Monthly Archives: November 2012

Alicia Van Fleteren Jewelry Giveaway

While you may have been busy in recent days buying gifts for everyone on your holiday list, the time has come to think about YOU!! I have an incredibly beautiful labradorite, pyrite, and gold vermeil necklace (named “Caledonia”) designed by the talented Alicia Van Fleteren to give away. You may remember my past post about her, and I must say that I love the direction her line is headed. And here’s a closer look. It can be adjusted to be … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz Sea Glass

For the second year in a row, the first weekend in November was marked “Santa Cruz sea glass festival!” If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I’m pretty addicted to the beach and collecting sea glass. The show did not disappoint, and I was quite excited to meet Krista Hammond, the owner of Santa Cruz Sea Glass and the producer of the festival. Krista and her husband, Tony Berkowitz, have combined two of my passions, sea glass and … Continue reading

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Floral & Chain Bib Necklace: Jewelry Judge

Yes, I was trying on shoes…again…some things never change. But across the aisle to another bank of couches, my eyes were glued on this major necklace. The scale with it’s floral motif and layered chains really takes the bib necklace to a whole new level. If you’re wearing a simple tee (as this gal was), there’s no need for further embellishment! What’s your opinion? Love it or take a pass?

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Sylva & Cie: Designer

I had the Sylva & Cie trunk show at Wilke’s Bashford on my calendar for quite some time, and trust me, it did not disappoint. The first lovely that grabbed my attention was a diamond ring beyond imagination. (btw, she only uses reclaimed diamonds in her designs) Turns out Sylva calls this design the “ten table ring” as you can see it from ten tables away. No doubt!! (one more item for my lust list) When creating one of these … Continue reading

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Susana Speidel at Circle & Square

Circle & Square is a very chic jewelry and accessories store tucked away on Presidio near Sacramento St. in San Francisco. I always love to stop in and see their latest, one-of-a-kind discoveries. The owner, Bunny Fayne, really has an eye for selecting unique items that you won’t see anywhere else! I stopped in the other day to take advantage of a promotion they had going on (I mean really…how could I possibly resist a discount on jewelry?!?), and I … Continue reading

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Necklace? Bejeweled Scarf?: Jewelry Judge

I was having THE most delicious meal at the Tipsy Parson in Chelsea during my NYC trip, and I had to pause as I was taking yet another mouth-watering bite of buttermilk-chive biscuit (with honey butter!!). In walked this young woman, and she simply sparkled, from her personal radiance to the jewels around her neck. At first glance, I couldn’t tell whether she was donning one major statement necklace, or a fabulous bejeweled scarf. Truth be told, the jury is … Continue reading

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Heather B. Moore: Designer

Heather Moore was one of the first designers I had the privilege of meeting at the Couture show last spring. I thought this was the perfect time to write about her, as she’s having a trunk show here in the Bay Area this coming Thursday, November 8th, at Kicks in Menlo Park. (But no worries if you’re not local. Heather has an active trunk show schedule across the country — just check out her website!) What I think really make’s … Continue reading

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Creative Pendant Idea: Jewelry Judge

So I know that many of you reading this have a necklace with a center, fixed pendant — one that’s attached on either side by chain. I’ve always just assumed that this is the only way to wear this type of necklace. Well lucky for me I spotted this gal yesterday, who’s clearly great at thinking outside the jewelry box! Just adding another small pendant gave the more conservative necklace a whole new look. Very chic! What about you? Do … Continue reading

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