Jewelry is my thing, perhaps even more than makeup. I’ve loved jewelry since I was born. Glittery stuff is my jam.
The members of the Beauty Spotlight Team have been sharing their guilty pleasures over the past few months, and this week it’s my turn.
I confess: Earrings are my guilty pleasure, my primary obsession.
I got my ears pierced when I was 18 and a freshman in college. I remember going with my friend, Erica Whitman, to get my ears pierced someplace in New York probably not too far from Barnard. They used the staple gun approach, and after they did the first ear, I tried to chicken out, but Erica wouldn’t let me. I bought 14K gold studs to wear – or at least the wire was supposed to be 14K gold. I still have them.
I love to receive earrings as gifts for my birthday and for holidays. Jeff could give me earrings for every gift-giving occasion, and I’d be thrilled. But I don’t wait for birthdays and holidays. I love to buy earrings for myself. I never have enough. I never get sick of new earrings.
I have a sizable collection. I have fine earrings crafted from gold, platinum and gem stones. I have a mini-collection of designer “costume” jewelry earrings from Alexis Bittar that are among my very favorites. I have oodles of fun earrings. I certainly own more than 100 pairs of earrings, but I’ve given up counting. I store them in a drawer in my jewelry box or on a jewelry caddy that I keep on my chest of drawers.
My Favorite Garnet Earrings
I love garnets especially for fall. They are the color of wine. So rich and beautiful!
Here are the garnet Victorian style earrings that Jeff gave me last year for Hanukkah. They were designed and hand-crafted by an artisan, and we found them on etsy. Unfortunately, I can’t remember her name!
Here are the pair of 18K gold garnet earrings that I bought on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence on my first trip to Italy many years ago. They’re a perfect match with Milani Enchanted Garnet nail polish. So pretty!
The Earrings I Get the Most Compliments On
One of my favorite pair of earrings – the ones I receive the most compliments on – are a pair of exceedingly lightweight sparkly silver lucite earrings that I bought at a craft fair in SoWa in Boston on a cold day in November a couple of years ago. I took the artisan’s card but lost it, unfortunately. I wish I could remember her name so I could buy some more earrings from her!
Alexis Bittar Earrings
I discovered Alexis Bittar jewelry at the gift store of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. I bought a pair of gorgeous peach lucite earrings with Swarovski crystals and later a matching lucite and crystal bangle bracelet. Both unfortunately have mysteriously disappeared from my collection. I feel terrible about it. But Bittar’s jewelry are all limited editions, so I can’t replace them. So I’ve purchased others. This pair of smokey lucite crystal encrusted earrings are the ones that come closest to the pair that I lost. They are difficult to photograph. The actual color is taupe.
Here are some more Bittar lucite and Swarovski crystal earrings that I’ve acquired. The first two pairs are retired styles, but the mauve lucite and crystal pair below are still available and come in several different colors.
And here’s my latest pair of Alexis Bittar earrings that are different from the ones I’ve purchased in the past. These aren’t lucite and they are encrusted with colored crystals. They’re called Black Cherry Hearts, perfect for me the heart collector!
Fine Jewelry Earrings from Fragments, New York
When I lived in New York, I discovered an absolutely amazing jewelry store in Soho on Greene Street: Fragments. They used to also have a store on Madison Avenue, and sadly, I just found out that Fragments closed back in February because the rents in Soho became too high. Such a shame because I was hooked ever since I set foot in the store. They sold jewelry at all price points. They helped launch or support the careers of a lot of well-known and prestigious jewelry designers. A lot of celebrities shopped at Fragments.
Now I wish I had written down the names of the designers from the pieces I bought there, but I didn’t. At any rate, here are a few of the earrings I bought at Fragments. First up, topaz and 18K gold chandeliers. I think they look great with my red hair.
Next, baroque pearls with blue topaz in 18K gold by the same designer.
Hand-crafted emerald and enamel earrings in 18K gold from another designer.
Next up is a more affordable pair of pink rhodocrosite chandeliers. Rhodocrosite is a manganese carbonate mineral and it comes in a variety of pink to peach shades often with white veins. It is a crystal that is known for aiding in emotional healing and in meditation. It is said to help in meditation or to bring out one’s inner child. I need to wear these earrings more often!
Although my budget for expensive earrings has diminished, I’m certainly going to miss Fragments.
More Fine Jewlery Earrings
On a business trip to Scottsdale AZ a few years ago, I managed to find a fabulous jewelry store in one of the malls, and I picked up this pair of Penny Preville (another jewelry designer) rose gold and diamond cuff earrings. They are surprisingly heavy so I don’t wear them all that often, but I love rose gold and love the look of this pretty pair.
On a trip to DC years ago, I picked up this pair of studs – knots in three different color golds: white, rose and yellow with colored sapphires and diamonds – in a jewelry store in Georgetown. I wish big studs would come back in style, and maybe they are as I’m starting to see them more lately.
Speaking of wishing that studs would come back in style, here is a pair of gorgeous Mabe pearl earrings that I bought in the jewelry district of New York when I worked in advertising nearby. I love them, but they are a bit dated, boo hoo! What do you think, can I wear them?
And here’s my trick for getting diamond earrings that give you more bang for your buck: large flower-shaped studs made up of smaller diamonds. From a distance, all you see is the big sparkle! I got these at Shreve Crump & Lowe in Boston during one of their many going out of business sales (they’re still in business).
The Statement Fashion Earrings that I Can’t Wear
I bought these statement earrings in a shop in charming Rockport MA. The orange and pink colors against black – one of my favorite color combos – shouted out to me. They cost about $20 so I couldn’t resist. Unfortunately, when I got them home, I realized they are too heavy to wear for more than a few minutes. What a disappointment!
I’ve got another zillion earrings, but I can tell your eyes have long ago glazed over, or you’ve given up entirely on this post, lol.
Most days, I wear either traditional pearl studs or single diamond studs or occasionally gold hoops.
Do you share my earrings fetish? What is your favorite pair of earrings that you own?