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Get the $*@!# Out! Here’s Why Coomi Curses in Her New Uncensored Jewelry Collection

New York City. Nov. 28, 2018. Coomi Bhasin of Coomi never took offense when her über macho contractor colleagues—she was an executive in construction a lifetime ago—spray painted “The Bitch Resides Here” on the side of her projects. Instead, she reveled in the vulgar name, bringing it out of retirement years later as a gold-and-diamond-encrusted badge of honor to wear in her fine jewelry. Enter the new Uncensored Collection in 20k gold.

“I used to love it,” she recollects with a laugh. “I was in a man’s world with some of the toughest people imaginable, and I was always very proud.”

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After years of honing her antique-inspired golden signature style, complete with a paisley-motif tag and a diamond inset that touches the skin, she decided to loosen up her masterfully high-end aesthetic with a collection that revealed a cheekier side.

Pendant necklaces from Coomi's new Uncensored jewelry collection let everyone know what's on her mind

Pendant necklaces from Coomi’s new Uncensored jewelry collection let everyone know what’s on her mind

 

“I’m expressing what every woman feels—that they are tired of being expected to be the perfect wife, the perfect mother, and they can’t say this or that,” she explains. “My son said, ‘Mom, you can’t do this,’ but I’ve always restrained myself.”

So, to appease her son, who doubles as a coworker, she tempered the irreverence of Uncensored by putting the Sagrada aesthetic (think lovely enamel) on the backsides.

Some of the nine styles to date (they only arrived yesterday) include a band that spells out “Warrior,” a skull pendant emblazoned with FOH on the forehead, the phrase “Sorry Not Sorry,” and a question mark with the word “Whatever” sinuously situated in the outline of the punctuation. Still, not every piece contains shocking language; modest types will prefer the bracelet with oval shapes imprinted with the words “Love,” “Truth,” “Wisdom,” “Faith,” and “Joy.” By mid-December, Bhasin will have more, as well as a lower price point in sterling silver. Still, we’ll all have to wait until spring to purchase, since Uncensored is not yet in stores. Tentatively, the gold line will range in retail price from $1,000 to $10,000.

Bitch pendant necklace in 18k gold with diamonds and rubies, price not yet available, email Michelle@coomi.com for info

Bitch pendant necklace in 18k gold with diamonds and rubies; email Michelle@coomi.com for info

Backside of Bitch pendant necklace in 18k gold with diamonds and rubies has the enamel aesthetic from Coomi's Sagrada Collection

Backside of Bitch pendant necklace in 18k gold with diamonds and rubies has the enamel aesthetic from Coomi’s Sagrada Collection

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Bracelet in 18k yellow gold with diamonds features the words Love, Truth, Wisdom, Faith, and Joy; pricing not yet available, email Michelle@coomi.com for more info

Bracelet in 18k yellow gold with diamonds features the words Love, Truth, Wisdom, Faith, and Joy; email Michelle@coomi.com for more info

 

“It’s the most fun collection I’ve ever done,” says the designer.

Not surprisingly, her favorite is the Bitch pendant, where the word is spelled out on a hand giving viewers the middle finger. “I identify with that one the most,” she says coolly.

 

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Giving Tuesday: Help Horses Dodge Slaughter with This Jewelry

New York City. Nov. 27, 2018. It may seem hard to believe, but many of America’s horses are at risk of slaughter—a fact that jewelry designer Mikelle Terson of Mikelle Design and the EQUUS Foundation would like to change.

This is because in 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that restored the American horse-slaughter industry. The administration investigated the fate of many of these majestic creatures once their usefulness (think racing horses) or terms as pets expired, determining that the ban on horse slaughter led to increased abuse and neglect—and the illegal shipment of horses to Mexico and Canada for butchering. The re-establishment of the American horse slaughter industry meant that the lives of the animals could perhaps be more humanely ended on U.S. soil with proper inspections in place to guarantee a level of accountability.

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While the thought behind the governmental move was a thoughtful, albeit controversial, one, horse lovers are understandably aghast at the thought of ponies being butchered for meat. So Terson, who has a history of supporting animal welfare organizations with her jewelry, teamed up with the EQUUS Foundation to offer horse-motif necklaces with proceeds benefiting the welfare of American horses. The effort is called the Happy Horse Giving Campaign.

Sales of this Happy Horse necklace in sterling silver from Mikelle Design helps save American horses from slaughter thanks to a partnership with the EQUUS Foundation; $195

Sales of this Happy Horse necklace in sterling silver from Mikelle Design helps save American horses from slaughter thanks to a partnership with the EQUUS Foundation; $195

The mission of EQUUS is to protect and strengthen the bond between horses and humans, and it does so by supporting organizations that shelter, rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome horses in need, as well as offering retirement opportunities for aged horses or scenarios that would allow horses to help change people’s lives, such as through therapy.

