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The Mimi So Type Jewelry Collection Is for Font Lovers

NEW YORK. Designer Mimi So gets nostalgic in a newly unveiled jewelry collection that nods to her typography roots. Dubbed Type, the collection of oversize (a little bigger than a quarter) letter pendants in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold speaks to So’s time as a graphic design student at Parsons, where she honed her refined, linear aesthetic.

“So much about jewelry now relates to an expression of individuality,” she explains. “And since I have a graphics background that is so ingrained in me, and because I like calligraphy in Chinese culture, I wanted to create my own font that was whimsical and expressive.”

Finished Type styles, with their asymmetrical edginess and clean sans serif lines, hang askew from chains and reference her original Piece collection of graphic, straight-lined shapes. The font in Type, meanwhile, isn’t a clearly recognizable one from a menu of Word options. Instead, it is So’s spin on a “deconstructed version of Helvetica that is reconstructed,” she says. “I wanted to have a disruptive font.” As for the manufacturing process, So’s craftsmen first create models by hand, later giving them a more precise look through finishing with computer-assisted design, or CAD.

While the pendant necklaces, available in one size only, are for sale now in plain gold, with an 0.11 ct. to 0.13 ct. diamond accent, in full pavé, or with a bumblebee accent borrowed from her Wonderland collection, earrings are also in the works. Find styles in her online shop or in select Neiman Marcus stores and at Betteridge in Greenwich, Conn. And, come 2018, more Wonderland-accented Type pieces will be available from one retailer exclusively. Which one? So won’t say—for now. Check back with her in January.

 

 

 

S letter in 18k yellow gold from Type with a 0.11 ct. diamond, $2,400; Mimi So

S letter in 18k white gold from Type with a 0.11 ct. diamond, $2,400; Mimi So
Purchase online at Mimi So

 

D letter in 18k rose gold from Type with 0.39 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,900; Mimi So

D letter in 18k rose gold from Type with 0.39 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,900; Mimi So
Purchase online at Mimi So

 

B letter in 18k white gold from Type with a bumblebee accent and 0.52 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,600; Mimi So

B letter in 18k yellow gold from Type with a bumblebee accent and 0.52 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,600; Mimi So
Purchase online at Mimi So

 

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Laila Farcas-Ionescu’s Pussy Bites Back Jewelry Collection

NEW YORK. Like many U.S. residents, designer Laila Farcas-Ionescu had strong feelings after last year’s presidential election. And on the eve of the anniversary of it, she decided to unveil her fierce fine jewelry reaction to it, a collection she’d been working on all year: Pussy Bites Back (PBB).

Seeing how the pussy-hat phenomenon took off in response to myriad women’s feelings about the admitted actions of President Trump, she took the kitty imagery idea a step further through her own craft. To wit, PBB offerings include sterling silver rings, earrings, bracelets, tie tacks, and pendants with colorful nano-ceramic coatings with diamonds or white sapphires, or in Lucite in the shape of cat claws or fangs stationed on the heads of snarling felines. (T-shirts, stickers, and temporary tattoos are also available online.) A kick-off party at form & concept in Santa Fe on Halloween helped to celebrate the super-feminist story that aims to make buyers think. “It’s a visceral response to our political situation,” Farcas-Ionescu says. It’s also a little funny.

“There’s something cathartic about Laila’s new line that inspired us,” explained Clara Holiday, sales director at form & concept, to the press about the pieces. “There’s a genuine sense of humor there that’s been missing from much of the national discourse over the past year.”

Two stackable Kitty rings in pink and white Lucite, $39; Laila Farcas-Ionescu

Two stackable Kitty rings in pink and white Lucite, $39; Laila Farcas-Ionescu

 

Pussy pendants in sterling silver with colored nano-ceramic, $85 apiece; Laila Farcas-Ionescu

Pussy pendants in sterling silver with colored nano-ceramic, $85 apiece; Laila Farcas-Ionescu

 

Pussy rings in sterling silver with colored nano-ceramic, $250 apiece; Laila Farcas-Ionescu

Pussy rings in sterling silver with colored nano-ceramic, $250 apiece; Laila Farcas-Ionescu

 

Stackable Kitty bracelet in sterling silver, $700; Laila Farcas-Ionescu at form & concept

Stackable Kitty bracelet in sterling silver, $700; Laila Farcas-Ionescu at form & concept
For purchase: Email formandconcept@gmail.com or call Jordan at 505-982-8111 x1005.

 

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Jewelry Trend: 13 Pairs of Long Stiletto-Drop Earrings to Wear Now

NEW YORK. Dramatic drop earrings—or Stiletto drops, as they were first called by a high-profile publicist on the red carpet more than 10 years ago—have an important seat at fashion’s table. Long shoulder duster or nearly clavicle-scraping numbers have been spied all year on the lobes of starlets (think Sofia Vergara at the 2017 Emmy Awards) and on models walking couture runways. These public images of the chic pairs inspire jewelry designers to interpret the silhouettes in their own motifs in the hope that shoppers (you and me!) will snap up newly made options in homage to what they’re seeing in the media. So, if you’ve been obsessing over long earrings, here are 13 (it is Halloween week!) striking pairs that you can make your own today.

