jewelry

Gift Guide: Mother's Day

Somehow it's already April, and that means Mother's Day is just around the corner. 

Fortunately, we happen to have some gift suggestions for a special mum in your life.


If she's bold...

 

...or daring

 

If she's a dreamer...

 

...or an adventurer

 

If she likes a bit of sparkle...

 

...but still appreciates the little things

 

If she's unique...

 

...one of a kind

 

And whether she prefers the ocean...

 

...or the mountains


Happy Mother's Day!

School Me: How to Put on a Cuff Bracelet

Cuff bracelets are one of our favorite accessories. These stylish pieces are easy to wear: there's no need to worry about a clasp, closure or ordering the wrong size.

Diamond Rustic Cuff Bracelets

While cuff bracelets are meant to be lightly adjusted, repeatedly stretched and compressed metal can wear over time, not to mention diamonds can pop out! To avoid weakening your treasure, we've come up with an easy guide to adjusting and loving your cuff.



Before putting these bracelets on for the first time, take a look at the side of your wrist. Find the narrowest part on the thumb-side: this is where your cuff will slide on.

Very, very gently stretch the two ends apart, just wide enough to fit over the most delicate part of your wrist.

Turn the cuff sideways, and slide it on, turning your arm into the bracelet until it's correctly positioned.

Rustic Cuff Bracelets

To make it tighter, put your whole hand over the bracelet (so that you don't weaken one spot), and squeeze just enough so that it won't slide off. Be sure you can still slip it back off the side of your wrist, reversing the process.

You shouldn't need to adjust your cuff again, which will give it a much longer life. 

 

Betsey & Iya have a great video showing this technique. Sometimes a picture (or moving pictures) are worth a thousand words!

 

 

Gift Guide: Black & Gold

December means gift-giving season, and there's just something so festive about black and gold jewelry. 

We've assembled a complete guide to these bold, contrasting pieces.

 The pairing of the matte black and shimmering gold makes each individual part of these designs stand out, creating a real point of interest.

Weathered Diamond Bar Necklace
from 350.00
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Weathered Diamond Droplet Necklace
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The 'black' part is actually oxidized silver--this is achieved through controlled exposure to environmental factors that cause tarnish--and is the perfect partner for glimmering gold.

Gold & Oxi Slim Fishbone Bracelet
2,650.00
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Golden Tail Fishbone Necklace
from 465.00
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Whether you're looking for a match set...

Gold Tag Swag Earrings
425.00
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Gold Tag Charm Bracelet
460.00
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...or to mix and match

Weathered Stacking Cuffs
from 140.00
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Diamond Slice Ring
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or even for something unique, there are plenty of options.

Dream Locale: Iceland

Though it has become a popular destination for adventurous American travelers, Iceland is still considered to be off the beaten track. Relatively close to the East Coast and quite cheap to get to, it features a great city completely surrounded by unspoiled natural wonders. 

Reykjavik is a convenient (and totally adorable) base. 

Andsurprise, surprisethere's a jeweler we'd like to pop in on.

Award-winning designer Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir (we also tried to sound it out) is based in the capital. Her shop, Aurum, features delicate Icelandic nature-inspired creations.

Venturing outside the country's largest city (though it's only home to 118,000 people), you'll encounter waterfalls,

other-worldly coastlines,

and, for such a cold country, a surprising number of swimming pools.

Though we haven't actually been, our favorite spot might just be Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. In case you haven't noticed by now, Icelandic names are pretty much impossible to pronounce. As a result, visitors have started referring to this dreamy locale by it's less formal name: "Sweet-Ass Mossy Canyon." 

Though not a direct translation, it does seem pretty accurate.

School Me: Rose Cut Diamonds

Though they fell out of fashion at the turn of the century, rose cut diamonds are experiencing a resurgence, particularly across the U.S. 

Sarah Swell Leona Ring

The soft, sculpted cut has a flat bottom and can have anywhere from 3 to 24 facets. And the name? It's not exactly random; the shape imitates the narrowing spiral of rose petals.

Sarah Swell, One-Of-A-Kind: Edition 1

The cut became popular all the way back in the 16th century, and was especially common during the times of Jane Austen and Queen Victoria. 

England, circa 1780

By 1900, advanced cutting techniques and a widespread interest in brilliant cut diamonds (think traditional, sparkly engagement ring) led jewelers to collect centuries worth of rose cut diamonds. Though this meant cutting down the stones, they were transformed into the trendy new styles of the day.

Because of this, very few original rose cut pieces survive from before 1900.

England, circa 1820

We happen to be very fond of this particular cut. 

Sarah Swell: One-Of-A-Kind, eight

#jewelspiration: Matilde Poulat

Mexican jeweler Matilde Poulat opened her own silver workshop in the 1930's, producing substantial, yet intricate pieces.

Poulat adopted the name "Matl," (the Aztec word for "water") for her work.

Despite becoming one of Mexico's most influential designers, she first trained as a painter (sound familiar?) 

Her detailed designs often include turquoise and coral accents. 

Even today, more than fifty years after her death, jewelers still look to the Matl style.

Each tiny silver spiral was fashioned by hand, each stone hand set.

Maybe the most interesting part of Poulat's story? As far as anyone knows, there are no existing photographs of her.

Despite her famously whimsical creations and design legacy, no one knows exactly when she was born or what she looked like.

Dream Locale: Croatia

As the winter months approach, our minds start to wander to warm, colorful locales (even more than usual). 

Recently, the stunning coast and fairy-tale waterfalls of Croatia have fueled our wanderlust. 

The small country, positioned on the Adriatic, has garnered more attention from American tourists in recent years.

However, it's still a relatively unknown destination, so unlike other travel hot spotssuch as the Amalfi Coast or Greek Islesit's not overrun with or geared toward tourists.

It's just all too easy to picture ourselves relaxing, cocktail in hand, near that perfect waterand with over 1,000 miles of coastline, there's certainly no shortage of it.

And, of course, the jewelry industry happens to be amazing, too.

Filigree jewelrya delicate metalwork reminiscent of lacedominates the business. There are no trade schools, so apprenticeships are the only way to learn the craft.

Each village incorporates its own style into the designs, so it's worth popping into shops in different parts of the country. 

Now we just have to make it through the day without booking a flight...