Mikelle came in contact with EQUUS while exhibiting at the Hampton Classic on Long Island in New York. She was fascinated by its mission and was shocked at learning that a horse once considered a beloved family pet or champion racer could actually end up in a slaughter house.

Sales of this Jumping Horse necklace in 14k rose gold from Mikelle Design helps save American horses from slaughter thanks to a partnership with the EQUUS Foundation; $795

Sales of this Jumping Horse necklace in 14k rose gold from Mikelle Design helps save American horses from slaughter thanks to a partnership with the EQUUS Foundation; $795

“Sometimes horses get sold several times and ownership gets lost along the way,” she explains. “Many people have no idea that this could happen—that their horse could end up in slaughter.”

To help, Terson created two horse necklace designs, each available in sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, and 14k rose gold, and she enlisted the help of a longtime client and philanthropist who earmarks an annual budget to help worthy animal causes. With that help, 100 percent financial matches will be made to EQUUS with the sale of every one of her necklaces.

Sales of this Jumping Horse necklace in 18k yellow gold from Mikelle Design helps save American horses from slaughter thanks to a partnership with the EQUUS Foundation; $1,100

Sales of this Jumping Horse necklace in 18k yellow gold from Mikelle Design helps save American horses from slaughter thanks to a partnership with the EQUUS Foundation; $1,100

“It’s an unusual opportunity when something is matched 100 percent,” she says. “Even big companies that use the pink ribbon to generate donations for breast cancer research will only donate about three percent, but to have someone match the same price that you pay for a necklace? That’s unheard of.”

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This behind-the-scenes benefactor is willing to match up to $15,000, or the equivalent of 15 of Terson’s Vertical Jump horses in gold. But here’s the catch: the Dec. 31 deadline for donations is fast approaching. “That doesn’t seem unconquerable in a month, does it?” she maintains.

“Horses are such a strong symbol of power and majesty, and many are surprised to learn that they are not always living the life of safety and dignity that they deserve.”

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Here’s the Deal: 13 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Fine Jewelry Offers You Don’t Want to Miss

New York City. Nov. 23, 2018. Happy Black Friday! Holiday shopping officially kicks off today, and we’d like to do our part to help you maximize your shopping dollars! Check out this list of 13 fine jewelry deals below, and if you are reading this site for the first time and are a jewelry-loving collector, email me directly at Jennifer@JenniferHeebner.com for the secret deals not published on this site!

All of these makers are ones I’ve connected with and covered over the course of my 21-year jewelry-writing career, so shop with confidence.

Large Inside-Out hoop earrings in sterling silver with cubic zirconia are 75 percent off $269 with the coupon code BF18 from Genevive.

Large Inside-Out hoop earrings in sterling silver with cubic zirconia are 75 percent off $269 with the coupon code BF18 from Genevive.

 

Shop markdowns on select items—like this Treccia bangle in sterling with enamel, was $595, now $495—site wide from Belle Étoile.

Shop markdowns on select items—like this Treccia bangle in sterling with enamel, was $595, now $495—site wide from Belle Étoile.

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Shop all Gigi Ferranti jewelry online with a 15 percent discount through Sunday, Nov. 25, with the coupon code BETHANKFUL2018.

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Shop all Ele Keats jewelry online with a 20 percent discount through Cyber Monday with the coupon code BLACK20.

Shop all Lulu & Shay jewelry online with a 20 percent discount through Sunday, Nov. 25, and free domestic shipping with the coupon code THANKS20.

Shop all Lulu & Shay jewelry online with a 20 percent discount through Sunday, Nov. 25, with free domestic shipping with the coupon code THANKS20.

Shop all Shaune Leane jewelry online with a 20 percent discount with the coupon code DESIRE20.

Shop all Shaun Leane jewelry online with a 20 percent discount with the coupon code DESIRE20.

Shop all Little Gold Daisy jewelry online with a 20 percent discount with the coupon code BLACK18.

Shop all Little Gold Daisy jewelry online with a 20 percent discount with the coupon code BLACK18.

Shop all Cerimani sustainable and ethical precious metal and gemstone jewelry online with a 20 percent discount through Cyber Monday with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY18. Bonus: $50 from each purchase helps provide clean water and lavatories to villagers in the Mae Hong Sorn Region of Thailand.

Shop all Cerimani sustainable and ethical precious metal and gemstone jewelry online with a 20 percent discount through Cyber Monday with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY18. Bonus: $50 from each purchase helps provide clean water and lavatories to villagers in the Mae Hong Sorn region of Thailand.

