'Jewelry'

Royal Wedding Wrap Up

May 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

OK, surely you didn’t think we could skip out on looking at all the amazing design that went into making Saturday’s Royal Wedding happen…did you? Today we are going to look at all the things we talked about leading to the Royal Wedding, from the flowers and the cake to the dress and jewelry. I personally thought it was a beautiful wedding, it was much smaller and more intimate than William and Kate’s wedding 7 years ago but that was because this wasn’t an official state occasion, thus the absence of Presidents and Kings and Queens from other countries. I’ll talk a little more about all the ingredients that made this wedding a feast for the eyes. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Royal Wedding ~ 6 Wedding Tiara Possibilities

May 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Tomorrow is the big day and we know quite a bit, things like the flavor of the wedding cake, who the florist is, the venue of the wedding and BOTH wedding reception/parties. But there are three questions everyone is waiting to be answered, who designed the wedding dress, what does it look like and what tiara will the bride wear or will she even wear a tiara. Today we are going to take a look at some of the possibilities as far as choices Meghan Markle has in tiaras. Now, the jewelry vaults of the British royal family are VAST, Queen Elizabeth has a massive collection of jewelry at her disposal and a lot of it, especially tiaras, she loans out to other members of the royal family to wear on special occasions. In the past, she has loaned wedding tiaras to her daughter, Princess Anne and granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton, in 1986 the Queen and Prince Philip purchased a tiara for their new daughter-in-law Sarah Ferguson. Today I’ve gathered images of 6 tiaras that I think are possibilities, all of them unique in their design as well as being antique pieces of jewelry. One of the tiaras doesn’t belong to the Queen but does have a strong connection to Prince Harry. So, join me for a look at the possible crowns that will grace the head tomorrow of the newest royal bride and the beautiful design that has gone into all of them. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Rose Gold Trend

January 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Towards the end of 2017, I had read several times that Rose Gold was going to be a hot trend in home decor for 2018 and I’m definitely seeing a lot more of it than ever before. I was out yesterday at West Elm and Anthropologie killing time between appointments and saw several things done in the pinkish hue. As near I can tell Rose Gold is Gold that has quite a bit of Copper Alloy in it, the more Copper the redder it is. I’ve seen Rose Gold used in jewelry over the years and am still trying to decide what I think about it in home decor. For me I think a little will go a long way, maybe just a touch of it on a lamp or a vase. Today we’re going to look at Rose Gold in our homes and how we can use it. Thoughts?? Enjoy!! (above via)

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The Jewels Of Mish

January 30, 2018

By Tab Byrum

During this time of year thoughts often turn to jewelry for both men and women, men are thinking of giving baubles for Valentine’s Day and women are thinking of receiving them. I recently became aware of the beautiful jewel work of Mish Tworkowski of New York City. Mish has created beautiful and sometimes unusual designs using amazing colored gemstones, diamonds, and metals. Elegance is the word that comes to mind when looking at the work of Mish, sometimes simple elegance and sometimes over the top. Join me today for a look at the beautiful creations of Mish of New York, perhaps you’ll see something for that special someone…or for yourself. Enjoy!!!

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Game of Thrones Jewelry

August 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

With only two episodes left in this season of Game of Thrones all of us avid watchers and readers of the books are sad, but if you are into jewelry I have some good news for you today. There is a line of jewelry out that is completely inspired by Game of Thrones, Daenerys Stormborn, and her Dragons. The pieces are all made of Sterling Silver and have amazing detail. Many of the pieces are inspired by the three Dragons that the Dragon Queen has at her beck and call and you can see the meticulous work that’s been done on these pieces to simulate scales, horns and the beautiful shapes of the dragons. The pieces have been created by a joint partnership between HBO and the MEY company, the current collection is called Breaking Chains and is inspired by pieces worn by the characters in the Game of Thrones show. Join me for a look and if you love the show or have someone on your gift list who is then think about adding one of these special pieces to their collection, you can see the entire collection here. Enjoy!!!

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Mother’s Day: Initial Necklace From gigglosophy

May 8, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The craze for initials always seems to come and go but never go completely away, I still think there’s something sharp about a nice monogram on shirts, cuffs, pillows and especially jewelry. Today we’re going to look at Initial Necklaces from Etsy shop, gigglosophy. The necklaces are all handmade and use uppercase letters that are either gold or silver plated. The letters are on a delicate gold or silver chains and most are made to hang sideways except for a few letters which are O, V, W, X, and Z. Each necklace comes in its own gift box, these are great for mom to wear with jeans and a t-shirt or a little black dress. Show mom some love and give her the first initial of her name or maybe the first initial of your families last name, check out the gigglosophy Etsy page here and see several selections on great gifts for mom this Mother’s Day on May 14th. Enjoy!!

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Women’s History Month ~ Iris Apfel

March 31, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Iris Apfel

 

Iris Apfel, like her jewelry, is bigger than life. Known for her beautiful clothes, large chunky jewelry and big glasses Iris Apfel has been making her way in the world of design for years. Iris and her husband Carl launched the successful textile firm, Old World Weavers, in 1950 and ran it until retiring in 1992. Iris has been the subject of documentaries, books and is always a fixture on the New York fashion scene. As we celebrate Women’s History Month and women who have made a mark in the world of design. For a more in-depth look at Iris Apfel click here to see a post I did on her in August 2014. 

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Queen Elizabeth II

March 28, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Queen Elizabeth II

 

We continue celebrating Women’s History Month this March with a look today at a woman who has seen it all, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth is now the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain having celebrated her Sapphire Anniversary on the throne earlier this year. The mother of four children is not only known as a Monarch but also a fashionista and a trendsetter, her taste in fashion has been watched closely since she was a Princess and especially after ascending the throne in 1952. For a more in-depth look at Queen Elizabeth click here to read a post I did on her in April 2016 for her 90th birthday. 

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ The Duchess of Windsor

March 24, 2017

By Tab Byrum

The Duchess of Windsor

 

As we celebrate Women’s History Month during the month of March we are looking at and remembering women who’ve left their mark on the world in the field of design. Today we are remembering the Wallis Simpson, The Duchess of Windsor, a woman who didn’t design clothes, homes or jewelry but is known for having the best and most beautiful of all these things. Her life was filled with newspaper headlines and sometimes scandal but she lived the way she wanted with the man she wanted, who if not for her would have been King of England. For a more in-depth look at the life of the Duchess click here to see a post I did on her in June 2015. Enjoy!!!

Strawberry Inspired Jewels

May 9, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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During the month of May,  we are looking at Strawberries, not only as food but also as inspiration in design and today we are looking at the little red fruit and how it’s inspired some amazing looking jewelry. Not only are the berries themselves inspiring but so are the leaves of the Strawberry plant, in the 19th century Strawberry leaves inspired design for diamond tiaras worn by royalty throughout Europe. Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, designed a Strawberry leaf tiara as part of a large gift of jewelry for Princess Alice, he and Victoria’s third child, as she was preparing to marry a German prince. Unfortunately, Prince Albert died before he was able to present his daughter with her gifts, but Queen Victoria gave it to her making sure she knew it was designed by her father. Strawberries have also inspired some gorgeous brooches over the centuries as well as earrings and bracelets. Join me for a look at just a few pieces I found, I would love to see some modern interpretations of Strawberries in jewelry, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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