Featured Jewelry Designer: Pushmataaha

Push by Pushmataaha is a jewelry line created in 2007 by Australian filmmaker and art collector Virginia Rouse. Inspired by a lifelong love of stones and Native American jewelry, Virginia works with real metals in the creation of the pieces and combines this with the beauty of organic, semi-precious stones handcrafted by master artisans. Read More

Featured Jewelry Designer: ManiaMania

The brand was founded by Australian art director and stylist duo Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis, two talented women who met while working at RUSSH magazine. Drawing on inspiration from old and new – ancient historical figures, artists, muses and cult musicians – they create pieces that are sculptural and heavy with mysticism.  Read More

DIY Holiday Ornaments Turned Accessories: Headband

DIY Ornament turned into Headband

For this DIY we used the beautiful jewel encrusted ornament designed by Chan Luu. Our clever team used this ornament to create an adorable headband in just a few easy steps! All you need is a plain old headband and some fabric glue.

Untie the ornament from its hook, and then bit by bit, use the fabric glue to adhere it to the headband. We used clips (pictured below) to hold the ribbon in place as it dried.

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That’s it! I love how the hanging chains give this a delicate feel:

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Jewel Encrusted Ornament by Chan Luu

Featured Jewelry Designer: Erickson Beamon

Pictured: Mixed Gem Statement Ring, Rhinestone Statement Ring, Rhinestone Wrap Ring.

Our featured artist this month is certainly appropriate for the time of year – Erickson Beamon creates a universe “where glittering snowflakes freeze into delicate drop earrings, black roses bloom on bangles, a brave new world is being charted out with yards of pearls and the duchess of fabulous rules the roost”

Their work is the epitome of statement jewelry – they create pieces that not only compliment an outfit, they become an important part of it.  The rings we are featuring by Erickson Beamon scream holiday party – they truly do look like crystals of ice that will add the perfect dazzle to your holiday outfit.

I love Erickson Beamon’s artistic approach to jewelry design – for their spring/summer 2012 presentation at fashion week they created a lush garden scene called “Back to Eden,” that housed four incredible mannequins covered in their baubles and designs. They’re incredible!

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DIY Holiday Ornaments turned Accessories

Have you guys seen our beautiful collection of holiday ornaments? We have chosen some of our favorite jewelry designers to collaborate with, interpreting their aesthetic and materials into ornaments that can be hung on a tree! The ornaments are lovely, and the best part is – all of them can be turned into accessories that you can wear and enjoy all year round :) Our team helped put together some awesome tutorials on how to do this – first, we’ll show you how to turn the ornaments into earrings or necklaces!

DIY ornaments turned into earrings

What you need:

A pair of pliers and two earring hooks – you can find these online at places like amazon or at your local craft store.

We used the Zodiac Coin Ornament – I love that these have little fortunes on the back :)

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Using your pliers, remove the large hook that comes on the ornament.

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Replace the large hooks with the earring hooks, using the pliers to pinch them shut.

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You now have a new pair of earrings :) It would be really cute to mix your own zodiac sign on one ear and a loved one or best friend’s sign on the other!

DIY ornaments turned into necklaces

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This one is really simple – all you need is a chain of your choosing, and, depending on which ornament you use, you might need the pliers.

We used the Crystal Claw Ornament:

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Remove the ribbon the ornament comes with.

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And add the chain! Easy peasy.

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These ornaments would make great earrings OR necklaces:

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Crescent Moon Ornament

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Dalila Turquoise Ornament

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Aiyanna Dream Catcher Ornament

Part Two coming next week!

Designer Jewelry by DANNIJO

This month’s featured jewelry designer is one of my personal favorites – Dannijo. The New York based label was founded by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder, self-taught jewelry designers who learned how to wirework by playing with their father’s medical tools as kids. Their pieces are handmade using various metals – oxidized silver, gold and gunmetal – mixed with bold colorful elements like druzy quartz, crystals, aqua aura and pearls.

A combination of bohemian whimsy and old-world sophistication, their pieces are incredibly beautiful and eye-catching, making them a favorite among celebrities and fashion designers.

Their inspiration:

“For SS12 we were really inspired by Indonesian surf culture, western elements and Aztec artifacts — think masks, fossils and ancient jewelry dug up from the past. We wanted the collection to be really wearable and able to be stacked and layered as always so we had fun with color and silhouettes while keeping the collection very signature Dannijo. It’s sort of a modern take on remnants of the past.”

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I love how the necklaces are styled with vintage tees and faux fur in our October catalog – on the left, the Stella Collar, and on the right, the Tribal Rhaise Pendant.

And the rings? The rings are out of this world!

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Lucas Stone Ring, Dai Ring, Jacinda Ring.

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Designer Jewelry by ACB


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All it took was one read through Annie Costello Brown’s bio and I was intrigued…very intrigued.

This month’s featured jewelry artist, she is the designer behind ACB – a line of hand-made pieces in materials including leather, bronze castings, vintage chains, natural shells and semi-precious stones. Her creativity and design sensibilities originated in her childhood, growing up in the  Sausalito houseboat community of the 1970s and 80s. This was a community of artists, musicians and crafters who established their own sort of counterculture in the Northern California bay, and nurtured her own resourcefulness and creativity.

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The community still exists, but went through a period of intense struggle in the late 70s and 80s called the “House Boat Wars” that was between the houseboat community and wealthy developers that wanted them out. This no doubt was also influential on Annie Costello Brown’s upbringing and the work that she would one day create.

This history kept playing in my mind as I looked at the ACB pieces we are carrying – the eclipse necklace, with its combination of leather, chains and beads, the texture and blue beading of the cyanea necklace and the fierce looking linea blades necklace. I can see the influence of the Sausalito seas and unique architectural elements in the necklaces featured in our September catalog. The collection has something for everyone, ranging from bold statement pieces to delicate casual elegance, all with an underlying intrigue that speaks of turmoil, triumph and fierce individuality.

And just for you, here’s a little peek inside the ACB studio!

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Featured Jewelry Designer: Carol Marie

Our featured jewelry designer this month is Carol Marie, a line launched by designers Jennifer Carol Kramer and Heather Marie White based on their love for statement pieces and belief that a certain piece of jewelry can transform your look. Their pieces are strong enough to be worn on their own, but designed to be layered together. Their Ethiopian Double Cross Necklace is featured throughout our August catalog, along with the gorgeous Sapphire Tiered Jewel Necklace, Hinged Studded Cuff, Studded Enamel Bangle and Large Amulet Pendant.

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on the left – a more layered look; on the right – stunning simplicity.

Even amidst the beautiful Venetian scenery and clothing, these pieces stand out and certainly do make a statement. Antique metals, romantic details, glowing jewels and architectural elements make them the perfect pieces to be featured in this book as they reflect the characteristics of the city of Venice itself.

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