C&C’s Spring Jewel-Spotting Predictions

C&C Fashion Week Jewelry Predictions

Fashion Month kicked off yesterday here in New York and we are ready and waiting to begin our semi-annual round of jewel-spotting. Street style images are just starting to trickle in and, being the jewelry insiders that we are, we have some predictions as to which styles the ever chic show-goers will be flashing this season.

1. Chokers: Everyone from Fallon to Dannijo worked this style into their Spring jewelry collections. While we love the blinged out versions we’ve been seeing, we’re particularly smitten with this extremely wearable Jules Smith choker.

2. Statement Earrings: This bold style will be competing for attention with the ever-popular statement necklace. We’ve spotted this style on a number of bloggers as of late and we think these Erickson Beamons beauties would compliment their fashion month outfits quite nicely.

3. Hand Jewelry: Hand pieces were all the rage the past couple seasons and we don’t expect them to halt in popularity anytime soon. This Ben-Amun is stunning in its mix of heavy metal and art deco elements.

4. Athletic Inspiration: We are head-over-heels about Prada’s sporty Spring 2014 accessories. That in mind, we’re loving how this Kara Ross cuff has the feel of a upscale wristband.

5. Quirky, Mismatching Studs: Jewelry parties are migrating north this season and landing on the ears of fashionistas everywhere. We’d bet anything show-goes will be loading up their lobes with cute studs like these, these and these from Lulu Frost CODE.

6. Structured Minimalist Jewelry: This trend walked the SS ‘14 runways of such fashion heavy hitters as Céline and Balenciaga, so you know the editors will be taking a cue. Styles like this Gorjana ring are sure to grace the fingers of fashion’s finest.

7. Punk pearls: Possibly the biggest break-out jewelry trend of the season, pearl pieces featuring edgy metal elements are everywhere. (We have Chanel to thank for that one.) This Lele Sadoughi bangle has the cool combo down pat.

Weekly Obsession: RZ Safari Multi Tassel Pendant

We know what you’re thinking, and shockingly, this necklace is not vintage. It’s Rachel Zoe.

Leave it to the queen of boho-glam to design a groovy tassel pendant fit for the famed Studio 54 set. We’ve been swooning since it arrived at our office on Monday and we cannot wait to pair it with a faux fur vest and wide-leg jeans (now) and a long, flowy caftan come summer.

Check out the rest of Rachel’s equally decadent pieces from her Spring ‘14 collection, available now!

The C&C Valentine’s Day Shop

Valentine’s Day is next week and, lucky for you, we hand selected over 200 enchanting baubles to suit all your V-Day desires. Send a wish list of sparkly bracelets to your significant other, gift your mom a timeless gold necklace or treat yourself to a festive pair of kiss earrings. Whatever the need, there’s no better excuse for new jewelry than Valentine’s Day.

Big C&C News Revealed in Today’s NY Mag!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our dazzling, shoppable showroom right here in the entrance of our SoHo, NYC office. Our good friend, interior designer Jeremiah Brent and team transformed our minimalist space into a jewelry-lover’s paradise, complete with statement necklace-touting busts, a graphic print sliding wall, and giant crystal chandeliers. If you love shopping our site, think of the fun you’ll have popping in for game of jewelry dress up!

Visit us at:

611 Broadway, Suite 816
New York, New York 10012
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

To make an appointment, email us at showroom@charmandchain.com.

Also, check out this fabulous New York Magazine article on the opening in the February 10th issue New York Magazine, on stands now.

Fashion [Jewelry] Touchdown!

Fashion and football: two words rarely found in the same sentence.

In a most unlikely collaboration, the NFL Foundation has teamed up with Bloomingdale’s and the CFDA to produce a series of haute couture helmets in celebration of this weekend’s Super Bowl XLVIII here in the Tri-State Area. To our delight, of the 48 designers hand selected participate in this helmet crafting extravaganza, four of ours are among the bunch!

The Dannijo girls went on a bedazzling bonanza with their helmet, emblazoning their “DJ” logo in rhinestones and topping off the look with a spiked mohawk.

Alexis Bittar layered his helmet in a candy-colored rainbow of flowers crafted from his signature matte lucite.

Dana Lorenz went traditional Fenton/Fallon for her helmet. Gold with black trim and pearl studs is exactly what we’d expect from the femme-punk brand.

Pamela Love kept her signature Southwestern-inspired design relatively simple with a neat feather mohawk, double arrow logo and chains cascading down the front.

Check out all 48 one-of-a-kind creations and bid on them here. Auction ends Tuesday, February 4th!

Happy 2014!

To our dear friends and customers,

As we welcome in the new year, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for all of your support in 2013. Thanks to you, Charm & Chain saw tremendous growth last year, and we have a lot more in store for you in 2014. We’ve loved hearing your stories and seeing you #ArmedWithCharm, and we’re inspired daily by helping you feel beautiful with exceptional jewelry.

