December 2017

Rachel Zoe’s New Jewelry Collection: Hollywood Glamour

Uber stylist and designer Rachel Zoe recently released her first jewelry collection! It’s everything you would expect from the style maven and self-professed jewelry junky. The collection exudes Hollywood glamour and we are so excited to share some of our fave pieces with you!

Jewelry seemed to be a natural transition for the designer whose love of baubles has inspired her entire career. She adorns herself and her clients in vintage pieces that make a bold statement. The four lines in her collection titled Art Deco, Tassel, Sixties Glam and The Knot are filled with 14 karat plated necklaces, cuffs and earrings with Swarovski crystal accents. All are inspired by the ‘20s art deco movement with a ‘60s and ‘70s vintage flare.  Bananas!

 

Rhinestone Tassel Earrings, $250
We are obsessed with tassels and LOVE LOVE LOVE these vintage chic earrings. We would pair them with dark-wash jeans and t-shirt or a fab simple shift dress to wear out at night.

Single Chain Bracelet, $140
This bracelet is the perfect mix and match piece from the collection. Layer it with your other favorite gold bracelets or even a watch. The vintage-inspired glam bauble will work with many pieces in your wardrobe.

Rectangular Ring, $195
We are swooning over this “ah-mazing” cocktail ring. The shape, size and design make it the perfect statement piece to add to your wardrobe this Fall!

Modern, sexy and wearable, Rachel Zoe’s debut jewelry collection is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

Get The Look: ‘Mad Men’ Retro Style

One of our favorite shows on television, ‘Mad Men’ returned after an 18 month hiatus this Sunday and while everyone else can’t stop talking about Don’s new wife Megan, we’re still obsessing over the amazing retro style! From a figure-flattering dress that Joan would love to the products to get Betty’s 60’s look, here are our 10 ‘Mad Men’-inspired picks to rock for your next viewing party or anytime you want to capture the retro trend!

Image courtesy of AMC.com

Get the Look of Estate Gems: Jewelry from Ramona Singer’s New Line on HSN

Between wrapping up filming for Season Five of the Real Housewives of New York City and launching a new wine, one of our favorite housewives and my friend Ramona Singer has also added a new collection to her jewelry line for HSN.  This new collection includes some fun art deco pieces inspired by old Hollywood glamour — just like the ones you saw all over the red carpet this past awards season. If you miss seeing Ramona in action and are waiting patiently for next seasons RHONY, check out her third year anniversary show with HSN on March 14th at 5 pm.  You can also shop her collection online.  Here are some of my favorite pieces:

White Topaz & Diamond with Black Enamel Sterling Silver Earrings, $339.90
These dramatic earrings are perfect if you need a great pair of earrings to wear to a cocktail party or a black tie. I love how the black enamel makes the silver and diamonds pop.

White Topaz Sterling Silver Oval Pendant, $399.90
This statement pendant is special and looks very vintage chic. Wear it with a shift dress or even a crisp white button down and pants — a great addition to any accessories collection.


Bezel-Set Gem Station Sterling Silver Necklace, $374.90
Ramona gave me this gorgeous necklace for my birthday and it became my go-to piece during fashion week.  It’s so on-trend, goes with so many outfits, and is great for layering with other jewelry.


Ramona Singer is an astute businesswoman and a true aficionado of fashion with a passion for being a wife and mother. In addition to her role on BRAVO’s The Real Housewives of New York City, Ramona has taken the beauty and accessory industries by storm.
She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, with a B.S. Degree in Business. Ramona started her professional career thirty years ago as a buyer for Macy’s, and then created her first company RMS Fashions, Inc. Her businesses include Tru Renewal skin care, True Faith Jewelry, Ramona Singer Collections on Amazon and most notably, Ramona Singer Jewelry for HSN. Her line of pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings, priced $200 and up, was inspired by her love for estate and art deco, which she says she adores because it is timeless. Having conquered the design world, Ramona was inspired to create a skin care line, Tru Renewal, after struggling to find products she herself could use that were effective, yet free of chemicals that could potentially harm and irritate her skin. Her entrepreneurial skills have received praise from media industry giants such as Women’s Wear Daily, FoxBusiness, People, and Examiner to name a few. Ramona’s newest venture has her expanding to the wine world with Ramona Pinot Grigio.

