I saw a little cluster of purple tulips starting to grow next to the sidewalk the other day and I almost started crying. Spring is officially on the way! Get a jump start on the season by adding a pretty floral necklace to your jewelry box. Whether you love roses, peonies, pansies, poppies, or lotuses, Etsy has the perfect piece of jewelry for you. Click through to check out 10 fabulous floral necklaces, starting at just eight bucks!
Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the hottest actors from the ’80s and early ’90s, famously took a five-year-hiatus from acting in order to become a cobbler in Italy. With his record-setting win at last night’s Academy Awards (he’s the first man to win three Best Actor trophies), it’s clear that Daniel is back and better than ever. You know what else is back? EAR CUFFS. And who better to model this trend than DDL himself? Click on for eight awesome ear cuffs worn by Daniel Day Lewis. I swear, I think I’m even hotter for him now.
I’ve been looking for a chunky, menswear-inspired watch for awhile now, and this one, with a black tuxedo stripe and ring of rhinestones, might be The One. I’ll wear it with a slouchy black V-neck sweater and jeans, and be fashionably on time everywhere I go. [$22, Nordstrom]
Okay, so Victorian mourning jewelry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But some of it is prettttty cool. The Victorians were totally obsessed with death. Take Queen Victoria. After her hubby died, she wore black for the rest of her life, and slept with a cast of her husband’s arm. Yeah, not weird at all. Victorians commemorated their passed love ones in a variety of ways — through mourning photography (of you and your recently dead person!) and special mourning jewelry. The style of jewelry was created in part because Victorians thought it was uncouth to wear flashy jewels when you were in mourning, so much of the jewelry is simple and elegant, and made of unusual materials like celluloid and vulcanite. Sometimes, Victorians would snip lockets of their loved ones’ hair and incorporate it into the piece–which makes mourning jewelry the perfect accessory for watching “Beetlejuice” and listening to Smiths records.
Because of its unusual materials, mourning jewelry makes a definite statement. Check out 12 gorgeous pieces after the jump!
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Heishi beads are a traditionan African bead made from vulcanized rubber, which is why they’re often referred to as vulcanite beads. Although they come in more of a standard bead form, I’m particularly partial to these little disks. The vibrant colors are mega-cool and can serve to excite an otherwise kind of staid outfit. Plus, they’re really fun to play with absentmindedly while you’re reading or plotting your world domination or whatever. Check out 12 cool heishi bead pieces after the jump!
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I hate snakes (why no legs!?), but I love snake beads — they’re the actual name of those cool interlocking beads you’ve been seeing on a lot of jewelry lately. The beads have a rather troubling history: The decorative glass beads were used between the 16 and 20th centuries as a type of currency. They were used in exchange for goods and services, but also used to purchase slaves. The beads became especially pervasive as the European slave trade flourished, and the beads began to be manufactured across Europe, as a means of acquiring more slaves.
Soooo, there’s that.
But! Aside from their history as a trade item, they are really beautiful and colorful, and we’ve collected 12 awesome ways to wear ‘em. Keep reading »