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New Charms (And More) From Tiffany & Company

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Tiffany and Co have released their fall and holiday collections, and as usual, there are lots of gorgeous items in all categories, from cute holiday charms to luxurious leather bags and clutches:

Venezia
This is the beautiful new Paloma Picasso collection, and it consists of scroll-like pendants and earrings in gold and silver (“Luce”); earrings in gold, amethyst and diamond as well as heart pendants in gold with diamonds (“Goldoni”); and star-shaped pendants, bangles, and a gold, diamond and deep blue enamel ring (“Stella”).

Era
A 60s-70s-inspired little collection of sterling silver squarish bangles, a ring and a pendant, with a cutout letter on each side, spelling out LOVE.

Charms
There are three new charms, all in sterling silver with Tiffany blue enamel, and all holiday themed: a reindeer, stocking and hat.

Locks Bangles
These are three solid bangles in silver and gold in different widths, two with cutout lock images, and one with a cute little lock charm in silver and rose gold.

Conique
Gorgeous and classic gold, diamond and red spinel necklace and bracelet by Jean Schlumberger (for those with a generous jewelry budget – they sell for $275,000 and $125,000, respectively).

Diamond Hoops
New from Elsa Peretti, a delicate and understated necklace and bracelet, both in relatively thin gold wire with a diamond at each end.

Platinum & Diamonds
The Soleste is a platinum ring set with diamonds; the Grace is a set of platinum earrings and a pendant, all with diamonds, and (this one is my favorite) there is an absolutely stunning new platinum pendant with diamonds and a large sapphire. I’d put it on my Christmas wish list, but I very much doubt I get it – it sells for $500,000…

Bags
I know this is a blog about jewelry, but I can’t resist mentioning the absolutely adorable clutches in the new leather collection. The whole bag collection is fabulous, but the clutches… oh so cute! My favorite by far is the “bracelet clutch” in deep red velvet with a bracelet-like handle (and it’s a relative bargain at $995).

All photos: Tiffany


Tous

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Spanish jewelry company Tous, based in Barcelona, was founded in 1920 by husband and wife team Salvador Tous Blavi and Teresa Ponsa Mas. What started as a small watchmaker business eventually became a jewelry company. In 1961, their son, Salvador Tous married Rosa Oriol, and they both became part of the family business, which they later inherited (in 1965).

In 1990, they opened their first Barcelona store, and it was a hit from the start. In the mid-90s, they decided it was time to expand the business outside of Spain, and started with Japan and Germany. It turned out to be a good decision – they were very successful in both places – and the company kept expanding. Today, Salvador and Rosa still run the company, together with their four daughters. They employ around 1850 people, and have close to 400 stores in 42 countries.

The Jewelry
Tous is famous for its teddy bear jewelry; it has almost become the company’s unofficial logo. The idea to use the teddy bear image in jewelry was born in 1965 when Rosa was inspired by a collection of teddy bears in a shop window she happened to walk by. The first one was made from gold, and today, the Tous bear pieces and images can be found in almost all their collections: as charms, on rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, on watches, bags, sunglasses, even imprinted in some of their cosmetics.

Apart from the teddy bears, the jewelry consists of several different collections and many styles in a variety of materials: Earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces, cuff links, charms, pendants, andchokers in sterling silver, gold, stainless steel, Murano glass, enamel, leather, diamonds, semi-precious stones, and pearls. They release between 5 and 8 new collections every year, and have also added a myriad of other products to their jewelry lines: handbags, perfume, watches, baby clothes, cosmetics, etc.

What About Charms?
In addition to their many different pre-made charm bracelets (and a few charm rings), they have a collection of charms with a whole new attachment method they call “toric joint”. The charm bracelet (and rings and earrings) come with a number of “fasteners” already attached (they look like little bells almost), and the charms have a ball-like extension up top, and you just snap the ball into the fastener. And when you want to switch charms, you just remove it.

Celebrities
Tous selects different celebrities to be the “image” of the brand – previously it was Kylie Minogue, and this spring (2011), it is Jennifer Lopez.

Their recent work with Manolo Blahnik is a celebrity collaboration of a different kind (and one that I love). Together, they have created pendants in the image of Blahnik’s famous 1994 Campari shoes (one of the styles Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City), complete with the MB label on the insole! The pendants are totally adorable and come in sterling silver, 18k gold (with a diamond button) and vermeil. There are also a miniature pair in sterling silver. Prices range from $155 to $1,499.

