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Baubles and Beads

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Think of it as an exhibit platform for your head and face. A great necklace is a focal point from which the observing eye travels up – this assuming cleavage doesn’t distract. It can pull together or accent an ensemble with color, form, texture, or mood; decorate and define.

“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. “ ~Salvador Dalí

Above Left: Aniah Twisted Multistrand Beaded Necklace- Looks like a Maxfield Parish sky. Wonderful assortment intertwining blue and turquoise glass beads. Real bang for the buck. (Comes with negligible earrings) 18” long. Smooth finish $49.99 www.fantasyjewelrybox.com

Above Right: Dune Necklace by Amrita Singh- Glorious color for resort vacations (on a tan) brown or black evening or daywear. Delicate but not shy. Gold-plated necklace with tear shaped turquoise resin stones. Also comes in coral. $140.00 www.nationaljeancompany.com

Rada- Perfect for crew neck sweaters. Instant lady. Soft fabrication, nicely askew for character. Marian the Librarian? 100% Silk/satin, bow detailing, glass beads, clasp closure. $130.00 www.yoox.com

Above Top: 22 Strand Blue and Gold Necklace by Lee Angel- Very old money. Wear it to negotiate. Anything. To committee meetings or to intimidate your child’s teacher. Vintage flair without the dust or wear. 16” long. $264.00 www.charmandchain.com

Above Bottom: David Aubrey Blue Faceted Acrylic Block Necklace- Interesting configuration. Bauhaus? Think architectural for the cut of your garments. Flattering flat stones with subtle, slightly darker criss-cross texture. 18k gold plated with lotus-shaped elements at ends of Lobster clasp. 3” jump chain. 15” long. $78.00 www.bluefly.com

Lamellar Necklace- Except for the closure, this has an ancient feel, like something recovered from an archeological dig. The silver looks beaten, more interesting for not gleaming. Discs are both circular and oblong. Wear with simple, well cut clothing of exaggerated proportions- or jeans. Oxidized silver plated metal, silver plated brass. 18” long, 2.25” width. Lobster clasp. $68.00 www.anthropologie.com

Above Left: Green, Blue and Bronze Twisted Necklace- Perfect now with white, camel or brown cottons and later with wool and satin. Very textural. Pick up the peppered bronze in earrings or a cuff. Seed beads entwined. Matching clasp. $18?! www.lorisshoes.com

Above Right: Green Agate Fringe Necklace by Sequin- Playful and contemporary. Artfully mussed. Stylish with denim or cashmere. Imitation Agate, gold chains. Adjustable 13” – 18” long. Necklace falls 5” $148.00 www.charmandchain.com

Beaded Flower Necklace by Lenora Dame- Bohemian romantic. An unexpected mix of materials. Gold, crystal, and wood beading with a large, partly lace flower. Takes the yawn out of its being beige. Way out. $168.00 www.simplysoles.com

Above Left: Sharon’s Layered Faux White Pearl Necklace (with negligible earrings)- No middle ground here. This is A LOT of pearls. Absolutely fabulous dressed up or down. Feminine, not frilly. Assured. 22” at its shortest, 44” at its longest. Synthetic white pearls. Smooth polish. $48.95 www.fantasyjewelrybox.com

Above Right: L.A. Cabana Necklace- Really! Picture it above a strapless bathing suit, add a cigarette holder and several cocktail rings. Turban, anyone? Looks vintage. Again, great casual or attending… Chunky metal chain with Swarovski crystals. Hangs 12” $68.00 www.shopkitson.com

Miriam Haskell Pearl and Flower Statement- (they call it a statement for a reason) Anniversary? Birthday? This is a complete showstopper. Turn heads. Bijoux de L’Heure opened in 1926. Haskell has been creating Art Nouveau inspired pieces ever since. A collectable. An heirloom. Russian Gold-plated flowers, Baroque glass pearls, Swarovski crystals. 16.5” long. Falls 4.75” $1120.00 www.charmandchain.com

“Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.” Sonja Henie

Pearl Scallop Bib Necklace by Kate Spade- Anyone out there getting married? Glamorous, delicate, patrician. Wear it to the opera with black velvet, to a ritzy benefit, to a Tribeca opening. You can make it appear to be real with a little attitude. Layers of faux pearl trimmed with gold-plated metal. Faux acrylic pearl button clasp closure, 14K light weight gold-plated hardware. 16” drop. $278.00 www.katespade.com

