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Heart-Shaped Lockets to Shop as Inspired by Taylor Swift’s Romantic Anniversary Gift

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Has everyone recovered from swooning over the romantic way Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris marked their one-year anniversary? It took us a while too. It also left us desperately wanting a vintage heart-shaped locket necklace ASAP.

Lockets, of course, are an age-old way to express love, but did you know that they have a fascinating history? For instance, in ancient times lockets were used as a portable transfer of medicines, or even poison (think of it as the pepper spray of yore). In the Victorian England, lockets were used to show love by holding a picture, baby tooth, or even a lock of hair—but they were also a sign of mourning as a way to remember the deceased. Later on in the 19th and 20th centuries, they were used as a keepsake between lovers, holding a portrait, secret note, or even a cotton ball doused in perfume, for a soldier at war to remember his love by.

Today, lockets are simply an elegant, old fashioned way to show your love that's way more lasting than say, an Instagram shout-out. And they couldn't be more romantic. Check out Swift's post and see our picks to shop now.

3.6.15 One year down! ❿ᅬ

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Mar 6, 2016 at 3:03pm PST


Heart-Shaped Lockets to Shop as Inspired by Taylor Swift's Romantic Anniversary Gift
Antique gold locket, $650, Doyle & Doyle.


Heart-Shaped Lockets to Shop as Inspired by Taylor Swift's Romantic Anniversary Gift
Antique gold locket, $425, Doyle & Doyle.


Heart-Shaped Lockets to Shop as Inspired by Taylor Swift's Romantic Anniversary Gift
Silver locket, $75, Things Remembered


Heart-Shaped Lockets to Shop as Inspired by Taylor Swift's Romantic Anniversary Gift
Silver locket, $625, Tiffany & Co.










Heart-Shaped Lockets to Shop as Inspired by Taylor Swift's Romantic Anniversary Gift

Current Mood: Loving 90s-Style Rings

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Fitbits, period-tracking apps, those bracelets that light up when you get a text (how do they know): they all have a common ancestor. And it’s not Steve Jobs, that’s for sure. Back in the nineties, if you wanted to get a sense of how your day was going, how happy you were with your cardiovascular performance, or if you just wanted a good old fashioned jolt of affirmation, there was no social network or front-facing camera to deliver. You had to seek all this info and more from the mystical, magical, mood ring.

Current Mood: Loving 90s-Style Rings
Eddie Borgo Dahlia mood ring, $250.

The mood ring was something between ancient seer, medical alert system, and those text-a-therapist websites. The accompanying literature (usually the back on the cardboard on which they were mounted) all suggested they worked by sublimating your body temperature into translatable colors and moods (no small feat in the face of heady teenage fluctuation). You could wait for your crush to walk by and glance furtively to see if there was a dark undercurrent to your attractions, the murky green of jealousy making a surprise swirl into the familiar florid default-teenage-setting of flaming orange desire—constant desire, for everything. Persistently confusing readings were common because nineties mood rings (a majority coming out of Claire's and Spencer's), were known to get stuck (befitting the time, usually halfway between purple power and red pride, washing out into angsty brown.)

Modern mood rings have debugged these common glitches, and added more colors (because we’re feeling all sorts of articulated, technicolor ways now). Eddie Borgo, the jewelry industry’s favorite resident mystic, has put out a very Game of Thrones-y option, for the girl who isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her...finger, flashing a potentially clarifying, potentially confusing, but always colorful readout of what’s exactly going on in there. To anyone else, it’ll look like wearable tech. But for the lucky, introspective girl wearing it, it’s like getting a text, or an Instagram, or a Snapchat...from yourself.

Current Mood: Loving 90s-Style Rings
Mondo Mondo mood ring, $135.


Current Mood: Loving 90s-Style Rings
Claire's mood ring, $5.

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These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

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As expected, the Oscars red carpet was filled with beautiful dresses last night. Stop focusing on the dramatic, romantic, totally gorgeous gowns though, and you might just notice some other scene-stealers. Yep, we're talking about the high-wattage jewelry that flashed on the wrists, lobes, and necks of plenty of the evening's best-dressed ladies.

