Inspiration: Brooke Astor’s Jewelry Box
Philanthropist, socialite and heir to her late husband’s fortune, Brooke Astor spent the better part of her adult life amassing a stunning collection of jewelry and accessories. She died at age 105, so we’re talking about literally a treasure chest of jewels, diamonds, charms and chains from half a century of collecting.
A selection of Brooke’s jewelry sold at a Sotheby’s auction that concluded this week. One of the highlights included this emerald and diamond necklace (circa 1965), pictured here with a 22.84 carat emerald ring.
Although my time has run out to bid on this fanciful piece (and it may have been a bit of a stretch for my wallet), I’m channeling Brooke’s emerald city statement with this necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane.
Wear it to your next formal event or dress up any evening outfit with this necklace—it’s a knockout.
Shop it here.
Guest Blogger: Merritt Beck of The Style Scribe
Next up in our Back to School Blogger series is Merritt Beck of The Style Scribe. We love seeing Merritt’s personal style snapshots, shopping round-ups, and overall musings on fashion on her fabulous blog. Take it away Merritt…
This is Merritt from The Style Scribe and I’m SO thrilled to be featured on the Charm & Chain website this week, showcasing my favorite fall jewelry trends and how to get the look!
One trend that’s perfectly edgy and modern for fall is the look of high shine and heavy metal. Smooth surfaces catch a lot of light, so these pieces are amazing if you are wanting the spotlight on you.
1. Kenneth Jay Lane Collar, 2. Tuleste Market Earrings, 3. Noir Modernist Ring, 4. Noir L.A.M.B. Cuff, 5. Noir Modernist Necklace, 6. Alexis Bittar Ring
Taking it back to almost a century ago, I love the art deco and flapper feel of jewelry that seems to be popping up everywhere for fall. Even with a somewhat contemporary ensemble, a few pieces of this style will add a hint of old-school glamour to your look (and let’s face it, we could all use some)!
1. Ben Amun Earrings, 2. Ben Amun Brooch, 3. Lulu Frost Bracelet, 4. Badgley Mischka Earrings, 5. Suzanna Dai Cuff, 6. Elizabeth Cole Earrings
For more fun fall trends and styling tips, visit The Style Scribe and follow Merritt on Twitter!
New Designer Obsession: K Kane
Katherine Kane, a close friend of yours truly, is the creative mastermind behind K Kane, the newest line to hit Charm & Chain.
K Kane is one of our favorite modern day, monogram-inspired designer collections. Katherine is ready to take your initials—or really any meaningful combination of letters for that matter—and work wonders, spinning them into contemporary works of art using different metals. Make no mistake; this is not your mother’s monogram.
Your own personalized piece by K Kane will quickly become a go-to everyday staple in no time. The collection is both delicate and distinctive, allowing you to wear your initials loud and proud. Shop the collection right here.
Our Favorite New York Fashion Week Jewelry Street Style Moments
Nothing like some new Assad Mounser neon to perk up a Monday morning… (Taken with Instagram)
O’Keeffe inspired necklace from Lizzie Fortunato Jewels’ SS13 collection (Taken with Instagram)
The fembots from the @DANNIJO “Peaceful Warriors and Trippy Hippies” SS13 show yesterday have inspired me to try the full-on jewelry body armor look #noclothesnecessary (Taken with Instagram)
My favorite look from the stunning @lulu_frost show tonight #nyfw (Taken with Instagram)