Twisted!

Hand-coiled creations from Full Moon Jewelry

If you've got a thing for captivating your audience with your jewelry, we've got a new designer for you to add to your collection. Designer Melonie Moon only started her Full Moon Jewellery line in February 2012, but she's already got more stunning pieces in her collections than most veteran designers.

Have a look. 

   

The allure here is a combination of great materials (Czech glass and gemstones galore) and diverse and sophisticated wire wrapping techniques. All of the loop rings in these pieces are individually twisted, cut and assembled into patterns. Moon has a particular talent for placing the right wire wrapping design with the appropriate beads. The results are absolutely enchanting. There are enough pieces here to fit any mood or whimsy, from the haunting Mammoth anklet to the light and airy Amethyst Dream necklace. 

We happen to love the Wicked Creations: customizable pieces available upon request. 

  

Full Moon Jewellery is so new as a brand that Melonie still hand makes all of the pieces herself (some of the creations take days to assemble) which means that no two pieces are identical unless they're part of a set. Wicked! 

For more great pieces by Melonie Moon, check out the Full Moon Jewellery webpage and her shop on Copious

Enjoy! 

From You With Love

Jewelry with an important cause

Picture it: a former actress and model, a fine jeweler, and her brother are through the Himalayas to meet their friend, a documentary film maker, who is originally from the area. For Celia Wise, Sabine and Philipp Roemer, and Tanzin Norbu, this should have been nothing more than an uneventful mountain holiday an an exotic location.

Instead, the travelers' journey was cut off by floods in Leh, brought on by a record-breaking cloudburst. The floods destroyed families and homes and took the lives of over 1,000 people.

Witnessing the devastation, Celia Wise, Sabine and Philipp Roemer, and Tanzin Norbu felt compelled to help. The result is From You With Love, a new brand with just two pieces. Yet these are two of the most important pieces you'll ever buy.

   

Inspired by local culture, the bracelets feature a Tibetan Dorje and prayer beads. More importantly, both bracelets serve very honorable causes. Proceeds from the brass bracelet will provide one child in the Ladakh region with schoolbooks for one year, while the silver bracelet will cover the child's medicine for one year.

From You With Love is currently supporting 8 children in the Zanskar Valley (an area so remote that it's only accessible seven months a the year) but with your help, the company can support even more needy children.

Each bracelet comes in a pouch printed with a Tibetan prayer flag to symbolize peace, unity, and a celebration of life.

To find out more about this important jewelry company, visit the official From You With Love page, and also check out their shop on Boticca.

Outer shells

Scarves and accessories from artillerylane

Whoever said that scarves and accessories aren't jewelry didn't know what he was talking about. The Hermes Twilly proved ages ago that scarves go everywhere jewelry goes: around the neck, the wrists or even the ankles. That means that while it's technically a garment, the scarf has the same effect as a great piece of jewelry. 

And with that, here's a scarf and accessory brand that will light up your silhouette as much as any of the best baubles you've got in your jewelry box. Have a look at these hot items from the Italian line, artillerylane.

  

The genius behind artillerylane's scarves lies in a small strip of leather that holds the scarf in place. The result is a centuries-old piece with an entirely new look. Other scarves include original extras like buttons, laces and clips. How cool is that?

And because artillerylane's products are handmade in Italy, you know what that means: the best materials (wool, cottons, and leather) combined the finest craftsmanship on the planet. With artillerylane you're truly getting a little bit of the best from the boot.

artillerylane produces more than just scarves. Check out the key rings below that double as a necklace and a belt clip.

 

artillerylane was started in 2009 by Michea, Daniele and Nicolo, three young entrepreneurs in Verona who sought to create products that produces a harmony between fabric and leather. With minimalist designs, an unmatched talent for selecting materials, and a fashion sense so elevated that it could only come from Italy, the designers have brought their brand to several boutiques throughout Italy.

But don't worry. You don't have to travel to il bel paese to get your own artillerylane accessories. Just head over to their website and their Boticca shop. You'll be glad you did.

Enjoy!