Charlize Theron's simply cut Dior gown would have looked fabulous paired with a trinket scored from a candy machine, but her Harry Winston gems were a glam addition. That long, navel-grazing necklace is made with 48.8 carats of diamonds, and her cluster earrings add another 15.49. Three rings up the carat count (adding approximately 16 more), and all are set in platinum. In total, the Mad Max star was wearing $3.7 million of jewels.

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night



Sofia Vergara's diamond-and-sapphire creations added up to a shine that would cost you $1.5 million. Her vine earrings and gobstopper-size ring (15 carats) are both by Lorraine Schwartz and perfectly matched the deep blue color of her gown.

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

It was only fitting that the long-reigning America's sweetheart, one Miss Reese Witherspoon, should pick gems from the country's own iconic Tiffany & Co. Four diamond bracelets, a 7.49-carat emerald-cut tsavorite ring, and diamond earrings all totaled for a bill of over $1 million (the priciest single item was the thicker bracelet worn highest on her right wrist, ringing in at $650,000).

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

Honestly, if we were Lady Gaga we would've chosen a hairstyle that was a touch more pushed back in order to allot some extra stage time for those earrings (though, to be fair, perhaps it was a studied choice to avoid blinding anyone when camera bulbs went off). They're by Lorraine Schwartz and 90 carats in total; the top section of the two-piece construction rings in at 30 carats, the bottoms at 60. Oh, and the price tag for the stunners is a cool $8 million.

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

Excuse Priyanka Chopra from having a little laugh on the carpet—maybe it's a case of the diamond giggles? The actress sported serious bling courtesy of Lorraine Schwartz, including 50-carat diamond earrings that cost around $3.2 million (they're not just drop earrings either—the teardrop section is actually situated behind her earlobe). She wore three rings with a combined total of 40 carats, including one 22-carat stunner that would add another $3.4 million to a final tab (conversely, her pinkie ring feels like a steal at $300,000).

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

Jennifer Garner's sparkle came courtesy of Neil Lane. The jeweler lent her four diamond-and-platinum bracelets for a total of 150 carats and $2.5 million. Her earrings added another 10 carats, as did an emerald-cut ring that rings in at $250,000.

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

Diamonds are pretty in any shade, but we were especially drawn to the sweet, peachy pink hue of Heidi Klum's Lorraine Schwartz pieces. Her triangular earrings (20 carts) were matched by three rings, combining for a total of 67 carts worth $2.5 million.

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

Chrissy Teigen also wore Lorraine Schwartz gems, including massive 20-carat champagne-hued studs. Two similarly hued rings were from the jewelry designer as well (30 and 12 carats respectively), bringing the total dollar amount to over $2.8 million.

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

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These Stars Wore Over $28 Million of Diamonds on the Oscar Red Carpet Last Night

Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars

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At this very moment, legions of Hollywood stylists are in a tizzy finalizing their A-lister clients' looks for Sunday's Academy Awards. But when it comes to the opinions that matter, the very best of them turn to a woman whose taste is so exquisite and profile so discreet (no Instagram account documenting behind the scenes on Oscar day here) that she has earned the trust of many of the most fashionable stars themselves.

The jewelry doyenne of choice for Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, and Common (yes, Common!) is Fred Leighton's Rebecca Selva.

Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
Rebeca Selva in "Aladdin's Cave", a.k.a, Fred Leighton on Madison Avenue in New York City.

If you haven't heard of Selva, that's just as well with her. As chief creative officer and public relations director of esteemed jeweler, Fred Leighton, she keeps the focus on the blindingly gorgeous antique jewels (which, in all fairness, pretty darn hard to ignore). That grapefruit-sized brooch of pave diamond-encrusted flowers? The Bellperron citrine, amethyst, and diamond cuff? The antique diamond headband with pretty grosgrain ribbon ties? It's all quite drool-worthy. With a background in art history and 23 years of dwelling in "Aladdin's Cave" as Selva lovingly refers to Leighton's Madison Avenue boutique, stars get to try on more just than pretty things—they're truly works of art. "Every piece is a story," said Selva. "They're little 3-D objets d'art. We talk about each piece and what makes it special. The same way we work with stylists or editors, we try to curate for a client and introduce them to this. Once they're in, they're hooked."

