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Alex Sepkus’ Big Sleep Face Jewelry is Surreal Creepy Coolness

New York City. Jan. 9, 2020. It was a book and a dream that paved the way for Alex Sepkus’ Big Sleep Face collection. The creative force behind the 28-year-old design house was reading a book by Raymond Chandler, an American novelist and the originator of the hard-boiled style of detective fiction, at bedtime one evening when sleep delivered him a dream of Picasso-esque faces with oversize eyes. The sight was so jarring that it woke him, and he quickly sketched the visions.

The result? Six versions of surreal-looking faces fashioned into gold and palladium beads in his line. The originals were carved in wax for an organic vibe to match the fantastical faces of his dreams. Sepkus fans can now wear the artist’s creepy cool visions as all manner of jewelry, and additional styles continue to be added due to demand. Retail prices start at $800 for earrings.

The faces have sold so well (“It’s grown on people,” observes a Sepkus staffer) that the designer added two more detailed faces that are now part of a Till We Have Faces grouping.

Retailers headed to the Select Jewelry Show in Tucson, Feb. 2–3 at the Westin la Paloma Resort, and JCK Tucson at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Feb. 5–8, can see the new pieces in person.

Big Sleep Face studs in 18k rose gold, $800; Alex Sepkus at Style by Max

Big Sleep Face studs in 18k rose gold, $800; Alex Sepkus at Style by Max

Till We Have Faces pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with sapphire accents, $1,050 (does not include chain); Alex Sepkus at Passion Fine Jewelry

Till We Have Faces pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with diamond and sapphire accents, $1,050 (does not include chain); Alex Sepkus at Passion Fine Jewelry

Big Sleep Face ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.02 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,518; Alex Sepkus at Donald Hack

Big Sleep Face ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.02 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,518; Alex Sepkus at Donald Haack

Big Sleep Face necklace in 18k yellow and rose gold with lapis beads, $2,280; Alex Sepkus at the Renee Taylor Gallery


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12 Statement Necklaces That Rocked the 77th Annual Golden Globes

New York City. Jan. 6, 2020. Drama was abundant (think plunging necklines, some bizarre couturier choices, and Ricky Gervais’ OTT monologue lambasting Hollywood elites) at last night’s 77th Annual Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, but it’s the sparkling variety about which jewelry fans will care most. Myriad necklace types—chokers to rivieres to multistrands to pendant numbers—packed a stylish punch that stood out as last night’s go-to style. Below are the most memorable selections.

Writer and actress Greta Gerwig in a vintage-inspired Neil Lane choker necklace with black rhodium.
Photo: @jennstreicher

Writer and actress Greta Gerwig in a vintage-inspired Neil Lane choker necklace with diamonds in black rhodium.

Photo: @jennstreicher

Charlize Theron, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Bombshell,” in a diamond and emerald choker from the Blue Book collection of Tiffany & Co.
Photo: @tiffanyandco

Charlize Theron, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Bombshell,” in a diamond and emerald choker from the Blue Book collection of Tiffany & Co.

Photo: @tiffanyandco

Jennifer Lopez, presenter and nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for “Hustlers,” in an emerald and diamond necklace in 18k gold and platinum from Harry Winston. 
Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor
Jennifer Lopez, presenter and nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for “Hustlers,” in an emerald and diamond necklace in 18k gold and platinum from Harry Winston. 
Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor

Jennifer Lopez, presenter and nominee for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for “Hustlers,” in an emerald and diamond necklace in 18k gold and platinum from Harry Winston.

Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor

Helen Mirren, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Catherine the Great,” in a cascading diamond drop necklace in platinum by Harry Winston.
Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor

Helen Mirren, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Catherine the Great,” in a cascading diamond drop necklace in platinum by Harry Winston.

Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor

Ana de Armas, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for “Knives Out,” in a sapphire and diamond necklace from the Blue Book collection of Tiffany & Co.
Photo: @tiffanyandco

Ana de Armas, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for “Knives Out,” in a sapphire and diamond necklace from the Blue Book collection of Tiffany & Co.

Photo: @tiffanyandco

Actress and presenter Gwyneth Paltrow in two Forever High Jewelry necklaces with diamonds from Bulgari. 
Photo: @bulgariofficial

Actress and presenter Gwyneth Paltrow in two Forever High Jewelry necklaces with diamonds from Bulgari.

Photo: @bulgariofficial

Scarlett Johansson, nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Marriage Story,” in a platinum choker with diamonds, including a drop pendant, from Bulgari.
Photo: @bulgariofficial

Scarlett Johansson, nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Marriage Story,” in a platinum choker with diamonds, including a drop pendant, from Bulgari.

Photo: @bulgariofficial

Actress Priyanka Chopra (with husband Nick Jonas) in a diamond choker from Bulgari.
Photo: @bulgariofficial

Actress Priyanka Chopra (with husband Nick Jonas) in a diamond choker from Bulgari.

Photo: @bulgariofficial

Jennifer Aniston, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama for “The Morning Show,” in a vintage 1950s Cartier necklace loaded with diamonds from Fred Leighton Jewels.
Photo: @leightonjewels

Jennifer Aniston, presenter and nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama for “The Morning Show,” in a vintage 1950s Cartier necklace loaded with diamonds from Fred Leighton.

Photo: @leightonjewels

Cynthia Erivo, nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Harriet,” in a masterful diamond and sapphire necklace made by Bulgari. 
Photo: @bulgariofficial

Cynthia Erivo, nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Harriet,” in a masterful diamond and sapphire necklace made by Bulgari.

Photo: @bulgariofficial

Singer and actor Billy Porter in a diamond line necklace with a pendant drop by Tiffany & Co. 
Photo: @thebillyporter

Singer and actor Billy Porter in a diamond line necklace with a pendant drop by Tiffany & Co.

Photo: @theebillyporter

Presenter Rachel Weisz in a Fifth Avenue Crossover Diamond necklace by Harry Winston. 
Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor
Presenter Rachel Weisz in a Fifth Avenue Crossover Diamond necklace by Harry Winston. 
Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor

Presenter Rachel Weisz in a Fifth Avenue Crossover Diamond necklace by Harry Winston.

Photo: Harry Winston/Steve Granitz/Getty Contributor


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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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