How to Sell Handmade Jewelry

Best Ways of Selling Your Handcrafted Jewelry

If you spend some time and serious about it, like everything else you can learn how to make jewelry. Most people start making their first jewelry as a hobby making earrings or bracelets for themselves or for friends. Sometimes this can turn into business as they get the encroachment from people. Selling handmade jewelry can be a fun way to turn a hobby into a profitable business. With hard work of creating unique jewelry designs and marketing planning, it's easy to make some money making jewelry. Advertising in real life is one of the most surefire ways to get customers. Telling friends and relatives ensures word of mouth publicity and can help build some initial sales and feedback. There are handmade jewelry and crafts forums are helpful in providing advice and guidance for beginners.

You can learn many useful information regarding handmade jewelry business and get tips about making different techniques of making jewelry. Making the unique jewelry is the first step. Uniqueness of your jewelry designs will help you along the way as you would not have to compete with so many other jewelry artisans making the similar jewelry. Many handmade jewelry designers find that craft shows are excellent sales venues for their jewelry businesses. First few craft shows can be difficult but with careful planning, the show can come together nicely. The quality of the jewelry offered, the range of price points offered, and customer traffic affect jewelry sales at craft shows; however, equally as important as those factors is the way the jewelry is displayed.

Your unique jewelry should be organized in an orderly fashion. Customers like to browse, but may not realize that there are multiple colors of one item or matching sets available if the jewelry isn’t displayed in a logical manner. How the jewelry is organized is not as important as simply having an organization method of some kind. The jewelry collection can be organized in sets, by type of jewelry necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. Selling handmade jewelry online through a craft marketplace for getting started with an online handmade jewelry business. Fees typically include a listing fee, a percentage of sales amount and/or a maintenance fee. This could also a fast and easy way to set-up your jewelry business, usually requiring little more than registration and uploading of some details and pictures for the products. Some artisans may choose to start a handmade jewelry websites to sell their own earrings, bracelets and necklaces with a shopping cart and detailed product pages. This requires more of a time and money investment, and may require web design support. Start a handmade jewelry business and earn money working from home. Selling your unique jewelry can be a wonderful business for any one who loves making jewelry and have a creative flair. With many options for handmade jewelry designs and sales avenues, a good planning can turn a handcrafted hobby into a successful handmade jewelry business.

With love from Paris

The silhouette jewels of Défilés from Paris

And now for a brand that pays homage to Parisian fashion throughout the eras. Have a look at Défilés from Paris by Nathalie Queyraud. These little numbers will land you compliments left and right -- guaranteed. 

  

The Fashion History collection combines feminine jewelry with a creative take on the days of vogue gone by. Look for figurines that celebrate the 1980s Flashdance style (leg warmers and all!), the 1940s French Nouvelle Vagueand the furs and feathers of the turn of the century. We happen to love the ye-ye girl of the 1960s pendant and the bare legs and bowed head of the 1930s pendant

But that's not all. There are even a few pieces in this collection that celebrate an certain musician who also happened to be a fashion icon in his own right -- and, no, we're not talking about Serge Gainsbourg. Have a look. 

  

Designer Nathalie Queyraud's time in cinema and music production shines through her pieces. All of the pendants are hand-made in Paris in Queyraud's Le Marais studio. Made from brass and silver plating, each necklace is signed with a star for an extra special touch. 

To see more of Nathalie Queyraud's fantastic creations, visit her Boticca shop and the Défilés from Paris website. 

Enjoy! 

 

Luxury for less

Affordable jewelry by Tiffany, Cartier and Hermes

We'd be lying if we said we didn't absolutely love high-end jewelry. And it's not just us. When it comes to jewelry, everyone appreciates name-brand beauties. But who can afford such luxury? Psst. You can. Yes, you. Just because it's luxurious doesn't mean that it's beyond your reach. Believe it or not, there are ways to indulge without going broke.

Have a look at our list of some of the most affordable jewelry by Tiffany, Hermes and Cartier.