Gravity earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.56 ct. t.w. natural-color champagne and white diamonds, $2,760; Xiao Wang For purchase: Buy from Broken English in New York City at 212-219-1264

Gravity earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.56 ct. t.w. natural-color champagne and white diamonds, $2,760; Xiao Wang
For purchase: Buy from Broken English in New York City at 212-219-1264

 

Hinged Gem Link earrings in 14k gold and oxidized sterling silver and 18k yellow gold bimetal with 0.276 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,805; Elizabeth Garvin For purchase: Buy from Elizabeth Garvin at 212-420-9470 or info@elizabethgarvin.com

Hinged Gem Link earrings in 14k gold and oxidized sterling silver and 18k yellow gold bimetal with 0.276 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,805; Elizabeth Garvin
For purchase: Buy from Elizabeth Garvin at 212-420-9470 or info@elizabethgarvin.com

 

 

 

Multistone Matchstick earrings in 14k yellow gold with 22 cts. white and blue topaz and 0.22 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,950; Anzie For purchase: Buy online at Stephanie Gottlieb

Multistone Matchstick earrings in 14k yellow gold with 22 cts. white and blue topaz and 0.22 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,950; Anzie
For purchase: Buy online at Stephanie Gottlieb

 

Carved apple green jadeite jade teardrop earrings in 14k yellow gold with an endless knot design and green jadeite bead accents, $3,150; Mason-Kay Classic Jade Collection For purchase: Buy from Mason Kay at 888-MASONKAY or kris@masonkay.com

Carved apple green jadeite jade teardrop earrings in 14k yellow gold with an endless knot design and green jadeite bead accents, $3,150; Mason-Kay 
For purchase: Buy from Mason Kay at 888-MASONKAY or kris@masonkay.com

Matchstick earrings in 14k yellow gold are two inches long with white sapphires, emeralds, opals, and pink sapphires, $3,300; Ilana Ariel For purchase: Buy online at Broken English Jewelry in New York City

Matchstick earrings in 14k yellow gold are two inches long with white sapphires, emeralds, opals, and pink sapphires, $3,300; Ilana Ariel
For purchase: Buy online at Broken English Jewelry in New York City

 

Persephone earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.804 ct. rose-cut diamonds, $3,900; Jewelyrie by Huan Wang For purchase: Buy online from Jewelyrie by Huan Wang

Persephone earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.804 ct. rose-cut diamonds, $3,900; Jewelyrie by Huan Wang
For purchase: Buy online from Jewelyrie by Huan Wang

Gossip long earrings in 18k yellow gold with 4 cts. amethyst, 2.1 cts. t.w. garnets, 2.1 cts. t.w. blue topaz, 2.02 cts. London blue topaz, 1.6 cts. citrine, 0.96 ct. t.w. peridot, and 0.19 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,200; Goshwara

Gossip long earrings in 18k yellow gold with 4 cts. amethyst, 2.1 cts. t.w. garnets, 2.1 cts. t.w. blue topaz, 2.02 cts. London blue topaz, 1.6 cts. citrine, 0.96 ct. t.w. peridot, and 0.19 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,200; Goshwara
For purchase: Buy from Goshwara at 212-937-9727 or Info@goshwara.com

 

One-of-a-kind Magic Pagoda earrings in 18k gold with 1.2 cts. t.w. star sapphires, 0.79 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, 0.25 ct. black diamonds, rutilated quartz, opals, and akoya pearls, $5,400; Unhada For purchase: Buy at Blue Tree in New York City at 212-369-2583

One-of-a-kind Magic Pagoda earrings in 18k gold with 1.2 cts. t.w. star sapphires, 0.79 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, 0.25 ct. black diamonds, rutilated quartz, opals, and akoya pearls, $5,400; Unhada
For purchase: Buy from Blue Tree in New York City at 212-369-2583

 

Dress earrings in 18k white gold with peacock-color mother-of-pearl and diamond accents, $5,800; Melanie Georgacopoulos For purchase: Buy from Melanie Georgacopoulos at 44-207-837-4151 or info@melaniegeorgacopoulos.com

Dress earrings in 18k white gold with peacock-color mother-of-pearl and diamond accents, $5,800; Melanie Georgacopoulos
For purchase: Buy from Melanie Georgacopoulos at 44-207-837-4151 or info@melaniegeorgacopoulos.com

Pyramide drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with black onyx and 0.80 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,000; Maria Canale For purchase: Buy online from Maria Canale

Pyramide drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with black onyx and 0.80 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,000; Maria Canale
For purchase: Buy online from Maria Canale

Gemma earrings in 18k yellow gold with 8.27 cts. tanzanite and 0.26 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,140; Lauren K. For purchase: Buy from Lauren K. at 212-719-2067 or info@laurenk.com

