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I must admit, I did not fall in love with the Hayden right away. I immediately pegged this as a return item. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t like it at first sight. Maybe my expectations were too high. Plus, it really smelled like strong industrial glue (the smell faded after a few days). Maybe I wish it was a tad bigger. Having said all that, I still want to hold on to it for now. I have a feeling that it will grow on me. Here it is paired with Stylemint’s Newbury tee:

Jewelmint Hayden Necklace

Jewelmint Hayden Necklace

It’s official! This is my favorite Jewelmint piece (that I own) so far! It is such a cool necklace! It’s the right amount of chunk, the pendent is the perfect size, and I love the green glaze that makes this piece look aged. I literally gasped when I opened my Jewelmint box!

My initial instinct was to pair it with blue – it reminded me so much of sunken treasure!

Nordic Treasure NecklaceNordic Treasure Necklace

Cher mentions in the ‘From Cher’ section that this “works well over earthy browns and rusts”. I will take Cher’s advice any day of the week!

Jewelmint Nordic Treasure Necklace

Jewelmint Nordic Treasure Necklace

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The description of the Gatsby bracelet in Jewelmint’s website begins with the invitation to “swing your way into the golden era of the 1920s and indulge in grand opulent splendor.” The 1920s, otherwise known as the Roaring Twenties, was a great and liberating year in womens fashion. This was the decade of Coco Chanel, jazz, art deco, and flapper fashion (think shorter hemlines, long cigarette holders, bob cuts, layers of beaded necklaces, cloche hats, and fancy headbands). This was also the decade when women said goodbye to restricting corsets and hello to trousers.

The design of the Gatsby definitely fits the 1920s. If you run your finger through the length of the bracelet, I love that it has so many dimensions. I love the design so much that if I could, I would go to Southern Africa, mine for diamonds, and then ask a jeweler to replicate the Gatsby. On the downside, the feel of the bracelet isn’t substantial enough for it to feel opulent in my opinion. It’s not that I want a heavy bracelet, I just expected it to have a little more weight. Overall, lovely piece from Jewelmint!

Jewelmint Gatsby Bracelet

Jewelmint Gatsby Bracelet

Jewelmint Gatsby Bracelet

Jewelmint also encourages us to let our “style take flight” a la Joan Crawford and Louise Brooks with the Gatsby. What I would do to dig through the wardrobes of these women!

The Savoy Bracelet is one of my favorite Jewelmint pieces. Jewelmint is more of a hit or miss for me. This bracelet is a definite hit. The bracelet is Art Deco inspired. The pavé centerpiece is beautiful, it’s just the right amount of dazzle. Pavé is a term that refers to a jewelry mounting technique which involves setting small diamonds or other stones very close together so that no metal can be seen between them. It has an antique gold finish which I like.

Jewelmint Savoy Bracelet

Jewelmint Savoy Bracelet

The bracelet is 7 1/2″ in length and features adjustable toggle clasps. My wrists are on the smaller side and the centerpiece still loops around my wrist. This doesn’t bother me really. You can manipulate the closure in a way to make it fit. See my how-to video below:

The Savoy bracelet is  definitely pretty on its own. I tried accessorizing it with a hot pink Kate Spade bangle for a pop of color and I  am quite pleased the combination. If you have any other pairings that you would recommend, I would love to hear them!

Jewelmint Savoy Bracelet

Cher Coulter recommends paring the Savoy with the Hayden Necklace, Morning Rain Earrings, and Faye Dynasty Earrings.

Jewelmint Hayden, Morning Rain, Faye Dynasty

I’ve expressed before how much I like Amrita Singh’s pieces. They are one a kind, loud but elegant, and well-made. I perused the clearance section on their website for some finger baubles and here are my picks:

Newlight Ring (my favorite!), Aurore Ring, Shelter Island Ring

Amrita Singh Shelter Island Ring, Aurore Ring, Newlight Ring

Amrita Singh Newlight Ring, Aurore Ring, Shelter Island Ring Okay, I didn’t really intend for this picture to look like a fist bump, but oh well!☺

Amrita Singh Shelter Island Ring, Aurore Ring, Newlight Ring

Hope you are all having the most wonderful week!

Say hello to JewelMint. JewelMint is an online jewelry club started by lovely fashionista Kate Bosworth (love her!) and her friend/award-winning stylist Cher Coulter. Each piece is designed by Kate and Cher. You can tell that they are very hands-on – from designing to styling. Each piece is available for $29.99 for members (shipping is free).

This is how it works: On the first of each month, JewelMint releases a new collection and gives you recommendations based on a style quiz that you take when you sign up, your order history, and pieces that you have marked as favorites. They basically have some kind of algorithm that helps them determine the pieces that you would like. You are not limited to their recommendations and you can also order from past collections (if there are any left, some pieces sell out pretty quickly). There is  no obligation to buy each month BUT you have to opt-out by clicking the “skip this month” button from the 1st to the 5th of each month OR ELSE they will charge you the $29.99 (good for one piece of jewelry). This is the part I don’t like. You can cancel your membership by calling customer service.

All right, enough of the technicalities. Now for the review. My first purchase is the Sweetheart Ring. This piece is definitely eye-catching and unique. I wear a size 6 and it is true to size. I’m going to go ahead and say that I am not totally in love with it but I like it a lot. It’s not so much the design (I think the design is great! SO cute!) but how it feels when worn. It reminds me of a graduation ring. I know that I am wearing it because of its bulk. I’m keeping it though,  it’s a charming piece to have. It just won’t be an everyday ring like I thought it would be. :) Maybe I just need to get used to it?

JewelMint Sweetheart Ring
Jewelmint Sweetheart Ring

When Lulu Frost’s J.Crew collection was launched, this charm bracelet was number 1 on my wish list. I was very excited when the sale price was lowered to something I can deal with especially since I was very happy with my first Lulu Frost for J.Crew piece. Out of the box, I was underwhelmed. The gold looked quite dull. I can tell right away that the quality isn’t what I expected. Upon closer inspection, I can see that the circle links that hold the charms are worn, the gold plating was wearing off.

Lulu Frost for J.Crew heirloom charm bracelet

And then, I tried it on. It’s very pretty when worn. I am in love. It immediately reminded me of beautiful Indian hand henna because of the way the charms fell. I am on the fence about this one because of the quality. What a shame! I might ask for an exchange although I doubt that the next piece would be any different. Ah, decisions, decisions.

Lulu Frost for J.Crew heirloom charm bracelet

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