A girl’s got a lot of choices when it comes to earrings, and that’s why we love ‘em! This week we’re shining the spotlight on looks for your lobes: studs, hoops and chandeliers – three types of earrings that will make a fashion statement in entirely different ways. Here are our current must-haves in each category….
Soaring high with a little help from their friends, the sisters DANNIJO found inspiration around them for their Fall collection, creating this stunning statement necklace with a name that makes my Charm & Chain heart flutter. The Galgano necklace embodies everything that I love dearly – big, bold and colorful jewelry. I’m extraordinarily touched by their naming this piece after me, and remain mesmerized by the exquisiteness of it.
Shop it here.
“A woman should mix fake and real. To ask a woman to wear real jewelry only is like asking her to cover herself with real flowers instead of flowery silk prints. She’d look faded in a few hours. I love fakes because I find such jewelry provocative, and I find it disgraceful to walk around with millions around your neck just because you’re rich. The point of jewelry isn’t to make a woman look rich, but to adorn her; not the same thing.” -Coco Chanel
ASHA’s new fall collection, full of the line’s signature “fine fashion” designs, has just debuted on Charm & Chain. Watch their beautifully shot new preview video and shop the gorgeous jewels here.
Numbers Are In
If you’re glued to the Olympics like we are, then you’re probably familiar with Lolo Jones, one of Team USA’s star hurdlers. Although she didn’t medal this year, she wins gold in our book for her polished looks off the track.
And if you tend to zero in on jewelry like we do, then you’ve definitely noticed her gold “Lo²” necklace.
It’s subtle; it’s playful, and it’s just the type of thing we love because it reminds us of our Lulu Frost CODE collection: gold number rings, earrings and necklaces with the corresponding number of delicate diamonds on each piece.
Choose a number that’s meaningful to you, and get a piece of jewelry with a story behind it. The Lulu Frost CODE collection has the versatility stamp of approval — wear your number every day, with or without larger, statement pieces.
Take it from C&C (or should we say C²): you’ll never want to take your number off!
Shop Lulu Frost CODE here.
To say that we’re bouncing off the walls with excitement over DANNIJO’s lineup for Fall would be an understatement. The work of Jodie and Danielle Snyder shines brighter than ever with a collection that is so delightful to look at, we simply can’t take our eyes off of the pieces in our office. Here’s a peek into the collection…
Brass is the perfect backdrop for the colorful falcon-like focal point on this cuff:
Symson cuff, $420
Drops that drip with elegance and cameo inspired, opal-like stones:
Kendra earrings, $420
A Chili pepper-inspired necklace with cheeky personality:
Kiedis necklace, $570
A turquoise statement necklace with bold and exquisite detail:
A stackable addition that you’ll never take off your wrist: Queenie bracelet, $105
Show-stopping earrings with fierce style and striking colors:
Radley earrings, $420
Shop the new DANNIJO collection at Charm & Chain and see for yourself why these pieces are taking center stage this fall.
In the spirit of the Olympic Games, Charm & Chain is celebrating our designers who hail from different countries around the world.
Shourouk Rhaiem is Tunisian-born, Paris-bred and has an impressive couture rap sheet, honing her skills at Chloe, Galliano and Roberto Cavalli before launching her namesake jewelry collection.
Dori Csengeri is is truly a global artisan – she studied art history and painting in Zurich and Paris, worked in fabric design in Manchester and Paris, and today she is a highly praised jewelry designer with a truly unique design sensibility.
Mawi Keivom, the London-based designer of her namesake jewelry line, has won the New Generation Award for three consecutive seasons, and it’s no wonder why her jewelry line has gained a cult following worldwide.
Isaac Manevitz is the Egyptian-born designer behind the stunning glamour of Ben-Amun. Favored by powerful women in fashion and entertainment, his pieces can be spotted on the street as well as the red carpet.
Hassan Bounkit draws inspiration heavily from the styles and colors of Morocco, where he was raised. His high fashion pieces are routinely featured in magazines and on television shows.
Two brothers, Nicolas and Panayiotis Frangos, are behind the collection’s stunning, cutting-edge jewelry designs. The small Greek family atelier established in the mid 1980s has expanded throughout their native country and in twenty countries abroad.
French-born Frederique Dessemond is a masterful painter, interior designer and the style and talent behind ginette_ny. She was selling her jewelry on the street until her pieces caught the attention of a buyer for Calypso Bijoux. Now her monogram necklaces are ubiquitous among the high-society crowd.
Sister-in-laws Gauri and Radhika Tandon launched Isharya to create costume jewelry using Indian techniques and drawing upon their Indian heritage for design inspiration. Isharya pieces can be regularly seen on many popular television shows.
Charm & Chain Interviews Alexis Bittar
Famous for his whimsical, eye-catching designs, Alexis Bittar is a CFDA award winner and a darling of the jewelry world. We recently caught up with the bauble-minded Bittar to get the inside scoop on the man behind the brand.
C&C: What makes the Alexis Bittar brand so successful?
AB: I strive to push the envelope of design and creativity while still understanding the need for wearability. My pieces of jewelry are recognizable because of this. In addition, unlike many fashion brands, the demographic of customers who are attracted to my brand has such a wide range of appeal—from a 20-year-old fashionista to an 85-year-old grandmother—which is a rare thing to house in one collection.
C&C: How do you balance the demands of creating seasonal designs and growing a larger enterprise at the same time?
AB: I am continuing to learn the art of time management, and I am completely kept on a schedule. That being said, when it’s time to be creative, I put aside whatever other thoughts on managing the business I may have and allow myself the ability to dream.
C&C: What brands (in fashion or in any other industry) do you admire most?
AB: Comme des Garcons, Martin Margiela, Celine and Marni, just to name a few.
