Ali Dishes on Inspirations and Trends to

Our founder Ali recently sat down with Accessories Magazine to spill all the details on how she got her start, her daily inspirations, and the jewelry trends Charm & Chain can’t stop gushing over. Of course, she covered all of our favorite trends including midi rings, ear cuffs, and chokers. She also told the website a bit about some of our newest designers, including Doloris Petunia and fine jeweler Kacey K. Check out what else Ali had to say about street style and her runway inspirations here.

Ali’s List 8.8.14

Currently Coveting: Let There Be Neon

Fluorescent signage experts Let There Be Neon have customized pieces for major retailers, artists and as TV and movie props for the last 40 years. I recently discovered that this New York City-based company can create neon signs in one’s handwriting! My apartment walls are begging for a fluorescent yellow iteration of my favorite quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”

Currently Doing: DIY Pearl Chandelier

Two oversized crystal chandeliers illuminate the Charm & Chain showroom and look as much like jewelry as the contents of the showroom itself. I recently came across a photo of a chandelier draped in cascading pearl strands and was instantly inspired to take our chandeliers to the next level by adding this new element. On next week’s agenda: a trip to the craft store for yards of pearls and an afternoon spent upping our showroom lighting game.

Currently Inspired By: Fine Jewelry’s Online Retail Success

I read this article in the Wall Street Journal last week and was delighted to learn about the success other online retailers are finding in the fine jewelry space. This summer, Charm & Chain has welcomed two new fine jewelers to the site, Alexa Leigh and Kacey K Fine Jewelry, who are both proving to resonate with our customers already. As long as shoppers are turning to us a trusted source for their cherished investment pieces, we will continue to meet their needs with gorgeous, high-quality styles from well-loved designers!

Currently Following: @graymalin

Photographer Gray Malin is known for his colorful and oftentimes tongue-in-cheek photographs of exotic locals, utilizing kitschy props and aerial shots to give us a new perspective on the world’s landscapes. Malin’s Instagram account is the best way for fans like myself to keep up with his dreamy works and behind-the-scenes adventures. My favorite piece? This shot of colorful parrot balloons hovering over Bermuda’s crystal clear shoreline.

Currently Rocking: Carrie Earrings by DANNIJO

It’s very hard to find a good pair of red earrings. (Trust me, I’m constantly on the hunt.) My search finally ended when I spotted these stunners at DANNIJO’s fall collection presentation in February, and I fell in love all over again when they finally landed at Charm & Chain HQ. I picture myself wearing them with a cool printed dress all fall long.

Ali’s List 8.1.14

Currently Coveting: Shrimps Mabels Faux-Fur Coat

I know we still have a solid month of summer ahead, but I can’t take my mind off this color blocked faux-fur coat by British label Shrimps! I’m a sucker for anything with retro flair and this cheeky jacket fits the bill. I could easily see myself making this my everyday winter coat.

Currently Doing: Jeff Koons Retrospective at the Whitney Museum

I have long been a fan of Jeff Koons’ metallic balloon animal sculptures, so I was thrilled to hear that the Whitney is running a retrospective on the contemporary artist through October 19th. This is the most comprehensive Koons exhibit to date, so I’ll be sure to not miss it!

Currently Inspired By: 3-D Jewelry Printing

The moment I learned about 3-D printing, I knew there would be tremendous potential for it to impact the jewelry space. Apparently, many others shared this sentiment, as jewelry has become one of the fastest-growing categories to embrace the technology. This week, Amazon launched a 3-D printing shop, which includes a jewelry category, bringing “print-on-demand” baubles to the masses. I’m excited to see how this technology continues to impact the jewelry market.

Currently Following: @spokewoven

I discovered this handmade dreamcatcher designer at Pamela Love’s studio and immediately looked into getting one for my home. (See photo above!) I love to see the dreamy creations she crafts for others, many of which have inspired the dream catchers I’ve subsequently bought as baby gifts for friends.

Currently Rocking: Gold Double Ball Earrings by Piper Strand

Double ball studs are easily my favorite earring trend at the moment. Inspired by Dior’s “Mise en Dior” Earrings, these in gold by Piper Strand are incredibly versatile and compliment my daily gold bracelet stacks.

Ali’s List 7.25.14

Currently Coveting: Loeffler Randall Sarie Strappy Sandals

Last summer, I lived in a pair of sandals embellished with large rhinestone parrots. Though they’re my most cherished sandals, they’re far from understated. This summer, I decided it was time to opt for a more neutral pair which, to me, means gold. These crisscross slides from Loeffler Randall are my perfect sandal: easy on-and-off, great quality and they go with everything. Needless to say, the birds have some new competition.

Currently Doing: Seeing Billy Joel in Concert

This weekend, I’m headed to D.C. with friends to catch the Piano Man, himself, live in concert! One of my all-time favorite artists, I grew up listening to Billy Joel with my parents. I admire his ability to storytell with his songs, many of which recount important historical moments (“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Downeaster Alexa,” “Allentown”). On top of those, I can’t wait to to hear him play some of my favorite ballads like “And So it Goes,” “She’s Always A Woman” and “Honesty!”

