Gift It – Jewelry

December 11, 2012

il_570xN.186962556You can’t loose with jewelry.  And I’m not talking Zales diamond “remember me” necklaces either.  Fashion jewelry is BIG these days, very in fashion and the best place to buy original, unique and well priced jewelry is …no kidding.  This lil Gold Rush Ring is only $95 and the Nugget Necklace is just $33.  So get on over to and finish your shopping already!  nugget-necklace-etsy


Bright Lights Big City

February 23, 2012

My good friend Peter Teague took this photo of New York from 7 World Trade Center.  What a beautiful image of the city that never sleeps!  The night tonight is clear and crisp, the stars are out after a bright sunny day today.  I’m heading down to New York this weekend  and look forward to slipping into that grove for a few days.  Who knows maybe I’ll get my hair cut and try on lots of shoes, and maybe I’ll go up to the museums and the park and stay up town for a show… and for sure I’ll be spending hours in ABC Carpet and Home.  Check back soon for NYC updates!

Yes please!  I think this is a promotional image for 1 Madison.  the newish apartment building that is having difficulty getting occupancy.  Don’t know if it’s financing or what but I will tell you the building is BEAUTIFUL.  Certainly a favorite in recent years – as is the Gehry building at 8 spruce – One Madison is a thin black needle of a building with glass boxes cantilevered off one side.   

ETSY Binge!

January 26, 2012

You guessed it, I’ve been bingeing on the eye candy over at – it’s been going on for a few days now.  There is no shortage of creativity and good design over there, and the prices are crazy good!  This bracelet offered by ourfamilyjewelsLA on ETSY, is a gold vermeil over sterling silver.   They call it the twiggy bangle, I think it’s so simple and beautiful.  There really is something for everyone… Small paintings, jewelry, pottery and knitted and felted hats, wallets, pins, and purses, and yes… Dog collars.

Secret Garden

November 26, 2011

Love these butterflies with wide-spread wings and beetles with long feelers arranged in a circle with legs next to each other  forming brooches, pendants, rings and bangles. They also occur individually, as an ear stud sitting on the tip of the ear, or as a pin, nonchalantly crawling on the lapel.  All of these are the works of Nikolay Sardamov.  

The insects are their own silhouettes: silver shadows, sometimes gilded or blackened. They sit in symmetric ornaments which grow into three-dimensional constructions and resemble flowers in bloom. The beetles and butterflies turn into petals. and they are breathtaking. And the secret of the garden? Its flowers can spread their wings and fly away.

Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe (born December 4, 1927 in Malmö – died July 3, 2004 in Copenhagen), often known simply as Torun, was one of Sweden’s most important 20th century silversmiths and a master jeweler. She is the first female silversmith to have become internationally famous.  Among her most important works are the watch “Vivianna,” the bracelet “Mobius,” and the earrings and necklaces “Dew Drop.”  Throughout her career, Torun worked in Sweden, France, Germany and Indonesia.

In 1948, saying that she didn’t want to design jewelry for the wives of wealthy men to keep locked up in private, Torun began making what she called “anti-status jewelry” out of twisted silver wire embellished with crystals and stones. In 1959, she designed the Mobius necklace, which included a lead crystal drop to be draped over the shoulder of the wearer. It was described by Barbara Cartlidge, author of the reference book Twentieth Century Jewelry, as a “milestone in the history of modern jewelry.” In 1962, Torun designed a stainless steel bangle-style wristwatch for an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.   It later became the first wristwatch to be produced by the world-renowned Danish silver company Georg Jensen.

In 1960, Torun was awarded a gold medal at the 1960 Milan Triennale and also won the American Lunning Prize for design, given annually to innovative Scandinavian designers in their thirties. She then met, for the first time, Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, for whom she began designing exclusively in 1969.

Torun is the designer behind some of the most famous Georg Jensen jewelry designs, including ‘Mobius’, ‘The Vivianna / Open Watch’, ‘Beans’, Forget me knot’ and ‘Hidden Heart’. She is the second most famous Georg Jensen designer, behind Jensen himself. In 1992 she was awarded the Prince Eugen medal by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding artistic achievement.  Also in 1992, the Georg Jensen form held an exhibition honouring 25 years of its association with Torun, 45 years of her work with silver and her 65th birthday. In the same year, theMusee des Arts Decoratifs in the Louvre held a 45-year retrospective of Torun’s work.

Torun’s jewelry was inspired by natural shapes such as flowers, leaves, swirls and the flow of water. It is described as sober, minimalist and simple. Torun has been praised for her ability to shape solid materials into seemingly flexible forms, so that metal flows like water around the wearer’s neck and shoulders.  She did not use valuable stones, preferring instead pebbles, granite, rock crystal, moonstone and quartz.

Torun’s jewelry has been worn by celebrities including Billie Holiday, Ingrid Bergman, and Brigitte Bardot, and her customers included Pablo Picasso and Duke Ellington.  Her work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Montreal, the Louvre in Paris, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in London, and in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

 This summers “it” bag could very well be the Garrison Tote from Vitrine.  The two-tone natural canvas bag with waxed bottom has the fresh look of a day on a boat, but has you covered from yoga to lunch to dining alfresco with friends.  The vegetable tanned leather is a nice accent and the detachable strap is perfect when you need hands free.   Two interior pockets for all of your necessaties and four on the outside for keys, phone, sunnies, etc. Size: 19″ wide, 16″ high, 7″ deep  $196.00  Get one while they last!
Also from Vitrine the classic rope bracelet is updated by designer Tanya Aguinga. 100% cotton is woven and then dip dyed by Tanya creating an hombre effect and making a summer classic into an on trend fashion accessory for todays fashionistas.  The knot Tanya uses is called Turk’s head Knot, it allows the bracelet to slide comfortably on and off the wrist.  At $75.00 each we say get two and stack them, or work one on each wrist and bring out your inner Wonder Woman!
…you guessed it, one more Navy and White must have for summer from Vitrine.  This time its the go anywhere enamel plates from Variopinte, a line by Stefana Petrillo.  Elle Decor UK named these plates one of their “finds of the month”.  3 sizes are stackable and other colors are available and look good mixed together.  They look good anywhere but I love them for a Boat, Picnic, or poolside because they are so indestructible.  The Enamel is non-toxic and they can be used in the dishwasher ( assuming your boat has a dishwasher ) and at $22.00 each for the 9.5″ size the investment is well worth it.  

FINN jewelry

April 22, 2011

Soraya Silchensted and Candice Pool are the masterminds behind Finn jewelry in New York city.  Their line of delicate fine jewelry is designed by Soraya and  Candice manages the business end of things.  I found them by stumbling across a picture of their love knot ring (yeah, I’d wear one… with or without diamonds) and loved it from the moment I saw it.  I believe they have open for more than 6 years now and over that time period Finn has grown to attract an A-list crowd of admirers including Brad Pitt, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Pattinson, Gretchen Mol and Gisele Bundchen and the line is stocked at Barney’s!  So you know they are in the big league now.  New York based clients can also shop Finn by appointment at the company’s beautifully decorated NoHo showroom. For more than 3 years Finn has occupied this stylish space which, like their jewelry, has its own flair and is chic, feminine and timeless.

mirror-460.jpg Here’s a peek of the (beautiful) showroom in New York City.