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Tuesday

10

July 2012

Jane Austen Ring Sells at Sotheby’s

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Jane Austen Ring for Auction at Sotheby's

A gold and cabochon blue stone ring, once belonging to Jane Austen, sold for £152,450 (about $241,800 CDN) at Sotheby’s. A real deal, right? Indeed. There has been lots of talk surrounding the Jane Austen ring auction, including who would win the coveted piece of jewelry. Evidently the winning 6-digit bid was more than 5x the estimated pre-sale value of the ring.

Simple and beautiful, the yellow gold ring features a large cabochon blue gem stone in a classic setting. While items belonging to famous writers and historical figures are typically sought-after, many Austen fans have taken particular interest in this piece of jewelry, perhaps because they’re imagining who gifted Jane the ring, or how she came to own it.

An article on the Sotheby’s website gives a couple of suggestions to who could have given Jane Austen the ring, but the truth remains a mystery.

One thing that’s not a mystery? Jane Austen had impeccable taste when to came to jewelry: Classic and colourful, just like her writing.

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Thursday

16

February 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: Diamond Earrings

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We’ve been discussing my top ten essential pieces of jewelry for every woman’s jewelry collection, and today we’re talking diamonds.

Like pearls, I am a firm believer that when it comes to diamonds, no woman should settle for anything less than the real thing. Marilyn Monroe famously said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and while we all know there’s more to life than that, diamonds are an essential item for every woman’s jewelry box.

My picks priced low to high:

 

  • Elsa Peretti® Diamonds by the Yard® Earrings: Dainty and delicate, Tiffany round diamonds are brilliant. These diamond stud Diamonds by the Yard earrings, designed by Elsa Peretti are the perfect accessory that you’ll wear throughout your lifetime. Set in sterling silver, the diamonds have a .06 carat weight. ($535CDN, Tiffany & Co.)
  • Princess Cut & Round Diamond Earrings: What do I love more than diamond studs? Diamond studs in a beautiful princess cut. These wear-with-everything earrings are set in white gold. ($1399.99, Costco)
  • Round Diamond Stud Earrings: Got more than 15 grand waiting to be invested? Look no further. These 2 carat diamond stud earrings are set in white gold and have a beautiful round shape. ($15,499.99, Costco)

 

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Tuesday

14

February 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: The Right Watch

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For the most versatility, I’d suggest you opt for an all-metal watch in either silver, gold, or rose gold. That being said, there are some seriously stylish statement watches out there with leather bands, and a leather band does afford you the opportunity to switch bands every once in a while for a new look.

I’m a big fan of large watches, not quite boyfriend style, but a style that stands out and will grab attention. There’s always a place for a ladylike bracelet watch, but for general wear, go for something larger.

Check out my choices when it comes to my top ten essential pieces of jewelry, wrist watch edition, priced high to low:

  • Philip Stein signature ladies watch: Sleek and stylish, this painted-black ceramic timepiece by watch master Philip Stein is one for the ages. You’ll have it for a lifetime. (about $1510CDN, Amazon.ca)
  • Nixon 42-20 chrono stainless steel watch: Menswear-inspired design finished in rose-gold tone, this Nixon watch will become an easy everyday favourite. ($450, Net-A-Porter)
  • Timex® T-Series chronograph watch: You can always depend on Timex to create a classic watch. With an easy-to-read Mother of Pearl dial, and colourful leather strap, this watch is both pretty and pratical. ($99, Costco)

 

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Monday

13

February 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: The Chain Necklace

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Whether silver or gold, a chain necklace is a simple piece of jewelry that is surprisingly versatile. Worn alone, personalized with a charm that has sentimental meaning, or layered with other necklaces, a chain necklace acts as an assist when accoutering your look. So many ways to wear it, the chain necklace is one of my top ten essential pieces of jewelry for every woman.

Check these choice for classic chain necklace, priced high to low:

 

  • 14K gold tri-tone gold rope chain necklace: I love the three-colour design of this gorgeous rope chain necklace from Peoples. The perfect princess length, these diamond-cut finished necklace features a claw closure. ($999, Peoples)
  • 18K rose gold chain: Rose gold is fresh, and it makes for a style that’s more contemporary than classic, which is ideal for women in today’s world. This 16-inch long rose gold chain is dainty and delicate, and wears well alone or finished with a charm or pendant. ($185CDN, Tiffany & Co.)
  • 10K yellow gold Singapore chain necklace: What’s a Singapore chain, you ask? A Signapore chain features a design made up of flat, intertwined concentric loops. It’s not your basic chain. This 10K yellow gold necklace features a spring ring closure and is 16 inches in length. Coming in well under budget, it’s a worthy purchase. (about $60CDN, Overstock.com)
For those of you wondering what the difference means in karats of gold, karat weight of gold is measured by the metal’s purity. 24 karat gold is the most pure type of gold, with numbers decreasing from there.