Selva is a pioneer in the industry, as one of the first to loan celebrities jewelry for major red carpet events. "It all started when we got a call from Prada [more than a decade back]," regaled Selva of prepping for the 1996 Oscars. "She was dressing Nicole Kidman for the Oscars and she wanted to see opal pieces for Miss Kidman. She ended up wearing a 19th century necklace and you couldn't take your eyes off her."

Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
Nicole Kidman wearing Prada and Fred Leighton at the 1996 Academy Awards with Tom Cruise.

Prada and Selva's collaboration that fateful Oscar night prompted celebs to up the fashion and jewelry ante that night, spurring stars not simply to borrow major ice, but the wearable works of art that Fred Leighton is a haven for. The jewelry does not simply "finish" the red carpet look, the piece a star wears very much establishes the look and, often, makes it iconic. You'll recall Charlize Theron's jaw-dropping tangerine Vera Wang gown with antique diamond dress clips in 2000. "Vera actually designed that dress around those clips," Selva told us of the pieces, which began trending afterwards. The headbands Selva loaned Natalie Portman (Oscars 2006) and Lupita Nyong'o (Oscars 2014) and the cascade diamond earrings worn by Jennifer Lopez in 2001 all started trends for the masses off the red carpet.

With the 2016 Oscars around the corner, we decided to take a trip down memory lane with Selva to talk about her favorite moments on the carpet, but when it comes to this year's rocks, her lips are sealed. "It's really about making the actress feel confident and beautiful on the red carpet—it's all about she" she says. "It's not about the dress or the jewelry, it's about her and, when a woman is confident in what she's wearing, that's what makes the moment."

Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
Celebrities sparkle in Fred Leighton at the Oscars: Charlize Theron in 2000; Jennifer Lopez in 2001; Natalie Portman in 2005; Sarah Jessica Parker in 2010; Carey Mulligan in 2010; and Lupita Nyong'o in 2014. Selva worked with Prada once more on Mulligan's dress which had teeny spoons and forks sewed onto it. "When I saw those earrings, I thought Carey," said Selva of the shoulder dusters she wore that night. "With her haircut, they were just perfect and looks amazing with all the little forks and spoons on her dress. It was so her."

Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
More stars at the Oscars in Leighton: Cameron Diaz in 2002; Michelle Williams in 2006; Kirsten Dunst in 2007; and Taraji P. Henson in 2009. Of Williams' stunning saffron look, Selva said, "That was Michelle's night. It was her red carpet—and that necklace looked so elegant with her dress and that gorgeous red lip."

Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
Nicole Kidman won the Oscar for Best Actress for The Hours wearing 19th Century diamond shoulder duster earrings from Fred Leighton in 2003.


Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
"In a sea of diamonds, she stood out and looked amazing in gold earrings," said Selva, of Meryl Streep's Victorian gold pendant earrings with nary a gemstone in 2012.


Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
The gems close up: A pair of vintage sapphire and diamond bracelets, which Tilda Swinton wore to the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.


Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars
The 19th Century diamond headband, worn by Natalie Portman to the Oscars in 2006.













Meet the Woman Stars Turn to for the Finest Jewelry to Sparkle at the Oscars

9 Fascinating Facts You’ve Probably Never Heard About Tiffany & Co.

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Any jewelry lover worth her salt diamonds has made a trip or two to Tiffany & Co. Since its founding in 1837, the iconic brand has expanded beyond its equally iconic Fifth Avenue flagship address, boasting locations all around the United States and in further-flung locales like Shanghai, Cairo, and Qatar. The jewelry house is being celebrated with Crazy About Tiffany's, a new documentary debuting tomorrow, and to celebrate, we picked the brain of director Matthew Miele, asking for some gems of information that he unearthed while working on the film.

For starters, that famous Tiffany blue? It was trademarked back in the mid-19th century and actually uses yellow as the dominant ingredient when being mixed. The company was also the first to create a mail-order catalog, way back in 1845, and if you're a super customer, you just might get a stone named for you: Morganite, a sweet, rosy pink stone in the beryl family, was worked on by one of the company's preeminent gemologists and and named for client J.P. Morgan. New intermingles with old too—the company purchased a fair amount of the Spanish and French crown jewels in the later half of the 1800s.

