Sometimes I like to wear small simple jewelry that barely kisses my
wrists, neck, and ears. But when I want to get glammed up, I turn to bold
statement baubles and jewels. Jewelry is the best way to turn that drab dress
into a head-turner; and when I really want to look and feel sensational, I go
Here's some jewelry inspiration from some of my favorite fashion designers,
along with Beadwork projects that can
help you get a similar look.
I love the components and unusual arrangement of this elegant Oscar de
la Renta Resin Teardrop Necklace. For similarly shaped components and equal
originality, I love Leslie Frazier's Adorned Chain Necklace (Beadwork, October/November 2012).
Also from Oscar de la Renta is this Gardenia Crystal Brooch, which reminds
me of Jean Power's dramatic Lotus Necklace (Beadwork,
December 2012/January 2013). Both the designer piece and Jean's project can be
used as a brooch or as a necklace focal.
One of the biggest retail names in pop culture, Anthropologie, offers
this spunky, colorful Stellar Bib Necklace. For a more sparkly, dazzling bib,
stitch Glorianne Ljubich's Carnival in Rio project (Beadwork, December 2012/January 2013).
My favorite high-fashion jewelry designers of all time are Danielle and
Jodie Snyder of the haute couture brand DANNIJO. I'm sure I've spent hours of
my life drooling over the delectable duds on their website, dreaming of the day
I could drench myself in their beauties. Their Spring 2013 collection was just released, and it's breathtaking. I like DANNIJO so much, I can't limit my favorite piece to just one.
These Beadwork projects, designed
by Glorianne Ljubich, Smadar Grossman, Callie Mitchell, and Jill Wiseman, remind me of the DANNIJO style, and I'd love to strut around in any one of
|Silver Tie Affair by Glorianne Ljubich (Feb/March 2012)
||Machu Picchu Jewels by Smadar Grossman (Feb/March 2013)
|Industrial Chic by Callie Mitchell (June/July 2012)
||Three Graces Collar (option) by Jill Wiseman (Feb/March 2013)
What's your jewelry style? Do you like big and flashy, or petite and subtle
pieces? Tell us in the comments section below.