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Julez Bryant’s Better Days Jewelry Collection Has the Sunshine and Rainbows You Need Now

Solana Beach, Calif. Sept. 29, 2020. Mother Nature provided the peace that jewelry designer Julez Bryant needed during quarantine (think California sunsets and flowers), and this gave way to a new Better Days jewelry collection.

“During COVID, I’ve seen that it’s a blessing to be able to slow down and reconnect,” she explains in an email interview. “To get through the loneliness and solitude of quarantine, Mother Nature stepped in and provided me with beautiful sunsets and colorful flowers blooming. These scenes remind me of my childhood spent playing in the California sunshine and taking road trips along the coastline. These inspirations have been realized through my work.”

Little would an adolescent Bryant, roller skating in Gloria Vanderbilt jeans with her mind on “boys, art, music, and life,” realize that those carefree days would plant the design seeds for wonderfully retro-inspired jewels rich in the optimism of her youth.

To date, Better Days comprises mostly pendant necklaces made in 14k yellow gold with colored sapphires and colorless and black diamonds as well as one ring. Special hand-selected stones, too—like unheated sapphires from Madagascar—are included, as well as all of Bryant’s signature satin and hand-hammered finishes. Motifs include sun rays, stripes, and rainbows, and every piece is made in her Southern California studio. Offerings debuted this month, and retail prices start at $2,964. Initial store orders are shipping now, and most pieces are for sale on her website.

Everyone dreams of better days ahead, but this collection will ensure you don’t forget they are coming. Store buyers can email wade@julez.com for more information.

HOTT charm necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.4 ct. t.w. full-cut colorless diamonds and 0.1 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires and an alternating satin and shiny finish, $6,119; available online at Julez Bryant

HOTT charm necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.4 ct. t.w. full-cut colorless diamonds and 0.1 ct. t.w. yellow sapphires and an alternating satin and shiny finish, $6,119; available online at Julez Bryant

EDEN ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.37 ct. t.w. sapphires and diamonds, $8,958; email wade@julez.com for purchase

EDEN ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.37 ct. t.w. sapphires and diamonds, $8,958; email wade@julez.com for purchase


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Yael Design’s New Borealis Jewelry Collection Is Powered by Gold, Gemstones, Pyramids, and Great Prices

New York City. Sept. 25, 2020. Yehouda Saketkhou has unveiled new offerings that aim to fuel positive vibrations. In a jewelry collection called Borealis, the founder of Yael Designs makes myriad SKUs—90 to date—available in 14k gold with gems like amethyst, Ethiopian white opal, and turquoise, among others, all with tiny repeating patterns of pyramid motifs. Unique cuts of stones are also key and include a step-cut hexagon and a long hexagon shape, laser-cut marquise and oval shapes, as well as a kite. “All the stones were given a special cut to display full spectrum of color,” says Saketkhou, who offers JH readers a preview of Borealis now. The collection officially debuts in October.

Why pyramids and why now? Ones like the Great Pyramid of Giza are said to store energy, thus triggering their association with power. Meanwhile, the aurora borealis serves as inspiration for many because it induces awe (it is one of the wonders of the universe). Saketkhou sees both as ways for people to connect.

“Connecting the power on Earth to the power of the universe is how we can all connect and are connected to each other,” he says. “Power on earth could be viewed as what makes each of us special and unique. We are all needed, valued, and connected.”

Plus, Borealis is a contemporary-looking collection designed to spark joy in an accessible way—retail prices start at $600.

“Although today’s social and economic times are difficult, people are still looking to express themselves and treat themselves to beautiful and unique jewelry,” he adds. “From the pyramid shape of the gold setting to the modern faceting that allows each gem to show off its full color spectrum … I wanted these pieces to inspire wonder while remaining accessible to all women.”

Email randy@yaeldesigns.com for more details or for purchases. Buy-in for retailers is $5,000, and orders are fulfilled within six weeks of order.

Pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with a 1.4 ct. hexagon-cut citrine and 0.03 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,102; email randy@yaeldesigns.com for purchase

Pendant necklace in 14k yellow gold with a 1.4 ct. hexagon-cut citrine and 0.03 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,102; email randy@yaeldesigns.com for purchase

Ring in 14k rose gold with a 1.37 ct. kite-shape amethyst and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,122; email randy@yaeldesigns.com for purchase

Ring in 14k rose gold with a 1.37 ct. kite-shape amethyst and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,122; email randy@yaeldesigns.com for purchase

Earrings in 14k white gold with 3.53 cts. t.w. blue topaz and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,590; email randy@yaeldesigns.com for purchase

Earrings in 14k white gold with 3.53 cts. t.w. blue topaz and 0.05 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,590; email randy@yaeldesigns.com for purchase