9 Fascinating Facts You've Probably Never Heard About Tiffany & Co.

That there are movie connections is obvious—show the above still to any woman in the world and chances are she'll know exactly what movie it's from. And while we all associate Audrey Hepburn with the elegant main role in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Miele told us bombshell Marilyn Monroe was actually the first choice for Truman Capote, the man who penned the story. More recently, Reese Witherspoon's character from Sweet Home Alabama was on the receiving end of a super-luxe proposal from a dashing Patrick Dempsey who invited her to pick any ring she wanted from the Tiffany & Co. flagship. Yeah, that was inspired by a true story. (When it comes to engagement rings, the Tiffany setting is a classic that was first introduced in 1886).

Branding is important to Tiffany too. Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany decreed that the smart little blue boxes, recognized the world over, were to be given away only when a purchase was made. Per a 1906 newspaper article, "Tiffany has one thing in stock that you cannot buy off him, for as much money as you may offer, he will only give it to you. And that is one of his boxes." The company has also been loyal to the carriers of its ads. While combing through background information, Miele learned that the jewelry giant has advertised everyday in the New York Times since the late '20s—and always on page three.

9 Fascinating Facts You've Probably Never Heard About Tiffany & Co.

The interior of Tiffany's Manhattan flagship

9 Fascinating Facts You've Probably Never Heard About Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany's Manhattan flagship, circa 1940

For more interesting facts and interviews with celebrity and fashion fans, plan on watching. The flick is being released across on-demand platforms, as well as in select cities around the country (major areas like San Francisco and Dallas, but also smaller spots in Ohio and Maine). Click here to see if there's a screening near you.

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The Female Fashion Power List: Jennifer Fisher on Fighting Her Way to the Top of Jewelry World

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All this month, glamour.com is spotlighting incredible female designers—from the new class of leading women (in our March issue, on stands now!), to the innovators shaking things up, to the iconic names headlining Fashion Month. Follow along on our instagram @glamourmag, and join us on March 8, International Women’s Day, in wearing your favorite brands made by women.

After generations of lone female designers (Donna! Miuccia!), there are now so many women creating such great things. Meet a member of spring’s class of leaders in our Female Fashion Power List.

You’ve seen Jennifer Fisher’s bold jewelry on the likes of Rihanna, but the designer’s inspiration for starting her business hits closer to home: The former stylist has a rare type of tumor, and was told she shouldn't conceive. When she did (she’s now a mother of two, and her husband is her business partner), she wanted a piece of jewelry engraved with her son’s name. “There was nothing out there,” she says. So she took matters into her own hands, and a brand was born.

The Female Fashion Power List: Jennifer Fisher on Fighting Her Way to the Top of Jewelry World
The Jewelry Star, Jennifer Fisher: Fisher with her daughter, Drew, age 9 is known for heavy metals engraved with empowering phrases—and her jewelry-and-food-laden Instagram. All jewelry, Jennifer Fisher.

On the entrepreneurial bug:
“I’m a businesswoman—always have been. I started my first company, JJ Button Ears, when I was five, making earrings with my babysitter. We actually sold in stores!”

On how she got her start:
“My word when I was going through chemo was fighter. I made this burnished cuff with that in Gothic font and started wearing it. Barneys was like, ‘Oh my God, you need to do more words.’ So I built on these mom-power words like mamma and live. Then I started doing them in diamonds.”

On her ethos:
“I think outlook and attitude are really important. I don’t know if it’s because I went through what I did, but I made a deal with myself that if I got out, I was going to conduct my life in a certain way and not have any regrets.”

On what makes her jewelry distinct:
“There’s a message of empowerment. I feel stronger when I’m wearing the jewelry, and I think most women do. There’s something so personal about names and dates.”

On the best advice she’s received:
“My dad is an entrepreneur, and he always told me growing up, ‘You can do it. Why can’t you do it? Everybody starts somewhere.’ That really stuck with me when I was starting out. Everytime someone told me no, I was like, ‘I’m going to do this and it’s going to catch on.’ And finally people started saying yes. It’s funny, when people start saying yes, it’s like a domino effect. You have to be strong for those times when people are saying no.”

