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August 21, 2009

Colorful Tales

Picture 26 Picture 25 By now you must be thinking I've lost my mind. Versace jewelry? It's exquisite. It's expensive. And it's incredible looking.

Let's not kid ourselves here. Jewelry is not a necessity, no matter how much we covet it. Is it meaningful? Yes. But I can't say that any of it is necessary - other than a wedding ring. And even that is merely a symbol of commitment.

So now that we've agreed this is all about sensation and things we lust and want - simply because we want it. Let's continue. The Maia piece above is 18K gold with diamonds and rose-sapphires. Anyone who purchased from the line in June contributed 20% of their purchase price to Global Action for Children. A little giving, a little taking. Picture 27 Another collection (designed by an Italian, of course) I like is by the ever-popular Ippolita. It's the kind of brand you don't want to like because everyone else does. But you just can't help yourself. The bangles above would drive me crazy to wear (I don't like the constant noise they create), but are a thing of beauty in a photo. And like many of the works of art featured this week, they feature large colored stones and small diamonds. Although I normally don't care for bangles, I imagine I'd suffer for the sake of beauty if these appeared in a box on my lap. They are truly beautiful. Picture 29 Last but not least, I love this Yurman piece. Yes...yes, I know David Yurman went out with Judith Leiber jewel encrusted swan handbags. But I can't deny that I love his work. The twisted metal. The mix of gold with silver. The bold use of color. He is the master of his niche. And while the fashion mags may say he's passe, my local Neimans has an enormous counter devoted to his creations...so he must be relevant. And I'm not ashamed to tell you that one of my absolute favorite pieces from my personal collection is a gold and silver Yurman bracelet, thick as a rope, that my husband gave me. I adore it.

And in the end that's all that matters. You should wear pieces that make you smile. Pieces that mean something to you. Pieces that make your mood shine as brightly as the metal itself. Whether that's Versace for you or just a piece you pulled out of your Cracker Jack box, it shouldn't matter. Jewels, unlike any other accessory, usually come accompanied by story of their origin. Be it an engagement, a trip abroad or personal achievement, they all carry with them a history. These are uniquely personal possessions. It is no wonder that ancient civilizations were buried in all of their finery. It defined who they were.

I wonder... what stories do your favorite pieces tell?

What the beautiful people are saying...

My fave piece of jewelry is a necklace that I bought in a vintage jewelry store in Soho (NYC). The pendant is an antique elephant from India. It's stunning! But, it was out of my budget for the longest time. I waited 2 years for that beauty to go on sale. Now I wear it every week and when I get complimented on it, it brings the best biggest smile to my face.

Something to say, gorgeous?

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