7 March

Earrings + Statement Necklaces

This post is part of a guest blogger series featuring Alana Brooks of The Good Girl Gone Blog.

Yesterday, I showed you some of my favorite statement necklaces from around the Web. As promised, I’ve paired them with some fabulous earrings, all from Gemvara!

Sources from left to right: 1,2,3,4.

Sources from left to right: 1,2,3,4.

Sources from left to right: 1,2,3,4.

Sources from left to right: 1,2,3,4.

Do you have a favorite combination?

6 March

I Want (Neck) Candy!

Sources: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.

This post is part of a guest blogger series featuring Alana Brooks of The Good Girl Gone Blog.

When it comes to the baubles I wear around my neck, I say “go big, or go home!”. Whether you go the vintage route, choose faux-options or go full-on gemstone encrusted, this is an easy trend to incorporate into your wardrobe. Plus, it can take your outfit form “blah” to “beautiful” with just one piece. Though plain mixed-metal options are nice, I tend to gravitate towards the more colorful, candy colored options.

Are you a statement necklace kind of gal, or do you gravitate towards more subtle neck wear?

Check back soon for another post featuring Gemvara earring pairings for the necklaces above.

20 July

All the Green Without the Envy

As a bona fide Leo, born in the month of August, I have always felt a connection to many of the characteristic “lioness” tendencies. Whether for good or bad, it is apparent that Leos are definitely a fiery breed.

This being said, it struck me as odd when I discovered that my birthstone was peridot. I remember thinking, “Green? Really?” I had always envisioned the birthstone of August as a bright red, vibrant orange or even a sparkling yellow- all colors that match the summer sun. Green, on the other hand, evoked a calming sense for me. That is until I actually saw peridot.

Anything but calming, peridot’s green is incredibly lively. When caught in the light, its color dances with a rich glow and a velvety luster. Formed as a result of volcanic activity (I guess it truly is “fiery”), peridot is among the oldest of the gemstones. Ancient Egyptians used to call them “gems of the sun” because of their dazzling brilliance when seen in the desert sunlight. In fact, Egyptians believed that peridot glowed even in darkness. Because of this, early miners in Egypt actually used to mine for peridot late at night, believing that the light of the moon made the crystals easier to find. Talk about a beacon of light!

Throughout history, peridot (pronounced “pear-a-doe”) was used as a means of connecting to nature, a trait that seems fitting for a gemstone that only occurs in the color green. However, that’s not to say there is only one shade of green: peridot can range from a yellowish-green to a dark olive color. Peridot is among the “greenest” of gems in another way too. Most peridot is mined, often by hand, by Native Americans on the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona.

This transparent crystal was once known to protect against evil, ward off depression and fear and keep one free from envy. Peridot is also said to bring divine inspiration, promote vitality, and strengthen the self as well as relationships. The property that I find most endearing about peridot is that it promotes new growth in years to come. Who wouldn’t want to wear a daily reminder that “the best is yet to come?”

Peridot is a fabulous gem to wear during the summer months because it matches very well with other citrus colors. My three favorite “Gemvarian” ways to wear peridot are in the Hera Earrings, a regal statement in gold, the Heartbeat Band, mixed with diamonds this is a real dazzler, and the Large Gemstone Solitaire Pendant, a stunning statement to match an August baby’s striking personality!

2 September

The Emmy for Best Jewelry

Today’s hottest TV actresses brought out the jewelry big guns at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. The best red carpet jewels category was fiercely contested this year.

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara was a golden, glowing dream in a Carolina Herrera gown embellished with gold sequins. She perfectly pared this jaw-dropping dress with fan-shaped gold dangle earrings. It’s no surprise Sofia took home an Emmy for best comedy series with a spot-on red carpet performance like the one she had this evening. Take her golden lead and search for white gold dangle earrings on Gemvara.

Mad Men’s ladies are mad for jewelry also. Red-hot Christina Hendricks demanded the spotlight in a pale lavender Zac Posen gown. Her newly single co-star, Elisabeth Moss, exuded grace and elegance. Elisabeth’s dove-grey silk chiffon one-shoulder gown was a refreshing departure from her fashionista colleagues. She completed the look with eye-catching yet classy gemstone earrings.

But the winning jewelry look of the evening goes to Glee’s Lea Michele, who sported brand-new bangs and celebrated her birthday in style at the awards show. She wore an Oscar de la Renta 2011 navy silk taffeta sweetheart neckline gown with bundles of organza flamenco ruffles around the skirt. The icing on the cake was a sparkling fancy-colored diamond Lorraine Schwartz bib necklace and matching bracelets. Someone blow out this candle because it might catch the place on fire!


Actress, writer and improviser Brooke Lenzi is a performer on stage and screen in Los Angeles. She likes gifts that come in small packages.

6 March

Oscar Jewelry Predictions

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Hollywood’s big night is coming up on Sunday and it’s not just about movies: it’s the superbowl of jewelry. What beautiful jewels can we expect to see on the red carpet? Here’s my predictions, based on the jewelry at the Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Sag Awards.

1) Bold Gem Drops
This was the knock out look at last year’s Academy Awards. Angelina Jolie wore dramatic pear-shaped emerald earrings.Gemvara Ruby Earrings The trend continued at the Golden Globes, with Julianne Moore wearing similarly enormous emeralds.  This month’s fashion magazines feature a spectacular Bulgari jewelry ad with Moore wearing the same emerald earrings (and not much else.) Emerald has been done to perfection so no one else is likely to try that green gem again but this look has legs. Expect a new twist with another gem color.
Prediction: Bold gem drops that aren’t emerald.

2) Statement Necklace
This is the Oscars, people!  It’s time to take it up a notch. After many seasons of long earrings and a stack of bracelets, it’s time for the dramatic necklace. With the strapless styles we’re expecting, someone will break out a big necklace. To keep the overall effect young and sexy, not dowager, expect the necklace to be colorful or textured, not traditional.
Prediction: One statement & strapless combo.

3) Lorraine Reigns
Expect several of the actresses on the red carpet to be wearing Lorraine Schwartz, the hottest jewelry designer.  She loves blackened metal and draped sihouettes so even her bold styles are sexy and wearable.  Fancy diamonds are likely in unusual shades like gray and brown. At this point an awards show without a stunning piece by Schwartz is unthinkable.
Prediction: The best jewel of the night will be by Lorraine Schwartz.

4) Coco’s Rules
The age of bling and excess is over: the rule now for the red carpet is to follow Coco Chanel’s famous advice: get completely dressed and then take one thing off.  Expect stars to be accessorized with one standout piece, either jewel or dress, with everything else dialed back to a supporting role.  Think Angelina last year: bold emeralds with a subdued black dress.
Prediction: Stylish looks with a singular focus