On her muses:
“My daughter Drew knows she’s going to take over the company one day. She does jewelry design classes on Fridays. She’ll come home and be like, ‘Mom, look what I made you.’”

On being a brand ambassador:
“I just naturally started putting myself out there on Instagram, posting food pictures because I love to cook, and just my personal interests. For so long, designers were put on a pedestal; they weren’t looked at as normal people. I give my customer a taste of what it’s like to have two kids, a dog, cook, go to parties, and be a part of fashion. I think she connects with that.”

Fashion Editor: Jessica Sailer Van Lith

For more extras from our March issue, watch cover star, Gwyneth's Paltrow video on style and more:

Hair: Wesley O’Meara at Honey Artists; makeup: Fredrik Stambro for Lancÿme; manicures: Bernadette Thompson for The Bernadette Thompson Nail Care Collection; set design: Todd Wiggins at Mary Howard Studio; production: Louise Lund at KF Production.










The Female Fashion Power List: Jennifer Fisher on Fighting Her Way to the Top of Jewelry World

Kris Jenner Might Not Be Allowed to Be a #ProudMama on Instagram Anymore

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Momager-extraordinarie Kris Jenner has joined her daughters in the personal-branding quest, revealing the first piece of her new jewelry range last week (a long multi-color pearl necklace that's going for $150). According to TMZ, the jewelry's started off some litigious action, with a Missouri-based company suggesting lines are being crossed with the reality matriarch's new accessory range and her frequent use of hashtag #ProudMama.

Kris Jenner Might Not Be Allowed to Be a #ProudMama on Instagram Anymore

Here's the deal: Jewelry brand Jenny Present includes pieces geared toward mothers wanting to rep their brood via pendants engraved with names, initials, or birthdates—and it's all sold under the banner "Original Proud Mama Collection" (browse it here). While Kris's new line isn't calling itself Proud Mama (and she doesn't use she hashtag in her Instagram posts promoting the piece), she does use it frequently to post on her children.

Present's not feeling the motherly love, issuing a cease-and-desist letter to Jenner's company that requires her to stop using #ProudMama on "all promotional platforms." The phrase "Proud Mama" is reportedly trademarked by Present, a fact TMZ says she made Jenner aware of when the latter tried to get her own trademark.

The question we're mulling over: Is Instagram an official spot for promotion? And is Present's legal move asking Jenner to stop sharing her proud moments with her nearly 11 million followers, jewelry or no jewelry? Latching onto a brand identity that's not yours isn't cool, but we'd miss seeing all the family love that features so prominently in Jenner's online space. It's too bad that there are no opportunities to cleverly slide a "K" somewhere in the words proud or mama...



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Jewelry Designer Kara Ross is Re-Defining Diamonds in A Truly Empowering Way

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Kara Ross has long been passionate about rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and other rare gemstones. But it's diamonds that are most captivating the fine jewelry designer these days—and not in the way that you'd think.

The New York-based designer has long pushed the envelope when it comes to creating unexpected, whimsical and artsy fine jewelry, a trade, which is known for it's stalwart design traditions. And after making waves in the world of fine jewelry by drilling gems into baroque pearl (unheard of!) setting semi-precious gemstones into fobs on handbags (jewelry on handbags!), Ross is daring to break another longstanding tradition in the category: She wants you buy your own diamonds.


Jewelry Designer Kara Ross is Re-Defining Diamonds in A Truly Empowering Way

Kara Ross

"There is a stigma attached to buying a diamond, [mainly] that you have to wait until you get engaged to have one," Ross told Glamour, "Women buy their own cars, houses—diamonds are the only commodity that still have the stigma that women shouldn't buy themselves one. I want to break that."

And that's just what Ross is doing with her new initiative and collection, called Diamonds Unleashed. Diamonds Unleashed is not simply a really gorgeous fine jewelry collection, it celebrates and supports women through various outlets including salons, where women can discuss important topics that make a difference and women's charitable organizations across the world, such as She’s The First and Girls Who Code.

