Thursday, July 26, 2007

Bigger and/ or Better

I just spent two hours on a post and accidentally deleted it. My first foray into the world of blogger anxiety attacks.

First things first: my new ring.

I know, right? (Please excuse the fact that I am obviously not a professional photographer.) The ring is awesome and my mom is awesome for buying it. "It just looks so right on your finger. You have to let me buy it for you!," she said. Now my life would be perfect if only my boyfriend jumped on that train, but that's a post for another day.

Anyhow, this ring is perfect because it falls precisely into my aesthetic, which is Jewelry for a Girl who Does Not Like to be Tall but Has Come to Terms, Of A Sort. You see, I am 5'11". And I love dainty, delicate, tiny jewelry, which inevitably gets lost on me.

But I've found that simple, eye-catching pieces work really well with the height (and I don't wear heels ever cause lord knows I'd have to wear dish around my neck for people to notice the jewelry. Seriously, people are obsessed with height. It's like the weather or something. And I can't tell you how many times people--strangers!--ask me to get stuff for them off high shelves. I don't mind, it's just a little weird.)
It's not like classic and bold pieces don't work well for every height. I guess I'm trying to say that I was a fashion wimp and have finally realized that my height requires me to step out a little more.

The below pieces are just introductions to the idea and though they may all be different, they definitely can be categorized by a certain set of ideas: bold-ish, sleek, somewhat unusual and always beautiful.

Let's start with earrings, shall we? I am a coward when it comes to earrings. (This post is not making me sound very adventurous. Promise: wait until I whip out the Lucite next post. Your jaw will drop.) Large, dangly drops have made their way into my jewelry box, but I very rarely wear them. I am hoping to change this. Soon. I guess I could start with these lovelies.

Endless Kasbah Earrings from $80.

And this bracelet, also, from, is gorgeous! I love the autumnal tone of it. Perfect with a dress in warm burgandy shades. Garnet and pearl bracelet, $75.

Stepping back into my silver comfort zone, here are two standout necklaces from

The first is the Stained Glass Necklace. I love the lines on this piece--it's both strong and delicate. $30.

The next is the Chain Chain Chain necklace (such an appropriate name, no?), which is a bold addition to any simple sheath or top. $84.

From, this tourmalinated quartz necklace surrounded by black diamonds is really incredible. First, I love this stone. It isn't that rare, yet somehow, nobody has ever seen it before, so this is a guaranteed conversation starter. (This quartz has a golden counterpart, which is sometimes called “Angel Hair Quartz”, and I love that name.) I think this stone may deserve it's own post at some point. So, it's a little pricey at $3100, but maybe bookmark it for the day you get raise? (Excellent idea! That’s what I did.)

Lastly, one more gold piece and something that I feel is sorely under-represented in the world of jewelry: the cuff bracelet. Cuffs are perhaps the most perfect accessory. Simple and bold, they will make some clothing into an outfit.

This cuff is especially great at $30. Constellation cuff available on, made by Stamp.

Wow. Long post, but hopefully worthwhile. Lucite coming soon and then maybe some serpents?
We'll see.


WBjewelry said...

Thanks for the nice mention! Glad you like that necklace. It's all those darn black diamonds that made it so expensive. I love tourmalinated quartz. Anyway, before I saw that, I was just going to say that I think the pic of your new ring came out quite well! It's very hard to shoot jewelry. You're off to a good start!

Anonymous said...

Topshop is a bit of a mix....
The Kate Moss collection is god damn AWFUL! It's such bad quality, and the prices you pay are out of this world. No wonder she makes so much money!
But if you catch it at a certain time, just after the huge rush for a new collection has gone (i.e. about now til September, as the Summer collection has lost its hype) you can find all the quirky items that nobody will buy, whih is what i've done recently!
Also if you splash out on a beautiful dress, say, from Topshop, you will wear it to death, just to tell people where its from and how mcuh you paid! Maybe that's just me!

If you look on Topshop's website now, there's a divine pair of blue and white lace-up plimsolls which i had to buy this afternoon!
And a floral and dotty long sleeved smock jumper in the sale. Which i might have to get too!
You're right, it's so alluring!


WendyB said...

Hey there, I bought an 84 carat tourmalinated quartz cab yesterday! The tourmaline crystals look like bullrushes to me. I think I'm going to do a one of a kind, handmade setting for it. I'll post a photo when it's done!

In Yr Fshn said...

OMG, I cannot WAIT to see that!