Jewelry Spotlight: Ashley Pittman

Ashley Pittman fell in love with the East African landscape and the people she met there while working for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Rwanda. It was here the idea for a jewelry line was born. She searched for many months for skilled artisans and the appropriate infrastructure to complete her vision of horned jewelry design and production AshleyPittman.com

On a routine visit to ShopStyle I came across several pieces of jewelry that caught my eye. The funny little thing about these pieces is they were all made by the same person! Does that ever happen to you? I feel like that happens to me all the time. Naturally my curious nature kicked in and I had to know everything about Ashley Pittman and this new line of jewelry I had discovered!

The Ashley Pittman Collection reinterprets the power and simplicity expressed in the shapes and textures of centuries-old African jewelry. The collection features natural horn carved by a women’s cooperative, fair-trade semi-precious gemstones, bronze and other materials indigenous to East Africa. Bergdorf Goodman

Overall I am so glad to have discovered the amazing work of Ashley. Her designs are really unique and exciting. The Ashley Pittman Foundation donates 10% of all profits from the jewelry collection back to Kamboo. Check out Ashley featured on OMGbuymeTHIS’s 30 Day Fashion Challenge as well as on the MPress Facebook Page!

XOXO Mallory

Jewelry Spotlight: Allsaints Spitalfields

A military palate, chunky chains and a signature vintage industrial aesthetic is Allsaints Spitalfields in a nutshell. This revolutionary British company has crossed the gaps between grunge, punk, boho and industrial inspired clothing and accessories and continues to bring new elements into each and every collection. Today I wanted to showcase some of my favorite jewelry pics from their Fall/Winter 2011 line, enjoy!

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The Maya Earrings, drop earrings with a large glass diamond shaped detail. Shown in Brass they also come in Gunmetal. $65.00allsaints necklace

The Guinevere Necklace, chain mail necklace with tassel detail. Shown in Russian Gold, also comes in Black Ox. $120.00

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The Jacosta Ring, cast and oxidized signet ring set with peridot glass. Shown in Silver. $40.00

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The Veneza Earrings, cut clear or amber coloured glass in cast cases, in brushed brass or dark silver finish. Shown in Silver/Amber, also comes in Brass/Onyx. $75.00

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The Alivia Armour Necklace, frosted quartz disc necklace in a studded cast setting with leather detail. Shown in Brushed Gold/Quartz also comes in Gunmetal/Rose, $95.00.

I hope you enjoyed my picks! You can also check out more styles in my Allsaints Spitalfields Jewelry album on Facebook. Until next time…

XOXO Mallory

Baublebar Fall Wishlist

Happy Thursday jewelry lovers! Today I’ve decided to break down and sift through my massive favorites selection in my BaubleBar account and pick 6 pieces out for my fall shopping list. This was a much harder task than many of you may think! But for those of you who shop on Baublebar, you already know how many amazing pieces they have to pick from.

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First up we have the fun and colorful Crimson Collar Necklace which retails are a super low $46.00. This is just a great statement necklace which can be worn with countless styles and outfits. Not to mention the colors remind me of a perfect New England fall!

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Next up we have the sleek and chic Ebony Serra Cuff inspired by the incredible artwork of Richard Serra. The cuff retails at $105.00 but the big and bold price match the overall greatness of this piece. Like Richards art, anyone can appreciate it in a different way!

Next up we have one of the most talked about pieces of jewelry in the fashion blogasphere, the Tuxedo Necklace! It has been shown everywhere from Refinery29 to nearly every blogger I know. It is big, stylish and a wonderful color scheme. Who knows how long this piece will stay up, so better move fast on it!

Without basics, statement pieces would not make sense. My next pick is one of the cutest little basic bracelets on the market (in my opinion), the Polka Bangle! This is a nice accent to any outfit and can be easily stackable with bunches of other bangles!

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Last but CERTAINLY not least is one of the most fun and glamorous pieces on the BB website right now. Born from black enamel and glitzy diamonds, the Royal Bengal Cuff is just as alluring as the inspirational animal behind it!

And that concludes my short fall BaubleBar wishlist. Believe me, this list will keep on growing, but for now, thats it! Shameless plug – Join BaubleBar today and get tons of benefits such as $10 off your first purchase and a chance to earn points towards free jewelry with every order!

XOXO Mallory

Win a $500 Jewelry Makeover from BaubleBar!

Happy Monday boys and girls! I just wanted to alert you all of this AMAZING giveaway by BaubleBar – a $500 Jewelry Makeover! It’s easy to enter, just Sign Up for an Account and invite all your friends!