Here's the really cool part. If you think oh, diamonds, yeah, not on my budget, Ross designed two lines, with various price point options. One Diamonds Unleashed collection, which features stack rings, pendants, and bracelets with the sparkly stunners sells in HSN from $100 to about $1,000 per piece. The second collection, which launches at Neiman Marcus stores today, is just a tad more decadent with ear cuffs, stacking rings, and sautoir necklaces that range from $750 to $25,000.

And Ross isn't alone in her mission. She tapped brand ambassadors to help carry the message and raise money for the cause. Serena Williams and Diana Taylor are just some of the influential women who are speaking out for women's empowerment through this initiative.

"This is really about modern day women's empowerment," said Ross. "We're like diamonds—strong, multifaceted, and yes, unbreakable." Well said.

Without further ado, here are some exceptional pieces from the collection:
Jewelry Designer Kara Ross is Re-Defining Diamonds in A Truly Empowering Way

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Jewelry Designer Kara Ross is Re-Defining Diamonds in A Truly Empowering Way

Here Are 5 Brand-New (And Very Cool) Ways to Wear Your Earrings

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Here Are 5 Brand-New (And Very Cool) Ways to Wear Your Earrings
Sophie Quy

When it comes to accessorizing, Sophie Quy is basically a ninja.

The chic Brit is adept at layering delicate necklaces, stacking chunky rings, and—of course—rocking the arm party in that effortless why-didn't-I-think-of-that way that only cool girls can master (paging Kate Moss). So it's no surprise that she landed the plum gig as head of fine jewelry at posh retailer, Net-A-Porter—at only 30. (Like we said, a ninja!)

Lucky for us, Sophie's going to help us earn our black belt in accessorizing. The task at hand: The ear party. An offshoot of the famous arm party (props to Leandra Medine for that one!), the ear party is basically a grouping of different earrings on one or both ears. Now, if you thought the trend was too rocker for you, think again. It can be totally delicate and pretty, incorporating baby hoops, simple studs, and—if you really feel like getting fancy—some pavé diamonds. Another thing: If you once thought you needed to have more than one piercing in each ear to pull off the look, no more. Designers today are creating styles that give the look of multiple piercings, when you've only just got the one hole in each ear (you know—the ones you got from the Piercing Pagoda, circa age 7).

"People began re-piercing their ears and experimenting with earrings," Quy told us on a recent trip to NYC. She noted that earring sales are through the roof—and she wasn't even talking about pairs. "Over the years, fine jewelry has become more of a fashion accessory. We've seen a new generation of younger designers, such as Jemma Wynne, Delfina Delettrez, and Alison Lou creating really cool, unique earrings, as singles, not meant to be worn as a pair." But Quy admits that the ear party, like Pringles, can become kind of addictive. "Once you start, you can't stop," she mused. "People are really having fun and pushing the boundaries."

Here Sophie herself schools us on how to get the look, whatever your style (or hole amount!):


Here Are 5 Brand-New (And Very Cool) Ways to Wear Your Earrings
Look for a style that has a decorated earring jacket, like this one. Also, an ear cuff is a no-commitment way to get the look. Ear cuffs and single arrow earring, by Anita Ko.


Here Are 5 Brand-New (And Very Cool) Ways to Wear Your Earrings
Keep the look asymmetrical and cool by mixing and matching singles, like this emerald style. Jemma Wynne single stud and Anita Ko ear cuff.


Here Are 5 Brand-New (And Very Cool) Ways to Wear Your Earrings
Search for styles that give the look of a multi and stack it with an ear cuff for added edge. Maria Black hoop earring (only requiring one piercing), Anita Ko ear cuff.


Here Are 5 Brand-New (And Very Cool) Ways to Wear Your Earrings
Take out those baby studs you have and stack them up. This is a great opportunity to wear the styles whose mates you lost. Suzanne Kalan studs.


Here Are 5 Brand-New (And Very Cool) Ways to Wear Your Earrings
This look is super easy to pull off and no less cool. Take a pair of studs and wear them both on one ear.Jennifer Meyer studs and Anita Ko ear cuff, as above.

Create your own ear party with the fashionable styles below!

