Weekly Obsession: Alexis Bittar Crystal Pave Wolf Head Necklace



This Alexis Bittar Necklace embodies fierceness with its crystal-encrusted wolf head pendant. Incorporating one of our favorite fall trends, iridescence, this necklace features a large lucite ring attached to the wolf head pendant and a long tassel of thin silver chains. Suspended from a simple 30” ball chain, this bold pendent exudes edge and intrigue. Pair it with a solid maxi dress and wide-brim hat to achieve a boho-glam look.

Weekly Obsession: Kenneth Jay Lane Purple Chandelier Earrings



We’re going for a bold look this week and indulging in these elegant Kenneth Jay Lane earrings. The deep purple stones surrounded by dazzling crystals have us feeling like royalty, and who doesn’t want to be called Queen? Available with silver or gold plating, these oversized chandeliers are bound to make you the standout of the room. Pair them with a classic look, and you’ll be ready to shine up the night!

"Costume" Jewelry

Halloween is quite possibly our favorite holiday here at Charm & Chain. Any occasion that gives us an excuse to pull out our most extravagant baubles is tops in our book. The more bling, the better! With two weeks until the big night, there’s still plenty of time to put together a show-stopping, jewelry-centric costume. If you’re still in search of a dazzling get-up, here are some of our favorite ideas inspired by C&C’s most costume-y pieces.


Daisy Buchanan





Ben-Amun Bridal Daisy Headband


Medusa





Kara Ross Snake Collar Necklace


Edie Sedgwick





Dori Csengeri LaDivinia Earrings


Belly Dancer





Dannijo Glynn Necklace


Madonna





Kenneth Jay Lane Gold and Rhinestone Chain Bracelet


Pocahontas





House of Harlow Goddess Trinity Collar Necklace


Frida Kahlo





Suzanna Dai Silver Sunset Blvd Drop Earrings


All photos courtesy of Pinterest.

Weekly Obsession: Lizzie Fortunato Jewels After the Gold Rush Necklace


Gems, leather, and spikes! Oh my! This American history-inspired Lizzie Fortunato necklace is the perfect mix of three of our favorite design elements. Featuring a cluster of freshwater pearls, three different stones, and gold-plated bullets on braided leather cord, the After the Gold Rush Necklace is the ideal fall statement necklace and a new way to incorporate leather in your wardrobe. Worn with a simple outfit, this bib will spice up your neckline and add some serious edge to your look.

Weekly Obsession: Shourouk Baraka Roma Rope Bracelet


There’s no better way to brighten up your fall look than with a splash of neon pink and crystals. That’s why this week we’re obsessed with Shourouk’s dazzling Baraka Roma Rope bracelet. Made from Swarovski crystals and fluorescent rope, this bracelet is a gorgeous mix of old Hollywood glam and modern durability that transitions easily from day to night. Worn alone as a simple pop of color or stacked with your other favorite bracelets, this bracelet is sure to sparkle up any outfit.

Runway Report: Spring 2014

There are a handful of designers we can always count on to churn out amazing costume pieces for their runway shows and this past season was no exception. For spring, the theme was oversized. Pearls at Chanel, chandelier earrings at Oscar, mixed-media pendants at Marni and gold coins at Dolce & Gabbana were all whimsically exaggerated to statement-making proportions. And what wasn’t oversized was sexy, like the sleek metal chokers at Balenciaga and the scarab pinky rings at Valentino. On the style front, from what we saw in these collections, expect to crave cool cuffs, thick chokers and bold earrings. Warm weather wardrobes beware: these jewels will be vying to steal the show!

OSCAR DE LA RENTA




CHANEL




DOLCE & GABBANA




MARNI




CELINE




VALENTINO




BALENCIAGA




Photos from Vogue.com and Style.com.

Jewel-Spotting: Trends from the streets of LFW, MFW & PFW

Another fabulous Fashion Month has come to a close and, for us, so have another four weeks of street style scouring to find out which baubles the fashion set are loving right now. The attendees of this season’s London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks proved that the best way to wear jewelry is to have fun with it. From oversized insects to eccentric hair pieces, these six jewelry trends are sure to inspire you to push the boundaries of accessorization.

1. DRAMATIC EAR CUFFS



Wilder than ever before.


2. CREEPY CRAWLIES



Prepare for a bug infestation, this trend is bound to catch on quickly.


3. SCULPTURAL HAIR ACCESSORIES



A dramatic take on hair combs- like gilded art for your head!


4. DAINTY HANDPIECES



Though delicate, they make a statement with interesting detailing.


5. VIBRANT BRACELET STACKS



Arm parties are here to stay!


6. AND THE COOLEST BAUBLES OF THEM ALL…


The plastic, googly-eye rings from Stella McCartney’s show invites!


Photos from Grazia.it, Vogue.com, Style.com and The Cut.

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.