A few weeks ago, the lovely Lagos team (did you know the company is based in Philly?) dropped by to show us a few pieces from the brand’s new fall collection, and we were instantly smitten. The pieces are totally luxe — diamonds, 18K gold — but in a wear-everyday way. There are gorgeous stackable rings (which I prefer to wear piled up to the knuckle) and more contemporary pieces, like a large pyramid-like pendant strung on a super-long silver chain. But the standouts are part of the new Black Caviar collection, a modern riff on the brand’s signature design, clusters of tiny beads that resemble the delicacy.
The first email to ding into our inboxes this morning — at 12am sharp — was from Philly-based jewelry brand Geography 541. You’ve probably read about the brand on our blog (if not, check this out!); we’re huge fans of Madeline Tolle’s gypset-style, year-old line of accessories, each one handmade in Philly, featuring handwoven textiles, colorful tassels and antique brass. And, thanks to the early-morning email, we know that today only, in honor of Madeline’s birthday, everything on the site is 40 percent off. (Use code BDAY.)
I’ve scrolled through the collection several times today. Here’s what’s currently in my shopping cart: Read more »
If you find yourself wandering Rittenhouse — specifically, the 1600 block of Walnut Street — this week, here’s a tip: Pop into TownHome. The jewelry store is very tiny, very lovely, and very air-conditioned. It’s also very much in summer sale mode.
This week, every single piece is up to 50 percent off. While they can’t name-drop, I can tell you this: The sale is storewide, and they carry brands like Dana Rebecca, Me+Ro, Jamie Kole and Jennifer Zeuner. So you do the math.
The Details: TownHome, 1616 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse, 215-972-5100.
Warning: If someone gives you the above ring as a gift over the next few months, know that they didn’t pay much for it…at all. Read more »
Sometimes my job can be really, really fun. To wit: A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon with Lindsay Fiegleman, the designer behind Sticks + Stones, an up-and-coming Philly-based jewelry line. She brought over pieces from her collection, displayed ‘em all over my office, and we proceeded to play with jewelry — stacking cuffs and bangles, ringing our fingers up to knuckle — for an hour or so. (Sometimes, though, I have to sit in lots of boring meetings. Promise.)
Fiegleman, a graduate of FIT and Drexel, began the company just back in December, inspired by her many trips to India. (She spent most of the past few years there.) All of her jewelry is handmade in India by workers who are paid a fair wage.
The jewelry itself is chunky, slightly tribal, with a bit of rocker edge, and it looks best all layered together. My favorites are the wide silver cuffs, layered coin necklaces (made from real Indian rupees), studded bangles (sold in a set of three) and simple braided silver chokers. Prices aren’t cheap: the Ganesha necklace (a chunky, multilayered piece) is $425, the highest price point; a set of swirled silver earrings — which remind me of the coil of a conch shell — are $70.
Each summer brings with it a sudden yearning for the sea, evidenced by Breton stripes, anchor-adorned jewelry, a surplus of navy. And while going literal can lead to murky waters (twee sailor dresses), there is an exception: Gabriella Kiss’s clipper ship earrings, intricate works of art that somehow manage to be chic, not kitschy. The whimsical earrings are handmade, with delicate horn sails and an 18-karat yellow-gold hull, set adrift on a dangling sapphire sea. Bon voyage! $9,000 at Egan Day, Rittenhouse.
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Recovered yet from the H&M x Balmain news? We’ve got another designer collaboration to tide you over until that collection hits stores (not ’til November 5th): Target announced that it’s partnering with jewelry designer Eddie Borgo on a collection of jewelry, accessories and wall art.
Borgo, known for his stud-heavy jewelry, has created 100 pieces for Target, most priced below $30. The collection — much of which is customizable via charms and cool add-ons — will launch in select Target stores and online July 12th. And while the collaboration might not provoke the same rabid furor as Lilly Pultizer’s line for Target (from which most of us are still recovering), those with more punkish, less Palm Beach-y style predilections — including me — will certainly be shopping.
Craving a getaway to Denmark, Singapore or Portugal, but would rather not shell out for pricey flights? It’s not quite an American Airlines gift card, but Geography 541’s new postcard-inspired collection might be the cure for your case of wanderlust. Designer Madeline Tolle uses miniature metal looms and various threads and materials to craft tiny woven tapestries that you can actually wear. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and rings in at $198, so peruse the selection (this moody Minnesota piece will surely become a staple) and move quick.
Those that don’t see their dream destination offered can order a “Make Your Own Unique Postcard Piece.” Simply select the option here and they’ll contact you for a photo and then weave you your very own custom piece. Say it with us: Best. Gift. Ever.
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You don’t typically think of estate jewelry when you think of Neiman Marcus, but their curated collection of precious vintage baubles puts more contemporary pieces to shame.
The estate jewelry collection is only up for grabs through Sunday, and prices range from $11,000 (a Victorian onyx and pearl cross necklace, insanely cool) to a whopping $252,000 (a circa-1920 platinum and diamond Tiffany bracelet, spectacular). Click through even if you aren’t in the market for a major investment piece, and you’ll see a history of jewelry — from the lacy, flowery scrolls of the Edwardian period to the geometric cuts that characterize Art Deco baubles. Read more »