Weekly Obsession: Sequin Zig Zag Enamel Ombre Bangles

You may have caught this photo on our Instagram last week, but we’re so head-over-heels for these zany Sequin bangles that we felt they deserve a double dose of love. Not only do they combine two of our favorite design trends (zig-zags and ombre), they also come in five irresistible candy-colored hues, perfect for adding a pop of color to your neutral fall ensembles. These hinged enamel bangles look fabulous when stacked together, worn solo or mixed with other bright bracelets for a fun arm party. And with a wallet-friendly price tag of $45, you don’t have to pick just one.

Get the Look: Jewel-Spotting at NYFW

New York Fashion Week is a time for inspiration. While jewelry presentations and ready-to-wear shows enlighten us on what’s to come in the world of baubles, the streets show us the adornments we need in our lives right now. Our fellow fashionistas certainly have a knack for selecting the coolest pieces to kick their already stylish looks up a notch—and what’s a good outfit without a fantastic piece of jewelry, right?

Excitingly for us, many of our designers received photo love outside last week’s shows (Shourouk, Vita Fede and Dannijo, to name a few) and other documented jewels reminded us of some of our favorite C&C pieces. Check out our top sidewalk snaps and super-similar jewelry styles you can snatch up right here. Are you feeling inspired?

Shourouk Decadancy Necklace

Vita Fede Titan Bracelets

Bounkit Amethyst Flower Drop Earrings

Dannijo Brooklyn Cuff

Kenneth Jay Lane Pyramid Ring

Tom Binns No Guns Necklace

Ben-Amun Bridal Georgia Handpiece

Ben-Amun Station Coin Necklace

Street style from Refinery29, Song of Style, Collage Vintage, Style.com, and Le 21ème.

Behind the Sparkle at NYFW: Fallon’s “Heist” Collection

Tomorrow is the last day of New York Fashion Week, and what better way to go out with a bang than with a major first for designer costume jewelry: a live runway show! With heavy support from Vogue, long-time Charm & Chain designer Dana Lorenz sent her Spring/Summer ‘14 Fallon collection down the catwalk this evening in a display evoking a 1990’s biker babe vibe straight out of a Peter Lindbergh editorial.

Models dressed in all black looks designed by the Ohne Titel team marched down the coordinating black lacquer runway dripping in Fallon’s signature mix of chains, pearls and Swarovski rhinestones. As expected, we saw plenty of oversized bibs, layered necklaces and stacks of heavy metal cuffs. Models’ fingers were loaded up with signet rings and sparkly bands, perpetuating the finger-stacking trend. The collection also featured an exciting take on the hand-piece: a “palm cuff,” which Lorenz sent down in etched and fringe versions.

dana lorenz styling a model for the show and various
pieces from the collection, vogue.com

In keeping with the line’s (and coincidentally Charm & Chain’s) mantra that more is more, every possible surface beyond the jewelry was blinged out to some degree: sparkly brooches dotted blazer and sweater backs; spiked chains decorated leather police caps; gold fringe swung from holes in baggy boyfriend jeans and down the heels of Aquazurra shoes; and manicures were embellished with rhinestones and jump ring piercings. In collaboration with Samsung, the collection even included Fallon-fied Galaxy Note cases featuring studs, chain link straps and even more gold fringe.

backstage, instagram photos from @kcdworldwide and @fentonfallon

The show was a truly powerful first foray into runway shows for costume jewelry and we are keeping our fingers crossed that this will be the first of many.

Behind the Sparkle at NYFW: Dannijo’s “Noir” Collection

Tonight was quite the exciting evening for both Charm & Chain and our good friends at Dannijo. While the reigning sisters of costume jewelry, Jodie and Danielle Snyder, hosted their Spring ‘14 presentation and celebrated a milestone five years of Dannijo, our own Ali participated in a Google+ Hangout covering the show with fellow accessory experts from The Zoe Report, Elle Magazine, and Simply Stylist; super model Coco Rocha; the Snyder sisters, themselves; and more. In addition to exploring topics like upcoming trends in fashion jewelry and favorite Dannijo pieces, the Hangout gave viewers insight into the inspiration behind Dannijo’s new collection, “Noir.”

“For spring we liked the idea of the woman that’s central to film noir and the idea that she has a real duality. She’s romantic but dangerous, she’s bold but elegant,” Danielle shared during the Hangout, comparing the duality of this woman to the contrasting perspectives she and her sister bring to their brand.

“We felt like for spring there’s all these light, beautiful pastel colors. We really wanted to have a stark contrast with the jewelry and make it really severe because we love the idea of juxtaposing those two different elements.”

The result was a more romantic collection than what we’ve seen from the line in the past. Statement pieces reminiscent of old Hollywood glam sparkled alongside spiky stone chokers and cuffs set in black metal. White, amber, sky blue, and jade green stones abounded and lower legs dazzled in rhinestone anklets. Our favorite pieces include long antique-inspired pendant necklaces and a ring featuring two large daisies connected by a chain. The girls also debuted one style from their upcoming Dannijo handbag collection: a leather envelope clutch shown in black and nude boasting a rhinestone hand strap similar to many of the pieces in the jewelry collection.

Overall, another knockout presentation by Dannijo. Congrats, ladies, on the spectacular collection! For more insight into the world of Dannijo and to watch Ali in action, check out the full Google+ Hangout here:

Behind the Sparkle at NYFW: Lulu Frost’s “Neon Baroque” Collection

If yesterday’s Lulu Frost Spring ‘14 presentation told us anything, it’s that neon isn’t going anywhere just yet. Set amongst a fluorescent Marie Antoinette-inspired fairy tale, designer Lisa Salzer’s Neon Baroque collection featured oversized, candy-colored pieces only imagined in our most fanciful dreams.

In true Lulu form, there were a ton of one-of-a-kind oversized bib necklaces crafted from colorful vintage bits, piles of antique-inspired rhinestone and pearl pieces, and an exciting new motif (HORSESHOES!) taking the form of cuffs, chokers, gauge-style earrings and more.

Needless to say, we were drooling over every last piece and cannot wait to place our order for Charm & Chain (and ourselves!). Fantastic job, Lisa and team!

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!