Currently Inspired By: Chanel’s Fall 2014 Campaign

Chanel’s latest ad campaign puts Lululemon to shame with its depiction of Cara Delevingne and crew hitting the ring in tweeds, knee-high sneaker boots and hardcore padlock jewelry. This isn’t the only collection that looked to boxing for inspiration. DANNIJO's upcoming fall line, titled Boxerina, draws upon the juxtaposition of the toughness of boxers and grace of ballerinas. These references have me wondering if I should throw on some gloves and try it as my next workout!

Currently Following: @donalddrawbertson

This whimsical artist is hands-down one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. Using fashion as his primary subject, this man can make art out of anything from dollar bills (featuring President Anna Wintour) to raw sugar (a Louis Vuitton logo). It’s so fun to watch what he dreams up!

Currently Rocking: Pearl and Glitter Teardrops Tiered Necklace by Mawi

I’m absolutely smitten with this slightly eccentric mixed media necklace by Mawi. The ladylike pearl strand gets an upgrade when embellished with teardrops made from actual glitter and adorned in rose gold spikes. Plus, the added green rhinestone chain creates a layered effect for an instantly styled neckline. I’ve been pairing it with a bright green dress from Rag & Bone!

Ali’s List, 7.18.14

Our founder, Ali Galgano, is notorious for her love of discovering all things cool and interesting, and sharing her findings with those around her. With the same attitude that inspired our site, we’re excited to introduce a weekly blog post featuring five things Ali’s loving right now. From her latest retail lusts and style inspirations to her most recent adventures and who she’s following on Instagram, keep checking back for a dose of her charmed life. Enjoy!

Currently Coveting: Matthew Williamson x Linda Farrow Sunglasses

Talk about rose-colored glasses! I may or may not have impulsively purchased these pink aviators the other night. I’m a huge fan of Matthew Williamson’s use of vibrant color and Linda Farrow’s retro influence, so there was no way I could turn them down.

Currently Doing: Baking Pumpkin Paleo Cookies

My husband and I recently invested in a food dehydrator, as he has quite the penchant for dried fruit. I do my best to stick to a paleo diet, so when I came across these dehydrated pumpkin spice cookies, I knew I had to try them out in our new machine! The result was a deliciously spicy and chewy cookie that I’ll definitely make regularly come fall.

Currently Inspired By: Rainbow Bright

I adore nearly everything adorned in a spectrum of color, so when I saw this Rainbow Brite round up on, my interest was immediately piqued. I’m lusting after the Sophia Webster pumps included on the list, and that iridescent Alaïa might just rival my hot pink Céline tote for best carry-all. Also featured were our Shourouk Cobra Rainbow Earrings, which are the epitome of psychedelic glam.

Currently Following: @oliveandjune

I’ve been following this fun, LA-based nail salon for some time and I’m pretty obsessed with their whole concept: “a downright lovely” mani/pedi experience, as they put it. Their feed is mostly comprised of their signature shot of freshly painted digits forming a triangle over their pastel business card, providing fresh nail-spiration daily. In short, #oliveyou, Olive & June!

Currently Rocking: Thin Wrought Iron Cuff by Pamela Love

This Pamela Love bracelet is a cool, geometric take on her iconic Pentagram Cuff. It came in last week with our latest delivery, and I haven’t been able to take it off since. It’s an incredibly chic piece to dress up bare arms in the summer.

Designer Spotlight: Lionette’s Noa Sade

The moment that Noa Sade and Vanessa Lee met in 2008, the two felt an instant connection. So it’s no surprise that when they came together a year later to create Lionette by Noa Sade, their partnership would result in unique and stunning jewelry. Designed by Sade, the handcrafted baubles feature pearls, Swarovski crystals, and opalescent stones to create glamorous, statement making pieces. We sat down with Sade to hear all about the inspiration behind Lionette’s infamous microphone gloves and her best styling tips for incorporating Lionette jewelry into your everyday wardrobe.

What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made?

It was a macramé necklace with the most beautiful center Labrodorite stone. I made it while traveling in Laos and I still have it.

Describe Lionette in three words.

Free, tribal, and feminine

We love the entire line, but we’re particularly obsessed with the microphone gloves. Can you tell us how this style came to be?

When I made the first one it was when it wasn’t so popular. I made it for a belly dance class. That day we learned all about the movement of the fingers and the hands, so I came with my glove and immediately felt the magic. I called it “microphone glove,” as holding a mic is a position of vulnerability and courage, the mic glove will give you power.
Song Sisters Mic Glove (left), Andaman Mic Glove (right)

We understand your designs are inspired by travel. Which destinations have proven particularly inspiring for the the line?

I really cant name one because it’s all about refreshing your mind and life images. These days I feel a lot in Mexico and Berlin.

Which piece or pieces do find yourself wearing most often?

‘Mio’ necklace in rainbow and the ‘Coltrane’ mic glove.

Do you have any styling tips for incorporating Lionette into one’s wardrobe?

Contrast the bling and the casual.