Gemma earrings in 18k yellow gold with 8.27 cts. tanzanite and 0.26 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,140; Lauren K.
For purchase: Buy from Lauren K. at 212-719-2067 or info@laurenk.com

 

Drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.24 cts. t.w. diamonds and coral accents, $12,700; Aida Bergsen at Rock House For purchase: Buy from Rock House at 970-948-8782 or beth@rockhousenyc.com

Drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.24 cts. t.w. diamonds and coral accents, $12,700; Aida Bergsen at Rock House
For purchase: Buy from Rock House at 970-948-8782 or beth@rockhousenyc.com

Drop earrings (eight inches) in 18k white gold with 3.47 cts. t.w. G-VS-quality diamonds, $19,900; Mattia Cielo at Rock House For purchase: Buy from Rock House at 970-948-8782 or beth@rockhousenyc.com

Drop earrings (eight inches) in 18k white gold with 3.47 cts. t.w. G-VS-quality diamonds, $19,900; Mattia Cielo at Rock House
For purchase: Buy from Rock House at 970-948-8782 or beth@rockhousenyc.com

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Happy Halloween: Fine Jewelry Gets Spooky (Plus, Some Is on Sale to Buy Now!)

NEW YORK. The idea that fine jewelry is only for serious themes can be completely debunked in a single post—this one on Halloween jewelry! Creepy themes and Halloween motifs aren’t just for trick-or-treaters; parents and non-parenting adults alike can also get into the spooky spirit simply by wearing one of these scary styles. Bonus: our first featured designer is having a sale on skull and vampire jewels as well as poison-inspired pieces purchased online! See below for her code and for more pieces ideal for wear during Halloween week and beyond.

Shaman bracelet in sterling silver and frosted black onyx, $500; William Henry For purchase: Buy online at William Henry

Shaman bracelet in sterling silver and frosted black onyx, $500; William Henry
For purchase: Buy online at William Henry

 

Skull studs in 18k gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds, $600; Wendy Brandes For purchase: Buy online at Wendy Brandes Bonus: Use the code PoorYorick at checkout for a 33.3 percent discount! Also applicable to her other skulls as well as vampires and poison themes.

Skull studs in 18k gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds, $600; Wendy Brandes
For purchase: Buy online at Wendy Brandes
Bonus: Use the code PoorYorick at checkout for a 33.3 percent discount! Also applicable to her other skulls as well as vampires and poison themes.

Facette skull charm in recycled 18k yellow gold opal doublets, $640; Delphine Leymarie For purchase: Buy online at Delphine Leymarie

Facette skull charm in recycled 18k yellow gold opal doublets, $640; Delphine Leymarie
For purchase: Buy online at Delphine Leymarie

 

Skull Box clasp bracelet in sterling silver, $1,125; Salt + Stone For purchase: Buy from Salt + Stone at info@saltandstone.com or 720-663-9660

Skull Box clasp bracelet in sterling silver, $1,125; Salt + Stone
For purchase: Buy from Salt + Stone at info@saltandstone.com or 720-663-9660

 

 

Batman necklace in 18k gold with black rhodium and 0.75 ct. t.w. natural-color rose-cut diamonds, $1,650; Vivaan For purchase: Buy from Vivaan at studio@vivaan.us or 212-302-0402

Batman necklace in 18k gold with black rhodium and 0.75 ct. t.w. natural-color rose-cut diamonds, $1,650; Vivaan
For purchase: Buy from Vivaan at studio@vivaan.us or 212-302-0402

 

Spiderweb earrings in 18k white and yellow gold with blackened platinum and 1.2 cts. t.w. rose-cut diamonds $3,600; Thyreos Vassiliki For purchase: Buy from Thyreos Vassiliki at info@thyreosvassiliki.com or 30-69-4477-1320

Spiderweb earrings in 18k white and yellow gold with blackened platinum and 1.2 cts. t.w. rose-cut diamonds $3,600; Thyreos Vassiliki
For purchase: Buy from Thyreos Vassiliki at info@thyreosvassiliki.com or 30-69-4477-1320

 

 

Earrings in 18k gold with black rhodium, 10.45 cts. emerald, 2.69 cts. black diamonds, and 0.99 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $20,206; Yael Designs For purchase: Buy from Yael Designs at info@yaeldesigns.com or 415-989-9235 ex 105

Earrings in 18k gold with black rhodium, 10.45 cts. emerald, 2.69 cts. black diamonds, and 0.99 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $20,206; Yael Designs
For purchase: Buy from Yael Designs at info@yaeldesigns.com or 415-989-9235 ex 105

 

 One-of-a-kind Triple Skull ring in 18k white and yellow gold with 6.54 cts. diamonds and enamel, $34,000; Lord Jewelry For purchase: Buy from Lord Jewelry at lordjewelry@gmail.com or 213-489-0039


One-of-a-kind Triple Skull ring in 18k white and yellow gold with 6.54 cts. diamonds and enamel, $34,000; Lord Jewelry
For purchase: Buy from Lord Jewelry at lordjewelry@gmail.com or 213-489-0039

 

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