Inspirations

Black and Brown Jewels to Celebrate the Adoption of Our New Rescue Dog

Flourtown, Pa. Aug. 12, 2019. It’s been almost seven weeks since I returned home from Bosnia with our new rescue dog, Elsa. (Click to read Posts I, II, III, and IV.) While she’s been exhibiting a bit of separation anxiety when I leave the house, she is otherwise settling in nicely!

Elsa, the author's Bosnian rescue dog

Elsa, the author’s Bosnian rescue dog

Elsa, already spoiled

Elsa, already spoiled

Elsa has grown to love central air conditioning, ice water, twice-a-day long walks, massive comfy dog beds, and mimicking nearly everything our golden retriever does! Elsa has had her teeth cleaned by our vet—who was forced to extract three—and has been enrolled in dog-training classes. Elsa’s teeth were damaged in part from fighting off wolves that tried to prey on her in the countryside outside Sarajevo. We also suspect that her teeth were ground down by constant chewing on the chain that bound her to her former life of misery. That life is long gone now, thank God.

Elsa also went on a little diet and lost five pounds. Her Bosnian rescuer, Milena, overcompensated with 2.2 pounds of raw meat daily when she was malnourished, but that time is also long past. Now at 99 pounds, Elsa is at an ideal, healthy weight!

The author's husband Jeff training Elsa

The author’s husband Jeff training Elsa

Now it’s time for Elsa to just enjoy her new posh life in the Philadelphia suburbs. Jeff and I are certainly enjoying our time with this big love of a dog who pours herself into my lap at every opportunity.

And still more good news: we raised nearly $2,000 for Milena’s rescue efforts! Seeing that number brings me so much joy. Thank you to all who donated! Still want to donate? Please do so at this link.

Thank you for bearing with me on a series of dog-focused posts!! I’ll now resume jewelry-only coverage.

Nightfall pin/pendant in 18k yellow gold, 14k green gold, and sterling silver with a 29.2 ct. agate and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,200; email design@k-mita.com at K Mita to purchase

Nightfall pin/pendant in 18k yellow gold, 14k green gold, and sterling silver with a 29.2 ct. agate and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,200; email design@k-mita.com at K Mita to purchase

Hedgehog earrings in 18k blackened gold with 0.65 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $2,600; email Diana@KarmaelKhalil.com at Karma El Khalil for purchase

Hedgehog earrings in 18k blackened gold with 0.65 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $2,600; email Diana@KarmaelKhalil.com at Karma El Khalil for purchase

Limited-edition reversible pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with a 104 ct. agate and 1.5 cts. t.w. champagne-color diamonds, $12,500; email dksyna@gmail.com at Syna for purchase

Limited-edition reversible pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with a 104 ct. agate and 1.5 cts. t.w. champagne-color diamonds, $12,500; email dksyna@gmail.com at Syna for purchase

One-of-a-kind hand-carved brooch in 18k beige gold with a 10.22 ct. tourmaline and 0.85 ct. t.w. diamonds, $14,280; Kataoka

One-of-a-kind hand-carved brooch in 18k beige gold with a 10.22 ct. tourmaline and 0.85 ct. t.w. diamonds, $14,280; Kataoka

Two-finger Daisy ring in 18k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver with a massive smoky quartz, a 3.92 ct. cabochon cut emerald, and 1.31 cts. t.w. diamonds, $19,500; email Info@aidabergsen.com at Aida Bergsen for purchase

Two-finger Daisy ring in 18k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver with a massive smoky quartz, a 3.92 ct. cabochon cut emerald, and 1.31 cts. t.w. diamonds, $19,500; email Info@aidabergsen.com at Aida Bergsen for purchase


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A Charmed Life: Kimberly McDonald’s Charm Jewels Are an Homage to Geodes

New York City. Aug. 3, 2019. Everybody knows that Kimberly McDonald put geodes on the high-end jewelry map, so it should come as no surprise to see geode and geode-inspired charms join her collection.

Kimberly McDonald charm bracelet in 18k yellow gold with diamonds

Charm bracelet in 18k yellow gold with diamonds from Kimberly McDonald

McDonald’s charms are made in 18k yellow, white, or rose gold and feature a variety of precious gems and colored diamonds, though all are rendered in her signature geode shape. All charms are one-of-a-kind and are made to reflect the organic shapes of gemstones that the designer loves.

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“I take inspiration from their natural shapes to create these charms,” explains McDonald. “These pieces work perfectly with more natural stones like geodes and agate, and they are perfect for layering.”

Kimberly McDonald charm necklace in 18k gold with diamonds

Charm necklace in 18k gold with diamonds from Kimberly McDonald

The charms are a natural evolution for the KMD collector, who likely already has other jewels with similar silhouettes. Retail prices for a finished bracelet start at $39,875, and pieces are customizable.

