A lot of us reach for a traditional pearl necklace when we want something classic or conservative, but a necklace made with clear beads or stones can work just as well. Clear stones/beads go with any color outfit and are a little more original and unexpected. Crystal/glass, white topaz, rock crystal or lucite necklaces can be found in varying price points for any budget. One of my favorites is this rock crystal necklace from Verdura:
Verdura Rock Crystal necklace
Stones or beads that are rounded, and not faceted, work especially well for daytime and the office.
I attended a private luncheon and tour of Bulgari's Heritage Collection at their New York store yesterday. The event was organized for a small group of women on the Bruce Museum's benefit committee. I had a great time chatting with the ladies I know and also meeting new people. Bulgari did such a nice job with the luncheon and the tour. The staff was so gracious and welcoming.
Luncheon table set up in private room upstairs
in the store on Fifth Avenue
Of course, the jewelry in the Heritage Collection was stunning! There are hundreds of pieces in the Heritage Collection and only a small number of them are currently in New York, but worth visiting the store to take look. I am going to write this all up for my NYSD column, but here's a sneak peak at one of the pieces I loved:
Insanely beautiful emerald, ruby & diamond vintage necklace by Bulgari
In addition to Bulgari's stunning gemstone jewelry, they are also known for their coin jewelry, made using authentic antique coins. I don't have a Bulgari coin necklace, or any other Bulgari necklace, but I have an antique gold coin necklace that has been in my family for five generations. It originally belonged to my great-great grandfather, Joseph Bloomingdale, the co-founder of Bloomingdale's department store. It has been passed down generation to generation and was given to me when I was a teenager. Joseph Bloomingdale gave it to his daughter, my great grandmother, and her husband, my great grandfather used to wear it. He was a lawyer in NYC, but was the mayor of Deal, New Jersey, which was a seaside resort a century ago where the family had a summer home. I think he probably wore the necklace while on official mayoral business (let's hope) and not as an every day adornment. I remember my grandmother had a photo of him wearing the necklace. It's kind of cool to have that history associated with something tangible that I can hold in my hands. I have only worn the necklace on a couple of occasions. I'm too nervous to take it out. Most of the time it has been locked in a safe or safety deposit box, mostly because it's a family heirloom and I would be devastated to lose a piece of family history. But, I decided that lunch at Bulgari, famous for their coin jewelry, would be the perfect place to wear it. It is now safely packed up and back to its secure location, waiting to make an appearance in another twenty years.
Family heirloom gold coin necklace
The coins are all very old, from the 1700's and 1800's, mostly US, but one or two from France. It was actually a great idea to take these collectible coins and turn them into a piece of jewelry. An idea that Bulgari obviously had as well. If you have an old coin it's a fun idea to have it set and added to a chain. In a couple of generations, it will be an heirloom piece to pass along, too!
My mother has a beautiful vintage pin from Trifari that my father bought her at an estate sale over twenty years ago. She loaned it to me and I wear it on a chain, because I like it as a necklace. I really love the fringe. It's very in right now. I may even have blogged about it here before.
Vintage Trifari pin on a chain
When I started doing the PR for Erwin Pearl a couple of months ago they showed me a pendant that was a similar square shape that was intended to be part of the new Erwin Pearl New York Botanical Garden collection that launched just yesterday. As soon as I saw the pendant I suggested adding fringe to it. I showed them my mom's pin and they loved it and added the fringe to their necklace.
Erwin Pearl New York Botanical Garden Collection
Rudiments Tassel Necklace
The collection is beautiful and this is one of my favorite pieces, not just because they implemented my suggestion, but I just love, love, love the fringe!!!
Usually when I get home I find a pile of bills waiting for me, but it's much better to get home and find a present! My friend, Kathleen, left me this cool ring she bought in one of the little shops in Grand Central Station. I had recently admired a ring she bought there and it was thoughtful of her to get a large statement ring for me, too. I love the green stones and the starburst design. It reminds me of fireworks.
It's fun to wear large cocktail rings. I think they look very old Hollywood. Here's a photo on my hand to show the relative size:
A friend of mine had a baby shower yesterday at a restaurant in Manhattan. I've never seen such a chic group of ladies at a shower. The handbags alone were a fashionista's delight!
The mom-to-be is very fashionable and always looks great and being pregnant has not changed that one bit. I think she looked amazing yesterday and just wanted to share her photo. Of course, women should wear what makes them comfortable when they're pregnant, but she proves that you don't have to sacrifice your style for nine months.
Linette Semino, looking fabulous at 7 1/2 months pregnant,