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Verdura Mammoth Hoop Earrings: Who Knew a Prehistoric Fossil Could Look So Hip?

by on March 1st, 2010

Verdura Mammoth Ivory Hoop Earrings, $3,500

These playful mammoth ivory hoops with bold gold stud detailing are at once graceful and sinuous in their delicate curvature and smooth polish, and yet also raw, edgy. A mix of contrasting elements, these beauties can be worn equally well with a pair of jeans during the day, or a little black dress at night.

Verdura’s glamorous design aesthetic is never compromised in this thoroughly modern take on the ever-hip hoop earring. Who else but Verdura could turn a pre-historic fossil into a wearable (and affordable!) piece of art?

The New Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra: The Magic of Autumn

by on September 1st, 2009

Magic Alhambra Bracelet & Earrings; 18k gold, tiger's eye & carnelian

I love the colors of fall in New England- the vivid yellows, deep reds and vibrant oranges of the foliage. The sun sets lower in the sky, much warmer than the harsh glare of summer, gracing everything autumnal with the slightest touch of gold.

This week we received an early reminder of fall’s rapid approach in the form of the most recent addition to Van Cleef & Arpels’ Magic Collection, a new line of Alhambra jewelry that features stylish autumnal colors.

The new Magic Alhambra collection is composed of rich, striated goldish-brown tiger’s eye and reddish-brown carnelian motifs, outlined with finely beaded bands of yellow gold. True to the aesthetic of the Magic Collection, the jewelry incorporates the classic quatrefoil shape in varying colors and sizes with intermittent dangling Alhambra charms. In short, the overall effect is one of elegant, fall chic.

In the case of its newest Alhambra series, Van Cleef & Arpels has yet again proven that it remains an extremely original design house worthy of international renown.