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Collector Obsession: Eden’s Intrigue with Realm Fine Jewelry

Hinged Sceptre Linea Corset cuff in 18k gold vermeil with CZ, $1,050; Realm

PHILADELPHIA. It was January 2013 when Eden met Ann King Lagos of Realm Jewelry through a friend. They chatted and parted ways without any discussion of Lagos’ jewelry, a sculpted line of sterling silver designs. But a few months later Eden met the designer again at private event where the jewelry was offered for sale. For the corporate philanthropic manager of an insurance company, it was love at first sight of the pieces. She struggled to resist buying everything laid out before her.

“I remember thinking, ‘I can’t buy 20 pieces at a clip—what am I going to do?’” she recollects.

Lagos stepped in to help her make a purchase plan, calmly encouraging her to first buy what she would wear the most and note other pieces to collect later. Eden walked away with several items, the start of her Realm collection.

Before the holidays, Eden met Ann again to purchase her Sceptre collar in black ruthenium over silver to wear to a party. Ann pointed out that Eden could—and should—incorporate it into everyday wear, and not just save it for black-tie events. “She asked, ‘Why wouldn’t you also wear it with jeans and a white T-shirt?’” recalls Eden. The look was a winner. “I love the look, feel, and color—it’s so rich, sexy, unique, and has a fresh feel.”

To date, Eden owns upwards of 20 pieces of Realm jewelry. The collar is one of her favorites. “It lays on your neck like an extension of your body, and has a lot of little detail in the tips of the collar that pop against your skin,” Eden explains.

Other pieces in her private stash include the Insignia pendant necklace and ring, the latter a piece that she wears daily. “I literally have not taken it off my right hand—I love the weight,” she says.

And while many jewelry designs feel too dainty for Eden—“I’m five-eight and have big wrists,” she says—Realm pieces naturally complement her and her attire. “I feel regal when I wear Realm,” she says. “And, I’ve had a few people tell me that I look polished when I wear the jewelry, whether it’s in jeans and kimono top or a business suit.”

Insignia Luxe ring in 18k gold vermeil, $550; Realm

Insignia Luxe ring in 18k gold vermeil, $550; Realm

 

Hinged Sceptre Linea Corset cuff in 18k gold vermeil with CZ, $1,050; Realm

Another piece in Eden’s collection, this Hinged Sceptre Linea Corset cuff in 18k gold vermeil with CZ, $1,050; Realm

 

Sceptre collar in sterling silver with black ruthenium, $800; Realm

One of Eden’s fave styles–the Sceptre collar in sterling silver with black ruthenium, $800; Realm

 

Temptations

Eden loves collecting Realm jewelry, but she’s also open to learning about other designers with equally sexy aesthetics. Here are 12 more pieces that could appeal to her obsession and keep her collecting.

 

 

Layered necklace in 14k white gold with 0.42 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,600; KC Designs

Layered necklace in 14k white gold with 0.42 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,600; KC Designs

 

 

Twist Line earrings in 14k white gold with 0.62 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,825; KC Designs

Twist Line earrings in 14k white gold with 0.62 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,825; KC Designs

 

 

Facets necklace in oxidized sterling and 18k gold with a 12 ct. crystalline quartz, $1,230; Elizabeth Garvin

Facets necklace in oxidized sterling and 18k gold with a 12 ct. crystalline quartz, $1,230; Elizabeth Garvin

 

 

Facets ring in oxidized sterling and 18k gold with green amethyst and 0.23 ct. t.w. treated green diamonds, $4,390; Elizabeth Garvin

Facets ring in oxidized sterling and 18k gold with green amethyst and 0.23 ct. t.w. treated green diamonds, $4,390; Elizabeth Garvin

 

Classic Stax cuff in sterling silver with black rhodium, $375; Hera

Classic Stax cuff in sterling silver with black rhodium, $375; Hera

 

 

Athena earrings in sterling silver with hematite and black spinel, $795; Hera

Athena earrings in sterling silver with hematite and black spinel, $795; Hera

 

 

 

Necklace in black onyx with an 18k yellow gold clasp, $1,925; Vicente Agor at M. Lowe, 510-486-0613; info@mlowejewelry.com

Necklace in black onyx with an 18k yellow gold clasp, $1,925; Vicente Agor at M. Lowe, 510-486-0613; info@mlowejewelry.com

 

 

Earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.742 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $7,215; Vicente Agor at M. Lowe, 510-486-0613; info@mlowejewelry.com

Earrings in 18k yellow gold with 0.742 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $7,215; Vicente Agor at M. Lowe, 510-486-0613; info@mlowejewelry.com

Bold Pavé Surfboard stud earrings in sterling silver with 0.12 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $450; Tacori

Bold Pavé Surfboard stud earrings in sterling silver with 0.12 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $450; Tacori

 

Ivy Lane Stacked Surfboard ring in sterling silver with 0.58 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $890; Tacori

Ivy Lane Stacked Surfboard ring in sterling silver with 0.58 ct. t.w. black diamonds, $890; Tacori

 

 

Cuff bangle in 14k yellow gold with 1.74 cts. t.w. diamonds, $6,240; Gabriel & Co.

Cuff bangle in 14k yellow gold with 1.74 cts. t.w. diamonds, $6,240; Gabriel & Co.

 

Choker in 14k white gold with 0.53 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,245; Gabriel & Co.

Choker in 14k white gold with 0.53 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,245; Gabriel & Co.

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