Buy Cultured Freshwater Pearl 37″ Necklace, $589.90

Buy Cultured Freshwater Pearl 37″ Necklace, $589.90

  • Oval white, gray and black cultured freshwater pearls, accented by round beads pavé-set with round black spinel stones
  • Stationed on sterling round-link chain

Shop the Full Story: Everything You Need to Know About Jewelry This Summer: Carol Brodie Shares Her Best Kept Secrets

Buy Smoky Quartz “Circles” Necklace, $849.90

Buy Smoky Quartz “Circles” Necklace, $849.90

  • Multishaped smoky quartz stones set on inner edges of ring-shaped sterling stations
  • Each circle connected by small oval link

Shop the Full Story: Everything You Need to Know About Jewelry This Summer: Carol Brodie Shares Her Best Kept Secrets

Everything You Need to Know About Jewelry this Summer:
Carol Brodie Shares Her Best-Kept Secrets

From Harry Winston to HSN, Carol Brodie has accumulated a vast knowledge of information and celebrity style tips. Her virtual jewelry boutique, Rarities Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie, can be found on HSN as can her monthly visits which feature roughly 35 to-die-for new styles at affordably fabulous price points. If you are dreaming about wearing everything on Barney’s first floor… dream no more. Carol’s collection is chock full of her favorites… which are bound to become yours. Here are her tips for summer-fabulous sparkle:

What are the best investment pieces for this summer?

Blackened jewelry will be all the rage this fall, so how about starting now by buying pieces that pair gold and silver such as the Champagne Diamond Vermeil Disc-Shaped Earrings. The Indian Mughal Dyansty was the inspiration for these earrings which celebrate the sun and the treasures of the earth. A long layering necklace is so important all year long… try this one to update every summer mini and maxi. And don’t forget the cuffs… worn single or by the pair, cuffs always provide the necessary extreme makeover!

Buy Now, Champagne Diamond Vermeil Disc-Shaped Earrings, $3169.90
Buy Now, Smoky Quartz “Circles” Necklace, $849.90
Buy Now, Gemstone and Enamel “Dragonfly” Cuff Bracelet, $519.90

What is the one piece of jewelry that you never take off?

My obsession with the evil eye and hamsa hand go way back to summer holidays in Israel and Greece. My diamond evil eyes have so much become my signature that I am just launching my first ever Swiss-Made timepiece with the iconic design brilliantly sparkling on the dial. You can never wear too many talismans and I always suggest that the hamsa and evil eye should be worn together for maximum style and protection.

Buy Now, Champagne Diamond “Hamsa” Bangle Bracelet, $129.90
Buy Now, Blue Lapis and Sapphire “Evil Eye” Charm Bracelet, $224.90

What do you suggest we do to clean our jewelry in the summer?

My favorite summer secret is the jewelry bath. Gemstone and diamond jewelry gets dirty very quickly with sunscreens, soap and moisturizers. Mix the solution: 1 part ammonia, 1 part dishwashing liquid and 2 parts warm water. Bathe your jewelry (except woods, opaque gems and pearls) 10-15 minutes and use a soft tooth brush to gently wipe away the dirt. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Your jewelry will sparkle like new. For all other jewelry like coral, turquoise, wood and pearls, use a soft damn cloth to clean away the residues that are dulling the pieces.

Can we wear gold and silver together?

One of my favorite things to do is to mix and match my jewelry – old and new alike. I love to layer. I start with an antique piece or one that is black rhodium accented. I layer in yellow gold, rose gold and silver pieces to create a thoroughly modern look. Don’t be scared to experiment… I wear every color and texture of gold and silver as long as I have one estate or oxidized piece to pull it all together like this Diamond Rose Vermeil “Fleur De Lis” Ring.

Buy Now, Diamond Rose Vermeil “Fleur De Lis” Ring, $359.90

I know you love to layer, any tips?

