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Jewelry for a Cause: 5 Jewels That Help Battle Breast Cancer

NEW YORK. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so that means pink ribbons are everywhere! No matter how you feel about the color or the symbol itself, the meaning behind it is undeniably important: pink ribbons remind us that woman over 40 need annual mammograms. For sure, early detection of breast cancer can save lives. A painful firsthand memory of mine proves the importance: My friend Matie Ann died of breast cancer after a two-year battle brought on by a three-year hiatus from her annual mammograms. Early detection could have helped to save her life.

In the spirit of this critical reminder, myriad jewelry makers offer pieces where a portion of sales benefit a breast cancer charity. Here are five firms and the pieces that further the breast cancer fight while helping you to look fly.

Go Girl ring in sterling silver, $80; Dian Malouf About 10 percent of sales benefit breast cancer research at the Baylor Health Care System Foundation. (To date, more than $25,000 has been raised from sales of this ring.)

Go Girl ring in sterling silver, $80; Dian Malouf

About 10 percent of sales benefit breast cancer research at the Baylor Health Care System Foundation. (To date, more than $25,000 has been raised from sales of this ring.)

Earrings in 18k vermeil (18k gold over sterling silver) with pink quartz, $162; Elyssa Bass Designs Fifteen percent of sales benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Earrings in 18k vermeil (18k gold over sterling silver) with pink quartz, $162; Elyssa Bass Designs
Fifteen percent of sales benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

Evermore cuff in sterling silver with pink enamel, $495; Belle Étoile Twenty percent of sales are given to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Evermore cuff in sterling silver with pink enamel, $495; Belle Étoile
Twenty percent of sales are given to theBreast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

Band in 14k white gold with 0.28 ct. brilliant-cut diamonds and pink sapphires, $815; Sylvie Collection Ten percent of sales (of this ring all year and of every Sylvie piece this month) are given to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can also win this ring during October! Log onto Sylviecollection.com to find out how. Plus, each ‘like’ or ‘follow’ of @sylviecollection on Facebook or Instagram within October earns a charity organization $1 donation from the brand.

Band in 14k white gold with 0.28 ct. brilliant-cut diamonds and pink sapphires, $815; Sylvie Collection
Ten percent of sales (of this ring and every Sylvie piece this month) are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. You can also win this ring during October! Log onto Sylviecollection.com to find out how. Plus, each ‘like’ or ‘follow’ of @sylviecollection on Facebook or Instagram in October earns a charity organization $1 donation from the brand.

 

Camilla pendant necklace in oxidized 18K yellow gold and fine silver with akoya pearls, $3,410; Anabel Higgins Twenty percent of Higgins’ yearly revenue is divided up and given to the following charities: The City of Hope; Huntington Randall Breast Center; Cancer Support Community Pasadena; and The Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Camilla pendant necklace in oxidized 18k yellow gold and fine silver with akoya pearls, $3,410; Anabel Higgins
Twenty percent of Higgins’ yearly revenue is divided up and given to the following charities: The City of Hope, the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center at Huntington Hospital, Cancer Support Community Pasadena, and The Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

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Street Style: Pearls Spied in Bryant Park During New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK. Though New York City’s annual Fashion Week no longer takes place at Bryant Park, it’s still a great location to people-watch some of the city’s chicest residents. And because pearls are so important to fall fashion—did you see all the pearl-adorned runway looks (think Jenny Packham, Balmain, and Altuzarra, among others) from the spring and resort shows?—JH headed to the public park during Fashion Week (Sept. 7–13) for on-the-street snaps of pearl-wearing patrons. Here’s a roundup of the pearls that real New Yorkers (and some city-loving tourists) are wearing now.

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Jewelry Trends: Convertible Earrings to Covet Now

NEW YORK. The biggest jewelry trend from the start-of-the-summer, trade-only shows (where your jeweler shops for holiday stock) is appearing now in stores: convertibles. These are pieces that transform from one look to at least one other. Think drop earrings that turn into studs, or bracelets that, once strung on ribbons, transform into chokers. Convertible styles are not new—convertibles were big in the Art Deco period and have appeared off and on in the market at other times, too, like the early 2000s. Convertibles return for fall, eager to appeal to shoppers who appreciate the value of a good two-for-one (or more) deal. The easiest way for you to adopt the trend? Earrings. Here are five new pairs that allow you to take up the convertible cause.

