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Love Tokens on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Is there anything more romantic than these antique love tokens?!

In Victorian times, these were engraved and gifted to Brides...a perfect post for today, as we are Asheville-bound for a wedding for friends!

A bit more history on these gorgeous coins:

"Starting in the late 16th century, the French would fashion 13 specially carved coins, still considered valid currency, to be given to a young couple at their wedding. These treizains, which evolved into modern-day marriage medals, would be blessed by the priest during the ceremony. "

excerpt @CollectorsWeekly

photo found online

Jewelry Trends from the Runway at Fashion Week

"Statement necklaces, arm cuffs, art school earrings and raw stones all made an impact on the runway this Fashion Week." Vogue

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It's always interesting to me to see how a Jewelry Trend starts on the Runway as a fantasy and emerges later as a staple!  Trends may come and go, but they often do find their way down the chain, eventually, and I am going to have fun seeing where these Jewelry trends pop up this year...

 
MINERAL JEWELRY 
Agates, Druzy, Stalagmite Crystals...a Mineral Jewelry moment is my favorite trend! I have been juxtaposing shiny objects with a touch of these rough, organic minerals in my own jewelry collections since the beginning:

Mineral Jewelry Trend on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
ARTY EARRINGS
Do you also love a big, bold statement earring?! This trend gives added leeway, so you can go out on a limb without a worry:
Arty Statement Earring Jewelry Trends on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
DELICATE CHOKERS
Finally, we're downsizing those 3" chokers of yesteryear and trading Goth for Glam with these wispy, delicate options:
Delicate Chokers Jewelry Trend on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
STATEMENT NECKLACES
They're here (did they ever leave?!) and they pack a punch...especially with their Pendants:

Runway Trends and Statement Necklaces on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Now, I can't leave out the UFO Jewelry trend! That's right, there is such a thing. Think TOTAL FANTASY when you see this extremely Avant-Garde jewelry:

Fantasy Jewelry Trends from Fashion Week on the Laura James Jewelry Blog


That's a wrap for today! Now, quick, go through your own jewelry collection and see what's trending...or pick up a new piece or two. :)

xox-Laura James 

 

photos courtesy of Vogue Magazine

Flower Power!

Japanese Magnolia Blooms

If you happen to live in Charlotte, North Carolina, have you noticed the gorgeous pink Yoshino Cherry trees in full bloom? It's something I just noticed this week on Valentine's Day...everywhere I looked I saw shades of Pink. Maybe it's always been this way, but I am finally putting two and two together...only took me 40 years! ;)

Even neater to me was that my favorite Japanese Magnolia blooms opened on...you guessed it, Valentine's Day!

The bright Fuchsia color has certainly inspired me and I can't wait to see what Jewelry comes from this beautiful nod to Nature, one of my largest sources of inspiration.

How about you? Had you noticed the pink blooms coinciding with the month of Love? 

Another reason I have flowers on the bloom is the fact that this season it's all about Floral. You'll see it in boutiques and online, just as I reported earlier the Sag Award dresses hinted of the trend. I couldn't be more thrilled. My inner Flower Child is even making a flower crown as we speak ;).

Here's to Spring!

Laura

Sag Award Jewelry + Fashion 2017

FLOWER POWER

Sag Best Dressed List 2017

It's safe to say that FLORAL is in the air for Spring, seeing as so many stars were sporting flowers on their gowns at last night's 2017 Sag Awards.

Floral trend at 2017 Sag Awards last night

And our fave best-dressed star absolutely goes to Nicole Kidman...as a Parrot. LOVE!

Nicole Kidman Parrot Dress at the Sag Awards

Fave jewelry of the night? Kate Hudson rocking the "Huggie" diamond earring (they literally "hug" the lobe) -in several ways. The diamonds had an edgier appearance set in rhodium, and I loved every minute of them.  I've been waiting for this style to make a comeback for some time now...Huggies are not (typically) heavy plus they are a perfect alternative to the tried and true Stud earring. 

Kate Hudson in Diamond Huggie Earrings at the Sag Awards 2017

Dana Rebecca Huggies

Now, I am off to dig out my own Huggies from the Jewelry box...
xox- Laura James

 

Photos: People

Huggies: Dana Rebecca Designs

Door Jewelry Has Arrived!

 

Since the Holiday wreaths are off (most of) the doors...my front door has never looked so bare! Now what?

Bee Door Knocker Design Sponge on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Well....what more perfect way is there to announce the fabulousness within your home than with an eclectic door knocker (door jewelry, in my mind!) like one of these pretties? I must, must have the Bumblebee!

Eclectic Door Knockers I Laura James Jewelry Blog

Now off to paint my door pink :). Valentine's Day is on the horizon, right?!

xox,

Laura 

p.s. grab your own Bumble Bee here for under $50 :)

 

photo cred. of bee by design sponge

 

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