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This Is Officially the Coolest Country to Buy Your Jewelry From

This Is Officially the Coolest Country to Buy Your Jewelry From

Allow me to just come out and say it: Australians do it better. Is it just me, or is every successful swimwear brand, cute new influencer, or beautiful coastline coming straight out of the land Down Under? Is there something in the water or in the IG-ready, picture-perfect juices they all seem to be sipping on? Does the combination of year-round sun, brekkie boards, and surfing somehow breed ingenuity and a knack for all things fashion? I, for one, have not yet solved the mystery, but you can be sure I’ll continue to investigate as Australians have newly proved yet another thing they seem to be better at than the rest of the world: jewelry brands.

On their quest for global domination, Australian jewelry brands have been popping up faster than you can say “G’day, mate.” Each is more idyllic than the last, drawing on native Australian materials and Read the rest

The Official Dos and Don'ts of Shopping Vintage Jewelry

The Official Dos and Don'ts of Shopping Vintage Jewelry

If you’re ready to make a big jewelry purchase, you better get all of your ducks in a row. Walking into a store to purchase a diamond stacking ring is one thing, but if you’re in the market to invest in vintage jewelry, there are a few things you should educate yourself on beforehand. If you’re like me and don’t know the first thing about the ins and outs of the vintage jewelry business, the whole idea of figuring out what kind of pieces are worth investing in, where to look, what to look for, and so on and so forth is all very overwhelming, but that’s what Jill Heller is here for. 

Heller is the expert when it comes to all things vintage jewelry. And by expert, I mean people like Rihanna and Cardi B hit her up when they need an epic array of bling for … Read the rest

The Only Fall 2019 Jewelry Trends That Matter, Ranked by Necessity

The Only Fall 2019 Jewelry Trends That Matter, Ranked by Necessity

The F/W 19 runways were doused with fresh jewelry trends of every sort. This season, we’re seeing more and more jewelry that’s colorful, sparkly, and downright statement-making, which is only putting an end to the dainty, barely there pieces that ruled in seasons past. From crystal chandelier earrings at Paco Rabanne to the larger-than-life chainlink necklaces from Bottega Veneta, it’s never been more appealing to go all-in on a full jewelry look.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up the nine fall jewelry trends you need to know about and the runway looks that sparked them. Everyone is sure to wear these styles, so we even shopped out the versions of each trend that you can buy right now (before all your friends do). Scroll down to see the necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and anklets that will go on to become It accessories over the next few months.

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This Editor-Approved Jewelry Brand Is Having a Major Sale

This Editor-Approved Jewelry Brand Is Having a Major Sale

In terms of hero jewelry items, dainty gold pieces reign supreme, and as far as we’re concerned, you can never have too many of these timeless pieces. For everything from gold hoops to stackable necklaces and rings, our go-to retailer is Gorjana. Not only do their pieces nail the Instagram-ready look, but they’re also refreshingly affordable. Speaking of affordable, Gorjana is having a major sale (and I do mean major—we’re talking up to 70% off of the brand’s already reasonably priced pieces). While the sale doesn’t officially launch until Friday, Gorjana is giving our readers early access. Scroll to shop all the best sale items now until August 4.

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The Jewelry Trend Every Fashion Girl Will Cling to This Fall

The Jewelry Trend Every Fashion Girl Will Cling to This Fall

What is the best way to deal with the overwhelming heat wave occurring right now? By thinking about the cooler future ahead. Before we know it, summer will be over, and fall will be quickly underway. While it might seem a bit unconventional to start your fall shopping in the middle of July, we think it’s just the right time to get your sartorial wheels turning. We’ve already covered a few of the heavy-hitting fall 2019 trends for you here, here, and here, but if there’s one we love a tad more than all the others, it’s pistachio.

Color trends are particularly good to start with at the beginning of a seasonal shift because there are so many ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe. One way you can start wearing pistachio right now is via jewelry. Jewelry designers, both fine and contemporary, have taken clear inspiration … Read the rest

Instagram is Drenched With This New Jewelry Trend

Instagram is Drenched With This New Jewelry Trend

Just in case you have pearl jewelry fatigue (or not!), there’s a new jewelry trend on our radar and it’s completely different from the aforementioned pearl and chunky gold styles that have been all over Instagram for several seasons now. The new trend that’s captured the attention of stylish women everywhere is stone jewelry, and the brand CVC Stones is pretty much single-handedly responsible for it.  