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Hello, Housedress! How Jewels Fit with the Top Clothing Trends from New York Fashion Week Spring 2021 Shows

New York City. Sept. 24, 2020. Caftans, mixed patterns, bright colors, and relaxed silhouettes emerged as top clothing trends at New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2021 shows, held Sept. 11–16, 2020. Most collection debuts were digital presentations of new clothes, so live audiences and crowded shows were largely a no-no. (Christian Siriano’s backyard and socially distanced affair in Connecticut is a rare exception.) And because of the coronavirus pandemic, some New York City–based brands—including Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Gabriela Hearst—either opted out of participation or changed the dates for debuting new offerings. Michael Kors, for example, told the press he would move his Spring 2021 presentation to sometime between mid-October and mid-November 2020.

These new realities still led to plenty of brands showing off their spring 2021 offerings. The following is an analysis of top trends surfacing from labels whose collections were listed on vogue.com and how jewelry fits into them. As many realize, clothing directions often dictate accessory trends, assuming that shoppers buy into new looks each season; jewelry is often the icing on the fashion cake of dressing, especially in these Zoom-heavy times when working from home calls for comfier attire. Jewelry adds interest, depth, and statement-making design and interest to the largely casual attire being worn and promoted now. The biggest takeaway for jewelry lovers? Zoom jewelry is totally a thing.

Caftans Calling

Call it a caftan, kimono, or housedress, but for sure, call it trending. These silhouettes—albeit super high-end versions of them—were abundant among New York City fashion week participants. Think Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Dennis Basso, Pamella Roland, and St. John. Even Georgina Chapman of Marchesa (ball gowns are her bread and butter) offered an über glamorous caftan—look No. 17 in her lineup. Meanwhile, a nightshirt was evident at Christopher Kane, Rebecca Taylor offered pajamas, and Rodarte did, too, complete with slips and robes. It seems the design world understands our imminent future: still largely housebound, craving comfort, but wanting to look good.

The Perfect Jewelry: Oversize earrings, pendant necklaces, and collar necklaces—all pieces that will show up nicely on video calls. A cocktail ring couldn’t hurt, either, among those who like to talk with their hands.

Marchesa’s caftan is pure glamour.

Marchesa’s caftan is pure glamour.

Source: @marchesafashion

Pattern Party

Since none of us are attending live parties anytime soon, fashion offers exuberant prints to ease sad souls. Stripes are a holdover from spring, when we first tasted lockdown, flowers are a no-brainer, and a renaissance of paint-splash-like effects and vivid ombré swirls give us a joyful boost. Look to examples from Christian Siriano, Cynthia Rowley, and Tadashi Shoji. Other peers have leopard prints (think Naeem Khan and Tom Ford) while Reem Acra, among others, went off the deep end with sequins. Don’t worry, friends, this pandemic will end, and when it does, you’ll be appropriately outfitted to celebrate in happy prints and colors.

The Perfect Jewelry: Offer colored gems to pop against the colors of the clothes, or oversize metal-intense numbers to stand out (think a yellow gold cuff with a leopard print suit). Ideal pieces to wear with this trend will be colorful or complementary.

Tom Ford goes wild with leopard prints.

Tom Ford goes wild with leopard prints.

Photo: @tomford

Color Waves

Spring calls for bright colors, so the vibrant hues (pink, orange) selected by designers aren’t all that surprising. But factor in the pandemic, and colors are extra important; cheerfulness is in demand! Adeam embraced Mandarin orange, Badgley Mischka showed Caribbean blue and emerald green, Alice & Olivia whipped up some cotton-candy pink frocks, and Pamella Roland leaned on metallic magenta sequins (with a cape!) to bedazzle an otherwise simple dress silhouette. Meanwhile, Tom Ford’s fringed caftan in ombré shades of hot pink, red, and orange, positively electrified. These upbeat hues will do their best to help boost the mood of wearers.

The Perfect Jewelry: Remember to color block! Choose a few shades that you think play nicely, or pair a neutral hue (matte yellow gold or brightly polished silver) with a juicier one with similar tones. You could also experiment with unexpected combinations, like blue topaz with an eggplant ensemble.

Bright blue and emerald green were widespread in Badgley Mischka’s new collection.

Bright blue and emerald green were widespread in Badgley Mischka’s new collection.

Photo: @badgleymischka

Relaxed Silhouettes

Comfort was key to every couturier’s line. This means oversize knits, loose-fitting pants, and flowing frocks. Voluminous effects à la 1980s poufs are a derivative evident in Christian Siriano’s Dallas-inspired puffy shoulders. The 34-year-old designer told the media they reminded him of “growing up wanting to be a fashion designer.” Anna Sui’s whimsical house coats are loose fitting but less bulky, and the same goes for Dennis Basso’s embellished slip dresses and Imitation of Christ’s elevated take on glamorous athletic attire. Alternatively, not every designer was thinking of a wardrobe for the housebound; Jason Wu’s Holiday in Tulum collection is a wearable homage to the casual cool vibe of that beachside destination.