The Future
What does the future hold for the company? Further expansion, both when it comes to locations, jewelry and other product lines. The new spring/summer 2011 jewelry editions include the gorgeous Protégeme collection designed by Eugenia Martinez de Irujo (a.k.a. the Duchess of Montoro) which has a wonderful earthy, unpolished zen look (she is currently working on the Fall/Winter 2011 collection, can’t wait to see it!), the adorable and practical DAI collection, which consists of mirrored pieces with a Japanese flower design, and the colorful sterling silver and enamel Ganesh collection.

All photos: Tous


Charms, Charms And More Charms – A Directory Of Artists, Manufacturers And Designers

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

For quite some time now, I have been “collecting” names of artists, designers and manufacturers of charms and charm bracelets. Then it dawned on me: perhaps others could also benefit from this list, and find new favorite designers and styles? I asked a few friends, who all said YES! so I decided it would be a good idea to share it with you all.

You will see that it is a wide variety – everything from famous fashion designers to relatively unknown artists working out of their home studio. The list is constantly growing and I keep finding new and exciting designs all the time. However, I don’t put “just anyone” on the list – only original designs and I have to like them. So I guess you can say it’s a “curated list”.

As I mentioned above, this list is by no means complete, and I will keep adding to it on a regular basis. If you have a favorite designer you think belongs on this list (from anywhere in the world), please contact me and I will check them out and if I like what I see, I’ll add them.

Since charms come in several styles these days, I have created a little style “key” so that you can easily find the types of charms you are looking for:

European-style = bead charms
Vintage = no longer in production, but can be found at auctions, etc. Traditional-style charms unless noted otherwise
Traditional = Regular charms (with jump or split ring attachments. NOTE that traditional does not necessarily mean traditional looking bracelets; it just describes the type of charm
Clip on charms = Traditional charms with a clasp attachment
Italian charms = Modular link-style
Craft = mini charms suitable for scrap booking, etc.
Kids = charm bracelets for children
Rings = interchangeable charm or bead rings, or rings with charms attached
Earrings = interchangeable charm or bead earrings
Necklaces = interchangeable charm or bead necklaces
Mobile = cell phone charms
Pre-made = already assembled charm bracelets, usually with the charms soldered on. Pre-made in parenthesis means it is the only type they offer, Pre-made on its own means they offer that in addition to separate charms
Slide = slide charms
Watch = charm watches

A
Aaron Basha – Traditional (kids)
Accessories & Beyond – Traditional (pre-made)
Accurist – watch (European-style)
Adamantus – Clip on
Affinity – Clip on
Ajda Lampwork – European-style
Alengio – European-style
Alex and Ani – Traditional (pre-made) bangles
Alex Monroe – Traditional & Pre-made
Alex Woo – Traditional (pre-made)
Alia Jewelry – European-style
Altruette – Traditional & Pre-made
Amore & Baci – European-style, Kids
Amore La Vita – Clip on
AmuletGifts – Traditional & Pre-made (lucky charms)
Analece Design – Traditional, Clip on,
Anna Rose Jewelry – Traditional & Pre-made
Anna Sui – Traditional (pre-made)
Annika Bertilsdotter – Traditional, Clip on
Annina Vogel – Pre made (from vintage pieces)
Anson – Vintage
Archive Jewelry – Traditional (pre-made), Vintage
Art-Charms – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Ashley Pittman – Traditional (pre-made)
Assya – Traditional (pre-made)
Astley Clarke – Traditional (pre-made)
Aurélie Bidermann – Traditional (pre-made)
Avindy – Traditional (pre-made)
Avon – Vintage
Azendi – European-style, Traditional
Azuni – Traditional (pre-made)

B
Baby Phat – Clip on, Pre-made
Baci Beads – European-style
Bacio – European-style, Kids
Badgley Mischka – Traditional (pre-made)
Baglady – European-style, Traditional, Clip on
Barbara Bixby – Traditional
Basch – Traditional (pre-made)
Bates & Klinke – Vintage
Beau Sterling – Vintage
Bell Trading Post – Vintage
Belleek Living – Traditional (pre-made)
Bellina Beads – European-style
Betsey Johson – Traditional (pre-made)
Betty Design – European-style
Beverly K – Traditional (pre-made)
Beyond Words – Traditional
Biagi beads – European-style, Clip on, Kids
Bill Levine – Traditional
Bing Bang – Traditional (pre-made)
Birdland Creations – Traditional (pre-made)
Blee Inara – Traditional (pre-made)
Blossom Copenhagen – Traditional
Boho Soho – Clip on
Bombay Duck – Clip on
Bongo – Traditional (pre-made)
Bon Bon Charms – Traditional
Bonn Bons – Slide
Bottega Veneta – Clip on
Boxing – Italian
Boucheron – Vintage
Breadner – Vintage
Brighton Charms – European-style, Clip on
Bruno Zanetti – Italian
Bugard Studio – Rings
Bulgari – Clip on, Pre-made,
Burberry – Traditional (pre-made)

