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This Week I Love …

… jasper and agate jewelry.

Now that I’m working with a palette of mostly neutrals, I’ve become more interested in earth-tone jewelry. I still love my metals, but something about the unpredictable patterns of browns, greens, blacks, whites, rust reds, and other sophisticated shades feels like a great complement to my summery badass looks. Here are some jasper and agate pieces I’m drooling over these days.

 

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Green Moss Agate Earrings – $8.09

Such an elegant shape, and an amazing price. They’re large at 2″ long and a bit on the heavy side, so if you need lightweight earrings these might not be the best choice. Jewelili offers other smaller agate earrings, and some lovely necklaces.

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Blue Sodalite Jasper Pendant – $12.89

Actually, I’d love to snap up all eight stone necklaces from Barker Wild’s shop. But this mottled blue pendant is definitely a winner, and the bits of olive mean it’ll work beautifully in neutral mixes. Chain length can be customized on request.

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Leather Beaded Jasper Wrap Bracelet – $44.49

I will always adore the look of wrap bracelets, and this rich red jasper version with a black agate closure is a beaut. Might even pass for merlot, color of the year, and would look lovely with these simple red jasper drop earrings.

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Noir Rhodium Tone Jasper Earrings – $25

Sigh. Two current obsessions in one place with these: Jasper and ear jackets. I love everything Noir makes, and these quirky yet sleek ear jackets are no exception. Too bad orange isn’t in my current palette … maybe it’s in yours? (Also in lovely lapis and a few other colors/stones.)

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Stone Cuff Bracelet – $14.99

Simple, elegant, and just a little bit edgy. Love how the lines on the black agate echo the lines created by the wire wrapping. Lots of other choices including pink agate, apatite, and Botswana agate.

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Pear Agate Pendant – $29.99

A little tough to tell how long this necklace is from the listing, but it’d look equally lovely worn long or sitting within a v-shaped neckline. Delicate but eye-catching.

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Picasso Jasper Bracelet – $24

Picasso jasper might be my absolute favorite, since it’s nearly always warm and earthy. This mix of ovals and circles is subtle, but adds to the overall beauty of the piece. Other Elina Mira Picasso jasper pieces are here.

Anyone else a fan of these two earthy stones? Got any favorite designs or designers?

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Reader Request: Pairing Earrings and Statement Necklaces

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Reader Sarah e-mailed me this question:

I tend to gravitate toward matchy-matchy pieces, perhaps because they seem safe and that’s primarily what was modeled growing up in a rural community. In particular, I struggle to find earrings that go with statement necklaces, especially when one or the other contains colored stones or beads. Most of my earrings tend to be relatively short drops, but at times they seem to detract from or contrast with the necklaces. If I go without either the earrings or necklace, my look seems incomplete; earrings tend to disappear into my curly hair or my neck feels too open. Any advice?

With a statement necklace, I always default to studs. Since the necklace and earrings are close to each other, you don’t want them to compete and long, dangly earrings will definitely group with a big necklace and give the impression of a lot of jewelry. However, my ears are entirely exposed because of my short hair, so all earrings are quite visible on me. In Sarah’s case, she’s got thick, curly hair that can obscure small earrings. A large stud may still work, but the next step is simple drop earrings. You want your earrings to stay fairly close to your lobes so true danglers may look like overkill, but something with a single gem or small dangly element should work in most cases.

If your necklace has colored stones or beads and you’d rather not match their color with your earrings, you can do studs or drops in whatever metal is used in the necklace’s hardware. If that creates a visual disconnect for you, repeat the metal in your bracelet or watch. So, basically, match your bracelet and earrings and let the necklace stand alone.

Those are my rules of thumb. What are yours? How to you pick earrings to complement your big, statement-y necklaces?

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This Week I Love …

 

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Lockhart Wrks.

A month or so ago, I was on the hunt for some matte gold or brass jewelry. Etsy is always my first stop for jewelry, so I tootled around in there a bit until I found Rebecca’s shop. And friends, if I had bales of money I would’ve bought every single piece. Really. Her design style is such a marvelous mix of edgy and delicate, tough and feminine, and the pieces are beautifully made. I know because I’ve ordered three so far, including the Ring & Brass Dagger earrings shown above. And I’m sure I’ll order more in time. Here are a few of her recent creations:

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Industrial Pendant Necklace with Black Spikes – $40

This is another of the pieces I bought, and I ADORE it. I upgraded to the 28″ chain so it hangs a bit lower than shown here, and it is just about my favorite piece of jewelry right now. Lightweight, eye-catching, badass, totally affordable.

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Arrow Drop Earrings – $35

I love that most Lockhart Wrks earrings are either available in multiple sizes or manageable lengths and shapes. These guys are 3.5″ which is on the long side, but not veering into shoulder-duster territory. Totally dig the mixed metals and turquoise accents.

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Triangle Bracelet with Burgundy Chain – $30

Yep. Burgundy chain. And such a simple, elegant design. Perfect for you minimalists out there.

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Large Double Dagger Earrings – $38

Pretty sure these will be my next purchase. They mirror the shape of the necklace, but have thoughtful, subtle differences like the tiny bit of chain and mottled spikes. Ach, I love these so much.

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Patinated Chevron Necklace – $38

This necklace is the perfect shape to fit into v-necked shirts and sweaters. Each pendant is totally unique, and Rebecca will email you a photo of the one she plans to send you beforehand so you can make sure you love it.

Hope you’ll take a look at Lockhart Wrks and maybe pick up a piece or two for yourself!

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