With so many designers out there, it takes a lot for a piece to really stand out… let alone an entire line. Dannijo, does just that by embracing a range of influences such as tribal aesthetics and old hollywood glamour. The mix of materials and perfected craftsmanship make each piece a unique work of art.
In particular, I’ve been lusting over the Cota Necklace. The composition of this piece is reminiscent of both Art Deco and Native American style. The 3d nature of the necklace is particularly impressive and the colors of the Swarovski crystals make it a perfect addition to any summer wardrobe.
Staying true to her style, Michelle Williams stole the show with a short-sleeve Chanel column gown and a pair of Harry Winston diamond earrings.
Embrace the theme of nature for yourself, with a diamond ring from the Kwiat Floral Collection.
Predicted for the year ahead, Natalie Portman pioneered the tassel trend with a pair of Tiffany & Co earrings. The bold raspberry color perfectly complimented her Rodarte gown!
Get ahead of the trend with the Penny Preville Pearl Tassel Garland Earring.
Louis Vuitton | Bvlgari
For a pop of color, Gwyneth Paltrow paired her Calvin Klein gown with Louis Vuitton accessories. These ravishing earrings featured diamonds and colored stones on white, yellow and red gold.
From necklaces to earrings, Bvlgari offers an array of colorful jewelry. The perfect accent to any outfit.
Fred Leighton | H. Stern
There is no doubt Nicole Kidman was sparkling all over the red carpet, wearing a Dior gown and Fred Leighton jewels. This rare 19th century opera length necklace featured over 150 carats of mine-cut vintage diamonds. Worn as a choker, the diamonds flowed down Kidman’s back, creating a dramatic look.
Get this glamorous look for yourself from H. Stern’s Moonlight Collection.
Although stacked bangles have been all over the red carpet, Jennifer Hudson definitely stood out… I’d say a million dollars of diamonds commands a little attention. Her Neil Lane accessories were the perfect pair to her tangerine Atelier Versace gown.
Whats that you say, you want your own million dollar look? You’re in luck, Kwiat offers a great selection of diamond bracelets perfect for layering.
On February 4th, the Chinese Institute presented Anna Hu with the “Artistic Vision of the Year” Award. Interestingly, it is the first time this award has been extended to a Jewelry Designer.
As a classically trained cellist and a scholar of art history, it is no surprise that Hu’s work combines both traditional and innovative elements. Born in Taiwan, Hu was introduced to the art of fine jewelry at a young age. Her father worked as a diamond dealer and she regularly attended trade shows, thus encouraging a keen eye for jewels.
From Taiwan to New York, Hu’s work references many different influences, thus making her jewelry unique and complicated beyond the typical brand.
“Incorporating elements of classical music as well as French haute joaillerie and Chinese fine art, Anna Hu jewelry bridges Eastern aesthetics and Western craftsmanship. Her individually handcrafted pieces evoke timeless royal jewels of the past with contemporary touches that speak to her heritage and training. Presented in a curatorial manner, Anna’s exquisite pieces are a form of art unto themselves.” – www.anna-hu.com
Hu herself, has said she “uses gems to paint fine art” so it is no surprise each piece looks like a work of art. From the colors of the impressionists to the forms of modernism, Anna Hu’s artistic vision truly translates into exquisite jewelry.
Avatar Exotic Orchid Earring | Georgia O’Keeffe
Molly Apfelbaum | Forget-Me-Not Ring
Turandot Ring | Joan Miro
“Since its opening on the Place Vendôme in Paris in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has played a leading role in style and design innovation.Its timeless pieces have been worn by style icons including the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. This exhibition will explore the historical significance of the firm’s contributions to jewelry design in the 20th century, including the establishment of Van Cleef & Arpels in New York with the advent of World War II. On view will be more than 350 works including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objets d’art by Van Cleef & Arpels, many of which were created exclusively for the American market. The exhibition will examine the work through the lenses of innovation, transformation, nature as inspiration, exoticism, fashion and personalities, and will include design drawings from the Van Cleef & Arpels archives.” – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
After much anticipation, Set In Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels has finally opened at Cooper-Hewitt in New York. I plan to visit the exhibition in the next few weeks and if you find yourself in the city between now and June 5th, I suggest checking it out also!
For all you February babies, Amethyst is your birthstone! As a member of the quartz family, this purple gem has been associated with royalty throughout the ages. Interestingly, the ancient Greeks and Romans also believed the stone held powers, including the ability to protect against intoxication. Even today, the gift of Amethyst is a symbol of protection and believed to strengthen the bond of love!