Free Spire Necklace Giveaway!

If you read yesterday’s interview with Erin Stafford of Spire Jewelry, then you know you’re in for a MAJOR treat with this giveaway! This stunning blue agate slice necklace with gold trim retails for $110. It comes on a 28 inch gold-plated chain with 18K gold vermeil components and clasp. Impeccable design, and ready to be worn at all your summer events — with everything from your favorite sundress to a simple t-shirt and jeans.

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It’s completely free to enter, so best of luck!!  Also, feel free to share with your friends! The contest runs until Friday, June 27th, when the lucky winner will be chosen.

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Rock of Eden Bracelet Giveaway

Stacking bracelets is definitely on-trend, so you will be thrilled to see my latest giveaway…two gorgeous hammered silver cuffs by Rock of Eden. (If you didn’t catch my guest blog post on their site a couple weeks ago, click here.) This is a great online jewelry site, which sells both pieces that they design as well as some vintage treasures. It’s completely free to enter, so what do you have to lose?

Loving these slim cuffs!
Loving these slim cuffs!

Katy Perry is also a fan of this line — she recently purchased these earrings:

Rocker chic!
Rocker chic!

What I love about these cuffs is that they can be stylishly worn on their own or easily stacked with other bracelets.

Mixed in a cool stack
Mixed in a cool stack

Retailing at $150, these hand-hammered cuffs have a slightly grey rhodium finish for a richer look. They are adjustable to a wide range of wrist sizes, and I’m telling you, I want them in my own jewelry box!!

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BlingGuard: Creative Jewelry Product!

Have you ever been wearing stud earrings and they sort of droop down on your ear instead of staying straight? Or have you had issues with your rings twisting around, with the center stone rolling off to the side? Well I know I have, and I just came across a product that provides a very clever solution to these problems!

BlingGuard, who’s tag line is “where function meets fabulous,” has two specially designed products. The first is BlingDots, which stabilize your earrings from the back.

blingdots by blingguard

They are these little foam dots with adhesive that you apply to the back of your ear. Then you just push your earring through the hole and the little dot, put on the earring back as usual, and voila, you now have a stable earring!!


There’s also BlingWraps, which are transparent strips you apply around your finger to stabilize your rings.

blingwraps by blingguard


While I haven’t yet tried them out yet, I would love for one of you, my lovely readers, to! I have one sample of them, and if you comment on this post, then you’re in the running to try them out. One week from today, I’ll randomly select a name from all who comment and get them in the mail to you. And of course, you’ll have to let me know how they work out. Enjoy! 🙂

“Show The Love” Necklace Giveaway

I’m a big fan of the “Show the Love” jewelry line, and if you read my post about them last week, you likely are as well! I’m so excited to announce a new necklace giveaway from them — check out this magic lantern necklace!

Wouldn't winning this be a great way to start the year?!
Wouldn’t winning this be a great way to start the year?!

Retailing at $120, this gold-plated brass necklace really has a special meaning. As explained by the designer, “Who doesn’t love the notion of a magic lantern? Just one rub and a genie pops out to grant your every wish. At STL jewelry what we love about this lantern is that it reminds us that ‘happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.’ Take a rub of this lantern and be grateful for all the goodness that you have in your life and you might find that by acknowledging your abundance, more goodness will flow your way.”

I can envision wearing this on it’s own, or layered with other necklaces you already own. It’s on an 18″ chain, and the pendant measures about 1.5 inches. I wish you the best of luck in this giveaway, and I hope that abundance and goodness flow into your life! 🙂

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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.

alicia van fleteren necklace
This is great on its own or layered

And here’s a closer look. It can be adjusted to be 16-17″ long.

alicia van fleteren necklace
Love the depth of labradorite

Retailing at $135, I think this would be the perfect present for you. It’s on your list, right?!