A word from the BaubleBar blog:

It’s easy – all you have to do is tell people how much you love BaubleBar.  That’s it!  For every 5 people you invite to check out BaubleBar, you’ll get an entry into the sweepstakes. The more people you invite, the more entries you get!  We recommend telling everyone…friends, family, acquaintances, exes… (okay, maybe not everyone!)  

And each week is a new chance to win – we are selecting a winner every Sunday evening for the next four weeks starting this week.  Make sure you invite people using your unique referral link in your account so you get the credit for your hard work!

Good luck!

XOXO Mallory

Jewelry For The Next Generation – GUESS

I made a pit stop at the Guess Accessories Outlet this weekend in Gilroy, CA and was quite happy with what I found! It seems that they have finally let go of their “All American Dream” of huge gold bling and gawdy earrings, and have dawned their racks with gorgeous statement pieces that would compliment any fall style. With prices ranging from $12.00 to $36.oo I was really happy with the selection and range of styles they had to offer. These are just a few of the ones that caught my eye, and possibly landed in my shopping bag!jewelry Shop Guess Jewelry Now

Aged and Opulent Jewelry

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Statement pieces have always been and will always be the easiest and most classic style to put together a great outfit. Any dress, top or jacket can instantly become something else by adding an eye catching necklace or pair of earrings. This Etsy shop encompasses what it means to be a statement piece of jewelry. Every single piece in here could be used to take an outfit from picnic in the park to Emmy’s red carpet.

Black Beauty Artisan Bracelet My favorite piece in this shop is the Black Beauty Artisan Bracelet. This artisan bracelet is sure to compliment any item you have in your fall and winter wardrobe. Art glass and lampwork beads in black and white, amber, golden brown, tortoise, hematite and mountain coral jade line the bracelet. Star shape, leaves, ruffles, swirled and dotted glass, there are many shapes and sizes with aurora borealis sparklers, rondels and crystal glass beads.

Whiting and Davis Luminescent Cameo Demi ParureAnother favorite of this wide collection of beautiful pieces is the Whiting and Davis Luminescent Cameo Demi Parure. The set is made of an onyx glass background with luminescent carved cameos is the theme for this Whiting and Davis cameo set. The silver tone plating has no visible wear and each earring is signed. The cameos luminesce when held to the light, beautifully carved with no chips or cracks.

Black Enamel Fringe Necklace One more piece to add to my collection of “I need this” is the Black Enamel Fringe Necklace. This adjustable vintage necklace has a gold tone chain measuring 16-1/2 inches long. The fringe in comprised of gold wash over brass teardrops with black enamel centers. The teardrops measure 3/8 wide and dangle 1 inch from the necklace. Fabulous vintage piece, in wonderful condition. Not signed but should be.

Overall, this is a shop full of inspirational and unique jewelry. It’s always nice to find something new and unlike things you have seen before. Make sure to check Aged and Opulet out, and I mean the whole shop. 14 pages of jewelry to drool over! xo

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Etsy pick of the week: BrillianceFound Jewelry

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Brilliance Found is a collection of original handmade jewelry featuring quartz crystal, stone & mixed metals. Statement earrings, layer necklaces, bangle bracelets, cocktail statement rings, two finger rings, body jewelry & more! Brilliance Found jewelry is worn by cutting-edge fashionistas worldwide.

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I stumbled across this store in my usual weekly etsy browsing and all of the jewelry really caught my eye. I love the different tone metals and the simplicity of each design. The multi-finger rings are so original as are the quartz crystal’s and definitely make a statement when on. I also really liked how each piece is shown on the body, so you can really get a good perspective of the size and position. Another favorite to add to my collection! Find out more about the shop and designer here:

http://www.facebook.com/BrillianceFound

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Etsy Pick Of The Week – Poetic Designs

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Indulge yourself or the special someone with Handmade Modern Vintage Jewelry from POETIC DESIGNS for the romantic poet in you…

Each piece of my jewelery is meticulously designed and handcrafted to tell a story with a touch of mystique and nostalgia. I fashion my wearables with vintage, old world inspired and recycled objects like watch components, keys, print images, flowers and Victorian filigrees. Although my creations are vintage and Old World inspired, they are designed to compliment current style and fashion trend.

– Yolanda, desginer

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It was the intricate and beautiful Eiffel Tower necklace (bottom right image) that lead me and my jewelry obsessed self to this etsy shop. At first I browsed through quickly, but after closer inspection the true handcrafted nature of these pieces became clear to me. In every necklace you will find the chain attached to a well proportion flower, mixed in with a few complimentary beads all creating a sense of true vintage inspiration. Modern day vintage can sometimes be a scary concept, and few designers really get the grasp on it. Yolanda is clearly one of these designers, and her talent and creativity shine bright in each of these beautiful pieces of jewelry.

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