Looking forward to many sparkling adventures in 2014!

With gratitude,

Weekly Obsession: Shourouk Madison Jumble Necklace

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and lucky for you, we have the ultimate bauble guaranteed to bring you a heavy dose of cheer. The Shourouk Madison Jumble Necklace goes beyond the clichéd reds and greens by featuring a vibrant rainbow of painted Swarovski crystals. Allow this over-the-top piece to be the holiday party conversation starter it was made to be by pairing it with a simple, flirty dress. One thing is for sure- it’s bound to out-sparkle even the tinsel!

Q&A with New C&C Designer, Eddie Borgo

This month, we are proud to welcome CFDA Award-winning designer Eddie Borgo to the Charm & Chain family. To get to know him a little better, we sat him down for some questions about his current collection, design inspirations and, of course, his best-selling cone bracelet. Be sure to check out our entire assortment filled with Eddie’s signature tough girl chic spikes, glittering pavé pieces, and a to-die-for five finger ring.

We’re so excited to introduce Eddie Borgo Jewelry to Charm & Chain! Can you tell us a bit about your Fall Winter 2013 collection?

For the women’s AW13/14 collection, I looked back to Ancient Egypt, drawing on the symbolism associated with the period as well as the aesthetic of 1920s art deco and the Egyptian revival jewelry of that period. The collection was really inspired by empowered women throughout history, with a focus on Cleopatra. I had read Stacey Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life, and was so impressed with the reality of Cleopatra’s life – as both a queen and a political leader. I took direct inspiration from objects, art, jewelry and shapes that Cleopatra actually owned. We carved jade, onyx and quartz into pieces that I feel best represents what a modern day Cleopatra would wear.

We know that rock and roll is a constant inspiration for your jewelry. Who are your favorite rock and roll musicians? Are there any specific references you constantly find yourself returning to when designing?

Some of my favorite rock and roll musicians are Patti Smith, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and Iggy Pop. I often look to the history of rock and roll, as well as punk rock and glam rock, in New York City. I am interested in the many ways that music has helped to shape history. Also, I want to identify symbols that we relate to the different realms of NYC culture; how and why a padlock around someone’s neck can immediately establish their identity. My collection attempts to capture the refined marriage of uptown elegance with a hard-rocking street influence.

You first started out by designing custom pieces for stylist to use in fashion editorials. How did you evolve into a CFDA Award-winning designer?

I had been working with different stylist for quite some time, first as an assistant and eventually as a resource for custom pieces for editorial. Many of the pieces that I was making for these shoots were jewelry-based, so it made sense at some point that I would consider moving in the direction of jewelry design. I began apprenticing for different jewelers in NYC and traveling to Rhode Island (where we do most of our production), and, when I had the confidence, I launched the collection, first in four major luxury stores. I am most proud of being awarded runner-up in the Vogue Fashion Fund, the CFDA for Accessory Design, and being awarded the Tiffany & Co. Grant. With the proceeds from those grants, we were able to more than double both our team and our office space.

Your most iconic piece is the cone bracelet. Why do you think it’s been such a smashing success?

Because of its singularly geometric and graphic silhouette, my collection is really a continuous study in geometric classicism. Architectural and graphic shapes are always something I have been attracted to. I am most inspired by modern art and I appreciate art as structure.

Photo from W Magazine

Weekly Obsession: Pamela Love and Eddie Borgo

This week’s obsession is a tie between pieces by our two newest designers: Pamela Love and Eddie Borgo. Both of these styles are iconic designs that represent both of these artists’ distinct aesthetics. Pamela Love’s Small Tribal Spike Necklace features her best known tribal spike design, which has appeared in both necklace- and bracelet-form in various metals and colored resins. Eddie Borgo’s Gold Cone Bracelet can be found in the jewelry boxes of fashion’s heaviest hitters (hello Kate Lanphear!). Truthfully, we are obsessed with each piece designed by these two and we cannot begin to tell you how excited we are to welcome these CFDA Award-winning designers to the Charm & Chain family!

Trend Spotting: Haute Hand Pieces

We’ve been having a love affair with hand pieces for some time now, especially after seeing Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller rock those Dannijo beauties last year at New York Fashion Week. Swoon! Seriously, what could be better than combining two categories of jewelry to create a hybrid, super-bauble? A bracelet AND ring in one: we’re sold!

We are so excited to offer these three distinct statement-makers by Ben-Amun, Ben-Amun Bridal and Dannijo this season. Whether you’re a jet-setting bohemian, Gatsby-loving girly girl or glam fashionista, we can hook you up with a hand piece that’s destined to impress. Rock one solo or double up à la Ms. Medine for an extra daring look.