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“My Charmed Life” Book Review and Giveaway

When I first heard about My Charmed Life by Beth Bernstein, I knew I had to read it! In this memoir, she shares her life story through the jewelry she wore, from “rocky romances, precious family connections and searching for a band of gold.” While I knew that I would certainly enjoy the story, I had no idea how much I’d resonate with her feelings, her stories, and how powerful jewelry is in ones life story. In fact, many times I felt like I was reading from the pages of my own life!

my charmed life by beth bernstein
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Simply the introduction brought tears to my eyes, as she described a ziploc baggie of jewelry she was handed as her mother unexpectedly passed away. I can only imagine such heartache and grief…and then reliving all the memories that each special piece in the bag carries with it. Personally, I know that each time I wear my grandmother’s opal ring or my Nonie’s engagement ring, I feel as if they’re right there next to me. Images flash before my eyes of our times together.

I just adored the chapter about her wanting to get her ears pierced, and her only ally in the “grand scheme” was her much-loved grandmother. It was written with such young feminine angst that I could honestly feel her deepest yen to get them pierced. (But I won’t tell you how that chapter turned out!) I was emotionally right there with her when growing up, as my dad forbid me to pierce my ears until college graduation, threatening to stop paying my tuition. Luckily, when I tempted fate and went through with it my sophomore year, he didn’t make good on that threat. 😉

The way Beth describes her relationship with her niece, Sammie (and later her nephews) is purely magical. She made a gorgeous jewelry box for her to celebrate her birth. As she states on pg. 172, “I wanted to be the first person to purchase her jewelry that she would cherish and remember later on, and that would connect us as it had my grandmother, mom and me.” I, too, gave my niece a jewelry box for her birth, and deemed myself “the jewelry aunt.”

I feel like the author and myself have lived somewhat parallel lives when I read lines such as, “…while I was multitasking — flipping through fashion magazines, writing an article on buying estate jewelry and perusing profiles on” Seriously?! I’m not the only one? In fact, much of the book is dedicated to the different relationships Beth has had in her life, and I admire her penchant for foreign men and taking that risk. Her romances take her all over the globe, and in each one, there is a jewelry story as well.

It was through her life experiences that she really found the joy in self-gifting, which you know I’m a huge proponent of! On pg. 197 she reveals, “I learned that it might be easier to find the right ring than the right man.” Oh, how true, sister! Thus began her fabulous practice of self-gifting, with a lovely platinum and diamond eternity band. I completely agree with what she says on pg. 199, “I’ve joined the growing ranks of self-purchasing women who are in touch with their tastes, more confident about their personal styles and know they’ve worked hard and are worth it.”

Well you, my dear readers, are worth it as well. And while I encourage all of you to buy and read this delightful book (because I know you’ll love it!), I do have ONE autographed copy available for you to win! So enter the contest below, and best of luck to you all!

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Neiman Marcus Brooch Giveaway!!

Neiman Marcus is one of my absolute favorite department stores, and they had a killer promotion going on this past week. They were offering a gorgeous brooch with certain purchases, and let me tell you, they literally flew out the door! I’m sure it’s no surprise to my readers that I…uh…qualified for this prezzie, and I can’t wait to give it to one of you! I think you’ll love the gold tone, and the sparkling jewels in hues of blue and green.

neiman marcus broach
Wouldn’t you love to wear this ?!

Brooches are one of the hottest jewelry trends of the season. While they are traditionally worn on a jacket lapel, be creative! Use one pinned to your favorite clutch to really spice up your bag. Or pin it to the band of your snappy fedora. If you’re the lucky winner, enjoy! (This contest runs until Friday, Sept. 7th.)

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Giveaway: Dona Taylor Earrings

I have two beautiful pair of Dona Taylor earrings from Gallery of Jewels in San Francisco to give away. Enter the contest below and you may be one of the two lucky people who win a pair! No worries…you don’t have to spend any money, just follow the link below and it’ll let you know how to enter. This contest is open through July 27th.

Dona Taylor earrings
Wouldn’t you love to win one of these??

dona taylor earrings
I love the sparkly pumpkin color!

dona taylor earrings
And these are a deep amber-brown…gorge!

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