Tiffany:  You need not stand outside the Tiffany store a'la' Audrey Hepburn with a longing look on your face. Remember that uncomfortably comic scene from the film where Peppard and Hepburn explain that they can't even afford the lowest-priced item at Tiffany? Hogwash. Tiffany isn't just for the uber-rich.There's plenty for buyers on a budget at this iconic jewelry store. And with dropdown boxes that list items by price, the Tiffany webpage makes it easy to find luxury within your price range. We happen to love the Tiffany Infinity pendant (pictured above) and the Tiffany bead bracelet

Hermes: The prices at Hermes are so high that they border on obnoxious. But when you wear anything Hermes, you know that you're getting exactly what you pay for. The quality is so exceptional that it's almost other-worldly, and the simplistic beauty of the brand makes it instantly recognizable. When you buy Hermes, you're not purchasing a piece of jewelry; you're investing in a piece that will never depreciate and will likely become a family heirloom. And believe it or not, some Hermes pieces are actually affordable. The lacquered wooden bracelet above is part of a collection of pieces that are less than $250, and a few of the leather jewelry items with the famous H logo are under $300. If those prices are still too high, check out the Twilly scarves, which can be wrapped around the wrist like bracelets, for $140. Still pricey, of course, but for Hermes, that's cheap. 

Cartier: Everyone knows that Cartier is anything but cheap, but that doesn't mean that everything by this famous jeweler has a $10,000 starting price. Trust us, you don't have to be Beyonce to buy Cartier bling. (But you may need a credit card). There are a few lovely Cartier chains that can be yours for $500 and up, including the above-pictured cable chain necklace. There are even some bracelets that, while still pricey, are well under the traditional Cartier prices. Cartier, much like Hermes, is an investment. When you buy from Cartier, you're purchasing timeless pieces whose value will only increase over time. 

Whether you're buying a gift for someone else or just treating yourself, don't let the big names of jewelry scare you away. With a little searching and a few weeks of saving, almost everyone can afford a little piece of luxury jewelry. 

Enjoy! 

 

'Tis the season to sparkle

The top five best holiday jewelry shopping websites

The holidays are upon us, and we all know what that means. Hot chocolate. Winter flurries and a warm fire. A season of joy and goodwill. Ah, who are we kidding? 'Tis the season to get some serious shopping done. Don't  head out to fight the Black Friday crowds just yet. Save yourself the trouble by doing a little online jewelry buying for the lovely ladies (and gents) in your life. But where to begin? Have a look at our list of the top five websites for holiday jewelry shopping. 

 

Red Envelope: You probably know Red Envelope as the go-to place for a last minute Mother's Day gift. The site carries everything from knickknacks and garden gnomes to bathrobes and decorative vases. But Red Envelope also has an exceptional jewelry selection that's perfect for an aunt, a grandmother, or mom herself. We recommend the family embrace birthstone necklace (pictured above) and the blue topaz pendant.

  

 

Dogeared Jewels and Gifts: For the casual, fun-loving friend in your life, head over to Dogeared Jewelry & Gifts for jewelry that's completely California cool. The jewelry options here are endless, with everything from teak wood bracelets (pictured above) to snake stud earrings and karma necklaces. For gifts with a more personal touch, check out the Create page, where you can mix and match gems and charms for a perfectly customized holiday gift.

 

Uncommon Goods: For the person in your life with eclectic tastes and an appreciation for all things unique, check out Uncommon Goods. The theme here is originality, and trust us, you'll find a treasure trove of beautiful and unique jewelry at this site. The selection is so massive that it's impossible to pick a favorite, but we do love the birth month pendant (pictured above) made from recycled glass. Don't forget that almost all of the jewelry on this site is divided into two categories: hand-made and recycled. How's that for a wildly appealing choice? Have fun with this one.

  

Novica: Most of the guys we know aren't thrilled about wearing jewelry unless we buy it for them. So, where's the best place to find jewelry just for him? Hands down, Novica is the one-stop shop for masculine jewelry. Plus, it's all for a good cause! In partnership with National Geographic,  Novica brings together designers and artisans from developing nations around the globe and sells the products on the site. You get to read all about the designers, their craft making journeys, and the story of their business, too. With all of these cool factors, jewelry from Novica will surely wow the man in your life. To ensure that he treasures your gift for a long time to come, err on the side of caution and don't tell him the site is curated by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert.