 

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Friday

3

February 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: The Statement Brooch

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While a brooch may sound matronly, it’s actually one of the most timeless pieces of jewelry you’ll ever own. If you’re like me, you’ve been blessed enough to inherit some beautiful heirlooms over the years; and if not, there are some absolutely arresting statement brooches on the market today. Whether you opt for a vintage brooch, or something designed for today’s woman, a statement brooch is a must-have — number six on my top ten essential pieces of jewelry that every woman should own.

I love a brooch that packs some serious punch. The right brooch can set off a basic black blazer, or it can add an element of youthful glamour when affixed to a scarf of sweater.

Check my choices for favourite statement brooches, priced high to low:

 

  • Elsa Peretti® Starfish brooch: Life beneath the waves translates itself into beautiful 18k gold, styled contemporary by famed designer Elsa Peretti. Also available in sterling silver, this brooch (for less $$$), Elsa Peretti’s starfish brooch would look perfect clasped over a cardigan or crewneck sweater. ($3,050 CDN, Tiffany & Co.)
  • Kenneth Jay Lane Swarovski crystal lizard brooch: In my eyes, Kenneth Jay Lane can do no wrong with his designs. I’m loving the look of this lizard brooch. Gunmetal-plated metal finished with sparkling olive and green pavé Swarovski crystals and blue crystals along the back, this Kenneth Jay Lane pin will work with just about any item in your wardrobe. ($250, Net-A-Porter)
  • And Mary vintage style brooch: Styled like something out of the forties, this And Mary vintage-esque brooch has a cut-out filigree design, diamante-like stones, and polished glass black beads mounted on a gold-tone surround. Because of its size and shape, this brooch would look well over a closed collar, or affixed over the heart. (sale $21.49, ASOS)

 

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Thursday

2

February 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: Pearl Earrings

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Pearl earrings: Understated. Exquisite.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been styling pearl earrings. No matter what you wear them with, pearl earrings add an element of class.

Please note, that pearl earrings — whether chandelier style or simple studs — should be authentic. And this is something I won’t budge on. Pearls don’t have to cost a lot, so why wouldn’t you wear real?

Here are some of my favourite studs, pearl earrings priced high to low:

 

  • Ippolita mother-of-pearl diamond earrings: She first launched her 18k gold collection in 1999, and let’s face it — there’s a reason Ippolita has reached cult-like status in the jewelry world. Her designs are incredible. Like these mother-of-pearl diamond earrings, for example. Ladylike by design, these earrings feature diamonds (.31 total carat weight) set around gorgeous mabe mother of pearl. Diamonds and pearls belong together like peanut butter and jam. ($1500, Bergdorfs)
  • Tiffany & Co. pearl stud earrings: A safe bet, these Tiffany & Co. pearl studs are keepers. Mounted on 18k white gold, these earrings are beautiful and don’t require any more description than that, except for the fact that they’re very moderately priced. ($350, Tiffany & Co.)
  • Cultured freshwater pearl stud earrings set: For those of you really budgeting (OK who am I kidding, aren’t we all?), this is a real deal. A set of pearl studs for less than 25 dollars. Wow, right? Set on sterling silver, these pearl earrings come in classic pearl white and peacock blue. Allow me to reiterate: You can buy two pairs of pearl earrings for less than 25 dollars. ($21.50, Overstock)

 

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Thursday

2

February 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: Bracelet

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A bracelet can be simple and still be stunning; bracelets can also be extravagant and entirely elegant. No matter what your personal style — classic lady, minimalist, or bohemian — there’s a bracelet out there that’s right for you. And so I introduce number four on Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman —

The bracelet.

Because I classify bejeweled cuffs in the bracelet category, behold my choices for three completely eye-catching accoutrements, priced high to low, as I know you’ve come to appreciate.

 

  • Emilio Pucci plexiglass and crystal cuff: Can Pucci do no wrong? Even now that Peter Dundas is at the helm, the iconic fashion house is still producing designs that make bold statements. Check this pink cuff, highlighted by magenta crystals. ($990, Net-A-Porter)
  • Alexis Bittar crystal encrusted aster bracelet: Starting out in the vintage jewelry field, Alexis Bittar eventually began designing his own jewelry, and even worked with Patricia Fields on Sex and the City. This crystal encrusted bracelet is both dainty and daring, and would add a delicate complement to whatever you happen to be wearing. PS the hinged closure with magnetic clasp means easy on and off. ($275, Shopbop)
  • J.Crew classic thin bangle: Layer and layer, and layer some more! J.Crew’s classic thin bangle is a must-have in every colour and thickness. Don’t believe me? Check my jewelry box. These are the prettiest, most durable, and most stylish item you can own for under 30 dollars. For real. J.Crew’s bangles are finished in hand-enambled 14k gold, over brass, so even when the gold fades, you’ve still got a gold-like finish. And the colours? Have a look for yourself. Love these. ($21.50, J.Crew)

 

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Friday

27

January 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: Pearl Necklace

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While some costume jewelry is acceptable, pearl jewelry is where I draw the line. Must. Be. Authentic.

With that in mind, number three on my top ten essential pieces of jewelry for every woman is the pearl necklace.

You’ve seen pearls worn by some of the world’s most memorable women —

Grace Kelly, Lady Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, —

and for good reason: Pearls are timeless, elegant, and wear well with anything.