Above Left: Coral necklace- For those with fine bone structures or long torsos. Like a sketch. Pick up the red elsewhere, but not too much. Try combining it with a brooch. Or let it speak for itself. Intricate seed beading in coral-shaped styling. 24” long. $22.00 www.needsupply.com

Above Right: Wendy Mink Tribal-Inspired Necklace. An extremely sophisticated, handsome palette. Will reflect rosey on your complexion. Bright pink, large round agate stones mixed with multicolored African glass beads… 19”; 18k gold plate. $235.00 www.maxandchloe.com

Tom Binns Fauve, Hand-Painted Swarovski Crystal Necklace- Simply divine. Like a splendid musical composition. Beautifully configured with just the right tones. Pride of ownership is valid here. This is eloquent design. Oxidized rhodium-plated, neon lime, yellow, orange, and coral crystals and resin. Clasp fastening. $975.00 www.net-a-porter.com

Above Left: Sophia 203 Butterfly Necklace by Sophia Edstrand- Whimsy with substance. This elegant artisanal piece will elicit conversation. If I were you, I’d bone up on East Indian weaving. Rich jewel color, subtle sheen. Embroidered silk and strass necklace, hand-made with a rare East Indian technique of embroidery and weaving. Length of necklace can be adjusted on silk cord. $325.00 www.cultstatus.com

Above Right: Crystal Candy Snake Necklace by Rodrigo Otazu- Look at the artful variety here! People will be leaning in to see the colors and textures. A unique piece. Worthy of Anna Wintour or Carrie Bradshaw, of an artist or a bond trader…with taste and style. Eye-catching Swarovski crystals, gold plated. 16” long. $434.00 www.charmandchain.com

Jewelry refers to jewels. The word jewel came into usage around the year 1250 in England. Jewel is an Anglicized version of the old French jouel, which in turn came from the Latin jocale. The original Latin refers to a plaything or object for entertainment. ” Anne Helmenstine

Above Top: Tarina Tarantino Heart Pendant- Wow is all I have to say! Wear it with anything and everything. Looks like a million. No shrinking violet, this heart! Many faceted, like yours. Multi-colored crystal chain holds a Lucite heart pendant, completely paved with hundreds of additional Swarovski crystals. Lobster clasp closure. Chain 16”, aduster-4”. Pendant 1 ½” x 2” $675.00

Above Bottom: Acid Cameo (Also Tarina Tarantino)- Vintage reborn and having a helluva time. Quirky and cool. Clearly an art piece. You’ll be the only one in the room with this. It’s just FUN. Silver tone chain. Carved Lucite and Swarovski crystals with bead, rose and bow accents. Lobster clasp closure. 18” long-adjusts to 23”. Pendant 2 ½” x 1 ¾” $ 165.oo Both www.zappos.com

Kenneth Jay Lane 22 karat Gold-Plated Oversized Necklace- Great looking burnished gold tone for discrete opulence. Simple earrings please, but not diminutive. This is an exclamation point. Wear a cuff and a raised eyebrow. Really useful. Smaller interwoven chains, ball embellishment. Adjustable lobster clasp fastening. $150.00 www.net-a-porter.com

Sparkling Sage Crushed Stone Bib Necklace- An unusual piece (well, you don’t need me to find colored beads.) Good to go with gold and nubbly textures. Smashing with merino wool or satin. Subdued strength. Very organic looking. Silk ribbon holds a bib of semiprecious stones and Swarovski crystals. Sterling silver-plated base. 18”. Drop 4 ½”. $79.50 on sale. www.nordstrom.com

Above Top: Victorian Showcase Necklace- A modern take on your grandmother’s style. A little Victorian, a little Goth. A violoncello or hard rock. Goes with tattoos or a Pringle sweater set. Five rows of onyx black beaded, hematite tone links suspend the striking Maltese cross and black crystal teardrop pendant. Multi-crystal display contains marquise cut, jet black stones with small diamond like settings. $135.00 www.1928.com

Above Bottom: Pamilla’s Black Beaded Bib Choker (and negligible earrings)- Whether strapless or crew neck, this collar-like piece will make an ensemble. Its beads seem Bohemian, as if you found the necklace in an old shop or street market somewhere in Eastern Europe. Gypsies? Brass base metal, Silver tone finish. 4” width. Smooth black beads. $42.95 www.fantasyjewelrybox.com

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