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USA MADE | Jewelry Made in America Part 2

With the Olympics over and Team USA bringing home 46 GOLD Medals (Go USA!!!), it’s time to once again celebrate more gold (and platinum, silver, etc) jewelry made right here in the good old USA. You may remember I recently featured some some absolutely stunning USA Made jewelry, refresh your memory here – Accessories Council Presents USA MADE | Jewelry Made in America. Here are more designers to feast your eyes on:

Colette Malouf

Known for gorgeous hair accessories, this industry veteran, who started in and is still based in Soho, boasts a long line of celebrity fans but that’s no surprise since she’s  been around since 1987 and has designed for Michael Kors and Derek Lam. Every piece is a statement; whether its the thorn headstrap, rosebud necklace or bib necklace, the beauty and craftsmanship of her artful pieces are simply beguiling.


Roman Luxe

One of my favorite stones is Lapis and the Roman Luxe collection features some amazing pieces created with this captivating gemstone. This collection, although launched this year, has been a part of the Roman Company which started in 1973. Roman Luxe is a younger, more modern brand, inspired by the runway and enhanced by technology.

Whiting & Davis

Known for making the most stunning metal mesh jewelry, like the above Anniversary Gold Collar Necklace, and with 136 years of heritage, there’s no mistaking Whiting & Davis’s exquisite lineage. The brand’s mesh has been featured on the runway of some of today’s hottest in designs by Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton . With a return to its roots and a renewed focus on timeless and luxurious fine jewelry in sterling silver, 18-karat gold, rose gold (my favorite metal) and both semiprecious and precious stones, Whiting & Davis will be gracing the arms, necks and fingers of several of today’s modern women.

Emanuela Duca

Rugged and unique in every way, the Emanuela Duca jewelry collection’s highly textured surfaces are evocative of volcanic ash and the ancient ruins but still features movement. Though her pieces look primitive, her designs are always clean, simple and minimal. She allows the texture and sculptural shapes of her pieces to show their sophistication and intriguing personality.

Accessories Council Presents USA MADE | Jewelry Made in America

What better way to celebrate the US than to feature some of the amazing talent, beauty and fashion products made right here in the good ole USA, specifically a few beautiful jewelry brands. I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Accessories Council’s USAMade initiative, which promotes jewelry made in the USA. Brands participating in the USAMade initiative include: Alex Woo, Alzerina, Carla Marina, Caroline Rocha, Clipa, Colette Malouf, Courtney Simmelkjaer, Ela Rae, ElyseRyan, Emanuela Duca, Eye of the Sea, Gerard Yosca, HEET, Holy Bauble, Isharya, John Wind/Maximal Art, Jonas Studio, Lesli Dale, Lionette, Liz Palacios, Nicole Romano, Options in Time, Patricia Locke, Relios, RJ Graziano, Roberta Chiarella, Roman Luxe, Shansen, Tuleste Market, Veronique by Vendome, and W/A Studios. In this post, I will highlight my most coveted pieces – most of which are dynamic and stunning statement jewelry

Lionette

I love all jewelry that has modern, architectural and Egyptian design influences and not only does Lionette’s exquisite jewelry fulfill that love, their name also shows the strength and power found in their pieces. The words goddess and empress were the first words that came to mind when I first these gorgeous collection.


Carla Marina

Another design aesthetic I adore is romance and the above pieces from Carla Marina’s New Royalty Collection inspired by Portugal’s Royal Treasures is absolutely stunning. Featuring cascading leaves, enchanting stars and other embellishments and details found in the Royal’s crowns, scepters, etc.

Nicole Romano

A celebrity favorite (one look at her pieces will show you why), the Nicole Romano collection is as spectacular as it is enchanting. Her jewelry speaks for itself and it has a lot to say. Her collection combine hard and soft, drama, romance, edge – and is filled with eye-catching pieces.

Relios

One aspect from this collection by Carolyn Pollack that caught my eye and it’s featured in the pieces shown above is the encased stones. From the Silver Lace Collection, the above pieces feature sterling silver which encircles polished stones with gemstones as accents giving each piece a magical, almost fairytale vibe.

There are so many more amazing jewelry brands to showcase (all of which are listed at the beginning of this post). What’s your favorite so far?

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Joins Henri Bendel for Fashion Night Out

Swarovski Elements is hosting not one but two Fashion Night Out events. They plan to crystallized both uptown and downtown fans woth events at famed Henri Bendel and their Soho SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED store.

Henri Bendel / SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
712 5th Avenue at 56th St
(212) 247-1100
3:00 p.m. – close
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS ™ has partnered with one of New York’s most notable retailers, Henri Bendel, on a series of Fashion’s Night out activities ranging from crystallized makeovers by Frédéric Fekkai to a dazzling tattoo parlor, each transforming the store into a crystal wonderland making the acclaimed 5th Avenue flagship sparkle from head-to-toe. Shoppers will be able to get a head start on prepping for their evening, beginning at 3 p.m., with crystallized beauty makeovers by Frédéric Fekkai. Services include manicures and hair styling, all infused with the sparkle of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. After being pampered, visitors can purchase exclusive Fashion’s Night Out gear, including limited-edition FNO shirts adorned with black diamond and fuchsia crystals.


