Designer Spotlight: Isaac Manevitz from Ben-Amun

Today we launched the Ben-Amun Bridal collection, which is undoubtedly going to be an incredible resource for jewelry-seeking brides everywhere. In honor of the launch, we sat down with Ben-Amun designer Isaac Manevitz to learn more about his work, his inspiration, and his thoughts on style. Isaac is truly a pioneer in the fashion jewelry industry, and we’re honored to carry his Ben-Amun line on Charm & Chain!

Charm & Chain: Isaac, you’ve dressed a ton of celebs over the years including Kate Moss and Rihanna, and one of our favorite pieces you’ve designed is the cuff Jackie O wore in the early 90s that you reinvented last season! If you could have one celebrity wear Ben-Amun alive today who would it be? Who do you think are the new style icons of our time?

Isaac Manevitz: The supermodels of today like Miranda Kerr, Coco Rocha and Karlie Kloss are always flawless and effortlessly look put together! They’ve created such a chic moment, these are the classic young women designers look to for inspiration. Rachel Bilson and Olivia Palermo are young trendsetters that are always trying something new and unexpected. Rachel Zoe is one to admire for her own style and trendsetting ability along with her ferocity in business. I would love any of these women to wear Ben-Amun!

C&C: We know you’re originally from Egypt and find most of your inspirations though travel. Where is one place you haven’t been and would like to visit? What has been your favorite trip to date?

IM: I would love to visit Japan! Going back to Egypt a few years ago with my wife, sons and grandchildren was very inspiring. My business and life has been in NYC for so long and as much as I thrive on the excitement of the city, it is nice to go home and see places from my childhood, family and old friends.

C&C: Singers often say they know they made it big when they first heard their song on the radio. When did you know you had “made it” as a jewelry designer?

IM: In the early 1980s, Ben-Amun was one of the only fashion jewelry brands… before then, everything was extremely simple and very tiny! I wanted to create pieces that were bigger and better and give women pieces to be excited about that really add to their wardrobe and reflect their personality. I got a lot of no’s from department stores when I first started out until the buyers at Neiman’s and Bergdorf’s finally said yes! When I saw Ben-Amun in the Bergdorf’s window on 5th Avenue, I knew I was on to something and all my hard work was worth it! Soon after that, Ben-Amun was featured on the cover of Vogue which was a huge accomplishment!

C&C: Ben-Amun has become one of the top brands for bridal jewelry. What are your favorite styles for the big day? Should a bride go simple or more glamorous for her wedding? Do you think she should wear clear or colored jewels or classic pearls?

IM: I always say more is more! You only get one wedding (hopefully!) so why not make a statement? Crystal deco and pearls always go well together and look great layered. Adding some of our sapphire deco pieces is a cool way to tie in your something blue! Of course any bride’s choice should reflect her personal style, just a bit more glamorous.

C&C: What is the one piece of jewelry every woman should own? What are your must-haves for this season and as everyday staple pieces?

IM: Our gold watch link bracelet is a classic Ben-Amun piece that can be added to any every day outfit. A touch of gold makes any look more polished. A great classic pair of crystal chandelier earrings add a ton of glamour and are super flattering to the face for evening. A chunky short link necklace that will hold its own with sweaters and outerwear is a must have every Fall and this year, hand bracelets in particular are the hottest trend!

Shop the Ben-Amun collection here, and Ben-Amun Bridal here!

Dynamic Duos

At Charm & Chain, we find that mixing and matching our designers’ jewelry often creates an aesthetic that’s completely one-of-a-kind and a little bit more unique than just sticking within one collection. We picked our six favorite pairings this summer—these perfect pairs make the biggest splash when worn together.

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Kelly Wearstler Diamond Covet Necklace

A golden key may open any door, but a keyhole is a window into a whole new world. Kelly Wearstler gives a peek into the antique with a signature, diamond encrusted keyhole pendant necklace. The delicate design of the old-fashioned keyhole is mixed with an aura of wonder—what’s being kept under lock and key? That’s for you to decide and for the person who holds the key to uncover.

Shop the Diamond Covet Necklace on Charm & Chain right here.

Our 5 Wedding Season Staples

Ah, wedding season. We here at Charm & Chain are in the midst of it ourselves and we have to say, it’s been a wild ride. It seems like every other weekend we’re jetting off to this place and hopping a train to that place, all to watch our loved ones exchange those sacred vows. We know you’re feeling it too, and luckily, you’ve got us as your one-stop-shop for all your nuptial jewelry needs.

