your link to what every woman should know about the finer points in life, love and expressing yourself with jewelry

Posts Tagged ‘stackables’

Too Hot to Handle

Lauren Harper

I usually like it hot. In winter, I sleep in cashmere and hang out in down “booties” style slippers that might be suitable for Alaska.  Yes, I am a sight, but at least I am cozy and warm in my Manhattan apartment. One winter, I remember it being so cold both inside and outside that I thought I would have to re-size all of my rings because they would fly off of my fingers every time I moved my hands. Instead, I went ring-less that year, which for me, is like going without lipstick or mascara for most women.

This summer, however, when I walk out the door, Manhattan’s heat wave feels as if I walked into a pizza oven, with humidity that makes Florida look arid.   Yesterday, I headed from my Greenwich Village apartment to Union Square and then to Soho and my fingers swelled up so much that they were twice the size and there was no way of getting them free from the bands that bind.  No amount of lotion, cream, running water, ice, or holding my hands it in front of the air-conditioner, (or all combined) released the grip that was blowing up my right ring and left index finger and turning my them a purplish cast.

And, no way I was winding up in emergency room on a Saturday night with the explanation of being strangled by my rings. No intern was slicing a few of my favorite styles (some were eternities–another, an 1880’s emerald with an engraved shank), which even the best of trained jewelers would be hard pressed to put perfectly back together.

Eventually I cooled down, literally and figuratively, woke up in the middle of the night, and although they didn’t exactly slide off my fingers, the swelling was somewhat down and I eventually got them off.

Moral of this story: when it’s sweltering outside, there are still some hot styles and a few tips when wearing rings in summer:

-Cut your stackables to half the amount you usually wear or chose one statement ring for summer instead.

-Don’t wear looks that are too wide all-around, as there is no room to maneuver these as your begin to notice your fingers blowing up.

-Keep antiques for a different time. You don’t want to have anyone mess with these, should you not be as lucky as I was.

Katie Diamond

Once I was able to bend my knuckles again, I thought of some rings that have a big, bold feeling in the front but have a tapered or thinner shank and also seasonless and lighter weight than they appear:  Katie Diamond’s rose gold garden motif, which has a feminine cluster in front, Lauren Harper’s triangular morganite style with diamond accents, Nam Cho’s round moonstone cabochon with pave diamonds, Temple St. Clair’s oval opal with small sapphire accents and Jamie Joseph’s pave diamond looks.

Oh, and I found that as wonderful as lush lotions with essential oils  (Kiehl’s, Sabon, L’Occitane, and Molton Brown–I tried all) are for creating soft, smooth hands upon which to wear your jewels, there’s nothing like pure olive oil  (any brand will do) for slipping out of your too tight rings.


vibes: ila & i: christine mackellar: stephen webster

Recently, at one of the jewelry trade shows in Las Vegas, as I was doing a little personal shopping (as in, for myself–not for other people) one of my favorite designers and friends dubbed me a jewel-aholic. He caught me in the act of both seriously reviewing and also perusing a neighboring collection, trying on different rings and checking the upside down price tag . He knew, from that moment that I was going to buy one of the pieces and my new title seemed to be confirmed.

I’d never thought of myself as having an addictive personality. I gave up smoking three and half years ago, cold turkey, after a two pack a day habit. I never replaced it with food, just an over load of exercise till the cravings wore off. The only exception was perhaps my shopping sprees at the three B’s, Barneys, Bergdorf’s and Bendels. I can easily make a case for everything I bought back then: When it was chilly, I needed cashmere, for dating: La Perla lingerie. And, my closet was like a shelter for all black pants and LBDs. No style was turned away. Hey, I live in NYC.

Yet, I can now walk past a pair of shoes, (even with 40% off sale going on) and leave handbags hanging, unless you count the two times a year I travel to Italy. Oh, and if we are being totally honest, I am no longer attracted to unavailable men, (unless, you once again count the two times a year I travel to Italy…and see my ex).

But as far as baubles bangles and all things sparkly go, I must confess, my name is Beth and I AM a jewel-aholic. Have been since I wouldn’t let the tiara go without a major tantrum in Saks Fifth Avenue when I was six. The denial stops here.

I have given up all other fashion vices to accommodate my jewelry habit. I don’t think I qualify for a 12 step program unless some of those steps include buying antiques (as they appreciate with time), only wearing real gems since CZs just doesn’t cut it and…well… “God grant me the serenity to know”… when trends change and which of them will last.

Here are a couple I’m coveting for summer and beyond.

Going Natural: Christine Mackellar’s naturalistic bangles in 18K gold and blackened silver and gold mixed with rough and polished stones can be worn three at a time in this mix or one two or all can be combined with additional bangles in your existing jewelry wardrobe

Enchanted Gardens: Vibes rough gray diamond, set in a feminine motif of flower sprays and accent diamonds, can take you through warm sunny days but is also truly a collector’s item.

Modern Heirloom: Stephen Webster mixes old world Victorian charm with Rocker Chic in this bold silver and gemstone pendant and the contrast is just right for wearing with the new menswear-inspired looks and well into the future.

Keeping It Simple: The rough and refined look that is being shown by fine jewelry designers is translated with a more dainty feminine flair at Lika Behar in this bracelet with flexible diamond line front and silk cord, finished by a high karat gold and pearl clasp.

Sentimental Journey: ila&i’s blackened silver and 18K gold locket with center rose cut stone is both current and reflective of earlier times. It’s a sentimental keepsake to hold loved ones close to your heart with an edgy contemporary slant.

Budding Trends: Studs continue to be one of the items to purchase this season in fine jewelry. Rebecca Overman’s 18K gold freeform rose with a diamond center offers a simple elegant approach to the look.

Take A Dip: Alberian & Aulde’s rose cut sapphire station chain which doubles as a lariat offers a subtly sexy look when it dips down to the decollatage. Best feature about this piece is its unstudied appeal, allowing the wearer to bring their own personal style to it.

lika behar: alberian & aulde: rebecca overmann