You see cross pendant necklaces just about everywhere and on just about everyone. But the Hello Drama “Cross My Heart” necklace truly is something special with its beautifully etched lucite cross pendant and sterling silver chain. It’s gothic, romantic with just the right amount of edge. Trust me, faith can be fashionable too!
Its etched out heart design within the pendant is a very small, but unique feature that is sure to have your friends saying, “OMG! Where’d you get that awesome necklace?!”
My best friend and I always talk about how when we grow up and we fail at everything we set out to do, our back up plan is to open a boutique together. We got everything figured out. She’s going to take care of the business/managerial aspect of things, and I’ll be handling the customers and the artistic side of things. We may or may not live in a pretty sweet apartment above it, but pretty much, we’re going to tear it up.
This is what G.L.A.M. is all about it. Based in Hawaii, four college girlfriends teamed up to combine their business and jewelry skills to provide jewelry made from quality materials inspired by the eclectic culture of the Islands. Each piece is made with the notion that each girl should only wear what is most genuine.
For this week’s TGIFREE giveaway, we bring you two of Gen, Lisa, Amanda and Michelle’s beautiful creations that definitely reflect G.L.A.M.’s motto of “Give Love Aspire Motivate.”
The first is the Jessica. Hanging from thin gold twisted into a square spiral is a periwinkle-purple gem. It changes colors in the light, much like an ocean might on a clear day.
The Joelle has two fine diamond outlines dangling daintily over each other. The silver and gold tones shine and contrast with the slightest movement. I kind of liken them to pretty wind chimes you might see on someone’s back porch.
Now, we’re changing up the drill a little bit so pay attention.
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You have until September 1, 11:59 pm to suggest and comment, and re-tweeting gets you an additional entry. Don’t forget you must have a U.S. addy to win. Good luck!
I love it when I get double duty out of my wardrobe. A pencil skirt as a strapless minidress? Done that. A dress tucked in and belted becomes a cool, blousy top. Clip a few chain bracelets around your ankle and you’ve just updated last year’s pump.
Of course, there’s always the belt-turned-necklace — or vice versa. I’d wear the Gold & Citrus “Au Naturale” chain necklace as a belt. Atop a skirt — any length, lean or poufy — and it instantly transforms the skirt into a designer looking piece. It’d look just as cool belting a plain tunic or a drapey dress.
Needless to say, it’s fabulous enough as a necklace, too. With a 14k gold-plated chain, antiqued brass chains, a brass hook clasp, and clear quartz beads, what’s not to like?
I love wearing accessories that have a special meaning to me. Like my mother’s Bally logo bag from the ’80s. Or my husband’s CIF basketball championship high school ring on a twisted gold chain necklace. Or the vest knitted by my late grandmother over a Rodarte for Target tunic dress.
But it doesn’t have to be an heirloom or vintage to have a special meaning for me. I like secret messages, hidden meanings, undiscovered treasure. I guess that’s why I love lockets and pocket watches and engraved jewelry.
Add Buji New York’s “For8ver” necklace to that list.
Two twisted gold hoops linked together in unity. A modern take on a promise, an engagement, even an anniversary. Sculptural, minimal, and so meaningful.
Named for designer May Chen’s childhood nickname “Buji,” which means “chubby girl” in Japanese, Buji New York is known for its unique, substantive designs, from galactic-looking, spiral filigree to vintage liquor tag necklaces.
Buy it now at AudreyShops.
Influenced by her love of music (past pieces were inspired by the likes of M.I.A., Daft Punk and Yelle), Tiffany is a bit of a chameleon herself. “I kind of get into everything,” she says of her myriad fashion looks. “Tomboy, Lagerfeld black tie, girly, futuristic couture, Victorian, London street walker.” That means on any given day, you’ll see Tiffany in anything from bow ties to thigh highs.
I first discovered KidViskous a few years ago when Tiffany was creating mirrored Lucite necklaces of origami cranes and crest lions. (I wore them layered all the time.)
And every season, Tiffany ups the ante, keeping the mirrored Lucite look that I love, but updating with too-cool graphic pieces. Like last year’s architectural grid earrings (which I wear all the time) and the diamond silhouette charm bracelet.
Right now, I’m coveting her mirrored gold Lucite “Ew” word bubble necklace. It’s a word we say often here in the Audrey office. It’s one of the first words my niece learned how to say, too. Wear it with one of spring’s floral dresses and Doc Marten boots for a perfectly ironic statement.
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In the past half dozen years, the statement bag’s been replaced by the statement shoe. Then came the statement necklace, with a brief hiatus into super stacked bangles. Now it’s all about the statement ring. And it’s not just oversized cocktail baubles. Either pile on the finger candy, or look for extra special ones spanning the knuckles or a couple fingers.
Thai American designer Thakoon Panichgul teamed up with Japanese fine jeweler Tasaki for some fabulous statement rings I’m lusting after.
Of course, I’ll have to fly to Tokyo to get them (and win the lottery while I’m at it), but I can lust nonetheless. The Thakoon for Tasaki rings will be available in April at Tasaki’s Ginza store, and prices start at $5,500.
Another gorgeous statement ring is by European brand Tous.
Fabulously architectural, so minimal and yet so glam. Get both here.
I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. In fact, you may consider me a bit of a Valentine grinch. Maybe it’s the years of over-hyped expectations and the inevitable resulting disappointment. I mean, seriously, who can live up to the Hallmark-Godiva-De Beers hype ingrained into our young Cinderella-saturated brains?
Which is why I take not a small amount of pleasure in the slightly dark,self-deprecatingly humorous side of the holiday.
I like to think of these Valentine’s-themed accessories as the equivalent of crooning Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You” to your loved one.
As editors, we get all the insider Friends and Family Discounts here at Audrey. And now we’re passing along the deals to you. Take advantage of these amazing deals, usually only reserved for fashion insiders.
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry
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Why shop at a big, impersonal department store when you can get something really special, made with unique design and skill, and support an independent designer at the same time? Some of our favorite accessory designers offer really unique pieces that also make a statement about you, as the giver. Best of all, they’re all under $200 (many under $100) and you can get all these items online right now!
We love Asian American prolific designing duo Ken Leung and Dana Chin of Ken & Dana Design. (They also have a fine jewelry line BYLU, which we love.) Their “Rights” collection is extra meaningful because it uses landmark U.S. Civil Rights Supreme Court case identifiers as its voice. It doesn’t get any cooler.
The ring above has stamped on it 347 U.S. 483 (1954), the legal citation for the case of Brown v. Board of Education, which desegregated schools in the 1950s. They also offer the legal citations for Romer v. Evans, which protects against discrimination by sexual orientation; Leser v. Garnett, which upheld the 19th Amendment women’s right to vote; and Loving v. Virgina, which legalized interracial marriage. Twenty percent of each sale goes to the Harlem Children’s Zone.