Shop all Trésor Collection jewelry online with a 30 percent discount through Cyber Monday with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

Shop all Trésor Collection jewelry online with a 30 percent discount through Cyber Monday with the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

Shop all little h. jewelry online with a 15 percent discount through Cyber Monday with the coupon code THANKS15.

Shop all little h. jewelry online with a 15 percent discount through Cyber Monday with the coupon code THANKS15.

Shop markdowns on select items—like this black cable bangle with diamonds, was $850, now $425—sitewide from Alor.

Shop markdowns on select items—like this black cable bangle with diamonds, was $850, now $425—site wide from Alor.

TIMED SALE: On Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm online, shop select items—like this Mini Curved Bar ring in 18k gold plate over sterling silver, was $240, now 15 percent off—from Bijules with the coupon code BEFOREBLACK. In New York City? Drop by the Bijules Incubator shop at 322B Canal Street from 5 pm to 8 pm to enjoy the same discount in person.

TIMED SALE: On Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm online, shop select items—like this Mini Curved Bar ring in 18k gold plate over sterling silver, was $240, now 15 percent off—from Bijules with the coupon code BEFOREBLACK. In New York City? Drop by the Bijules Incubator shop at 322B Canal Street from 5 pm to 8 pm to enjoy the same discount in person.

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Shop this Rosebud bracelet in sterling silver from Angely Martinez for a discounted price of $172 (normally $250). Also find it in person at the Bijules Incubator shop at 322B Canal Street in New York City from 5 pm to 8 pm.

 

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Platinum Born Jewelry Gives Every Woman a Chance to Own the World’s Most Precious Metal

New York City. Nov. 15, 2018. Earlier this year, jewelry lovers with champagne tastes on beer budgets got a gift from the nonprofit association that promotes the rarest of all precious metals: Platinum Guild International (PGI) unveiled an entry-level-price platinum jewelry collection in association with key industry partners. Called Platinum Born, about 30 individual pieces are made in Japan—a country with a long love affair with delicate platinum designs—and distributed by Suna Brothers, a seasoned maker of heirloom-quality jewels.

For years, directional voices in jewelry including editors and top store owners have lamented the fact that platinum was largely available only in wedding rings. It wasn’t easy to find chic platinum jewels in wearable styles for every day. Designers like Elisa Solomon and Deirdre Featherstone knew long ago the importance of offering fashion-forward styles in platinum (think of Solomon’s Peace Sign necklace for $2,530 and just about everything Featherstone makes, including emerald and diamond climber-style earrings), but most other makers relegated platinum to the wedding category alone. That’s not a bad space to be in, but it is limiting, especially for a metal that’s durable, bright, hypoallergenic, and rare. How rare? PGI maintains that platinum is 30 times more rare than gold. Further, if all the platinum ever mined were melted and poured into an Olympic-sized pool, the platinum would barely reach your ankles while gold would fill three pools. That’s pretty rare.

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So PGI worked with international partners to make an accessible collection of platinum jewelry. Styles including chains for layering, lariats, bracelets, and dangle earrings, with retail price tags from $495 to $7,500. There’s even a magnetic necklace that you can effortlessly wrap around the neck or wrist—no fumbling with a clasp! The individual pieces are sourced from a few Japanese platinum jewelry manufacturers as opposed to one company with a singular collection, giving shoppers the ability to start their personal platinum inventories with essentials for repeated wear.

“There’s nothing like this in the market,” explained Danielle Barber, creative manager of Suna Brothers, at a high-end jewelry trade show in Arizona. “Platinum has value and we want to offer greater access to it.”

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PGI USA President Jenny Luker agrees. “We’ve seen this platinum opportunity in Japan, and we want that for the U.S. Many brides already want a platinum wedding ring, and many other women already own more than two pieces of platinum. After concluding extensive focus groups and market research, Platinum Born fulfilled what the consumer was looking for.”

The venerable retailer Lux, Bond & Green, of Boston, immediately bought into the line and offers many of its styles for sale online. And at these prices, there’s no need to wait; your platinum moment can happen much sooner than you may have thought.

Platinum Born bracelet, $495 at Lux, Bond & Green

Platinum Born bracelet with pearls, $495 at Lux, Bond & Green

 

Platinum Born Drop Leaf earrings, $825 at Lux, Bond & Green

Platinum Born Drop Leaf earrings, $825 at Lux, Bond & Green

 

Platinum Born Triple-Strand necklace, $1,275 at Lux, Bond & Green

Platinum Born Triple-Strand necklace, $1,275 at Lux, Bond & Green

 

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