John Hardy Jewelry

L-My own two headed tiger
ring. R- My own green amethyst ring. The earrings
are milky quartz and sterling silver. All by John Hardy.

I very seldom buy sterling silver jewelry. Especially rings. The times that I do, it’s because the pieces are outstanding! John Hardy makes outstanding jewelry. The attention to detail is insane.
Two of my favorite rings are by John Hardy. The first is my double headed tiger ring. It’s part of the Legends Macan Collection. It has been reissued since. The new version has gemstone eyes. I wish I could afford it in 18k! These rings rival the Cartier panther rings. John Hardy 18k gold is very affordable compared to other jewelers. The second ring, I was fortunate to find at Last Call during a John Hardy Trunk Show. It has a wide band and a green amethyst. I wear it on my middle finger as it is too big for my ring finger.
I am very Happy with my purchases and recommend John Hardy Jewelry .

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Gurhan

I feel that my money is best spent on earrings.   However this necklace by Gurhan just screamed my name.   I get many compliments EVERYTIME I wear it.   It is super sparkly.

My only necklace! This black diamond and 24k 18 in. necklace by Gurhan just SCREAMED my name. also pictured Irene Neuwirth chrysoprase earrings and earrings by Roberto Marroni.
My only necklace! This black diamond
and 24k 18 in. necklace by Gurhan just
SCREAMED my name.  Also pictured Irene Neuwirth chrysoprase earrings and earrings by Roberto Marroni purchased at Barney’s

I had the pleasure of meeting Gurhan at Neiman Marcus in Palo Alto, Ca years ago.   He doesn’t remember, I’ll never forget!   I’m loosely quoting an old Yngwie Malmsteen song there  .     Gurhan attends many trunk shows yearly to meet and get feedback from his clientele.   I love a jeweler who is willing to work with you .   You can choose your metal and dimensions.   Gurhan will also repurpose your old jewelry into an original Gurhan design !   That is huge as many jewelers will not work with you. I can’t wait to collaborate with him on a pair of earrings!   Check out Gurhan’s gorgeous collections  @ Gurhan. The Gurhan website is very informative, has beautiful photos and contains a link to Gurhan’s blog.

Pictured here are Gurhan earrings on my wish list.

My dream earrings from the Gurhan Delicate Collection. I'm in LOVE with this pair. They remind me of The Scream By Edvard Munch.
My dream earrings from the Gurhan Delicate Collection. I’m in LOVE with this pair. They remind me of The Scream By Edvard Munch.
I love these earrings from The Gurhan Amulet Collection. This pair is somewhat oversize and are spectacular for evening wear.
I love these earrings from The Gurhan
Amulet Collection. This pair is somewhat oversize and are spectacular for evening wear.
Gurhan Leaf Willow Flake earrings. These earrings are light and will take you from day to night.
Gurhan Leaf Willow Flake earrings.
These earrings are light and will take you from day to night.
These Gurhan earrings are spectacular, so glamorous and on my wish list!
These Gurhan earrings are spectacular,
so glamorous and on my wish list!

One for you, one for me!

What to buy a man in your life?   How about a money clip?   Men always seem to carry cash.   I recently purchased two money clips.   The first is a sterling silver Out Of Retirement Dollar Sign Money Clip from Tiffany’s.   The second one, a sterling silver Prada paper clip.  The Prada money clip I purchased at Barney’s.  I am madly in love with both!   If I were a man, I would want one.   I purchased them for myself by the way.

 

Color

Don’t be afraid of color!  If your favorite color is blue, buy earrings with blue gemstones.   Jewelry does not have to be neutral.  Buy color.   I wear my colored gemstone earrings with whatever color of clothing I have on.

I will wear yellow with amethyst earrings.  Believe me, you can make color work.   If your clothes are neutral, your gemstone earrings, necklace, rings can provide the pop of color along with your lipstick.

The Beach

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Tiffany Elsa Peretti starfish earrings and Steven Douglas seahorse earrings.

I Love the beach and the sea! Sadly, I never get to go. I still manage to enjoy it in my thoughts, through books and photos and my earrings!

I have starfish earrings by Tiffany and two pairs of seahorse earrings. The seahorse earrings are by Steven Douglas. The large seahorse is sterling silver and 14k gold. The smaller seahorse is 14k yellow gold and white diamonds. Each pair is under 4 grams so I can wear them all day long.

