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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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Greece-Inspired Jewels to Celebrate My Vacation

Naxos, Greece. June 20, 2019. Greetings from Greece! I’m on the island of Naxos this week with friends, so Greek-inspired jewelry seems like a natural fit. While I’m seeing evil eye motifs and the color royal blue, synonymous with the stunning Agean Sea, at every turn, ruins and mythologic tales abound, which are often reinterpreted in fine jewelry. Here are five Greece-inspired jewels–right after some vaca shots–that fit right into my current surroundings.

All island photos are my own.

Ruins of the Apollo Temple overlooking the sea on Naxos.

Ruins of the Apollo Temple overlooking the sea on Naxos.

Aegean Sea near the ruins of the Apollo Temple in Naxos, Greece.

Aegean Sea near the ruins of the Apollo Temple in Naxos, Greece.

Naxos life as seen from a walking tour.

Naxos life as seen from a walking tour.

Typical building--WHITE!--in Naxos

Typical building–WHITE!–in Naxos

Not surprisingly, the flowers in Naxos are as stunning as the rest of the scenery.

Not surprisingly, the flowers in Naxos are as stunning as the rest of the scenery.

Beach down the street from my hotel, Llianas Village. I highly recommend it.

Beach down the street from my hotel, Lianas Village. I highly recommend it.

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Open cuff bracelet in sterling silver and 24k gold, $3,190; email paul@likabehar.com at Lika Behar for purchase

Keiko Mita jewelry
Greek Evil Eye pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with hand-engraved details and 1.25 cts. t.w. blue and colorless diamonds; $3,200; email vdaste@gmail.com at Vittoria d’Aste-Surcouf for purchase

Greek Evil Eye pendant necklace in 18k yellow gold with hand-engraved details and 1.25 cts. t.w. blue and colorless diamonds; $3,200; email vdaste@gmail.com at Vittoria d’Aste-Surcouf for purchase

Glimmering Sun earrings in polished 18k yellow gold with 0.55 ct. t.w. light brown diamonds and 4.05 cts. t.w. fancy color sapphires, €3,800; Ileana Makri

Glimmering Sun earrings in polished 18k yellow gold with 0.55 ct. t.w. light brown diamonds and 4.05 cts. t.w. fancy color sapphires, €3,800; Ileana Makri

Athena ring in 18k yellow gold, $7,000; email info@andreagutierrezjewelry.com at Andrea Gutierrez Jewelry for purchase

Athena ring in 18k yellow gold, $7,000; email info@andreagutierrezjewelry.com at Andrea Gutierrez Jewelry for purchase

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Ring in 18k gold and sterling silver with 0.80 ct. t.w. diamonds and a lion intaglio inspired by an original motif circa 500–800 BC, $9,700; email jurio@kcc.zaq.ne.jp at Jurio Fujita for purchase

Ring in 18k gold and sterling silver with 0.80 ct. t.w. diamonds and a lion intaglio inspired by an original motif circa 500–800 BC, $9,700; email jurio@kcc.zaq.ne.jp at Jurio Fujita for purchase


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Lip Service: 5 Luscious Lip Jewels Speaks Volumes About Your Style

Naxos, Greece. June 20, 2019. Lips serve a purpose in communications, but they’re also inspiring jewelry designers to cast or carve cute lip-motif jewels in many colors and materials. Gold lips with gemstone-dusted surfaces remind wearers of fave shades, while brightly enameled surfaces turn up color volumes in even more playful ways. Lipesque art objects like Salvador Dalí’s Mae West Lips Sofa inspire custom silhouettes, while carved stone lips are proprietary cuts that whisper silent sweet nothings to all who will listen. Finally, the rote task of breathing itself encourages more makers to model a plump, puckered-up pair for whimsical wear. Is there one mouth that’s really speaking to you? Verbalize your affections now, lest the style take up residence elsewhere.

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Lip Emoji single stud earring in 18k yellow gold, $225; email eryn@wendybrandes.com at Wendy Brandes for purchase

Lip Emoji single stud earring in 18k yellow gold, $225; email eryn@wendybrandes.com at Wendy Brandes for purchase

Lips necklace in 18k gold with a 22 ct. carved pink tourmaline pair of lips, $3,420; ; email info@christinaalexiou.com at Christina Alexiou for purchase

Lips necklace in 18k gold with a 22 ct. carved pink tourmaline pair of lips, $3,420; email info@christinaalexiou.com at Christina Alexiou for purchase

Keiko Mita jewelry
Ring in 18k white gold with 2.96 cts. t.w. rubies, $5,300; email annalisa.dasilva@mattioligioielli.it at Mattioli for purchase

Ring in 18k white gold with 2.96 cts. t.w. rubies, $5,300; email info@mattioliusa.com at Mattioli for purchase

Ring in 18k white gold with enamel and 2.13 cts. t.w. colorless diamonds, $11,800; email mirjana.kozlovacki@aishabaker.com at Aisha Baker for purchase

Ring in 18k white gold with enamel and 2.13 cts. t.w. colorless diamonds, $11,800; email mirjana.kozlovacki@aishabaker.com at Aisha Baker for purchase

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Ring in 18k gold with 12.09 cts. t.w. rubies and 0.04 ct. t.w. brown diamonds, €12,100; email larissa@lydiacourteille.com at Lydia Courteille for purchase

Ring in 18k gold with 12.09 cts. t.w. rubies and 0.04 ct. t.w. brown diamonds, €12,100; email larissa@lydiacourteille.com at Lydia Courteille for purchase


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