C&C: To what extent does the history of costume jewelry influence your designs?
AB: A great deal- I have been obsessed with vintage jewelry since I was a little kid- to this day I am consistently exploring vintage and antique jewelry. Just to give you a sense of how much I love it, on my birthday , my favorite thing to do is to go antiquing. I am in awe of the craftsmanship, the art and thought that went into each piece of jewelry that was produced from 1850- 1930.
C&C: To what extent do jewelry trends follow and deviate from seasonal fashion trends? Does the runway factor into your creative process?
AB: In some ways jewelry trends are in sync with ready to wear. I design on the same schedule, so I’m not able to react to what’s coming down the runway. Instead I trust myself that I am in sync with the ready-to0wear collections. It’s interesting because I find that the jewelry lover generally does not follow the ready to wear trends but instead really trusts her own passion and her own eye for what she chooses..
C&C: Alexis Bittar has a significant following comprised of women of disparate ages. Why do you think that is? Do you have a target demographic in mind as you design jewelry?
AB: I don’t have a target client when I am designing- what I do try to do is design pieces that will be attractive to multiple demographics.
C&C: Recent reports tell us that you plan to add new product lines under the Alexis Bittar brand. Why are you growing into these new areas and why are you making this exciting move now?
AB: It’s the natural succession of the brand to extend into other outlets, and as an artist it’s exciting to have the ability to work in other mediums.
C&C: How would you recommend a woman think about the role of jewelry as a part of her daily expression of personal style?
AB: Here’s my most important advice for any woman: You need to feel comfortable in whatever you’re wearing. You really want to deliberately choose the jewelry that you put on…you don’t want to feel like it’s wearing you. Basically you need to have a sense of comfort, but you should always try to push your limits a little. Accessories are about having fun so you should always experiment!
To read more about Alexis and shop his collection, click here»
Potentially the coolest piece we’ve ever purchased from Kara Ross (which is saying a lot)—coming to Charm & Chain in November! (Taken with Instagram)
Charm & Chain Summer Essentials
At last, summer has arrived! The warm weather brings countless new opportunities to express one’s style; therefore, every woman should be prepared with go-to jewelry to accent the outfits in her weekend getaway bag. View a collection of my personal Summer 2012 jewelry must-haves here.
I also asked some of our team members to share what their essentials are this season:
Molly, Director of Product:
“Chicago is THE place to be in the summer. We endure the cold, windy weather all year long because the summer is so incredible here. Between the many festivals each weekend and the beach, there’s always something to do. I’m always on the lookout for more summer dresses and this year, it’s all about the maxi dress for me. Whether it is casual for a BBQ or the street festival of the week, or dressy for a summer wedding, this silhouette is so easy to wear, especially when accented with some great accessories. Currently in my jewelry rotation: Kenneth Jay Lane’s Black Spike Necklace, Nicole Romano’s Figure Eight Earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane’s Satin Gold Color Stretch Cuffs (stacked), and Isharya’s Blue Druzy Necklace.”
Jamie, Director of Merchandising:
“I’m a total beach over ski girl—so let the burn begin! My first summer essential: a good book. Nothing makes me happier than sitting on the beach as the sun sets and reading a juicy novel—I’m currently reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. While I tend to splash around different shore towns (Bethany Beach, Avalon, Montauk, and Nantucket), I always keep a few summer essentials tucked into my oversized Balenciaga bag to keep me prepared at all times— Fresh’s Sugar lip treatment (SPF 15), Tom Ford Cream Shadow in Spice, and Bond St’s Scent of Peace pocket spray perfume. I’m also really into chambray shirts right now—they’re perfect to tuck into white shorts and double as fabulous cover-ups. My go-to necklace this summer is the Gemma Redux for Charm & Chain Juxtaposition Necklace—it’s so colorful and spices up any neckline.”
“Relaxed and laid-back is my motto for the summer. I can never leave the house without a big tote bag to hold my sunglasses and sunscreen—I’m loving this Cynthia Vincent tote at the moment. A long, soft dress like this one from Joie is a wardrobe essential for me. Finally, a pair of beautiful statement earrings like these Isharya stunners will take me all the way from early morning to happy hour!”
“Mother nature does her very best work from June through October. If that sensational effort occasionally produces steamy, hazy days, then we must simply practice the art of siesta, I say. My preferred summertime repose is nestled neatly and adumbrated in a tree-strung hammock in a basic black T or a carelessly buttoned white linen dress shirt and my favorite Lucky jeans (at least 10 years old) or lightweight chambray shorts. With my Nixon Chronicle tucked into my Merrell Barefoots, I’m likely napping as my chest re-reads the same set of pages of a Cormac McCarthy novel for hours. But, if someone happens to waltz by in a stunner like this, I’ll likely have to lift my Whisky Tortoise Warby Parkers….It’s a tough job but summer’s gotta do it.”
Dinah, Summer Intern:
My summer motto is to look put together without too much effort. Between traveling from Westchester to New York City to the Hamptons, I don’t have as much time to plan a head-to-toe outfit daily. That’s why I am OBSESSED with my J brand white jeans for cool summer nights and my JCrew sundress for daytime; these crucial pieces are comfortable and easy, but still fashionable! As for jewelry, I’m loving Kenneth Jay Lane’s Turquoise & Gold Link Necklace, which can turn any plain shirt and shorts into a chic outfit, and I also love pairing these Turquoise & Gold Spike Hoops with a fitted dress to go out at night!
“Chicago summer weekends are unpredictable, so I try to get dressed in the morning with the thought that I may stay out through dinnertime. I try to have at least one go-to outfit so I never have to plan ahead. My favorite combination this summer is my Rag & Bone white pants paired with a simple loose top. To make the outfit complete, this Gerard Yosca necklace is a must-have.”