C
Carl Art – Vintage
Carolee – Clip on
Carolina Bucci – Traditional (pre-made)
Carolyn Pollack – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Cartier – Vintage, Clip on
Casa d’oro – Italian
Cassandra Erin – Traditional (pre-made)
Cath Kidston – Traditional (pre-made)
Catherine Canino – Traditional (pre-made)
Catherine Michiels – Traditional
Cathy Dailey – European-style, Traditional
Cathy Waterman – Traditional, Pre-made
Cellini – Traditional, Vintage
Chamilia beads – European-style, Kids
Chanel – Vintage, Clip on, Traditional
Charity Charms – Clip on, Pre-made
Charles Horner – Vintage
Charm Barn – Craft
Charm Factory – Traditional, European-style, Pre-made
Charm It – Clip on (kids)
Charmco – Traditional
Charmed Memories – European-style
Charming by Ti Sento – Clip on
Charming Life – Traditional & Pre-made
Charmology – Traditional (pre-made)
Charms UK – European-style, Clip on
Charmworks – Traditional
Chelsea Taylor – European-style, Clip on
CherieO – European-style, Traditional
Cherished Time Designs – Traditional, Pre-made
Chim – Vintage
Chloe – Traditional (pre-made)
Creed – Vintage
Christie Martin – Traditional
Christy Lea Payne (CLP) – Traditional & Pre-made
Chrysalis – European-style, Clip on, Necklaces
ChuBo Beads – European-style
Clogau Gold – European-style, Clip on, Traditional, Pre-made
Coach – Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
Coloured Rocks – European-style, Clip on, Pre-made
Coro (Corocraft) – Vintage
Courtney Simmelkjaer – Traditional (pre-made)
Cousin Claudine – Traditional (pre-made)
Crea – Vintage
Crystalbead888 – European-style

D
D for Diamonds – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Damas Jewellery – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Danecraft – Vintage
Dangerous Goods – Traditional, Clip on
David Andersen – Vintage
David Yurman – Traditional
DaVinci Beads – European-style
Dazzlers – Clip on
Dazzling – Traditional (pre-made)
De-ani, Inc. – Clip on
Deffego – European-style, Italian
Diddi Design – Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
Dinky Fingerprint Company, The – Traditional, Pre-made, European-style
Dinny Hall – Traditional (pre-made)
Dior – Clip on & Pre-made
Disney Couture – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Dogeared – Traditional (pre-made)
Dolce & Gabbana – Traditional (pre-made)
Donatella – European-style, Traditional
Doriwallace Jewelry – European-style
Dower & Hall – Pre made & Traditional
Dyrberg/Kern – Traditional (pre-made)

E
Edblad & Co – Traditional (pre-made)
Ecuus Designs – European-style
Elco – Vintage
Elle Jewelry – Clip on
Elsa Peretti (for Tiffany) – Vintage, Pre-made
Elsa Schiaparelli – Vintage
Embracelets – Traditional, Pre-made
Erickson Beamon – Traditional (pre-made)
Essenza Beads – European-style
Ettika – Traditional (pre-made)
Evolve New Zealand – European-style
Extasia – Clip on

F
Fabergé – Vintage
Femme Metale – Traditional & Pre-made
Field & Rose (Laura Love Rose) – Traditional & Pre-made
Fiorelli – Traditional (pre-made)
Florenza – Vintage
Formia Design – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Forstner – Vintage
Fort of Providence – Vintage
Fossil – Clip on, Pre-made
Free People – Traditional, Vintage

G
Garold Miller – Traditional (pre-made)
George Jensen – Clip on, Vintage
George Shiebler – Vintage
Gioielli Italy – Mobile, Italian
Giorgio Martello – Clip on
Glassbeadstudio – European-style
Glitzy Girls – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Good Charma – Traditional (pre-made), Necklaces, Kids
GP Firenze – Italian
Granchelli – European-style
Gucci – Traditional (pre-made)
Guess – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)