The Perfect Jewelry: Think layers of chains and large medallions to anchor these high-volume looks. Large earrings, too, serve these silhouettes well, as do stacks of bangles piled high on forearms.

Christian Siriano’s flower gowns aim to inspire joy and comfort.

Christian Siriano’s flower gowns aim to inspire joy and comfort.

Photo: @csiriano

Zoom Jewelry

This trend isn’t inspired by runway style but is our world’s current reality. Just as clothing designers are stitching us new relevant (comfy) clothes for daily wear, professionals who are more often working from home and using Zoom to connect with others are finding themselves in need of a little interest from the waist up. The solution? Jewelry. Take your pick, but we’re thinking statement earrings and necklaces make the most sense. A female attorney recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal says she’s buying more fine jewelry now over bags and shoes simply because of her new video-intense workday. “If you’re doing Zoom calls, people can see your earrings, your hands, your necklaces,” she told the paper in the past week.

Necklace in 14k yellow, rose, and white gold with Tahitian pearls by Martin Bernstein, $14,000; email martin@martinbernstein.com for purchase

Necklace in 14k yellow, rose, and white gold with Tahitian pearls by Martin Bernstein, $14,000; email martin@martinbernstein.com for purchase


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Instagram Edit: 5 Best Collar Necklaces at the 2020 Virtual Emmy Awards

New York City. Sept. 22, 2020. While the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards, a celebration of television’s greatest talents, did take place on Sunday, Sept. 20, at a mostly empty Staples Center in Los Angeles, the show was vastly different than in years past. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there was no live red-carpet experience, meaning there weren’t any interviewers, TV personalities, or stars at the awards show site itself. Pretty much everyone who took part in the live program was homebound in 114 locations across the globe, according to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the organization behind the Emmys.

This reimagined Emmys experience, however, did not stop the stars from glamming it up. Instagram was instrumental in capturing candid moments of style for many housebound celebs and their couch couture choices. Not surprisingly, collar necklaces were the choice of many female celebs who knew the styles would show up nicely on potential Emmys video calls and social media. Here are the five top collar necklaces as seen on stars on Instagram during the Emmys.

Zendaya was a two-time winner on Sunday night. First, she took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role as Rue in Euphoria on HBO, and second, she got major style recognition for wearing a colored stone collar necklace in gold from Bulgari’s High Jewelry collection.

Zendaya in Bulgari at the 2020 Emmy Awards

Photo: @blvgari

Julia Garner experienced two distinct thrills on Emmys night. For the second year in a row, she won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for her work as character Ruth Langmore in Ozark, a Netflix series. And for the first time, likely ever, she wore silk pajamas (courtesy of Chanel) to this virtual awards show, accented appropriately by a beautiful mess of akoya pearl strands from the brand’s fine jewelry division.

Julia Garnder in Chanel pearls

Photo: @juliagarnerofficial

With her megawatt smile and self-proclaimed “janky” backyard red carpet, Tracee Ellis Ross has got to be everyone’s favorite underdog. This year marks the fourth time she has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as Rainbow Johnson on ABC’s black-ish. Again, she didn’t take home the Emmy, but she did get to wear a major vintage Tiffany & Co. collar in gold. #consolationprize

Tracee Ellis Ross in vintage Tiffany & Co.

Photo: @traceeellisross

Holland Taylor is a veteran Emmys attendee. She won an Emmy in 1999 for her role as Judge Roberta Kittleson in “The Practice” and went on to receive seven more nominations (including one this year) for other roles. While she didn’t nab this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for her performance as Miss Kincaid in Netflix’s Hollywood, she did get to wear a joyful yellow gold collar necklace of flowers set with Sleeping Beauty turquoise from Irene Neuwirth. (Jewelry insiders know that’s a prize in itself.)

Holland Taylor in Irene Neuwirth

Photo: @karlawelchstylist

The ever-stunning Jennifer Aniston worked with Jimmy Kimmel as a presenter at the Emmys, managing a fire extinguisher like a boss when planned flames erupted during one of Kimmel’s gags; he sprayed a winner’s envelope in Lysol and set it afire as a coronavirus combatant. (Lame?) That bit, and others, did little to help the show’s ratings, but Aniston’s Neil Lane bib-style necklace in blackened gold with bezel-set diamonds served as a dazzling distraction.

Jennifer Aniston in Neil Lane

Photo: @jenniferaniston

Jennifer Aniston in Neil Lane

Photo: @neillane


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