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"Extra Special" is The Jewelry Trend for 2018

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!"but this latest 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 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, THIS is what we're talking about with the "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?

xox-

Laura

 

A Jewelry Organizer to Die For

Found: a Jewelry traveller that I am in LOVE with! This studded mosaic zip case is at the top of my Wish List...

Marrakesh Zip Case Travel Jewelry Wallet | Laura James Jewelry Blog

Marrakesh Jewelry Organizer

Gold studs, cream leather, AND anti-tarnish lining! Swoon. Now I just need to find a place to go...

*It's 25% off via Wayfair $111.99 (orig. $149) :)

Copper Pumpkin Tutorial

Ok, this is officially one of the coolest uses of Metal I have seen in some time outside of the Jewelry realm!

With all of the Pumpkins we're seeing around these Fall days, I think this idea using luxe metallic Copper trumps them all!

Simply gorgeous.

DIY Striped Pumpkins with Copper on the Laura James Jewelry blog


Here's the one-step (!) tutorial if you'd like to make your own DIY pumpkins this Fall holiday season!

From Blog: HomeyOhMy

1. Apply strips of this copper tape down the sides of the pumpkins in between each groove, peeling the backing while at the same time smoothing over the tape your fingers.

Metal Pumpkin DIY Tutorial on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

That is IT! Have fun.

:) Laura

Copper Tape Pumpkins on the Laura James Jewelry blog

 

Go for the Gold! Your Jewelry Essentials for 2016

When I recently came across a list in InStyle Magazine of #JewelryEssentials to update your jewelry wardrobe for 2016, I immediately noticed that every piece listed in the article was Gold. Not one single piece of Silver jewelry was on their list!

I mean, truly, I have never seen Silver jewelry completely un-represented in an article of 10+ pieces before. And, with the Rio Olympics happening right now, it's pretty clear the entire world is #GoingForTheGold!

This actually doesn't surprise me all that much, as for the past 11 years in business, 98% of my sales have been for Jewelry that I have created in Gold. Year after year, I would hear "Silver is making a comeback!". But, time after time, I have yet to see that really happen. It'll be interesting to see what the Future holds...will Silver truly ever be as popular as it was decades ago? We shall see...

On another note, want to see just which pieces were highlighted as #MustHaves for 2016?! Here ya go...enjoy!

xox-Laura

 

 Going for the Gold: Jewelry Essentials for 2016

Credits: Madewell bangle, Alexis Bittar Choker, Laura James Jewelry Bangles, Apple Latte Earrings, Jennifer Fischer Cluster Necklace

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things
Favorite Jewelry Staples from Laura James Jewelry
Over the years, I have found that one of the main questions I am most asked is..."what is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own?"
For me, this is a hard one to answer! Pretty much each piece of jewelry that I own is special to me for its own reason. It marks certain occasions like birthdays or graduations, or the giver was special to me...or it may have marked a time of success in my life and I purchased it to reward myself.
Whatever the reason, each piece has its own special story.
This photo above shows a few of my current faves...the pieces I pretty much rarely take off these days.
The channel set diamond band was a very special gift from my husband to celebrate the birth of our daughter, Lila Lewellyn three years ago... I love that it keeps her near me all day long and I wear it next to my wedding band.
This delicate, rose gold necklace with the bezel set solitaire stone is something I recently created and added to my jewelry line as an answer to an everyday necklace you could wear from the Yoga studio to the Pool. A piece with a little sparkle that you could layer with your other necklaces...and not have to take it off for any reason. As a result, I rarely am without mine!
And, of course, this framed photo as we exited our wedding reception nearly 12 years ago. Not an actual piece of jewelry, though the frame is so pretty it should be! A wonderful reminder of the excitement we felt, the elation of being with all of our loved ones that came so far to see us wed, and the anticipation of what lay before us in the new life we would be building together.
Like a song, photographs and jewelry are closely tied together for me. They are my memory markers that I can always rely on whenever I want to take that trek down Memory Lane.
What are your jewelry staples and why?
xox-Laura
A Willing Time Traveller
Harry Potter Time Turner Necklace


I recently came across an article"Collecting Is About More Than Just Stuff" that answered a big question for me: WHY am I a Collector?