The New York City-based brand, founded in 2015, handcrafts its necklaces, rings, and bracelets using diamonds and 18k gold, along with stones (and sometimes gold and pearls in the shape of pebbles). The beautiful, modern pieces are undoubtedly an investment, but given that every piece is one-of-a-kind and have a natural, timeless look, it’s an investment worth making if you’re in the market for one.

Recently, we’ve been spotting more and more of Instagram’s most stylish It girls wearing the pieces (especially the … Read the rest

The 6 Jewelry Brands All Fashion Girls Will Be Wearing Come Fall

The 6 Jewelry Brands All Fashion Girls Will Be Wearing Come Fall

Unpopular opinion: Summer fashion is better than fall fashion—hear me out. Yes, fall provides chic layering opportunities that allow for unique styling of several diverse pieces. In contrast, the summer mantra is “less is more” as scorching heat calls for minimalism and optimizing skin exposure. This paring down of the essentials creates a need for innovation, for doing more with less. Bright colors, bold patterns, matching sets, and an anything-goes mentality make for some serious summer street style. The true differentiating factor between summer and fall fashion, however, is the accessories.

While a fashion girl may invest in a singular classic fall It bag, she is likely to have a multitude of cheaper fashion bags to rotate through in the summer. Similarly, fall jewelry is often significantly comprised of gold pieces—gold hoops, layered gold necklaces, perhaps a gold Cartier Love Bracelet. In summer, the name of the game … Read the rest

I'm Obsessed With Jewelry—These Are My Favorite Brands for Every Budget

I'm Obsessed With Jewelry—These Are My Favorite Brands for Every Budget

If by any chance you read my recent story the types of jewelry that will never go out of style, then you’ve already heard me rant about how much I love it. If you haven’t, well, there’s the gist of it—I love jewelry! Whether it’s trendy and affordable pieces, timeless investments, or, in the case of some brands and baubles, a mix of both, I can’t help but fawn over the stuff and have slowly grown my own collection over the years.

For that reason, I’m often getting asked where to find different pieces at all price points, so today I thought I’d put all my favorite brands in one easy-to-reference story. From the Cartiers and Bulgaris of the jewelry world to the affordable brands that look shockingly expensive, just keep scrolling to see, read about, and shop all 16 of them.

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How to Tell If a Ruby Is Real

How to Tell If a Ruby Is Real

Some of the most gorgeous pendant necklaces and engagement rings out there are adorned with rubies. As is true of any fine gemstone, verifying the authenticity of your piece of jewelry is key. This is especially true if you’re shopping from a nontraditional source or independent retailer. While it’s always a good idea to consult a certified gemologist or fine jewelry expert, there are a few key methods for determining a ruby’s authenticity using simple at-home tricks. Read on for a three-step guide to spotting a genuine stone.

Don’t worry—provided that your ruby is authentic, this method will inflict no damage on the stone. This is because when it comes to fine gemstones, only diamonds are harder than rubies. Use a small pin, the edge of a coin, or a stone to scratch the surface of the ruby. If no scratch mark appears, then it’s very likely that the ruby … Read the rest

How to Pack Necklaces, No Detangling Required

How to Pack Necklaces, No Detangling Required

This may go without saying, but the best way to keep your necklaces from tangling is to keep them apart. Fasten the clasps, and stash each individual necklace in its own Ziploc bag or use individual drawstring organza bags.

No matter how you choose to pack your necklaces, be sure store them safely away from hard objects and the walls of your suitcase. Luggage is typically designed to be knocked around, but your favorite beads and pendants? Not so much.

Even if your necklaces are stored separately, forgetting to clasp them can lead to disaster. Prevent knots and minimize tangling by always fastening the clasp and tying up loose ends.

For thinner and more delicate necklace designs, a fantastic way to pack necklaces is to use individual straws. Simply wind a necklace through the straw; then latch it on the outside to prevent tangling or damage.

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