in fine jewelry for the sake of a more thought-out, personal gift.  Which is why this year, for Mother’s Day, you don’t have to! You can give your mom something tailored to her own unique spot in your life, a piece that expresses just how much she means to you while maintaining the elegant flair of commercial jewelry.

Kay’s offers a number of options to connect in just the right way. One piece is a Family Tree Necklace, a chain with stackable silver discs. (The customer can select anywhere from one to three discs per necklace.) The uppermost disc is engraved with a tree, and each disc includes a message of your choice. A similar option is available with a paw print or heart instead of a tree.

You can even customize your jewels without any words at all! Kay’s offers a number of rings and necklaces that allow the customer to add their choice of birthstones (as many as ten on one piece!). You can mount one stone for each of her children; what a perfect gift to a nurturing mother from those whom she loves most.

Best of Menswear

Come take a look at some of the most creative and timeless jewelry pieces in men’s fashion:

The first find is an eye-catching Royal Oak Offshore wristwatch collection. This line of timepieces combines function and design by allowing the engineering components of the watch to show through its face. They come in incredible, high-tech motifs while still maintaining a sleek look in gold, silver, black, and more.

If you’re looking for something a bit less traditional than something to keep the time, you may want to try the William Henry snake pendant. This serpentine creature is made of dull silver, giving it a rather edgy appearance. Designed with intricate scales, its head seems more like a dragon than a snake with eyes that pierce as deep as the fangs in its open mouth.

For a classy look that never goes out of style, you can’t go wrong with the Grand Band’s cufflink pairs. The options range from contemporary to traditional and come in a range of styles. For a minimalist vibe, Grand Band offers a pair of onyx cufflinks with one silver circles enclosed in a larger onyx one; for a grittier look the silver and cubic zirconia skull-shaped cufflinks. There are also more traditional pieces, like the plain rectangular pair engraved with a single “M” at the center. Feel free to take a peak and pick out something that speaks to you.

Meet the New “Clip-On”

Remember when you were a kid playing dress-up with your grandmother’s gaudy costume jewelry?  Back before you had your ears pierced, playing dress up probably meant one of two things: clip-ons or stick-ons.  The clip-on earrings were either too tight, pinching the lobe, or too loose, slipping off.  The stick-ons — round, sequined pieces of plastic that you peeled off sticker paper and onto your ears — usually lost its stickiness after the first few minutes.  Well, Paige Novick has something to ease that frustration… and her collection will certainly not get relegated to the far corners of a dusty old costume box in Grandma’s basement.  Her modern style utilizes a clever and sleek alternative for those without pierced ears: magnetism.

That’s right – with a brass foundation, the products are plated with 18 karats of yellow or pink gold, black rhodium, silver, and sometimes Swarovski crystals.  Her design style often applies opposing elements, like a merging of masculine and feminine features. In her Romy collection, she offers a rather bestial — yet still elegant — style: an elongated, fang-like front piece that juts downward in a slow curve while a twisted stud magnetically pins it through the back of the ear. It comes in either gold or gunmetal silver. Another dual element may be noticed in the magnetic studs found in her Lola line. The pair of triangular earrings embody both the sharp, simple traits of architectural mathematics along with the elegant, even ethereal glow of 28-karat yellow gold and rows of decreasing Swarovski crystals — a total of 37 per earpiece.  Novick seems to have done a great job of spicing up a genre of what could have become a relic of the past.