Geode commonly used in designs from Kimberly McDonald

Geode commonly used in designs from Kimberly McDonald

Find KMD at Hirshleifers, Net-A-Porter, and other fine jewelers nationwide.

Bracelet in 18k gold with black rhodium and diamonds from Kimberly McDonald

Bracelet in 18k gold with black rhodium and diamonds from Kimberly McDonald


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Deep Blue Beauty: Lapis Jewelry to Celebrate the Beauty of the Greek Islands

Naxos, Greece. June 21, 2019. Deep, royal blue—the color of lapis lazuli—is synonymous with Greece. You see it in the Aegean Sea, in the white- and blue-painted churches and houses that dot the landscape of the Greek Islands, in the country’s flag, and in evil eye accents and décor and colorful enameled ceramics in gift shops. Given the beauty of the color and its identifiability with Greece, we’re casting a spotlight on the gem that’s naturally that color of blue. Behold, five lapis jewels to celebrate the color that belongs to Greece, my vacation spot this week.

Hinged Open bangle in sterling silver with 18k yellow gold accents and lapis, $282; Samuel B. at Barnes Jewelry

Hinged Open bangle in sterling silver with 18k yellow gold accents and lapis, $282; Samuel B. at Barnes Jewelry

Pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with a sliced freshwater Souffle pearl inset with faceted lapis beads and 22k gold granules to look like a geode, $3,000; email hisano@littlehjewelry.com at little h jewelry for purchase

Pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with a sliced freshwater Souffle pearl inset with faceted lapis beads and 22k gold granules to look like a geode, $3,000; email hisano@littlehjewelry.com at little h jewelry for purchase.

Unicorn ring in 18k rose gold with lapis, $2,300; email karma@karmaelkhalil.com at Karma El Khalil for purchae

Unicorn ring in 18k rose gold with lapis, $2,300; email karma@karmaelkhalil.com at Karma El Khalil for purchase.

Ring in 18k yellow gold with colorless quartz over a lapis center stone with 0.73 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,365; email doron@dovesjewelry.com at Doves for purchase.

Ring in 18k yellow gold with colorless quartz over a lapis center stone with 0.73 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,365; email doron@dovesjewelry.com at Doves for purchase.

21st Dynasty earrings in 22k yellow gold with hand-chiseled pebbles of lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, $6,500; email loren@lorennicole.com at Loren Nicole for purchase

21st Dynasty earrings in 22k yellow gold with hand-chiseled pebbles of lapis lazuli from Afghanistan, $6,500; email loren@lorennicole.com at Loren Nicole for purchase.


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Sea of Style: Ocean-Inspired Jewels to Keep You in a Vacation State of Mind

Naxos, Greece. June 21, 2019. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a beach, and now that I have seen ones in Greece this week, I’m a born-again believer in the power of Vitamin Sea. It’s as good for the soul as that Mediterranean diet is for the body. Black olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese? More, please! And that utterly delish octopus and squid that the Aegean Sea provides so abundantly is another reason to stay seaside as long as possible. With all this gorgeous Aegean blue water on my brain, here are five sea-inspired jewels that will give you an instant holiday fix.

The Aegean Sea off the coast of Naxos, Greece.

The Aegean Sea off the coast of Naxos, Greece.

Photo courtesy yours truly


Calypso bangle in rhodium-plated, nickel-allergy-free sterling silver with hand-painted blue, gray, and white Italian enamel with CZ, $495; Belle Étoile

Calypso bangle in rhodium-plated, nickel-allergy-free sterling silver with hand-painted blue, gray, and white Italian enamel with CZ, $495; Belle Étoile

Emerald Coast-inspired Gemma earrings in 18k yellow gold with 6.69 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.29 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,425; email LeahJover@laurenk.com at Lauren K. for purchase.

Ring in 18k palladium white gold with a 47 ct. unheated blue topaz and 0.63 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $35,000; email info@naomisarna.com at Naomi Sarna for purchase.

Ring in 18k palladium white gold with a 47 ct. unheated blue topaz and 0.63 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $35,000; email info@naomisarna.com at Naomi Sarna for purchase.

Ring in platinum with 18.59 cts. t.w. pear-shape aquamarines and 0.80 ct. t.w. diamonds, $39,900; email tamir@tamirjewels.com at Tamir Jewels for purchase.

Ring in platinum with 18.59 cts. t.w. pear-shape aquamarines and 0.80 ct. t.w. diamonds, $39,900; email tamir@tamirjewels.com at Tamir Jewels for purchase.

Necklace in 18k white gold with 13 cultured white South Sea pearls ranging in size from 12 to 13mm) with 81 cts. t.w. trillion-cut aquamarines, $76,000; email pgrosz@assael.com at Assael for purchase.

Necklace in 18k white gold with 13 cultured white South Sea pearls ranging in size from 12 to 13mm) with 81 cts. t.w. trillion-cut aquamarines, $76,000; email pgrosz@assael.com at Assael for purchase.


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