Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Dragon Tattoo Collection from H&M

December is sooo Lisbeth Salander... so if you want to fit in these digs, you gotta go thinspo! Almost near anorexic levels like Rooney Mara

The Dragon Tattoo Collection from H&M by Trish Summerville, Costume Designer for the David Fincher film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.

Goth chic fashion on the verge. Check out these fierce leather accessories- black leather bracelets, braided leather bracelets, silver bangles, black dog tag necklaces, black rock rings.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pantone 17-1463: Tangerine is 2012's Color of the Year

Orange you glad that this citrus color will be all the rage in 2012?

Specifically its Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango which has industry experts from fashion insiders to manufacturers getting their wares out in this hue before January. Well, I'm sure they had this all planned out before we could even object to wearing anything oh-so-orangey...

From shoes to jewelry, it will be an orange slaughter by mid-year

Lizzie Fortunato necklace

Jessica Biel leaves BBC One in an orange ensemble. Can you imagine leaving your house dressed in this color from head to toe?

The orange trend was definitely jumpstarted by the Cebu Dancing Inmates

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bead Jewelry Instructional Video: How to Make a Bead Bracelet

For those new to beading, here's a useful tutorial on how to make a bead bracelets.

Includes how to crimp with a plier, stringing beads, measuring the length of bracelet using the channels on a beadboard.

Beading Basics Instructional Tutorial by Karla Schafer of Auntie's Beads designer. The bead jewelry making video is over 5 minutes long.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Etsy Find of the Week: Feel like a Greek Goddess with Jewelry from Made by Moe

My Etsy find of the week, if you wanna feel like a Greek Goddess even for a day don some classic Jewelry pieces from Made by Moe

Classic leaves: the Pine Cone necklace

Pearl Bracelet - Golden Leaf Cuff
Nature inspired brass leaf tangled in keshi pearls and fresh water pearls wrapped with 8mm Swarovski pearls .

Rhinestone Hair Comb
- an elegant crown of Swarovski pearls set on a silver plated comb. Comb measures 1.75" wide, rhinestone piece measures 3 "

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Etsy Find of the Week: Cuff me with this Coco Bracelet by Momita

My Etsy find of the week- the Jungle Seed Fantasy Cuff by Momita @ Etsy

Fall in love with the organic detail and the long wrist cuff

This tropical cuff is made from strong linen canvas with brown varnish, the inside coating is made with quality rayon sarong fabric. It has two coconut buttons and a waxed, black cotton string for adjustable closing.

Size: diameter about 2 1/2 (6 cm)
with string up to 3 1/4 (8 cm) diameter
Handmade by Jewelry Designer: A.R. Mita
Order the Jungle Seed Fantasy Cuff by Momita

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry

Kenneth Jay Lane Oversize Coral Sunburst Ring
Looks as yummy as peach Jell-O! A carved resin ring with a textured gold plate setting.

Kenneth Jay Lane Ruby Dream Cocktail Ring features a German ruby glass stone set in a pockmarked with exquisite turquoise beads.

Kenneth Jay Lane Triple-Pyramid Hinged Bangle
The bangle spikes pop out like a piece of Pop art. Kinda like origami from a Pop-up Book. Green and blue enamel lined with gold strokes.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vogue Italia's Slave Earrings Brouhaha

When history's Slave trade era is mined for fashion inspiration

Why couldn't they just call 'em HOOP earrings? Weh! Or just shoot the copy editor for being culturally insensitive.

Vogue Italia now says the "Slave Earrings" was a mistranslation and now calls it "Ethnic earrings".

Okay so Slave = Ethnic? Way to go, no save there Vogue Italia

Monday, August 8, 2011

Kirsten Nunez of Studs and Pearls: Freedom with Feathers

Fancy yourself some intricate feather rings? Visit DIY artist and jewelry designer Kirsten Nunez' shop at

Many of Kirsten's pieces are made from thrift jewelry, inspired by nature and found things, these adorable odds and ends result in her impressive handmade pieces.

J'adore! Spots on the feather make this a golden find

Visit her DIY blog too and enjoy her crafty projects

Friday, August 5, 2011

Philippine Fashion Designer Marc Rancy Partners with Swarovski

Swarovski is the luxury brand name for precise cut lead crystals from Wattens, Austria. The diverse trend and application of Swarovski crystals can be found in jewelry, decor, sculptures, appliques, fabrics and fashion lines. Marc Rancy gowns are the only Manila-based couture brand to be certified by Swarovski Elements worldwide as 100% authentic austrian-made crystals.

Marc Rancy now joins the ranks of Swarovski's glittering collaborators. Swarovski crystals have been sought out and widely-used by the fashion world's dynamic designers such as Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Philip Lim, Alexander Wang, and Erdem.

Marc Rancy at Philippine Fashion Week.

Read PhilStar's Feature on Marc Rancy

One of Marc Rancy's work with Swarovski crystals: 100 yards of bias-cut organza in this swirling dropwaist skirt with Swarovski Crystallized bodice.

Wanna drown in a sea of bridal glitter? Check out Marcy Rancy's website and portfolio

Monday, August 1, 2011

Epithelial Skin Jewelry: Bio-Wearables

Photo from this website

"Oh is that a rash? cooties perhaps? New Tats?"

"No, its just my new epithelial skin jewelry."