H
Halia – European-style
Harrods – Mobile
Heather Moore – Traditional, Pre-made
Helen Ficalora – Traditional
Hellobead – European-style
Henry Dankner & Sons – Vintage
HighChi – Tradtitional & Pre-made
High IntenCITY – Clip on (kids)
Hilla Design – European-style
Hint Charms – Traditional
Hot Diamonds – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Hultquist-Copenhagen – Traditional (pre-made)

I
Ideal Jewelry Manufacturing Company (trademark Theda) – Vintage
Individuality – European-style
Intercast – Vintage
Ippolita – Traditional

J
James Avery Charms – Traditional
Jay Strongwater – Clip on
Jayposon – Vintage
Jemma Lulu – Traditional (pre-made)
Jennifer Zeuner – Traditional (pre-made)
Jessica Elliot – Traditional (pre-made)
Jewelart Sterling – Vintage
Jewellery Tree, The – Traditional (custom made)
Jill Schiff – Traditional & Pre-made
JM Fisher Company – Vintage
Jo for Girls – European-style, Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Joan Rivers – Traditional (pre-made)
John Hardy – Traditional (pre-made)
John Lewis – European-style (pre-made)
Jon Richard – Clip on, Pre-made, European-style
JouJou – Clip on
Joulberry – Traditional (custom)
Joy Everly – Traditional, Pre-made, Kids
Juicy Couture – Clip on
Just Divine – Traditional (pre-made)
Just J – Clip on

K
K&Company – Craft
Kalassmycken – Clip on, Pre-made (kids)
Karen Foster Design – Craft
Karen Hill Tribe Silver – European-style, Traditional
KC Designs – Traditional (pre-made)
Kelly Waters – Traditional
Kieselstein Cord – Traditional (pre-made)
Kinney – Vintage
Kirks Folly – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Kit Heath – Traditional (pre-made), European-style (their own version, only fits their chains), Kids, Clip on
Konstantino – Traditional (pre-made)
Kranz & Ziegler – Traditional

L
La Vie Parisienne – Traditional (pre-made)
Lacey Ryan – Traditional (pre-made)
Lagos – Traditional (pre-made)
Landmark Beads – European-style
Lauren Sigman – Traditional (pre-made)
Les Néréides – Traditional, Pre made
Leslie MacInnes – Traditional (custom made from kids art)
Lilyme – Traditional
Links of London – Traditional
Linx & More – Tiny charms to go in their lockets, Italian
Liz Claiborne – Traditional (pre-made)
Lois Hill – Traditional (pre-made)
LOLA of Paris – European-style, Clip on
London Road Jewellery – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Loop Collection, The – Traditional (pre-made)
Louis Vuitton – Clip on
Lovelinks – European-style, Kids
LovingTheBead – European-style, Clip on, Rings, Earrings, Necklaces
LTD Art Glass – European-style
Lucky Brand – Clip on
Lulu Guinness – Traditional (pre-made)
Lunch at the Ritz – Traditional (pre-made bracelets)
Lutrick – European-style
Luv Links – European-style

M
M & B Vintage – Vintage, Traditional
Magdalena Ruiz Pasieka – European-style
Maisel’s Indian Trading Post – Vintage
Maloa – Traditional (pre-made)
Manolo Blahnik (for TOUS) – Traditional (launches in March 2011)
Marc Jacobs – Traditional (pre-made)
Marcus Max Design – Rings
Mark Poulin – Traditional (pre-made), Necklaces
MarMalaid – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Martick – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Maryann Wilkin Designs – Traditional & Pre-made
Mathot Design – European-style
Me to You – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Medical Alert Link – Italian (medical alert bracelets)
Mercedes Salazar – Traditional (pre-made)
Mi Lajki – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Michele Baratta – Traditional & Pre-made
Mikey Jewellery – Clip on
Milly – Traditional (pre-made)
Molly Brown – Traditional & Pre-made
Monet (aka Monocraft Products Company) – Vintage
Monica Rich Kosann – Traditional, Necklaces, Pre-made
Monserat de Lucca – Traditional (pre-made)
Moritz Glik – Traditional (pre-made)
Muano – European-style
Muru – Clip on

N
Nagara by SeaZen
– European-style
Napier – Vintage
Nelle & Lizzy – Traditional, Pre-made
Nick Hubbard – Traditional, Pre-made
Nicky Vankets – Traditional (pre-made)
Nina Designs – Traditional
Nina/STHLM – Traditional (pre-made)
Nomination – Italian
Nuvo – Vintage

