If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that today I was intrigued by an Oscar de la Renta shell necklace I found in 'Palm Beach Illustrated'. Ok, really it was the Cavalli dress that got me going but the necklace certainly didn't hurt.
So I started thinking, could shell necklaces be the next trend?
I'm not too big on trends actually. I like what I like. For example, I've been hearing all this chatter about wide leg denim being a trend now. Well, good thing I suppose because I've been wearing it for years but I liked the fact that it wasn't a trend when I was wearing it. (Trend or not, I hadn't planned to stop wearing mine. Recently invested in a pair of flares actually). I digress......
Back to topic.....
I was in a thrift store a few weeks ago and saw some shell necklaces that I really liked but couldn't think of what I'd wear them with so I didn't buy then because I'm trying to stop buying with the thought of "I'll figure it out later." They've been on my mind.
In the interim, I've found these:
I'll start with the designer that fueled my accessories fire today - Oscar de la Renta
Made of purple agate and natural shells with 22k gold plate- on sale for $445 at Neimans.
Now if you don't care about namesthen this may be your winner. Its definitely one of mine.
The Bib Circles necklace. This is currently on Etsy for $355. "Sterling silver casts of limpet shells, oxidized for a vintage look." Nice! The average passer-by may not know that these are shells but you will. Its the little things......
Jumping price ranges but this one deserves it:
Lord High Council necklace - $1,125. Etsy. The face is made from carved bone, its hair from a shell the designer found at Venice Beach, sterling silver, 14k gold and an emerald. The necklace itself made of "jade roundel, green glass beads and sterling findings". So unique!
Its funny how costume jewelry has so many designs in comparison to fine jewelry but fine jewelry as we all know, is many times the price. Then again, part of the fine jewelry price markup is due to its design exclusivity and of course, the materials used in the pieces.
However, there are reasonably priced options in the area of fine jewelry. Take for example Pedro Boregaard. His work ranges from a few hundred to a several thousand dollars. Price notwithstanding, this piece had me at "Hello."
He calls it the Galactica Moth Pin. It was featured in the book '500 Gemstone Jewels.' Made of 18k pink gold, sterling silver, 14k white gold, peach tourmaline, blue sapphires, rubies and amethysts, its a stunner! There's no price listed but once can assume this is on the higher end of things. (I have sent a message asking what the price is. I'll report back once I get a response). **See Update Below**
Another piece that caught my eye-
The Viking Necklace -
Sterling and 14k
Minimalist, Simple, Classic. A winning combination.
Again, no price listed but I should think its less pricey then the Galactica Pin.
On the lower end of things -
The Egg Necklaces
Sterling and Gold Stripped Mini Egg Necklace- $500
Three Mini Egg Necklace - $2,470
Twenty One Mini Egg Necklace - $25,063
(Ok, not necessarily on the low end)
Each egg can be be purchased separately with prices ranging from $365 (18k gold with silver), to $3730 (18k gold with 27 diamonds). Chains from $135 - $190.
Happy necklace making!
*UPDATE* 2/15/11 -
Mr. Boregaard emailed me back saying that the Galactica Moth Pin sells for $9,800 and that he is also working on a Galactica Moth Pin with an 8.5ct Rubelite that will retail around $12,000. He went on to say, "I make my more special pieces and all my models myself" (Outstanding!) and that his store in Narrowsburg, NY will be opening in approx 4 weeks.
The 'baubles' are everything from a vintage monocle to thrifting finds to a gift from Africa to Forever 21.
The bag? I always get compliments and questions as to where I got it. While it does slightly resemble that other bag, it is not. Nor is it intended on my part to be a stand in for it. It is called the 'Clarissa' from Maxwell Scott. Made in London of Italian leather, I loved the look of the bag, the ease of two handles and the amount of room inside. Kate Middleton is reportedly a fan of the brand also.
(Adorable pup not included)
This bag is a workhorse. I have to admit, I've bumped, knocked and dropped and its still in beautiful condition and has developed a gorgeous patina.
This one won't be leaving heavy rotation anytime soon.
I wish there were a video available of Kimora's 'real' closet.....
....but the granddaddy of them all, Mariah Carey's closet.
.....We can all dream.
My personal fave (ok, excluding the aforementioned ones) - is something like this. I've seen this on another blog somewhere and I fell in love with it. Not GARGANTUAN and certainly not small (or even modest for that matter).
Large enough and open enough to where I can 'see' my things. I keep trying to convince the husband that if he builds me this then I won't keep buying things that I already have. I do that because I can't SEE what I have.....
.....which reminds me. I need to follow up with him to see how my build is going. (As of this morning, this is NOT what my closet looked like). I'll keep you posted.......