Ali’s List 10.17.14

CURRENTLY INSPIRED BY Gemstone Accents in the Home

Gemstones are not only great outfit accents but they can also make for glamorous touches in the home, especially textural stones like agate, lapis and malachite. Whether it’s a subtle placement, like these geode bookends, or something more outward, like the amethyst sink above, it’s a great way to add an earthy touch if you’re not into earthy tones.

CURRENTLY COVETING Nicholas Kirkwood Pearl Pumps

Though these ladylike pumps are probably meant for evening, I love the idea of throwing them on with a pair of boyfriend jeans for day. Plus, who wouldn’t want pearls on the soles of their shoes?

CURRENTLY DOING Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the MoMA

For the last 10 years of his career, Henri Matisse created iconic works by cutting out shapes from colorfully painted paper and mounting them to create eye-catching designs. Many of these pieces are now on display at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York City (through February 8th) and, being that he’s my favorite artist, I definitely plan on checking it out!


If a guy were to follow a jeweler, Mr. Flawless would be the one. This artist of bling takes religious and other popular iconography and puts an edgy spin on it, resulting in some seriously cool man jewelry. I love following him to see his funky designs and the clever ways he shoots his creations.

CURRENTLY WEARING Sarah Magid Prankster Necklace

We really appreciate the high quality and superior craftsmanship of Sarah Magid’s jewelry, and this necklace is a prime example of a very special piece. The mix of exotic skins with brightly colored enamel makes it both luxe and fun. The best part? It’ll match any solid colored top.

Designer Spotlight: Doloris Petunia’s Courtney Prince

Take one look at Doloris Petunia’s whimsical, handcrafted confections and it’s easy to see why we couldn’t resist bringing them to Charm & Chain. This line represents everything we love to see in jewelry: quality craftsmanship, a unique point of view and statement-making punch.

The unstoppable imagination behind these designs is Courtney Prince, a Utah native who has made her home in Los Angeles after over a decade in New York. After years spent in spangled costumes as a professional figure skater, Courtney clearly knows a thing or two about sparkle.

The line, which was named after Courtney’s Maltese, quickly caught on among bloggers and tastemakers after its 2009 launch, and has now found a new home here on Charm & Chain!

We caught up with Courtney to get to know what inspires Doloris Petunia and what’s next for the line. Read on!

C&C: Describe Doloris Petunia in three words.

CP: Snap. Sparkle. Pop

C&C: What inspires your gorgeous, handmade designs? Does your history as a figure skater influence your design style?

CP: Having been a former figure skater, I think I am tuned into the costume and functional aspect of jewelry. My time on the ice taught me the power of sparkle and how it can be used as a highlighter when putting a look together. Maybe surprisingly, I’m not a very pink and sparkly girl in my daily life, but I think my own personal preferences allow me to edit those popular looks down in a way that is appealing to a lot of my clients.

Vintage findings to be worked into Courtney’s handmade designs

C&C: Tell us about your design and creation process!

CP: Insomnia mainly. In all honesty, I just become intensely obsessed with an idea and I then work backwards relentlessly to figure out how to bring that idea to life. I am a self taught jewelry designer and maker who has learned along the way whatever skill sets were needed to create what was rattling around in my head.

C&C: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

CP: Probably one of those amazing 1980s charm necklaces as kid. Professionally, the first thing I ever made was a necklace with a small brass elephant wearing black plastic glasses. Obviously that never made it into my line.

A photo of our Louisville Necklace in post production

C&C: Which style do you wear most often?

CP: I could argue that statement necklaces can make sweatpants look pulled together. My go-to staple would be a great pair of jeans, a simple white tee, and a statement necklace. Instantly, I look pulled together while wearing otherwise very basic staples from my closet. I’ve also been known to throw a good arm party.

C&C: What’s next for Doloris Petunia?

CP: My current obsessions for our jewelry line include texture (needle point, snake skin, and reflective materials) and some daintier necklaces and bracelets. I am also doing all I can with the massive crush I have on the color orange.

Click here to check out Doloris Petunia on Charm & Chain!

