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Marvelous miniatures

Doll-sized delights from Le Chou Chou Bijoux

Delicate artistry combined with an ingenious expression of creativity? Now that's something you don't see every day. For a look that recalls both childhood whimsy and Alice in Wonderland, have a look at these unique pieces from Le Chou Chou Bijoux

   

These adorable pieces create a whole new fashion sense by reflecting the prim and proper days of girlhood. The miniature teacups and pastry plates have us flashing back to the days of Mad Hatters, tea parties, talking caterpillars and a time when all things in life were quaint. 

Peace be with you

Gyamjo Jewels

If you're looking to show off your Zen-like peace through your jewelry, you need to check out the Tokyo-based Gyamjo Jewels. The beautiful and unique shapes in these pieces are unlike anything else you can find on the market -- major plus. Even better, everything about these collections, from the selected forms to the material used, are inspired by peace and goodwill -- major plus-plus. 

   

When you can't make it to the boutique

The best sites for jewelry shopping

When it comes to jewelry shopping online, the selection is massive. It can all be a little overwhelming. If you're not sure where to begin, start here. The following is a list of the best places to shop for jewelry on the web, perfect for the days when you just can't make it to the boutique. 

Fab is the online haven of all things design. If it's chic, metro, or just plain gorgeous, it's on Fab. That goes for jewelry, too. Fab is a flash sale site, which comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. On the downside, you only get to view a few pieces of a line, and when they're gone, they're gone. On the upside, Fab's jewelry shop arguably carries the best selection of any given line, and the site is updated so frequently that you won't be longing over any missed jewelry-buying opportunities. 

Textiles and metals

Tactile gems from Dorus Mhor

The next time you're hunting around for beaded fare, don't simply yank something sparkly out of the jewelry box and call it a day. Dorus Mhor by Elizabeth Bloom has completely redefined the bead, and we're loving what we see. 

You're in for a surprise. Have a look.

   

We know what you're thinking. Hand-painted plastic? Nope. Opaque glass? Not even close. Stones? Lacquer? Fimo? No, no, no. The centerpiece of Dorus Mhor creations are beads expertly covered with cloth. 

That's right. With her own special technique, Elizabeth Bloom takes beads and perfectly wraps them in vintage silks and cotton fabrics from Liberty of London. The result? A mix of textiles and metal, and jewelry that you're not going to find anywhere else. Plus, because each piece of fabric is different, no two pieces are alike; each item is one of a kind.

The brilliance here is two-fold. Not only are the beads totally unique, but the range of the styles is also completely alluring. We love the Art Deco inspired frames of the earrings and the throwback to Swinging London in several of the bright choker necklaces.

   

Jewelry fit for royalty

Fairy tale creations from 3 Wind Knots

We all grew up reading fairy tales about evil queens, beautiful princesses and adventures in the forests surrounding the kingdom. If you're like us, then you weren't as fascinated with the notions of poison apples and talking mirrors as you were with what the princess was wearing. Which jewels were in her crown? Did bracelets dangle loosely about her royal wrists? Or was she pining after the queen's massive collection of brooches, bracelets, and sparkling diamonds

While the jewelry of our favorite fairy tales was left to our childish imaginations, there's a line out of Latvia that invokes princesses in every way. 3 Wind Knots is the stuff of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty: a legendary, ethereal beauty fit for a fairy tale fantasy. 

   

Les plumes!

Feathers and fantasy by Noémiah

Remember that awful Steven Tyler-inspired tend a couple of years ago, the one that got on the nerves of all good people, even fishermen? You know what we're talking about: the whole 2011 wearing feathers in your hair gig. We all breathed a sigh of relief when that fashion fad finally ran its course. 

The problem with sticking a feather in your hair is that it requires no expertise, artistry, or talent. It's hair. With a feather in it. End of story. 

But when a talented French Canadian designer decides to use feathers in her line, it's a completely different narrative, one of beauty, whimsy and lighter than air delights. The feathers in jewelry by Noemiah are not a mere trend. This is fashion through and through. 

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A little bit of everything

Exciting collections from Sari Glassman

Everyone who reads this blog knows that we're huge fans of designers who work with glass. We also love jewelry makers who crochet with wire or emulate nature in their work. And don't even get us started on our love for designers who create unique looks by mixing elements

Now there's a designer who utilizes all of the above techniques . . . and more. Sari Glassman is a jeweler who does it all. 

      

Good girl gone bad

Hardcore hardware from Flashy Era

There are about 10,000 kinds of awesome coming from the Korean jewelry line Flashy Era. This brand gives a whole new concept to everything we've long loved about jewelry. You may never view the classics -- pearls, ribbons, beads -- the same again. And that's a good thing. What, pray tell, does Flashy Era do to our classical accessories? Behold. 

 

   

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