I wear these earrings in the Summer and the Winter. In the Winter, the earrings add some sunshine to my cold day.

Costume Jewelry

My Kate Spade earrings.
My Kate Spade earrings.
My Kate Spade enamel earrings
My Kate Spade enamel earrings

Occasionally, I become enamored of costume jewelry earrings. Usually I find these beauties at Kate Spade.

Kate Spade has very charming, whimsical and well made costume jewelry . Kate Spade packaging is exquisite. The earrings come in little round boxes, like the one pictured here. So far I have purchased blue enamel sea horses, lady bugs and tiger heads. The tiger heads have a special place in my heart as they remind me of David Webb earrings.

The awesome thing about Kate Spade is that they list sizes and weights! Very big in my book!

Where I buy my earrings

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Ileana Makri Centaurus Star Studs purchased at Barney’s New York.
Marco Bicego earrings purchased at Neiman's Last Call.
Marco Bicego earrings purchased at Neiman’s Last Call.

I buy my earrings in many different places. I really enjoy the selection at Barney’s New York and Neiman Marcus and Neiman Marcus Last Call.

I purchased my all time favorite pair at Barney’s for my birthday. They are the Centaurus Star Studs by Ileana Makri. Ileana and Jon A at  Barney’s were kind enough to discuss the weight (under 4 grams with the clamps on!) and special order them. I had them made in 18k yellow gold with yellow diamond pave. The combination of the yellow gold and yellow diamonds give a neon effect . Also, they are neutral and I can wear them year round.
They are 16mm, almost as big as a dime.  The sales people at Barney’s NY at Beverly Hills are especially helpful.  They will send additional photos if requested.  Ask for Jon A!

My best purchase of the year was made at Last Call! I was able to purchase a pair of multi color sapphire studs by Marco Bicego. The earrings are also under 4 grams with clamps on. The best part is that they are almost the size of a nickel.

Online, I like to buy from The RealReal and Oak Gem and Gilt. I ESPECIALLY LOVE that The RealReal and Oak Gem list earrings weights as well as dimensions.  They  provide the weight in grams.  Just be sure to read the return policy in the event you change your mind!

Earring weights and scales

I prefer that all my earrings weigh under 4 grams each.  With the clamp on if the earrings are studs.  I prefer that all my earrings be from 16mm to 20mm.  The problem is the bigger the earring, the more weight.  Depending on the design of course.

I always want the gemstone to have an open back.  The metal backing will add more weight.  If the earrings are pave, I want to see the pave in the back.  The lighter the earring, the longer you can wear them and get your money’s worth.  Also, your ears will be in better shape after you take your earrings off.

A US dime is 17.91 mm and weighs 2.268 grams.  A US nickel weighs 5 grams and is 21.21 mm.  I use this as a guide for size and weights.

I have a scale too!  I am VERY serious about  weights.  I have purchased too many pairs that were too heavy.  Trust me, your ears will not adjust to the weight.  They will hurt and will not look so pretty after you remove your earrings.

My scale is a AWS Digital Pocket Scale.  Sometimes I take it with me when I earring shop.

Earrings, necklaces and rings

I LOVE earrings, they are my favorite type of jewelry to wear.  You can put them and forget about them, if you are wearing a lightweight pair.  They can take you from day to night , work to cocktails, and frame your face.   I favor studs and dangles.

I prefer yellow gold because the color of the metal stays the same and no maintenance is required.  I am very low maintenance.  I buy silver earrings occasionally if the earring is spectacular.

I Love necklaces too, but they would wind up competing with my earrings and I can’t have that.  I will feature necklaces that I would love to buy if I had the extra cash.  I always feel that my money is better spent on earrings.

I don’t have too many rings. I work in a warehouse packing auto parts and would only ding  them to death.  Then I would be heartbroken.  I will feature a few rings here and there as well as share photos of the few that I own.

I believe that women should buy their own jewelry and not wait around for someone to buy it for them.  The wait may be long!  I hate to wait.  Ladies, do not be afraid of buying fine jewelry!  If you buy the right pieces, you get a lot of wear out of your jewelry.  Also, your jewelry goes everywhere with you.  You park your car and put down your handbag.  Your shoes are way down there, gotta look down.  Your jewelry is center stage and goes where you go!