One of the things I’ve learned is to keep jewelry in PROPORTION. Choose one big piece and build from there. If you are wearing a chandelier or a long earring, choose a long necklace – 30 inches or more – to compliment the look and keep everything in proportion. Long and layered is a great way to get a big look while still wearing fine jewelry. Cuffs are my personal obsession, but when you wear them I would skip the rings and keep the focus on an important earring. With bead bracelets or bangles, the more the merrier. Stack them up half way to your elbow for drama and impact!

Buy Now, Cultured Freshwater Pearl 37″ Necklace, $589.90

I lost my favorite earring at the beach, any suggestions?

Repurpose your jewelry — there is nothing worse than the single or ORPHAN EARRING lying at the bottom of your jewelry box. If you have lost an earring with sentimental or monetary value, take the other to your local, jewelry repair shop and have them turn your orphan earring into a pendant, charm or ring.

Buy Now, Diamond Vermeil “Peace/Snake” Pendant, $279.90

To see everything presented on air you can tune in to watch Carol Brodie on HSN on Sunday, June 19th from 11am – 2pm and again at 9pm on Sunday night. Be sure to check out HSN.com and order your favorite pieces on line. Styles sell out very quickly and she does not bring them back as they are true Rarities!

   

The road from Harry Winston to HSN was pavéd in diamonds… Carol Brodie, International Jewelry Expert and host of Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie on HSN, has transformed her career from luxury to HSN working with some of the world’s most exclusive brands along the way.Under the leadership of CEO Mindy Grossman, Brodie joined HSN in 2009 where she delivers a message of empowerment combined with a profound knowledge and expertise of jewelry to women of all ages. Leveraging the power of social media and her on-air success, Brodie has been able to reinvent herself from a luxury branding expert and advisor into an electronic superstar becoming one of the top-sellers in the fine jewelry category and gaining a loyal and devoted following of fans and consumers.
Prior to joining HSN, Carol was Chief Luxury Officer of CurtCo Media, publisher to a family of titles targeted to the world’s most affluent readers including Robb Report, Worth, Showboats International and Art & Antiques. In this exclusive position, Brodie lead strategic partnerships, special events, promotions and targeted marketing and public relations initiatives to position CurtCo’s most influential magazines as the voice of the international luxury marketplace.
Prior to joining CurtCo, Brodie was Global Director of Communications for world-renowned jeweler Harry Winston. During her eight years there, Brodie was credited with expanding the reach and image of the old-world brand to appeal to a younger clientele and introducing the concept of red-carpet dressing.
In addition to her work with some of the world’s most prominent brands, Carol Brodie is a sought-after speaker at conferences worldwide on subjects ranging from luxury marketing to international branding. She is also a recognized media personality appearing as a correspondent on Extra, as a style expert on E! Style Court and ABC’s Extreme Makeover as well as frequent appearances on The Bachelor, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, Today in New York, CNBC, CNN and Martha Stewart Weddings earning her the moniker: ‘The Queen of Luxury’. In 2004, Kiplinger’s named Brodie The Queen of Diamonds a name that has defined her expertise in the fine jewelry industry.
Previous to joining Harry Winston in 1997, Brodie spent four years as a partner at award-winning advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, where she managed the Diamond Information Center on behalf of De Beers Consolidated Mines. Not just limited to diamonds, Ms. Brodie has helped build luxury and beauty brands such as Barnes and Noble, Faberge, Ivanka Trump, Clairol, Revlon Professional Products, Maybelline, Matrix and Gucci Timepieces.
Ms. Brodie’s personal interests involve philanthropy, gemology and international travel. She maintains positions on the committees of several prominent charities including The Boy’s and Girl’s Club, The Chron’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the Food Allergy Initiative. She resides in Fairfield, Connecticut, Palm Beach, Florida and Manhattan, New York with her two children, Noah and Grant.

 

 

 

 

Chic Jewelry for the Summer – Melissa’s Favorites

I LOVE jewelry and am always looking for a great new find.  This summer, I’m lusting after pieces that aren’t fussy or overly fancy, and with many options under $75, it’s easy to accessorize.  Summer is the time to be carefree, so simple summer style is about wearing fabulous pieces that you can pair with everything in your wardrobe.