Ali’s List 10.10.14

CURRENTLY INSPIRED BY Amal Alamuddin’s Wedding Weekend Wardrobe

From her custom cream Stella McCartney pantsuit to her structured lace Giambattista Valli frock, the new Mrs. Clooney was the epitome of chic throughout her highly anticipated wedding weekend. Each look was polished yet fashion-forward—exactly how a lady should outfit herself for her big weekend!


I’m a sucker for anything that boasts a bright pattern, so this Squint Limited Baroque-style mirror collaged with various bold prints and colors is a must! It’s the perfect unexpected accent for an apartment entryway or powder room.

CURRENTLY DOING Autumn in the Hamptons

There’s nothing quite like the Hamptons in autumn, when the weather is cool yet still beautiful, and the trees are beginning to turn. My favorite fall Hamptons activities? Pumpkin picking and spending a cozy weekend at the Topping Rose House.


Glamsquad is my go-to beauty service for when I need a quick, professional blowout. (My team and I call on them all the time!) Just as fabulous as their talented hairstyling staff is their Instagram account, which is chock full of glamorous hair-spiration!


I love the refreshing contrast between the gunmetal and gold on this studded, open cuff, which is perfect for pairing with fall’s chunky sweaters and rich hues.

Designer Spotlight: Emily & Ashley

We love it when jewelry is a family affair, which is the best way to describe this beautiful fine jewelry line that we recently welcomed to our site! Sisters Emily & Ashley Green have designed jewelry together for fifteen years. After succeeding in repairing a beaded coil bangle, the girls were inspired to create their own bracelets in a similar style. This collection of handmade bracelets eventually turned into an established jewelry line, greenbeads by Emily & Ashley.

In 2005, the girls decided to add fine jewelry to their roster and launched their eponymous line of precious styles inspired by their grandmother’s jewelry collection. Today, their timeless array of meaningful charms, personalized pieces and gemstone-laden baubles continues to draw inspiration from vintage sensibilities.

We spoke with the Green sisters to learn more about Emily & Ashley and what the future holds for the line. Read on!

C&C: Describe Emily & Ashley in three words.

E&A: Timeless, heirloom, elegant.

C&C: How did you decide to make the jump from crafting beaded bracelets to establishing a fine jewelry line?

E&A: We are girls who always enjoy the finer things in life!

Gems laid out to be transformed into Emily & Ashley earrings

C&C: Your line is inspired by your grandmother’s jewelry collection. Are there any specific pieces of hers that you reference in your designs?

E&A: A set of five bangles in 18k gold with rubies and diamonds. It was always one of our favorite pieces she wore and inspired us to go on to make fine jewelry.

C&C: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

E&A: Our classic beaded wrap bracelets on memory wire for our greenbeads by Emily & Ashley line.

Emily and pup Pearl select stones for a new design

C&C: Which style do you wear most often?

E&A: We never take off our diamond monogram pendants or our personalized ID bracelets.

C&C: What’s next for Emily & Ashley?

E&A: The sky’s the limit! Our latest inspiration is the newest member to Emily & Ashley, a baby girl due in November. We want to continue to make heirloom pieces to pass on and for our customers to collect.

Click here to check out Emily & Ashley on Charm & Chain!

Charm & Chain Jewelry in Schon Magazine

Earrings by DANNIJO, Ring by Kelly Wearstler

We’re of the firm belief that it’s the jewelry that makes the outfit. This is definitely the case in this editorial for Schon Magazine, which features loads of Charm & Chain jewels. Stylist Sara Cooper selected weighty statement styles to add heavy metal edge to the looks’ structured silhouettes. While the ensembles themselves pack tons of personality, they serve as a fun, on-trend canvas for our baubles, allowing the jewelry to take center stage.

Thanks to Sara and team for the gorgeous photos! Check out the whole story here.

