Your First Look at Concrete Polish’s New Jewelry Collection

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Pieces from Concrete Polish’s latest collection.

When I think of my jewelry collection, I think of it in tiers. Tier 1: Jewelry that I love (my vintage bangles). Tier 2: Jewelry that I love so much I wear it nearly every day (my Lee Hale rose thorn stud earrings from Egan Day). Tier 3: My wedding band stack—an engagement ring sandwiched between two thin diamond bands. To make it to the first two tiers isn’t too hard, but to break into that third tier, well, that’s pretty much impossible. Enter Concrete Polish, Angela Monaco’s line of sculptural jewelry, which secured a prime spot right smack-dab in the middle of my diamond stack.

Really? It’s that cool?

Sale Alert: Spring Sale at Moon & Arrow

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Photo via Moon & Arrow.

Shoppists, if you’re not familiar with the Queen Village jewelry/home goods/vintage haven that is Moon & Arrow, you should make a point to visit. The vast store stocks handmade and vintage jewelry that transition from city-chic to music festival in a snap (pair this necklace with a white tee or a fringed crop top). Plus, it seems like everyone we feature in our Street Style series is a fan (see: here, here, and here) — and for good reason. Through the month of April, the boutique is treating shoppers to a spring sale. Check out the back of the store for a sweet sale selection that’s 20 to 50 percent off. Happy shopping!

 

This is the Easiest Way to Clean Your Jewelry

This is the Easiest Way to Clean Your Jewelry

Nine times out of ten, when I compliment someone on her wedding or engagement rings, I get this response: “Ugh, thanks, but it’s sooo dirty.” It’s like the jewelry version of “Oh, this old thing?” and it leads me to two questions:

1. Why the heck can’t we ever just take a compliment?

2. Why are we all walking around wearing filthy jewelry?

Keep reading!

Organize Your Life! Day 4: How to Organize Your Jewelry

Keep display-worthy pieces out by incorporating them into your decor.

Keep display-worthy pieces out by incorporating them into your decor.

Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.

Organizing your jewelry, especially if you’ve got a lot of it, can be tough. And jewelry boxes don’t always cut it: Chunky bangles don’t fit, necklaces get tangled and earring backs get lost. Enter: Legions of crafty folks who’ve come up with all manner of ways to store their gems. Some of the ideas are great—I’ve rounded up my picks below, and shared how I store some of my favorite pieces—and some, well, aren’t. (See: hanging earrings on old shutters.) Keep reading for some inspiration and tips on how to organize your baubles in ways that would make even jewelry stores jealous.

Click here for 7 ways to store your jewelry.

Shopping Confession: I Want Everything in the New Sophia Grace and Rosie Jewelry Collection

Confession: Sometimes when I’m having a bad day, I watch videos of Sophia Grace and Rosie on Ellen. They’re two of my favorite people ever, which is sort of weird because I’ve never met them and I don’t even particularly like kids all that much. Maybe it’s their British accents. Or their massive flouncy tutus! Or maybe because, like me, Sophia Grace is extremely excitable and has a penchant for ear-piercing squeals.

In any case, I squealed as soon as I saw this subject line in my inbox this morning:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Claire’s Inc. Lauches Sophia Grace & Rosie Collection

Oh. My. God.

THERE ARE TUTUS.

So Fetch: The Mean Girls Jewelry Line

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Generally, we find movie-inspired accessories a bit, er, cheesy. Um, like this. And this. But LA-based jewelry brand Stella and Bow has managed to translate Mean Girls—probably one of the best, bitchiest high-school movies ever made—into a line of jewelry that subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) references the flick. I’m partial to the cuff above—it officially launches mid-February, and will be $110—but the entire capsule collection is pretty hilarious, and also surprisingly wearable. Now that we’ve got “You can’t sit with us” engraved on a cuff (finally), it’s time to branch out into jewelry for other quotable movies. Here’s what we need to see next. (Jewelry designers, you reading this?)

Click here for the 5 movies that need jewelry, now.

Egan Day’s Owner Picks Her 8 Favorite Jewelry Pieces of All Time

One of Rittenhouse’s most beloved jewelry stores, Egan Day, celebrated its five-year anniversary this year. To fete the occasion, we got the always fabulous Kate Egan (who owns the store with her husband, Cort) to dish on her favorite pieces in the store. Here, her absolutely gorgeous round-up, featuring artists Gabriella Kiss and Ted Muehling in all their gold and gemstone glory, plus Kate’s musings on why she loves each piece. Warning: Prepare to drool.



The $38,400 Watch We’re Coveting Now

Cleopatra’s sultry swipe of kohl eyeliner has long been adopted by the stylish set. But her penchant for reptilian adornments—a sign of power in ancient Egypt—has been a bit slower to take hold. Enter Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch, an 18-karat yellow-gold bracelet dotted with diamonds, which coils about the wrist for a statement-making take on  time-telling. Cleopatra—and Liz Taylor—would approve. $38,400 at Govberg Jewelers, Rittenhouse and Ardmore.

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Photo courtesy of Bulgari.

Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 16

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Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

Confession: I recently spent an entire afternoon with my little cousins playing with their Rainbow Loom, weaving impossibly tiny rubber bands into bracelets. The Rainbow Loom trend isn’t dying off yet, but even a 10-year-old needs some variety in her bracelet stack. Enter Serefina’s adorable brass bracelet, adorned with a festive pom-pom. These baubles are cute enough for the littlest fashionista (and wallet-friendly, too), but also cool enough for adults to wear (I’d stack it with my gold bangles). Which brings me to confession #2: I also desperately want this. If only to wear with my Rainbow Loom bracelets. (Hey, I spent hours making them!)

The Details: Serefina single pom-pom bracelet, $40 at Aoki Boutique, Rittenhouse.

Give To: Your niece/cousin who is obsessed with Rainbow Looms.

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Shoppist’s 25 Gifts of Christmas: Day 11

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Now that the holidays are officially upon us, we here at Shoppist are in full gifting mode. Each day this month, we’ll unveil our 25 top gifts to buy in Philly this season. (Trust us: We’ve shopped everywhere to bring you the best of the best.)

We’ve been fans of Philly-based J. Rudy Lewis’s work for a long time. His hand-forged metal cuffs—some wrapped, corset-like, with leather—are earthy perfection, and totally unlike jewelry we’ve seen before. But our new favorite piece is his cast whale wishbone necklace, which comes on a steel chain (shown), hand-wrapped silk cord, or (for $10 more) a hand-dyed thick leather strap with a quote from Patti Smith, a prayer she says before live performances: “I’d like to thank God I’m alive.” We’ll take one of each, please.

The Details: Handcrafted cast whale wishbone necklace, $159 at J. Rudy : exo.

Give To: Your best friend.

 

MISSED PREVIOUS GIFTS? SEE WHAT YOU MISSED HERE.

Day 1: A weekender for him.

Day 2: A geometric ring for her.

Day 3: A posh nail polish set for your teenager.

Day 4: A tabletop speaker for dad.

Day 5: A made-in-Philly skateboard for your little brother.

Day 6: A set of Narberth-made essential oils for mom.

Day 7: A bag of made-in-Philly gifts for out-of-town pals.

Day 8: A cool pair of diamond studs for your girlfriend.

Day 9: A metallic bag for your sister.

Day 10: A fleece hoodie for your dog.

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