Here are my choices for favourite pearl necklaces, priced high to low:

 

  • Tiffany Signature™ Pearl necklace: The 18-inch long strand of pearls for women who want to be spoiled. Seriously. Tiffany & Co.’s cultured pearl necklace features an 18k white gold clasp, and it doesn’t come cheap. ($18,000 CAD, Tiffany & Co.)
  • White Freshwater Pearl necklace: Birks is synonymous with quality. When you purchase anything from Birks, you’re purchasing it for looks, and keeping it for life. And, if you’ll have a pearl necklace forever, why not go all out and buy a 100-inch long pearl necklace? Fashion meets function with a longer length; you can wrap several times are your neck, or wear at full length. ($895 CAD, Birks)
  • Cultured Freshwater Pearl necklace: Ah, Costco. Not the first place that comes to mind when you’re shopping for pearls, but they sell a quality product for an affordable price. Made in Canada, this 20-inch strand of pearls features a 14kt white gold clasp and pearls in semi-baroque shape. ($119.99 CAD, Costco)

 

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Thursday

26

January 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman: The Cocktail Ring

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Here’s a little history for you: Also known as a dinner ring, the cocktail ring really came into fashion in the 1940s and 50s. A cocktail ring is easily identifiable because of its size, and because it typically contains precious or semiprecious stones. Originally worn at the cocktail hour over dinner gloves, cocktail rings started out being worn on the fourth finger of the right hand (this is where the “right hand ring” name comes from). Today, however, cocktail rings are commonly worn on either hand, and come in sizes fitting index, middle, and ring fingers.

And, in case you’re wondering, a cocktail ring doesn’t have to contain genuine stones; in fact, costume cocktail rings are completely acceptable and will allow for you to have multiple variations of this eye-catching jewelry essential.

I love that a dramatic ring can instantly glamourize whatever you happen to be wearing. Whether worn with more formal attire as it was originally intended, or worn with your favourite skinnies and a white t-shirt, the cocktail ring is number two on my list of essential pieces of jewelry that every woman should own.

Here are some stylish interpretations I think you’ll appreciate, priced high to low:

 

  • Costco Flower Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring: Hellllooo. Sparkling pear-shaped pink tourmaline gemstones act as a lovely accent to 38 .30 carat diamonds. Set in 14 karat white gold, this is a ring you’ll wear for life, and pass to the next generation. ($1999.00, Costco)
  • House of Harlow 1960 Spike Black Cabachon Cocktail Ring: Sure it’s only gold-plated, but for the occasions when you wear this Nicole Richie-designed ring, that’s a fact you can easily accept. A resin cabochon is highlighted by rough-around-the-edges spikes, making for interesting take on ladylike elegance. (About $74 CAD, Shopbop)
  • Forever 21 Excess Shine Ring: I’m not usually a fan of Forever 21, but for the price, you really can’t go wrong with this ring. I really like the center stone, and the eye-catching rhinestone encrusted surround. For less than 10 dollars, who wouldn’t? (About $7 CAD, Forever 21)
Look out for number three on my list of top ten essential pieces of jewelry!

 

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Wednesday

25

January 2012

Hope’s Top Ten Essential Pieces of Jewelry for Every Woman

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Marilyn Monroe famously said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. She was right, but she also should have mentioned that pearls, gold, and gemstones are all of utmost importance.

We’ve already looked at Hope’s Top Ten Essentials for Every Woman’s Wardrobe, and now it’s time we talk accessories. That’s right, ladies, there are several pieces of jewelry that are absolute essentials. While I’m a big believer in all things authentic, I fully recognize that not every budget can afford real, so work with what you can.

Number one on my list of top ten essential pieces of jewelry for every woman?

Hoop Earrings!

Hoop earrings are so versatile — smaller hoop earrings wear well to work, and large hoop earrings make for a playful after-hours accessory. Depending on your preference, your hoop earrings may be silver or gold, and whatever the case, just make sure they’re part of your jewelry collection.

Check my choices for hoop earrings, priced low to high:

 

  • Peoples Jewellers 14K White Gold Hoop Earrings: With a diamond-cut finish, these hoop earrings from Peoples Jewellers are affordably priced at $89.99. With a hinged closure, and a moderate size (17 x 19mm), these earrings won’t do serious damage to your budget. ($89.99, Peoples Jewellers)
  • Ippolita Wavy Rose Gold Hoop Earrings: Launched in 1999, Ippolita’s jewelry line is simplistic and entirely elegant. Take these large hoop earrings for example. 18-karat yellow gold plated with beautiful 18-karat rose gold, and an sculptural shape make these mid-priced earrings very appealing. ($395, Neiman Marcus)
  • Gurhan Spring Drop Hoop Earrings: Renowned Turkish jewelry designer Gurhan Orhan is a master when it comes to pure gold designs. These hand-hammered 24-karat yellow gold hoop earrings feature teardrop shapes that are truly unique. Each Gurhan piece is numbered and signed by the artist. ($3120, Neiman Marcus)
Stay tuned tomorrow for number two on my top ten essentials for your jewelry box!

 

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