Don't you just love what's in store for us in the future? Can you foresee Tiffanys and Chopards engraving some bio-gems into your neck?

With EpiSkin jewelry, we can accessorize our skins literally without the permanence of tattoos by just using lab-cultured human tissue cells to form computer-generated designs.

Check out the petri dishes~ that's bio DIY crafty!

Learn the science behind Artificial Skin Jewelry from this site.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bijoux Cebu: A World Destination for Green Jewelry

Cebu is the jewelry-making capital of the Philippines, it is home to the country's top costume jewelry artisans and manufacturers who are truly gifted when it comes to working with natural and sustainable materials such as capiz, shell, horn, paper and wood. Cebu is also a fave destination of foreign buyers and jewelry merchandisers.

Photo by Bijoux Cebu and Fame Foundation Philippines

According to the FAME Foundation Philippines: Philippine costume jewelry is highly acclaimed for its quality, design and innovative use of natural materials.

Ginormous wooden bangles and a tassle necklace make a huge statement
(antaray! di ko kinaya! ahluvit! :)

Here's Filipino Designer PJ Aranador's jewelry collection at last year's Bijoux Cebu fashion show.

Don't you just love Philippine trade shows? Where the jewelry pieces are fab and the models are HOT!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse: The Death of an Unconventional Style Icon

Amy Winehouse, the deeply troubled diva known for her jazzy smoky vocals, her retro minis, her messy beehive and heart tats has left the world too soon.

As much as she sang that love was a losing game, so was her struggle with addiction, it seemed to predict the end for her.

I always loved the way she accessorized with enormous red hoop earrings, bandanas, rose clips and hair parasols.

I will miss her voice :( hey Amy, wherever you are, hope your tears dry on their own.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Jewelry Workshop on Advanced Wiring Techniques

If you like working with malleable craft wires creating wraps and nests for cabochons and precious gems, then this Jewelry-making seminar is the right one for you!

Advanced Wiring Seminar : Mastering Wiring Techniques
Location: Manila
Time: 9am to 6:45pm
Workshop Venue: 2nd Floor Ortigas Foundation Library, Ortigas Library, Ortigas Road corner Meralco Avenue. Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Workshop Date: August 3, 2011
15 Slots only

Short Summary of the module: You will learn the secrets the techniques of bead sculpture that will introduce you to countless applications such us brooches, artsy bangles and intricate pendants. You will learn how to transform a simple craft wire into a fancy and elegant art accessories.

Please email or send SMS at our new number 0917-342-5000 or 0917-581-5588 to reserve a slot. You may also visit our website

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Heavy Elegant Pieces of Melody Ehsani

Melody Ehsani the Persian jewelry designer is known for her powerful and ironclad statement pieces. Her jewelry styles are a bit on the heavy side starting off with her trendy knuckle rings and chains. Often than not, you'd find an Ehsani piece on a strong-willed and controversial celeb, she is a regular fave of the hip-hop elite. Her latest work is less urban and has gone marvelously tribal. Her 2011 spring line has Masai Mara written all over it.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stage Jewelry: Outlandish Costumes and Performance Pieces

This July, we welcome several Stage Queens and their over-the-top accessories.

Photo from this website

Paloma Faith takes the feather and flower trend a little too far.

Photo from this website

Lady Gaga acccesorizing in cheap and unsustainable plastic. Plus points on the intricate fan though.

Bjork surprisingly tame in a fiery tangerine wig.

Photo from this website

Kylie Minogue rocks it in gold beads and divine earwings.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Stud Earrings: Hikaw at Pakaw

In Filipino, Hikaw at Pakaw refers to the parts of the stud earrings. Hikaw (the main earring part) the attractive side of the earring where you find the gemstone. Pakaw (the plug or earring nut) refers to that little tiny weeny curved screw that clips the stem or post of the earring to the back of your ear.

Ruby Earrings in Yellow Gold

Okay, so the Hikaw at Pakaw come together as the perennial pair and sadly, I have lost so many of these through the years. My very first pair of earrings were a gift from my mom, they were Arabian gold ruby studs, but they fit my 3 year-old ears back then quite nicely. These earrings were the reason my ears were pierced. I remember my mom talking to me, distracting me as she poked a needle into my lobe and before I even realized it- the pain was over. I had earrings and my mom called me pretty- I had stars on my ears. By the time I was eight, I don't remember what exactly happened to them, but I think I lost a stud and my mom kept the rest in her jewelry box until they were completely lost and forgotten.

Button Studs Sterling Silver & White Pearls from Stephen Einhorn

There's this thing I call the Hikaw at Pakaw scenario which is rather amusing, I would often see women in the public loo in frantic search of their Pakaws (studs) which they manage to lose down the sink drain (ah, butter fingers!). Same with the men who sport single or multiple studs on one ear. I don't think it makes them look cooler on the streets once they're bent over searching for lost studs.

CZ Heart Crown Studs by Juicy Couture

But I'm seeing stars lately, maybe its about time I got another pair.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Kawaii Food Rings by Souzou Creations at Etsy

If you love Kawaii quirk and enjoy food, then these amazing moody food rings are for you! A Canadian Jewelry designer named Sofia is based in Japan, she created the fabulous shop called Souzou Creations at Etsy.

Do visit her Etsy shop


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