Stylist: Sara Cooper // Photography: Chris Miggels // Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Peterson // Model: Serafima Kobzeva at WOMEN Management

Necklaces by Assad Mounser, Ring by Kenneth Jay Lane

Necklace by Rachel Zoe, Earrings by Erickson Beamon, Bracelets by Eddie Borgo

Designer Spotlight: Kacey Karp of Kacey K

As our roster of fine jewelers continues to grow, we’re thrilled to bring on talented designers, like Kacey K’s Kacey Karp, who possess a clear vision for their brand and produce exquisite jewelry.

Having learned the jewelry business after years spent working for her uncle’s costume jewelry company, Kacey decided to turn her idea for a necklace honoring her three children into a fine jewelry line. Flash forward eight years and Kacey K’s NYC-based line of pavé diamond charms, timeless monograms and delicate jewelry styles have become a celebrity favorite and have been featured in magazines like Shape, Sports Illustrated, Inside Weddings, and O Magazine.

We spoke with the designer to find out a bit more of what inspires her line and what the future holds for Kacey K. Read on!

C&C: Describe Kacey K Jewelry in three words.

KK: Modern, meaningful & elegant.

C&C: How did working alongside your uncle in the costume jewelry industry influence your future in the jewelry business?

KK: My uncle taught me how to design and merchandise a line that would appeal to a specific target customer. Whomever she may be, the importance was to identify her and build on a collection. His passion for the jewelry business greatly influenced my love, desire and drive to create my own brand.

Kacey’s lays out necklaces for a jewelry shoot

C&C: Tell us about the necklace that inspired you to establish your own jewelry line!

KK: I was always looking to wear multiple pieces at once. But that meant it had to be small and refined. This is when the mini collection evolved. Each necklace was made with a two-length option for layering purposes. My first pieces were a white diamond heart and a black diamond flower, which were meant to be worn together.

C&C: What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

KK: My first inspiration and design was a single necklace that honored my three children. By placing their initials on a classically designed necklace, it kept them all close to my heart!

Kacey’s own custom charm necklace

C&C: Which style do you wear most often?

KK: My cluster charm necklace that has my anniversary date, my 3 children’s initials and my newest inspiration, black Tahitian pearl charm. I wear my charm necklace 26” long so the cluster layers with everything!

C&C: What’s next for Kacey K?

KK: The year ahead is promising. We have some exciting new designs that are debuting for Holiday 2014. I modernized the Kacey K logo at the beginning of this year using a luxe star. This star has now become a signature jewelry piece and developed into various necklace and earring versions. It’s really fantastic!

On another note, our redesigned is now live and features not only a new look, but also a faster and more sophisticated platform. We are excited at how beautiful the product appears online for both our new and loyal customers

Click here to check out Kacey K Fine Jewelry on Charm & Chain!

Ali’s List 9.26.14


I quickly fell in love with this budding artist when I first saw her work on Jonathan Adler’s Instagram. Many of her strong, gestural paintings feature brightly colored wildlife (flamingos, peacocks, zebras) and other things found in nature, a theme than I am forever drawn to. Our whole team is coveting one of her works for our office!


Just in time for the iPhone 6, this sleek gilded charger is ideal toting around in your bag for stylish recharging on the go.

CURRENTLY DOING Marcela Gutierrez’s “Faction” Exhibit at Melet Mercantile Gallery

If you’re a fashion lover in New York City, this exhibit featuring paintings and drawings of Diana Vreeland is not to be missed. Artist Marcela Gutierrez drew inspiration from the legendary editor’s tendency to fuse fact and fiction in her storytelling (hence the exhibit’s name), and each work represents one of Vreeland’s fantastical stories from her autobiography "D.V.: Diana Vreeland." Due to its overwhelming popularity, the show has just been extended through the second week of October!


This blog’s Instagram account provides me with my daily fix of eccentric style inspiration. The subject of this project is fashionable older women who have been collecting ornate jewelry and clothing for decades and know how to put together looks better than anyone else. I can’t wait to see the Advanced Style movie, which debuts this weekend in New York City!

CURRENTLY WEARING Lulu Frost Journey Statement Earrings

These multicolored, deco-style earrings scream Times Square. The tall coral stones resemble mini skyscrapers while the colorful pavé rhinestones look like lights on a billboard. They’re like little city scapes!