Season after season, we find a huge demand for lucite earrings. Any time we think to ourselves that perhaps, it would be wise to buy less of them, we immediately sell out of every single pair. Admittedly, all lucite earrings are not created equally and without a doubt, Patricia Von Musulin‘s (PVM’s) are the best on the market. Why you ask? It all comes down to the way they are put together. PVM backs each pair of lucite earrings with pure sterling silver, creating a mirrored effect or “pop” of light. When you think about it, this technique makes perfect sense. Lucite is great because it’s the ultimate go-with-anything material, but with this versatility comes the fact that a clear material like lucite also tends to get lost in the hair. The sterling silver backing creates a subtle sparkle and once you put a PVM on your ear, there’s simply no going back. So, if you ever ask yourself what makes our lucite earrings worthy of their price tag, remember, quality and craftsmanship are always the ultimate consideration at Isabelle K Jewelry.
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Patrick Mauriès pays homage to a family of goldsmiths with a penchant for artisan aesthetics and couture craftsmanship, seen from Gabrielle Chanel’s gold-plated brooches to Cristóbal Balenciaga’s colored jewels, through a beautiful book of photographs.
From the byzantine influence of Chanel to the delicate wrists of Loulou de la Falaise, colored jewels by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grès and Yves Saint Laurent and the sparkling decadence of the Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler shows, over 60 years of exceptional jewelry design can be traced back to one name, Goossens Paris. The house’s refined craftsmanship is illustrated through the magnificent cuffs, belts and statement necklaces – in signature gold-plated bronze – that send the light dancing off a myriad of glass and rock-crystal cabochons, all of which is captured in a new book carefully put together by Patrick Mauriès, who lifts the veil on the archives of the jewelry house that lent its sacred savoir-faire to Chanel back in 2002, when it became one of the Métiers d’art suppliers. This artisan legacy lives on today in the ateliers of Rue George V, under the watchful eye and skillful hands of the heirs to the house, Martine and Patrick Goossens.
Shop the Goossens Paris collection here!
When Isabel Gonzalez, Fashion Features Editor at InStyle Magazine told me she needed jewelry for the Golden Globes, more specifically Herve Van Der Straeten Cuffs (she was thinking about wearing one on each wrist!), I felt a tinge of pride. Proud, of course, that she thought of us, but also excited to know a fashion professional with real style and vision. It takes a bold woman to announce unprovoked that she wants to wear two large gold bracelets to one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Confidence, I love this kind of confidence.
Isabel was tasked with (among many other things, I’m sure) blogging about how she chose her Globes ensemble. Her shout-out to IsabelleK.com can be seen below. I guess technically Isabelle and I never physically made it on to the red carpet, but the fact that our jewelry graced the stage is enough for us.
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Evening jewelry doesn’t have to be bold to make a statement. Remember Jennifer Lawrence’s beautiful Oscar’s look? You can channel it here with our collection of CZ “diamond by the yard” necklaces from Jarin.
There are few people in this world who have a deeper love and passion for luxury costume jewelry than Barbara Berger. Berger, a true jewelry fanatic, has a collection of vintage haute couture pieces unlike anything i’ve ever seen. Her exquisite and refined jewels are so extraordinary that the Museum of Art and Design in New York has put them on display in an exhibit that runs through the end of January 2014. With pieces from Balenciaga, Gripoix, Chanel, Dior, and not to mention some of our favorites including Iradj Moini and Goossens, the collection is both a history lesson as well as a means of experiencing pure ecstasy. I literally moaned and gasped for an hour as I took in the sheer beauty of it all. Whether you are a jewelry collector or someone who is just looking to learn a little something about the history of costume jewelry, this exhibit is a no brainer.
Can’t make it to New York to see it in person? No problem, the exhibition is accompanied by its own book published by Assouline and features an opening essay from fashion icon Iris Apfel.
Some highlights from my day at the museum….
Did you see us in October Oprah Magazine? Not only did we get a fabulous credit this month, but we made the O List! Oprah has access to essentially everything and anything she wants and we are honored to have made the cut. If you’re loving these KMO bracelets, we still have a few available for sale, get ’em while you still can ladies and gents! Check out our feature below.
Hi, it’s me, Isabelle’s daughter Lauren. I’m getting married later this year in Paris. I can’t lie, it’s going to be pretty fabulous and the jewelry situation is looking top notch. As you can imagine I am a lot like my mother (minus that winning accent): jewelry-obsessed and generally confident about how to dress myself. But the weirdest thing happened to me when I tried on my wedding gown for the first time. I was suddenly terrified of accessorizing the wrong way. Do I need to wear fur (I know, no one needs to wear fur, but…)? Big earrings and a bracelet?? Should I do something for the ceremony and change for the party!?
I’ve scoured enough Facebook pages to write a novel about brides who have “too much look” (picture an overdressed prom queen or a quinceanera gone wild). So I thought to myself, maybe I‘ll just wear a pair of studs and play it safe (a sacrilege, don’t tell my mom), which then shifted to a fear of looking just average, my jewels nothing special. Just a simple, run of the mill, take-me-or-leave-me bride. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this sort of sartorial schizophrenia is very uncommon in my family. I always know what I want to wear and how I want to wear it and my friends count on me to know what they want to wear and how they want to wear it.
Last week I decided that it was time to swallow my pride and ask for help. I emailed an old colleague from my days of working at Allure Magazine, a person who never makes a style mistake, and is without a doubt the best in the business. Her instincts are top notch, A+, a home run every time and she gave me the best advice:
“I am a very firm believer in keeping it simple for the ceremony and wedding. Don’t do anything to mess with the actual dress or veil! Keep the hair simple, etc. I’ve seen so many pics of girls who look like cupcakes or whatever, and I think, oh God no one told them!”
Bless you, my friend. You confirmed what I knew to be true and potentially saved me years of regret. I was one purchase away from turning this occasion into an episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. So, in the name of simplicity with a twist, I think I am actually going to go with these gorgeous earrings from Siman Tu for my big day. Whether I wear them in pink pearl (left) or white pearl (right) remains to be seen.
Because no matter how much you love to accessorize or how much you want to purchase every luxury good on the market when you’re a bride (just me?), don’t feel obligated to dress like a Disney Princess. The most attractive thing any of us can do is to make style decisions that represent who we are. And if you’re still not sure, just know there’s no Instagram filter to turn back time.
When you spend as much time as we do looking at, touching, and talking about jewelry, its easy to feel a bit jaded by the current accessory trends popping up in magazines and blogs. These days it feels like much of what gets press attention (in our humble opinion) is really lacking in “wow factor”. Which is why we often turn to Town and Country Magazine. Their accessories pages are to die for and their jewelry-focused pages keep us inspired. People often seem surprised by this, but inevitably, they come back and thank us…it’s that good. Don’t believe us? Check out this spread on Chanel Fine Jewelry. Are you dying yet?