Baguette cut, a 2014 Fall jewelry trend

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Just in the news, the baguette cut is making a comeback this Fall according to Women’s Wear Daily. Vintage lovers and classic art rejoice! The Baguette cut is an elongated or rectangular table cut, the term came from the French word bague which means finger ring. It was also  very popular trend during the Art Nouveau period (1880 – 1910) and the Art Deco period (1925 – 1941) think about The Great Gatsby, roaring 20’s, the Chrysler building, etc.

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Weekend Jewel Finds

The first part of this jewel find happened last Friday while looking for a wedding attire for the next day I got side tracked and decided to window shop jewelries as well. it did not go so well I ended up buying a few pieces. So I am hoping for more sales from my Poshmark closet for it. he! Every once in a while I would give in to Alloy / Copper material base jewelry because of the unique and cute factor, this is one of them. Urban Outfitters had some really cute rings for the minimalist. It took me quite  while to decide on my final pieces. I went home and applied a coat of clear nail polish to prevent the skin on my fingers into turning green.

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The second part was just window shopping, this one was a slight success, except I got suckered into buying a braided Rainbow sandals but other than that it went fine. I window shopped  here —-> Free Shipping Free Returns Everyday. Shop NORDSTROM to find pieces for my to buy list (and yes  some I hoping for it to be on sale soon) and here are my picks

 

And the last part was Sunday, the family and I went to Nordstrom Rack to get the 2 year old a new kicks for the summer, man their feet grows so fast, 2 months ago we got him some Sperry’s and it barely fits now. Anyway as I was standing in line to pay I spotted this tray with cuffs and there’s this one that truly stands out, I tried to resist but I couldn’t. It was so pretty!

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The rise of costume and fashion jewelry consumers

My love of jewelry came from the females in my family. The day I was born was the day I started wearing earrings. I counted 3 times in my lifetime when I left the house with no earrings, I only take them off to clan them or to replace them with something else so those 3 times, I felt like I as naked and extremely uncomfortable. Yeah sure some would argue that it is a psychological thing *shrug* I remember having a complete jewelry swag every Sunday for church or semi-formal / formal occasions. Earrings, bracelet, necklace, and ring. My mother’s collection were a old as her (no pun intended my mother was 60 when I was 7) antique, vintage, heirloom – signs that it has been passed from generation to the next. She adds new pieces every year, the ones she doesn’t care much about, she had melted and recreated to something else. It is safe to safe to say that my mother would rather go out in public without her made up face than wear fake jewelry. Oh yeah my mother was something, all my friends were scared of her and all their mother’s either hated her or were intimidated by her. My family felt the same way but loved her anyways. My sisters retained this “no fake jewel junk” policy but I couldn’t say the same for my self. Mother would probably haunt me from her grave if I ever buy over priced designer jewelry like say the Hermes Collier de Chien leather cuff. Oh wait! I did that but the nagging lecture from childhood won and I returned it. Practicality won over frivolous purchase. Trust me I argued with myself like a schizophrenic in front of my bathroom mirror while I calculated the pros and cons, “but it’s an Hermes, it won’t lose it’s value (much)”, “seriously a leather and metal cuff?!”, “you could get a custom jewelry with that price”, “stop buying the name”, and much more scrutinizing.

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Anyway, seriously even if I wanted to be draped and collect only pure gold, platinum, diamonds, etc. I simply cannot afford it and let’s face it, there are a million shops out there that does not have an overpriced tag attached to it that possess the same quality just not the same established brand and I am not talking about Forever 21 jewelries, I am talking about quality costume and fashion jewelries worth every girls’ hard earned money. I am not hating on their jewelries, they are well designed but a $4.99 ring? Sure if I only plan on maybe using it 1x max. I’d rather save up maybe $10.01 more and get a silver or higher quality finish at Nordstrom Rack, any other retail store or Etsy which I had my own share of both quality and blah hand-mades. Then there are your local boutiques that get them from indie designers that uses aluminum, titanium or high polish material that won’t turn your fingers green. My favorite got to place is TJ Maxx. Most of my costume and fashion jewelry finds are from there and they are all made of sterling silver plated over real yellow gold or white gold. I have buying retail so as much as possible I don’t unless I know I won’t find it anywhere, or it is something the customer jeweler can’t make.