Pair of stud earrings with removable jackets in 14k yellow gold with akoya and freshwater pearls, $390; Mizuki at Net-A-Porter.com

Pair of stud earrings with removable jackets in 14k yellow gold with akoya and freshwater pearls, $390 a pair (also sold as singles); Mizuki at Net-A-Porter.com

 

 

Agapi studs in 22k gold vermeil with white topaz and a removable floral-leaf jacket, $665; Katie Scott Design

Agapi studs in 22k gold vermeil with white topaz and a removable floral-leaf jacket, $665; Katie Scott Design

Convertible front-to-back earrings in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $705; Mastoloni, 800-347-3275

Convertible front-to-back earrings in 14k yellow gold with white freshwater pearls and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $705; Mastoloni, 800-347-3275

 

Infnity Pick-Me-Up earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.76 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,200; Phillips House, 800-892-5656; info@phillipshouse.com

Infnity Pick-Me-Up earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.76 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,200; Phillips House, 800-892-5656; info@phillipshouse.com

 

Convertible earrings in 18k yellow gold with 2.04 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.64 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,200; Cleison Roche, 310-773-1787; cleison@cleisonroche.com

Convertible earrings in 18k yellow gold with 2.04 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.64 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,200; Cleison Roche, 310-773-1787; cleison@cleisonroche.com

 

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Coomi’s Sagrada Família Jewelry Collection

LAS VEGAS. Coomi Bhasin of the eponymous design firm spent two weeks in Barcelona last summer, much of it marveling over the Basílica i Templo Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Her biggest takeaway? Memories of the stunning massive church, still under construction more than 100 years after work began.

“I could have gone there every day for two months and still not seen everything,” Bhasin says.

In homage to the church, she let it inspire her newest jewelry collection, dubbed Sagrada and unveiled at Couture 2017, the high-end trade-only jewelry fair, in June.

To get into a Gaudi mood, Bhasin rented an apartment that belonged to the architect’s family—a flat located directly across from the Casa Batlló. “He lived there when he was building it to better supervise it,” Bhasin explains about its history. When the jewelry designer wasn’t admiring its view—“every morning and every night I would sit for hours looking at it,” she says—she was at the Sagrada Família absorbing its majesty.

Multiple aspects of the Sagrada influenced the distinct looks in Coomi’s newest works. For starters, raised-print Latin Bible verses on interior doors inspired script-focused styles. Instead of Bible verses, however, Bhasin used famous quotes from Gaudi, such as “Originality is returning to the origin,” “Nothing is invented, for it’s written in nature first,” and “Come early tomorrow, for we shall do very beautiful things.” Stained-glass effects in plique-a-jour enamel detail the under- and insides of these pieces.

More inspiration comes from inside the basilica. Gaudi’s choice of columns—singular ones that branch like trees at the top—are evident in airy and elegant gold silhouettes. A geometric light display plays out in small akoya pearls and pink sapphires that recreate the lovely glow of sun filtering through the church decoration, and Gaudi’s famous hanging chain models are evoked in multi-strand gemstone necklaces. Finally, the floral pattern on the ceiling is represented in custom flower- and star-like gemstone cuts in smoky topaz and tanzanite, stones that cast a beautiful glow in the light. All pieces are made in 20k gold.

The collection will be in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue by mid-September. For early inquiries, reach out to the designer (contact info in captions).

Bracelet in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Nothing is invented for it’s written in nature first” and “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things,” $46,000; Coomi

Bracelet in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Nothing is invented for it’s written in nature first” and “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things,” $46,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 3.85 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, baby akoya pearls, and 1.73 cts. t.w. diamonds, $TK; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 3.85 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, baby akoya pearls, and 1.73 cts. t.w. diamonds, $22,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

 

Affinity necklace in 20k gold with 88.9 cts. t.w. cognac quartz and 4.87 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Affinity necklace in 20k gold with 88.9 cts. t.w. cognac quartz and 4.87 cts. t.w. diamonds, $18,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Ring in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.38 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things” and “Originality is returning to the origin,” $12,500; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Ring in 20k gold with plique-a-jour enamel and 0.38 ct. t.w. diamonds is inscribed “Tomorrow we will do beautiful things” and “Originality is returning to the origin,” $12,500; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 0.70 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

Earrings in 20k gold with 0.70 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,000; Coomi, 866-867-7272; sahil@coomi.com

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