Australian jewelry brand Chewed by Tuesday creates precious metal pieces “based on random items that people chew. But aren’t meant to chew.” Handmade in Melbourne, the first offering by designer Vivienne Gibson is a sterling silver pen cap based on the classic Bic pen’s cap. Depending on your taste, the necklace is available in chewed and unchewed varieties. What chomped objects will she turn into jewelry next, stirring sticks or fingernails? [Chewed by Tuesday via NOTCOT] Keep reading »
With Earth Day quickly approaching, it’s time to devote your attention to nature. Whether you’re one of the smart few who regularly works to keep our planet healthy, or you’ve just become inspired as of late, it’s important to recognize those who marry their talents with their passion to save the world. One jewelry designer who’s always given her attention to Mother Nature is Monique Pean. And she has some major support, in the form of Michelle Obama. The designer started her career in finance, but realized her passion for jewelry and launched her own line in 2005, with a major focus on staying socially responsible and eco-friendly by using conflict-free stones only. Monique won the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and the 2009 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Accessories, partnered with Charity:Water, and supports the No Dirty Gold campaign — proving that her talent is one to watch, for both her message and gems. In the time she’s been creating, she quickly she gained the love of MObama. Recently, the First Lady was spotted in Mexico City, practically dripping in jewelry by Monique Pean. Check her stuff out here. Keep reading »
India Earrings, $68, Judith Bright
Gold Paisley Earrings, $58, Judith Bright
Sometimes trailers do the opposite of what they’re supposed to do, which is get you to go to the movie. After seeing the preview for Jennifer Lopez‘s new movie, “The Back-up Plan,” I definitely won’t be plunking down $15 to see it in theaters. However, I might take the money I save by not watching it and put that toward the purchase of a pair of earrings she wears in the movie. Three different Judith Bright earring styles adorn Jennifer’s ears in “The Back-up Plan,” and while I tend to go for post earrings, these simple danglers would be a fun change, especially since they won’t completely deplete my bank account at $53 to $68 a pair. And, if you do end up seeing the film, send the jewelry company your ticket stub by May 31 for 20 percent off, which will essentially recoup the cost of your movie ticket. [Judith Bright] Keep reading »
There’s not much to say about the Fenton/Fallon for J.Crew jewelry collaboration. It’s just awesome. The drapey, multi-tier look that so many try and fail to do well has been accomplished, the chains are bright but not over-shiny, and we want literally every single piece from the collection. Sadly, it’s not cheap, so we’ve found a favorite in this side drape necklace, which may very well be worth the investment. Check out the whole collection here.
Playing with Legos might be a little juvenile, but can we wear them? Accessories designers Dee and Ricky Jackson have built an empire based on Lego belts, pins, and rings, with fans like Kanye West. But we think metalsmith Shannon Conrad’s $70 2×2 Building Block Ring is a heck of a lot better than Dee and Ricky’s $200 Interchangable Lego Block Ring. Shannon cast the ring in reclaimed sterling silver, and while it looks pretty cool on its own, what makes it even more fun is that you can build on top, changing up the ring as you please. What do you think? [Makers Market] Keep reading »
I come from a very Jewish family. My great-grandparents were involved in the foundation of the Zionist movement, and my mother is Jewish clergy. Hebrew was apparently my first language when I began talking at 2 years old during the time we lived in Jerusalem (unfortunately, I can’t really speak it anymore), and my pre-teen years were encapsulated by Bat Mitzvah tutoring. The thing is, I’ve never really felt Jewish, at least not in the religious sense. As I grew into a cynical teenager, my beliefs about God went out the window, and I felt disconnected and bored by most facets of Judaism.
Culturally, however, it’s a different story … Keep reading »