  

Firefly Kids Jewelry: If you've got a pint sized jewelry-lover in your life, chances are she'll be more than happy to tell you where to find her holiday gift. Here's a hint: don't listen to her. Find her something cute and unique over at Firefly Kids, one of the cutest jewelry lines out there just for the little ones. The necklaces, bracelets and earrings are adorable, dazzling and age appropriate. So whether it's for dress-up or a day at school, make sure that you shop Firefly Kids for some of the best jewelry for under 5-feet crowd.

Happy shopping, happy holidays and ... enjoy!

 

Rockstar!

Beautiful gemstones by LindseyMarie

Lots of designers make great use of gemstones, but no one uses them like the Swiss jewelry line  LindseyMarie. This designer has a special gift for placing gemstones in bold cuffs, delicate necklaces, and rings that make a massive statement. Just have a look at what she's done with smoky quartz, rose quartz and amethyst. 

  

But that's not all. LindseyMarie does amazing things with rhodonite, vermeil, labradorite and blue onyx, too. he LindseyMarie brand incorporates all of these gemstones -- and more -- into all of its collections, but our favorite is the Rockstar line, which is currently featured on Boticca.

With styles ranging from subtle-beautiful to in-your-face gorgeous, each of these lovely gemstones will have you expressing your own inner rock star. Who could ask for more? 

  

Geneva based designer Lindsey Marie, who originally hails from Dallas, credits her Texas upbringing for the bold pieces in the Rockstar collection. She says that just like a true rock star, the stones in these collections are rough, rugged, and can never be polished to clean-cut perfection. And like all Texas fashion, these pieces are large, dazzling and full of expression. 

 

To see more of the Rockstar collection by Lindsey Marie, head over to her Boticca shop. For all of of the LindseyMarie collections, check out the official webpage: it's all in French, so use Chrome and click "Translate" on the top pop-up. 

Enjoy! 

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. 

  

The doll-sized delights of Le Chou Chou Bijoux are the creations of Italian designer Paola Rapacciuolo. A Modena transplant (you know Modena -- that's where they make Ferraris, and your vinegar) originally from Napoli, Rapacciulo found her inspiration on an archeological expedition when she saw that well-made jewelry stood the test of time, even surviving the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius. 

She trained in one the most prestigious jewelry design schools in Italy before going on to study under several well-known designers in Florence. She's getting a lot of attention these days: her hand-painted porcelain rings and necklaces have been featured in Grazia, Vogue Italy and several other publications

To snag your own whimsical miniatures by Le Chou Chou Bijoux, you've got several options. The official website is great because it has the most pieces, with several items not yet listed on the  Le Chou Chou Bijoux Boticca shop. If you do hit up the official page, either brush up on your Italian or click "translate" on your toolbar.

Otherwise, try the Etsy shop for an even more diverse range of pieces. Don't forget to like Le Chou Chou Bijoux on Facebook, too. 

Enjoy! 

 

Modern vintage

Why you should be buying jewelry from Modcloth

If you're tired of the usual jewelry-buying avenues, Modcloth is a great place for amping up your accessories. Although the Modcloth specialty is  vintage and indie-inspired clothing, their jewelry ranges from retro to contemporary. One thing's for certain: no matter what your signature style may be, Modcloth's pieces are pretty, unique and totally wearable. 

Have a look. 

  

When it comes to Modcloth jewelry, expect sparkles, flowers, sequins and a million other details that make for unmatched femininity. Pieces range from delicate and playful to sexy and seductive. Most, however, are just plain original. Look for charming rings, dangling earrings and shimmering necklaces.

Whether you go for glam or gaudy, you're sure to love your Modcloth purchase. The site carries great brands (Bleubird Vintage, Aida Kibur, and Monserat de Lucca to name a few) and frequently updates its collections. That means that you'll always have something cool to buy, as well as an excuse to check back frequently. 

Perhaps the best part about Modcloth -- besides the regularly updated items and the fantastic selection -- is the price. You'll be hard-pressed to find any expensive jewelry on this site. After some searching, the priciest piece we found was still under $100. Nice. 

 

  

So, head over to Modcloth today for some great online jewelry shopping. You can even snag a great outfit and shoes while you're there, too. We say pick up a collar necklace (pictured above) to spice up your winter wardrobe. 

Enjoy! 

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