Adding more sparkle to the night’s festivities, the Austrian crystal company will transform the first floor of Henri Bendel for Fashion’s Night Out – the focal point is an opulent Swarovski Crystal Palace chandelier, titled “Cascade” by Vincent Van Duysen, standing 14 feet tall waiting to greet shoppers in the atrium as they enter off 5th Avenue.

For the past 75 years, Swarovski has had a deep-rooted history in stage and screen projects, ranging from movies to Broadway and beyond. To celebrate Swarovski’s commitment to the arts, a special display of eight costumes made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, from Phantom of the Opera, designed by Tony Award winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne, and NINE, designed by Oscar winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, will be a part of the décor. The dazzling interiors and costumes will be on exhibit beyond New York Fashion Week at Henri Bendel, culminating September 19.

Special Henri Bendel tattoos made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will also be available for purchase throughout the night and artists will be on hand to apply them to guests.

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™
499 Broadway btw Spring and Broome Streets
212.966.3322
www.swarovski-crystallized.com
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
For one night only, SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ will host Jimmy Crystal, the go-to designer for celebrities wanting their most precious iPhones and BlackBerries covered in SWAROVSKI crystals. No longer will you have to choose between black and white—but from a huge selection of custom crystal cases ranging from glam fuchsia, to smoky onyx ombré to wild zebra stripes. Or work with Jimmy to realize your own design! Lady Gaga, Elton John, and half of Hollywood have entrusted their most precious possessions to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and Jimmy Crystal—and ONLY tonight we can bring this to you.

If you have a little time between Henri Bendel and the Swarovski Soho store, why not stop by the below in between

Tamsen Z
783 Madison Avenue btw 66th and 67th Streets
212.360.7840
www.tamsenz.com
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join Ann Ziff at Tamsen Z for a champagne reception. Tamsen Z is a jewelry collection designed by Ann Ziff featuring one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces from some of the world’s rarest materials including colored diamonds, meteorites, fire opals and pre-Columbian gold figur

Swarovski Crystallized Spring 2011 Collection

Swarovski is a store where women can purchase elegant, accent pieces. From earrings to necklaces to pendants to purses, Swarovski creates masterpieces that are classy, sexy and feminine with an edgy, glamour that style conscious women desire. For the Fall, Swarovski has introduced new lines from all over the world. These showstops are a must have. Reasonably priced at under $200, these items will make you love being a woman. It was hard but I selected some of my favorite, favorite pieces to share with you (I actually loved them all):

This Otazu bracelet is sleek and sexy; an attention grabber.


This Dannijo necklace with matching earrings is the perfect accessory for the strapless LBD. Dannijo marries Old Hollywood glamour with show stopping.

Who could resist these Gian Paolo Maria necklaces. Everyone will stop to admire your jewelry

And last, but not least, this Phillippe Ferrandis necklace. Wow!

I would encourage all ladies, and men, to stop by your local Swarovski store to admire, and purchase one, or more, of these works of art. Visit www.swarovski.com to shop online or find a store near you. You won’t be disappointed.

Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store Opening

A-List celebs, fashion insiders and other beautiful people came together to celebrate the opening of Swarovski Crystallized Concept Store (located in Soho at 499 Broadway) and their partnership with charity:water hosted by Nadja Swarovski, Hilary Rowland and Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively. Kim, Zia* and I were thrilled to be a part of this amazing event




The 5000 square feet store stretches between Broadway and Mercer Street, with entrances from both sides. “Inside the store, the breathtaking chandelier “Cascade” designed by Vincent van Duysen illuminates the open staircase between the floors. On the ground floor, a retail-lounge-bar area welcomes visitors, while the basement offers deeper insights into the history of Swarovski, and hosts as well various designer exhibitions.” Swarovski creates the most gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, brooches, bags and Home Accesories?




The event was fabulous, A-List celebs such as host Blake Lively, Evan Rachel Wood, Lucy Liu and Chloe Sevigny





I also got some video of their interactions with each other

Lucy Liu being interviewed

and a short video of Chloe Sevigny & Fern Mallis

At the event, Blake Lively unveiled a special-edition Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED ™ necklace from which 100% of the proceeds will benefit charity: water. The flagship New York City store is the only one of its kind in the U.S. where customers will have the opportunity to purchase the company’s precision-cut loose crystals in addition to customizable and ready-to-wear jewelry.


Each Divine Rock light necklace (which retails for $88) sold can provide people with clean, safe drinking water for 20 years. Makes you think doesn’t it?

We know Swarovski makes exquisite pieces but sometimes you might not find something that’s “you”; well ladies (and gentlemen), that time is over as you are able to customize your own piece. One wall is covered in various precision cut crystals and jewelry components. It totally brings back the memories of making my own bracelets and necklaces as a little girl but with much prettier pieces.

But that’s not all, after you’ve chosen or created your dream piece (or pieces), simply glide down the lavish staircase and sit in the magnificence that is the Swarovski Cafe and Lounge or indulge in the special Swarovski exhibits. Surrounded by the opulence of all those gorgeous crystals, you may perhaps order the “Brillance” (the daily special featuring a traditional dish) off the Spring Menu


Ok, I think I’m over-indulging in this post but Swarovski is a must to visit. We left the event sooner than we wanted but we had another event to go to. While the bags were different, I was lucky enough to get this gorgeous necklace below