Latest Obsession: Alexis Bittar Lucite Pansy Pin

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I don’t even know where to start with the unmatched uniqueness of this pin! The yellow and purple ombre of the petals adds intrigue, while the inner part of the flower, made up of gold filament fringe and Swarovski crystal buds, is definitely the heart of the piece. I’d attach this pin to a feminine white blouse or lightweight blazer. Who wouldn’t want Alexis Bittar’s bejeweled interpretation of a flower just in time for Spring? I’m guessing this will be spotted on The First Lady soon, given her love of Alexis’ flower brooches!

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Jewelspotting in Europe: London, Milan & Paris Fashion Weeks

For the past three weeks, Charm & Chain Jewelspotting jumped the pond to Europe to comb the internet for the best baubles sported to the London, Milan and Paris fashion shows. In true fashion month form, these tastemakers saved the best for last and rocked out bolder, more provocative jewelry than usually merits the more casual New York Fashion Week. The trends we saw at Lincoln Center were taken to the next level in the forms of heavily rhinestoned ear pieces, rings on every finger, and oversized statement necklaces. Plus, check out the faux necklace embroidered into that white dress in the first photo. Stunning! It was difficult to narrow down our favorites for you, as our fabulous findings were too numerous to include in a little blog post, but here are what we found to be the crème de la crème. Enjoy!













Photos from Style.com, Vogue.com, and Jak & Jil.
At today’s Chanel FW13 show, Karl Lagerfeld made tucking your hair into your necklace “a thing.” Is this the beginnings of a trend for fall? We’ll have see, but I’m definitely going to try it out…

At today’s Chanel FW13 show, Karl Lagerfeld made tucking your hair into your necklace “a thing.” Is this the beginnings of a trend for fall? We’ll have see, but I’m definitely going to try it out…

Shop by Trend: Curiosities

Nothing is more delightfully surprising than finding special things in unusual places.

The term “curiosities” refers to jewelry that features unique or odd elements like a part of the face (an eye or a set of lips), something found in nature (a beetle or a butterfly), or an everyday object (a checkerboard or a key).

Break the mold this season with our collection of these whimsical charms and chains that will definitely spark a conversation.

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Latest Obsession: Kara Ross’ Pink Lizard Skin Cuff

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am utterly devoted, compulsively in love with bright colors, specifically the color pink. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this cuff brings me a tremendous amount of joy. The pink shade is bright and happy, the lizard skin adds great texture to the piece, and the gold hardware provides a touch of sophistication.

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Top 10 Jewelry Looks from the 2013 Oscars

Hollywood’s elite sparkled on the Academy Awards red carpet this year with outstanding jewelry picks. My top ten favorites below:

1. Samantha Barks’ House of Waris for Forevermark diamond sunburst necklace

The nexus of this absolutely stunning, black tie romantic look is the breathtakingly beautiful diamond sunburst around her neck.

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2. Octavia Spencer’s Lorraine Schwartz Waterfall Earrings.

I love how her gorgeous rose gold and diamond earrings echo the bold and beaded vibe of her peach dress.

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3. Jennifer Garner’s 200-carat Neil Lane vintage diamond necklace

Who wouldn’t fall in love with 200 carats of diamonds? This necklace acts as an absolute perfect complement to a strapless gown. The design and detailing are magnificent.

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4. Jennifer Aniston’s Fred Leighton bracelets

Jen’s elegant arm candy is completely lust-worthy. These bracelets are the perfect pieces if you’re heading to a black tie affair but still want to channel a trendy stackable look.

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5. Anne Hathaway’s backwards Tiffany & Co necklace

I am always a fan of the unusual, and Anne’s baubles-down-the-back look proves that you can never stop reinventing jewelry. image

6. Jenna Dewan’s Irene Neuwirth earrings: The pop of opalescent color that these magnificent earrings add to Jenna’s ensemble is impeccably superb.

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7. Jennifer Lawrence’s long Chopard diamond necklace hanging down her back

You must look closely to see Jennifer’s delicate string of jewels draping down her back. It’s an elegant contrast to the traditional.

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8. Jennifer Hudson’s Sutra’s Opal Earrings

The cool blues and greens of these gorgeous earrings look amazing on her. They’re the perfect statement length and shape.

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9. Nicole Kidman in Fred Leighton’s gold & black enamel earrings

Warm gold tones mix perfectly with bold black enamel to produce these enviable stunners.

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10. Charlize Theron’s stack of Harry Winston bracelets Why stop at one wrist when you can wrap Harry Winston around both? I love that she chose a solid white palette to let her jewelry take center stage.

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Photos courtesy of Getty Images, W Magazine, InStyle and JustJared.

Designer Debut: Tom Binns

With a collection that would suit Cyndi Lauper just as well as it would delight Bette Davis, famed designer Tom Binns has officially launched on Charm & Chain today! The CFDA award winner is well-known for his irreverent jewelry, avant-garde aesthetic, and massive celebrity following. I have personally been a longtime admirer of Tom Binns, who, season after season, amazes me with the unexpected elements he adds to almost every piece he creates. Binns creates absolute showstoppers from the start and then adds a whimsical dash of the unusual, like bright and playful cameos dripping from elegant statement necklaces and splattered neon paint on crystal chandelier earrings.

Check out the Tom Binns collection on Charm & Chain here.

Jewelspotting: NYFW Fall 2013 Shows

Another Fashion Week means another opportunity to ogle over the gorgeous jewels show-goers selected to complete their meticulously thought-out ensembles. Unlike the fashion-friendly week of September’s spring shows, this February brought a few days of extreme cold and snow and forced attendees to rethink their sartorial plans. Fortunately for us, the fashion folk are a brave bunch and most were generous enough to leave their coats unbuttoned for our jewelry viewing pleasure. The findings? Statement necklaces continue to rule, cuffs can be worn solo or in pairs, ear pieces are still in and rings can venture beyond the first knuckle. Check out some of our favorite pieces below:

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Photos from The Cut, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia.it, Style.com and Refinery29.