Among all the wedding-appropriate styles C&C has to offer, we’ve narrowed down those five perfect pieces to get you through the season. A pair of statement studs, sparkly necklace, vintage-inspired brooch, rhinestone bracelet and dangly earrings will add the right dash of glitz to any gown. (Brides, we’re talking to you, too!)

Add a swipe of lipstick and your dancing shoes and you’ll be ready to party!


Photo from Song of Style

Move over arm party, there’s a new stacking sensation on the rise and we can’t wait to get our fingers on it.

Ever since we jewelry aficionados began piling bracelets up to our elbows, we have come to truly embrace the concept that more is more. (Like we really need an excuse!) Lately, ring stacks have been spotted on fashion’s most savvy tastemakers and we’re loving the look. Lucky for you, dear Charm & Chainers, we have plenty of finger bling fit for building the ideal hand party.

Top Row: ASHA Cambridge Ring, Melinda Maria Tej Ring, Kelly Wearstler Checkerboard Ring
Middle Row: Lulu Frost CODE Sterling Silver Number Ring, Ginette_ny Mini Signet Monogram Ring, Rachel Zoe Love Me Knot Ring
Bottom Row: Gorjana Lena Shimmer Double Bar Ring, Dara Ettinger Nadia Stackable Druzy Ring, Jules Smith Perfect 10 Rings

Shop All Rings and view more ring stacking inspiration on our Pinterest!
Our newest designer, Loren Hope, truly captures the spirit of Charm & Chain with her pieces. The bright, cheery colors, and the bold designs and shapes remind me of why I fell in love with jewelry in the first place. 

Shop Loren Hope’s whole collection right here.

Our newest designer, Loren Hope, truly captures the spirit of Charm & Chain with her pieces. The bright, cheery colors, and the bold designs and shapes remind me of why I fell in love with jewelry in the first place.

Shop Loren Hope’s whole collection right here.

Congratulations to Charm & Chain’s Newest CFDA members!

I couldn’t be happier that my dear friends and super-talented designers Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost and Danielle and Jodie Snyder of DANNIJO are three of the newest members of the CFDA! The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Board of Directors met last week and reached consensus on something that I personally have known for a long time—that these ladies are absolutely brilliant designers.

DANNIJO is known for its beautiful bohemian glam line that takes bold risks and never misses a beat. Lulu Frost’s vintage-to-modern versatility is always a hit, and these amazing ladies join the ranks of other Charm & Chain designers, including Alexis Bittar, Dana Lorenz of Fallon, Rachel Zoe, Kara Ross, Gerard Yosca, and Tom Binns, who are already CFDA members and masters of their craft. Congratulations, Lisa, Jodie, and Danielle!

Shop DANNIJO here, and Lulu Frost here.

Designer Spotlight: Sandy Hyun

I love the early story of Sandy Hyun’s ascent to jewelry stardom. As a young girl, she couldn’t take her hands off her mother’s vintage pieces from Korea. With every free moment she found in her day, she would leave her home and take off down the street, heading for a local African bead shop where she learned the skills of jewelry making. When she returned home, she’d spend hours refashioning her mother’s old jewelry and—believe it or not—taking crystals from her parents’ chandeliers to wear around the house. I love this image!

Sandy’s pieces are effortlessly elegant and timeless. With lucite, vintage glass, and Swarovski crystal, this collection is for the ages. Take the time to discover her collection here on Charm & Chain. It doesn’t disappoint!

Designer Debut: Lele Sadoughi

Our newest designer on Charm & Chain, Lele Sadoughi, is quite the multi-tasker. After launching jewelry for J. Crew a few years ago, Lele left to join Tory Burch as Jewelry Design Director…and also create her own namesake line…and also have her first child.

Since I just finished watching her exclusive DailyCandy home tour, I must gush about her beautiful home (which I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person). The pink dining room chairs, the dramatic glass candelabras, the brightly colored ikat fabrics – she is clearly a girl after my own heart!

And Lele’s eclectic taste for dramatic shapes and colors comes through loud and clear in her jewelry. Her pieces make fabulous stand-alone statements and will also mix effortlessly with other gems in your jewelry box. Her collection is a must-see and must-have.

Shop Lele Sadoughi on Charm & Chain here.