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Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

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Some of us ladies spend lots of time daydreaming about sparkly things, but admittedly less time thinking about how best to take care of that glitter once we've got it—raise your hand if you're guilty of treating your precious stones less than preciously. So, to help us all keep our beloved sparklers sparkling, we rang up the folks at John Hardy, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection of their intricate signature chain bracelets, to get some tips and tricks for keeping 'em clean on a busy girl's schedule.

Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

This bracelet took 35 hours to make. You can spend 45 seconds to clean it properly.

Each of John Hardy's limited-edition bracelets are hand-woven and hand-set by artisans in Bali, with some of them taking more than nine days to craft. But even if your favorite baubles are slightly less labor intensive, you should still treat 'em nice. Polly Purser, the director of design and heritage at John Hardy, shares some excellent tips for doing just that:

Treating and caring your jewelry with the same respect is important—but you can properly clean your bracelet in a few minutes following these easy steps.

1. Silver. At home, use a mild liquid detergent solution. For silver pieces, it is more important that you choose a mild cleaner without bleaching agents, abrasives or ammonia, and that you don't soak for too long, as the silver can oxidize over time. Soak the jewelry in a very warm solution of water and detergent for about a minute and then rinse the jewelry clean. Once dry, brush your jewelry gently with a soft brush to loosen any stubborn dust or dirt. Dry the piece with soft cloth.

2. Gold. After wearing, wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth. Put your jewelry on last, after cosmetics, perfume, hairspray and other chemical substances that can dull and discolor the stones and metal. Finally, store your jewelry pieces separately, in a jewelry box or pouch to avoid scratching.

3. Diamonds. While pavé-set diamonds (like the Classic Chain Bracelet below) are absolutely wearable and extremely well-made, special care should be taken when handling these precious pieces. Make sure to keep your bracelet away from chlorine or other harsh chemicals, as this will damage the diamonds, and always store it separately from other pieces to avoid scratching.

4. Colored Stones. Jewelry wearers often forget to wipe their jewelry down after wearing, but this is a very important step, especially for the pieces that feature colored gemstones. After wearing, thoroughly clean the piece with a soft, slightly damp cloth or tissue. This step takes just thirty seconds and will enhance the luster of the stones.
Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

Clockwise from left: The 40th anniversary chain collection; a Balinese artist hand-setting diamonds into the 18 karat Classic Chain diamond bracelet; two of the 18 karat gold bracelets from the collection. But remember, don't store yours like this!











Pro Tips: How to Care for Your Favorite Gold, Silver, and Diamond Jewelry

Statement Earrings are Back! (And They’re the Easiest Way to Dress Up Any Outfit)

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Remember the times when you used to throw on a pair of major earrings with the most basic outfit and—poof!—you were date night ready? Well, dear readers, those times are back. One of the biggest jewelry trends to hit the spring 2016 runways (which are still going on in Milan as we speak) is the return of statement earrings. Big, bold, colorful, and over-the-top danglers stole the shows at Oscar de la Renta, Rosie Assoulin, and Gucci. The best part about this trend? There's no reason to wait. Get ahead of next season's look and go big or go home (when it comes to your lobes, at least!).

As for how to style your door-knockers, chandeliers, and drop earrings, wear them for dressy events with black tie gowns or a cocktail dress. If you're wearing a simple LBD, opt for color and shine when you choose a pair. For date night and going out, throw a pair on to dress up a simple white T-shirt and boyfriend jeans just like you used to.

The one place we don't see this trend working however, is at the office. Statement jewelry—earrings especially—can stand out too much and be distracting in an office environment. So keep them to nights and weekends and you'll be set.

Don't you just love it when trends come full circle—especially when it comes to bright and sparkly trends?

Runway Inspiration:

Statement Earrings are Back! (And They're the Easiest Way to Dress Up Any Outfit)

Oscar de la Renta


Statement Earrings are Back! (And They're the Easiest Way to Dress Up Any Outfit)

Roxanne Assoulin for Rosie Assoulin


Statement Earrings are Back! (And They're the Easiest Way to Dress Up Any Outfit)

Gucci

Shop the trend:

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For more spring accessory trends:
10 Lustworthy Spring Bags Trends From Fashion Month, So Far
Get a Look at All The Crazy Bags and Accessories From the Moschino Spring 2016 Show
Fresh Off the Runway: 15 Spring 2016 Shoes You Just Can't Miss