O
Oh la la – Traditional (pre-made) using ribbons instead of chains
OHMBeads – European-style
Ole Lynggaard – Traditional & Pre-made
OneJewels – European-style for their own line of rings and necklaces
Oriana Jewelry – European-style
Oscar de la Renta – Traditional (pre-made)
Otis Jaxon – Clip on
Oxxo Design – Traditional, Clip on

P
P & B Sterling – Vintage
Page Sargisson – Traditional, Necklaces
Pandora Jewelry – European-style
Pastiche – Clip on
Paul Morelli – Clip on
Peace of Mind
– Traditional
Pearl Affection, The – Clip on
Pearls for Girls – Clip on
Pedro Boregaard – Traditional
Penny Preville – Traditional
Perlamore – European-style
Personality – European-style
Personalized Boutique – Clip on
Peruzzi – Vintage
Pia Jewellery – European-style, Clip on
Pianegonda – Clip on
Pick Up Sticks Jewelry Co. – Traditional
Pilgrim – Clip on, Traditional, Necklaces, Earrings
Playboy – Traditional (pre-made), Mobile
Pnut Jewelry – Traditional (but very unusual!), Pre-made
Polkadot Magpie – Traditional
Privileged – Traditional & Pre-made
Pugster – European-style, Italian, Clip on, Traditional
Puzzle Collection – Italian

Q
Queen Baby – Traditional (pre-made)

R
Raymond Yard – Vintage
ReFlorence – Italian
Rembrandt Charms – Traditional, clip on
Reller – European-style, Traditional
R.L. Griffith – Vintage
Romano Passavinti – Italian
Rosecraft – Vintage
Royal London – Clip on
RYLDesigns – Traditional
RYRY – Italian

S
Sacred Charms
– Traditional (pre-made), Clip on
SarahDipiti – Traditional
Saskia Rose Design – Clip on, Pre-made
Satya Jewelry – Traditional (pre-made)
Scribble – Traditional (pre-made) for kids
Seidengang – Traditional (pre-made)
Serena’s Beadery – European-style
Shane Co – Traditional (w option to add clip on)
Shanti – Clip on, Pre-made, European-style
Siena Jewellery – Clip on
Silver by Mail – Clip on
Silverado – European-style, Kids
Simstars – European-style
Slane & Slane – Traditional (pre-made)
SNÖ of Sweden – Traditional (pre-made)
Sparkling Sage – Traditional (pre-made)
Spencer – Vintage
Spinning Jewelry – European-style, Rings
Stella & Dot – Traditional
Stephen Einhorn – Traditional, Pre-made
Storm Jewellery – European-style, Clip on, Necklaces, Pre made
Storywheels – European-style
Stuller – Clip on, Traditional (pre-made)
Style Naturale – Traditional (pre-made)
Sundance Catalog – Traditional, Pre-made
Suuz Design – European-style
Svane & Lührs – Clip on
Swarovksi – Clip on

T
Talexia – Italian
Talkatoo – Clip on (recordable!)
Tarina Tarantino – Traditional (pre-made)
Taxco – Vintage
Tedora – European-style
Temple St.Clair – Traditional, Pre-made
TerraCast – Traditional
Terranova – Vintage
Thea Grant – Traditional (pre-made)
Theda – Vintage
Theo Fennell – Clip on
Thomas L Mott – Vintage
Thomas Sabo Charm Club – Clip on
Three Sisters Jewelry Design – Traditional
Ti Sento – Clip on, Pre-made
Tiffany & Co – Traditional
Timebeads – European-style watch beads
Tina Tang – Traditional
TLM (Thomas L Mott) – Vintage
Tous -Traditional (pre-made), Toric joint
Trifari – Vintage
Trina Turk – Traditional (pre-made)
Troll beads – European-style
Truth – European-style, Clip on, Necklaces, Kids (“Truth Cutie”)
Tur-Agamo – European-style

U
Unodomani – Italian

V
Van Cleef & Arpels – Vintage
Verdura – Vintage, Pre-made
Viva Beads – European-style
Våga – Clip on

W
Walt Disney Productions – Vintage
Walter Lampl – Vintage
We Three Designs – Traditional, Necklaces
Wells Sterling – Vintage
WellsWare – Traditional & Pre-made
William Ruser – Vintage

X
Xenox – Clip on, Pre-made
Xixis Beads – European-style
XOXO – Traditional (pre-made)

Z
Zable – European-style, Earrings, Necklaces
Zoppini – Italian