Dec 5, 2016

Kirbie's Dream List: Jewelry Edition (2016)

Hello heathens. I'm back.

It's been a hot minute. Work has well, been work, therefore my dedication to the blog has been slacking. But the holidays are coming up, and I love a good gift guide, so I figured it was time to pinch off the acrylics and get typing. 

Jewelry is always a touchy subject for the holidays. It tends to be a deeply personal gift for both the gifter and the giftee: usually, the piece is more expensive than a votive candle, so it requires some type of emotional or monetary investment. Also, if you pick a piece that doesn't "speak" to the giftee, there's a 100% chance they will shove it into the jewelry box that they hide in their TV stand, along with all the other outdated baubles they will never wear. (And, frankly, are too ugly to re-gift or donate.)

The skinny on moi: I love dainty pieces. I'm not a huge statement necklace person, unless by "statement" you mean a v. delicate chain and a tiny charm. I've recently gotten into embellished chokers, but when it comes to adorning my body, the smaller, the better. You'll see a lot of there here, as well as chokers. Chokers for EVERYONE! Hopefully, you'll find something that caters to your personal tastes, or at least the person you're buying for. Enjoy!

In LA? I highly recommend these jewelers. They specialize in gorgeous custom pieces:
Edward Avedis Jewelry
XIV Karats

JEWELS

Bare Collection
Arithmetic Studs (Small), $525

I was introduced to Bare Collection in 2014, after I attend a press trip in which I got to attend the Emmy Awards. Stylist Ilaria Urbinati allowed each attendee to pick out a piece of jewelry for the show, and we were all thrilled to learn we'd get to keep the piece.
I fell in love with the Arithmetic Studs. They're the perfect mix of glam, but still small enough that I can wear them on a regular basis. I have the small studs, which, to me, are the perfect fit. I ended up losing my "X" and the cuff it came with, so I plan on picking those up again for my 30th birthday.


State Necklaces, $395

I wear a necklace with a heart-shaped, flat pendant on it every day. I only take it off to spray tan, and it has quickly become my signature piece. For the longest time, everyone asked where I got it. I didn't know because I had received it as gift. (Tough life.) By the grace of God, Instagram came to the rescue when Maya Brenner showed up on the Search page and I was able to identify the piece. 
Maya is an LA-based artist, known for creating designs that include letters, numbers and charms to personalize each piece. 
The State Necklaces are made with 14K gold and hang perfectly on the d├ęcolletage. They're perfect for someone who misses home or has pride in this home state. She also makes a pave option


The Iconery x Striiike
Striiike Mes Soeurs Necklace, $315

The Iconery is a favorite amongst the fashion set, like Emily Ratajkowski and Chiara Ferragni. And the Striker sisters (Ashley, Jen and Kristie) are a favorite amongst celebrities like Mandy Moore and Emily Blunt. This collaboration includes a mix of their iconic "Striiike" logo, pieces inspired by their favorite vintage pieces that they've picked up around the world, and this necklace. The Mes Soeurs necklace ("my sisters") was inspired by the electric pink sign that hangs in their Beverly Hills bungalow, and has taken on a bigger meaning since the election. "We're all sisters, in this together," said Ashley.

The entire collection is lovely, but this gift would be perfect for your siblings or your besties.



Miansai
Split Layer Ring, $95

I was introduced to Miansai two years ago and fell in love with the brand. Juxtaposing the idea that jewelry is supposed to be "feminine" with pieces that resemble hardware — many of the bracelets include a screw to fasten them — is a great twist. I personally love the bracelets, some of which are thick enough to get engraved. But the Split Layer Ring is an awesome accessory for someone who loves stackable rings, but doesn't want to risk losing one. The split of the piece makes it look like it's two separate pieces.



For those of you who are having a full-on stroke regarding the prices of the first three gifts, perhaps some of these chokers are more in your lane. Chokers are considered a hot item among the millennial set (please note that I say this like I'm not one) and while some of them can look super cheap, you can find chic and edgy designs that are made well and sit at a nice price point, too. There are some expensive options here if you want to give a big ticket item.

Below are some of my favorites. Numbers correspond to where they sit in the grid:

1. CRISTABELLE
Fringe Choker Necklace, $89

2. Vanessa Mooney
Lovetta Choker, $45

5. Frasier Sterling
Jett Lace Choker, $36

7. Chan Luu
Crystal-Embellished Black Lace Choker, $145




What other guides do you want to see? Let me know!

1 comment:

Destin Porter said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often. Buy jewelry online at best price.

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