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Statement Earrings are Back! (And They're the Easiest Way to Dress Up Any Outfit)

Jeweler Lindsey White Talks Baubles, Blowtorches, and Her Gorgeous Alice + Olivia Crowns

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The star of yesterday's Alice and Olivia SS16 presentation was certainly the girly, glamorous clothes, but playing an undeniably important supporting role were the custom, hand-made bronze crowns and arm cuffs created for the brand's presentation by jeweler and fabricator Lindsey White of L.M. White Jewelry. The accessories are already a hit on Pinterest (brides will definitely be clamoring for them, as well as the gossamer gowns they were shown with), but White has a lot more up her well-adorned sleeve. She recently gave us a tour of her Brooklyn studio, and talked baubles, blowtorches, and her very special Fashion Week collaboration.

Jeweler Lindsey White Talks Baubles, Blowtorches, and Her Gorgeous Alice + Olivia Crowns

The custom brass crowns and cuffs Lindsey created for the Alice and Olivia SS16 presentation.

Let's start from the beginning: How long have you been making jewelry? What got you started?
I’ve been meddling with metal for about four years now, but the business really got going two years ago, when I began creating out of my studio in Brooklyn. Before that, I was flying back and forth to Texas, taking welding lessons from my dad in his Houston garage. He planted the seed of experimenting with metalwork and making whatever you can think up. I would come home with various estate-sale finds wanting to turn old, rusted objects into pendants. It’s been a hot and wild ride ever since!

The floral cuffs and crowns are a bit of a departure from your usual style-how did that evolution come about?
It was so exciting to work on these brass pieces for Alice and Olivia. And yes, my design style tends to be more rugged and industrial, so it was a very welcome challenge to make the final pieces look strong and still very feminine. I also actually work as their production fit model, so it was exciting to make the transition from model to metalworker for the brand.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
I'm drawn to using base metals like brass, copper, and steel because of their natural patina, which can really exhibit character through time. Raw leather is another favorite material of mine because of it’s durability and rugged aesthetic. In general, I'm pretty tough on the things I wear so I like for the materials I use in jewelry making to be strong and lasting.

Jeweler Lindsey White Talks Baubles, Blowtorches, and Her Gorgeous Alice + Olivia Crowns

Inside the L.M. White Jewelry studio in Brooklyn. Clockwise from top: the designer wearing some of her favorite pieces; some signature bracelets; Lindsey polishing a brass cuff; a selection of signature rings and bangles.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I find I’m a product of my past and present environments and that shows through into my designs. I'm originally from Texas so the rugged heritage brands hold a heavy influence in what I make. Now that I've established a home in Brooklyn, I've found that the streets, architecture, and industrial backdrop of New York City can have an equal weight in my design mentality as well. Also, I love to rework everyday objects so people use and interact with them in different ways, so there’s always been a hint of surrealism to my work. Yet, at the end of the day, simplicity and ease is what matters most.

How would you describe the L.M. White style?
I design for real-world women—and men!—who want items that give them strength and confidence, while being aware of beauty, source, and story. My clients strive for unique style that’s timeless and effortless, and they steer clear of the fast and fleeting trends that crop up in fashion. Everything is made by hand, without the use of molds or casting so you receive a truly original piece each time. Staying intimate in the process can be so sexy.

Jeweler Lindsey White Talks Baubles, Blowtorches, and Her Gorgeous Alice + Olivia Crowns

Lindsey at work on a new piece. Note the Texas steer horns and the velvet Elvis.

What was the most memorable piece or project you’ve created?
My collaborations with other designers have really opened doors into unmarked territory, which can be chaotic and really fun. I helped accessorize Tadashi Shoji’s FW15 collection, and, of course, just finished the collaboration with Alice and Olivia for SS16.

Jeweler Lindsey White Talks Baubles, Blowtorches, and Her Gorgeous Alice + Olivia Crowns

Lindsey in her studio. Her toolbox is an old library card catalogue.

For more behind-the-scenes shots of White's work, follow her on Instagram at @lmwhite_jewelry!










Jeweler Lindsey White Talks Baubles, Blowtorches, and Her Gorgeous Alice + Olivia Crowns