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The rise of fashion bloggers also contribute to this happy sales growth. This is the first time I really notice the sensationalization on jewelries of all kind. I am thrilled that it is happening. It means more choices, more pretty collections to buy and look at. Last April Women’s Wear Daily reported the consumers by number on this trend. Based on the chart below, looks like the rings get higher sales than others. From personal purchase I agree. Stacking and decorated fingers and I meant all 10 of them are highly recommended. At this moment there is no such thing as too much rings in one’s fingers. Even the minimalist supports this trend by using less loud and statement pieces.

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SOURCES:

Conde Naste. “Costume Consumers: By the Numbers.” WWD. http://www.wwd.com/accessories-news/jewelry/costume-consumers-7657424?module=accessories-news-jewelry-page-5 (accessed June 10, 2014).

 

 

VIP Bangle Giveaway – We have a winner

I’ve chosen the winner for this Giveaway.

Kaylynn Carter from and Diane Therkildsen both from IN

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I’ve been working with this great designer and he does my custom jewelry orders, he is fantastic,  ordered several bangles for friends and family and have several left. I thought this is a great giveaway item.

As a grand opening for this blog, a giveaway seems prudent.

The item below is great for stacking and everyday wear. It is made of stainless steel plated with 18kgp and sterling silver.

2 lucky winners will be chosen to get the color of their choice.

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Custom Jewels

I love having my jewelries custom tailored for me. I met this guy who charge me minimal fee as long as he is ok to sell it to other people (should they ask). By other people I mean friends and family. Ben is really on a crisis mode, he thinks he is too amateur to market himself as a “jewelry maker” I am deeply honored that he thinks highly of my opinion that he is awesome but I still can’t quite push him to network and start getting actual orders from people / businesses.

Check out the jewels he made for me. The pulse set was hard to find or way too expensive for my budget so I had him make that for me and then there’s the VIP bangle inspired by Jennifer Fisher’s line. The VIP Patsy was a score from Poshmark, yet another talented individually who uses utensils and up cycles them into arm swags and such.

The Evil Eye Collection

Lately, I find myself buying jewelries that has an evil eye in its design. So Far I have 4 favorites, the other ones I bought for cheap and not worth keeping anymore. I personally stop buying cheap base metal jewelries as well. A sterling silver, gold, high polish that won’t tarnish or turn my skin to green is the way to go and it gives my money’s worth.

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I buy most of my jewelry from TJ Maxx, I found some really cool and unique pieces in there, some are even designer brands for the fraction of its cost.

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This ring above was found at a store in Catalina Island, they have so many cute pieces that I want to buy them all, but I promised myself that I will only get one and this was it.

I found these three for my wish list:

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Evil Eye Diamond necklace

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Michal Golan Evil Eye Necklace

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Lotus411 bracelet

 

Hello Fellow Jewelry Addicts!

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Hi! my name is Patricia and I blog about jewelry and other accessories. My favorite pieces, on my wish list, whatever as long as it has something to do with jewelry and fashion accessories. These two material subjects makes the crappiest of days seems easy breezy.

I decided to open up a jewelry / accessory blog, aside from the obvious… I really haven’t found any blog dedicated to just that. Sure there are blogs from jewelry and accessory company but that is not what I’ve been looking for. I wanted to connect to fellow jewelry junkies, accessory afficionados, discover new shops, meet designer and possible (hopefully, wishfully) get the privilege to see an actual unique piece being made. I have an active book and product review blog but wanted to venture to something else outside that, so voila! The Jewelry Junkie is born.

I seriously have a no asshole or bitch rule, I only want love and peace, to connect people who share my passion for pretty, nice, well crafted jewels and sure other fashionably lovely things. Share my love of jewelry and accessories and if you have a recommendation please let me know.

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