"Extra Special" is The Jewelry Trend

Jade Jagger Carved Sapphire Ring

Year after year we swing back and forth from "SILVER is the new Gold!" or "Delicate Jewelry is IN for Spring!" however, this trend is the one I am most excited about. In fact, to me, it's not a trend at all. It's just finally gained more momentum because Art Jewelry is now more available and important than ever before.

Art translates in a very different way from a Trend...it's personal. Like a painting that grabs you the moment you see it, that's is what we're talking about- that "Extra Special" jewelry trend. 

It's Attachment. Jewelry that speaks to you when you see it. Moves you. Maybe it's a sentimental piece, maybe it was made by someone that you know...or maybe it's a reason you can't even explain.

Here are a few examples of jewelry that speaks to me:

Carved Gemstone Rings by Jade Jagger

Jade Jagger Carved Emerald Ring


Enamel Earrings

Turquoise Enamel Diamond Earrings Teardrop on the Laura James Jewelry Blog


A Vintage French Buckle Ring

French Diamond Gold Buckle Ring on the Laura James Jewelry blog

Monica Sordo Stone Choker

Art Jewelry by Monica Sordo Agate Choker Necklace on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Gold Gryphon Cuff Bracelet by Sopho Gongliashvili

Gryphon Gold Cuff Bracelet by Sopho Gongliashvili on the Laura James Jewelry BlogSopho Gongliashvili Gryphon Bracelet



And there ya have it...a few of the many Extra Special pieces of jewelry out there that inspire me. That I would love to have...That I will keep on my running Wish List!

How about you? What are some pieces of jewelry that move you?




Jewelry Trend : Coin Me!

Gold Coin Trend in Jewelry on the Laura James Jewelry blog It's always fun to see a Jewelry Trend emerge like this Coin Jewelry trend for Fall 2016 from the John Galliano runway...especially when it's a trend I have previously embraced!

I introduced vintage silver and gold Coins into my jewelry collections over the past year more for initially for sentimental reasons...I had acquired a large lot of my grandmother's coins from her travels abroad, too many to hang onto. With my Father's encouraging, I started to sprinkle them into my current one of a kind necklaces and bracelets (photo below). And then...cue the madness!

People were coming to my website and storefront in droves to either buy them or bring their own family coins in to have me work them into a new design or add them to a design. 
Gold Coin Bracelet Jewelry Trend from Laura James Jewelry

             Coin Bracelet from  Laura James Jewelry, 2015

Just like that, I saw how attached people were to Coins. They seemed to signify a place in time for them, and they intrigued others just as they did me.

You see, I never knew my Grandmother on my Father's side. She had passed away before I was born and these coins (along with a few cherished black and white photos) are really all I have of her. The coins show me a little bit about her. She was a Collector, for one...(like me!) and she loved to travel, especially overseas. She was a Seeker...like me.

Do you have a special coin in your keepsake box? Please tell its story in the comments below, if so!