Engagement rings are so boring. They’re pretty, sure, and sparkly too, and exorbitantly expensive, and every girl dreams of one from Tiffany, and it has three diamonds in it, and this is the shape of the diamond, and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Don’t you want this thing you have to wear on your hand every day forever until death do you part to be fun and unique and cool? I sure do. It’s still probably gonna be expensive, but it should also be awesome, and not in the $200,000 solitaire diamond way. I’m not getting married any time soon — that would be a total Miley move — but I’ve procured 10 of the coolest not-so-traditional engagement rings for the not-so-traditional bride. [Image: Erstwhile Jewelry]
We are huge fans of DIY projects that can make us look glam in under 15 minutes. This DIY necklace design (made by me and modeled by Amelia) is awesome for three reasons: 1) It picks up on one of the hottest necklace trends, beads and chain; 2) you can recycle beads and a chain from another necklace or bracelet you have (if you want); and 3) the magnetic clasps mean you can make tons of bead combinations on new strands and swap them in!
After the jump is your list of supplies, and if you’re new to beading, a video we made for additional info. Keep reading »
Lions and turtles and pandas, oh my! We’re loving the trend of animal pendant necklaces–they’re such a playful addition to simple summer outfits (I mean really, what ensemble isn’t vastly improved with the addition of a golden llama?). Here are 10 of our favorite necklaces inspired by the animal kingdom. Click through to check ‘em out!
Seriously, Future Boyfriend, buy me this ring and you’ll get more ass than Riker on an extended vacation to Risa, mmkay? [Etsy via i09]
If you love jewelry and books, well, first of all we should totally be friends, and second of all, you should check out this clever DIY project to combine your two passions in a gorgeous hollowed out book-turned-jewelry box. Crafty gal Jamie walks you through the steps in her patented perky style, and there’s a lot of room for personal touches and creativity. I’ve got a psychology textbook that’s just begging to be filled with bracelets and cocktail rings. If you’re hanging at home this weekend, care to join me for some craft time? [Gurl.com]
Geometry was my favorite math class in high school, and now it’s become one of my favorite jewelry trends. I love the clean lines and nerdy vibes. Click through to check out 10 beautiful bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces inspired by geometric shapes, all handmade by Etsy artisans…
Have you been looking for a way to show your love and commitment to eight of your closest friends but find that traditional friendship jewelry tends to lack … pepperoni? Here’s an easy solution: all you have to do is buy nine pizza slice necklaces and put them together to form a complete pie, aka an everlasting bond of friendship and loyalty. BFF pizza powers, activate! [Lazy Oaf]
We’re obsessed with “Game Of Thrones.” Obsessed! I just finished watching all of seasons one and two in, like, two weeks. And Amelia’s now reading the books. I want to wear their weird medieval gowns, and have handmaidens to do my hair, and oh! The jewelry? So that’s why we’re particularly smitten with jewelry designer Wendy Brandes’ collection of fine jewelry, that’s very reminiscent of Cersei, Sansa, Dany and the lot. Prices for the collection start at around $1,800, and are made with real gold and precious stones, so start saving now. Brandes also has a lower-priced line called Wendy B. that’s pretty cute, too!
From left, top row: Isabella Wolf-Gang Necklace, $7,000; Empress Wu Earrings, price upon request; Aventurine Pendant, $12,500; Onyx Skull Ring, price on request
From left, bottom row: Nefertiti Poison Ring, $6,000; Matilda Sword Earrings, $15,000; Empress Wu Dragon Ring, price upon request; Xenobia Ring, $6,000.
I don’t use an umbrella to shield me from the rain (it’s a Portland thing), but I am definitely not averse to using an umbrella to organize my rings. Especially a cute little silver umbrella like this. Adorable and practical? Be still, my soggy heart! [$12, Modcloth]
Earrings are a great accessory to play with during the summer because they look incredible with warm weather hairstyles like updos and ponytails. Bright, bold earrings not only add interest to an outfit, they highlight your neck and collarbone. So pretty. If you’re in the market for some new earrings, check out these 10 fabulous pairs from Etsy–they’re guaranteed to make a statement!