Many of us collect something...and for me, it's Jewelry (big surprise!), especially jewelry with a vintage date :).  Bits of the article really resonate with me and shed light on why I have been collecting Jewelry all of my life. Well, I learned I am basically Preserving Memories. For What? I assume, when my brain (which is already overloaded with everything from the ins and outs of being a wife, mother to a spirited three year old, and a business owner) fails me in the memory department, I can count on something to instantly transport me back in time. Watching my toddler grow in leaps and bounds right before my eyes has made me more aware of Time than ever, and, believe me, I am a willing Time Traveller!

I credit my parents, who presented me with my first "real" piece of Jewelry for my 6th Grade Graduation, as the originators of my love for collecting Jewelry. It was a delicate, sparkling turquoise Blue Topaz ring set in gold. Two small, heart-shaped stones and two small diamonds. I have still never seen another color like it to this day. I cherished that ring, I was proud of it...proud that I was now responsible enough to be trusted to take care of something nice. Which only lasted a few years when my precious ring found its way to the Ocean Floor in the Florida Panhandle. It's been 20+ years and I am still not over losing it! The memory of this ring being my first, but also my first loss. The stinging memory (that keeps me aware and careful of what I am wearing to this very day!) is as clear now as it was all those years ago...
          I am diving under the shallow waves, frantically feeling deep into the sand, uncovering seashells...but not my Ring. The pit in my stomach. The helplessness I feel as I realize I am no match for the Tide, burying my precious treasure on its floor with all of the others. Why, why did I think it was a good idea to switch the ring to my other hand in the middle of the Ocean?! The security of it being on the other finger, which it fit more snugly on, that's Why. But, then that rogue wave hits me, and the ring falls from my fingertips just as I am transferring it to the safety of my larger finger...gone. Where's a Metal Detector when you need one?!

Like a song, Jewelry transports me through the years. I am instantly "there". Just touching the pearl choker necklace in my jewelry box, it's suddenly 1995 and I am excitedly opening its velvet gray box with my parents looking on, just before we jump in the car to my High School graduation...                                                                   My first real set of Pearls! I am overjoyed. This means I am an adult, at last, right? My dress is a soft off-white silk with a ruffle at the bottom that hits just above my knee. My strappy patent leather sandals are uncomfortable, but I can mush through since they are luckily not high heels. I can't stand it when my feet hurt, and since I'll be on them for hours, no staggering heels for me! My hair is long down my back and I am not, I repeat, not excited about putting on that generic navy blue cap and gown with its gold tassel hanging in my face! Uggg. A Uniform. An absolute death sentence for Creatives....

Ok, I am sure by the length of this post (if you are still reading this!), you definitely get the point! Wow, that was a fun trip down memory lane, thanks for humoring me and coming along. I think I could use one of those Harry Potter Time Turner necklaces pictured above!

How about you? What transports you through time?
xox- Laura

p.s: click here for the article that I mentioned at the top of this post

photo: Harry Potter #TimeTurner Necklace

2016 Jewelry Trends from Cannes!
Jewelry Trends at Cannes from the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Who else is a fanatic for Independent films? I'll take their artistic, raw beauty over big-budget movies, any day! I am equally psyched when the‪ #‎Cannes‬ Film Fest rolls around each year, and that's exactly what started this past week in France. Here are a few deets (and looks!) from the Festival so far...

Let me tell ya, (trend alert!) long dangle Earrings absolutely ruled the Red Carpet so far. It was hard to find photos of anything but, however, here is a good little mix from the Festival...

#‎JessicaChastain‬ looks incredible in this yellow number, and her diamond choker collar necklace (in the palm design that Cannes is famous for) isn't too shabby, either!

‪#‎BlakeLively‬ was swirling ALL over the carpet in a Cinderella-esque dress by Vivienne Westwood, but these diamond dangles are what stole the show not to mention her bump... PS: she's pregnant again!

‪#‎AmalClooney‬ had on the most fabulous Cartier Coral dangles...
and I absolutely loved the sublime ‪#‎JulietBinoche‬ in this edgier look, topped off with a cool sapphire pendant necklace.

That's a wrap for now, and I hope you enjoyed this recap of my fave looks so far in Jewelry from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival awards!

xox-Laura James

‪#‎jewelrytrends‬ #cannes2016