Lulu Frost Navette Tassel Necklace
Lulu Frost Navette Tassel Necklace
, $325
I’m a big fan of long necklaces.  This antique brass one is easy to wear for summer. I love that the oversized swarovski crystal flower pendant has a glass pearl center. It looks great with a solid maxi dress and sandals.

Citrine by the Stones Provocateur Earrings, $160
This brand has a ton of fun jewelery and these earrings are total outfit makers.  Wear them during the day with jean shorts and a white tank and your hair pulled up in a messy ponytail or at night with a dress and sleek pulled back hair.

Alexis Bittar Crystal Encrusted Gold Pool Ring

Alexis Bittar Crystal Encrusted Gold Pool Ring
, $255
Alexis Bitar’s baubles are true works of art and this ring is no exception.  An oversized cocktail ring is the perfect conversation starter at a chic summer nighttime event.


Sadee Says 3-finger Serpent Ring
, $104
Snake jewelry is a favorite of mine and very vintage-inspired.  Wear this multi-finger ring and be ahead of the fashion curve this summer.

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Kelly Gerber Grey Croco Leather Cuff, $375
Chunky bracelets are on trend this season.  This one is casual enough for everyday wear.  Crocodile adds a cool nod to safari style which is always hot for summer.

Under $75:

Rachel Rachel Roy Earrings, Three Tier Drop Hoop, $46
Hoop earrings are every girl’s summer staple.  This is an interesting take on the basic hoop earring.  I would keep them on all summer!

Calypso for Target Necklace with Rosary Beads, $39.99
Calypso is known for summery fashion, and their new line for Target does not disappoint.  This necklace looks great with everything.  It’s an accessory you’ll wear all summer long.

Urban Metal Feather Cuff Bracelet, $20
Nothing says summer like nature-inspired jewelry.  Urban Outfitters has lots of boho chic accessories like this leaf bracelet which comes in both silver and gold.  I always stack my bracelets so this would make a great addition for a layered look.


Vanessa Mooney Wrap Bracelet
, $64
Vanessa Mooney is a fave of celebrities like Katie Holmes and Vanessa Hudgens.  All summer jewelry should be as easy to wear with a tank and jeans as this wrap bracelet.  It comes in tons of great colors, too!

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Skinny by Jessica Elliot Ring, $45
Skinny by Jessica Elliot is another celeb favorite worn by Rihanna, Pink and many others.  I’m obsessed with these two finger rings that come in lots of fantastic summer brights.  They look great with a tan and a manicure!

Betsey Johnson’s ‘First Date’ Bow Pendant: An Elegant Statement Piece

Rarely would you call a statement piece delicate or demure, but Betsey Johnson’s Bow Pendant Necklace is just that. A long, thin golden chain with a lobster-clasp closure and tightly woven gold bow, it adds flair and sophistication to any outfit, day or night.—Taylor Napolitano

Buy Betsey Johnsons ‘First Date’ Bow Pendant Necklace, $35, at shopsense.com

Tiffany & Co. New Collections Two Thousand and Ten Preview: Fall into Tiffany’s

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Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend definitely knew what they were talking about! While at Tiffany & Co.’s New Collections 2010 Preview, I fell in love with the Micropave diamond bangle set in platinum. SO chic! The cuff—drenched in 3,330 diamonds for a total of 61.37 sparkling carats—is out of this world, and so is the price. At $150,000, it’s beyond the budget of most people. Tiffany’s fall and holiday collections have plenty of other amazing pieces at more accessible prices. I love the Elsa Peretti starfish pendant in black jade, $475, perfect for summer. If you don’t like the black version, it comes in rock crystal and sterling silver too! And I can just see myself living in the fun, flirty, and elegant Paloma Picasso rose gold “Love” diamond pendant, $1,600. Without sacrificing style for affordability, try Picasso’s equally elegant “Kiss” pendant in sterling silver, a gentler $150.—Melissa Meyers

Available at Tiffany & Co.

Buy Afaze Facet Graduated Necklace

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Buy Afaze Facet Graduated Necklace, $20, at afaze.com

  • For the chunky silver trend, try this piece
  • Affordable bib necklace aesthetic
  • Sparkly graduated, faceted beads
  • 16″ length perfect for any neckline

Shop the Full Story:
Hot Summer Accessories—On Trend & On Budget

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