Ooh. Pretty shiny things. Here at The Stylish Kind, we are big fans of jewelry. Show us a gorgeous ring or statement necklace, and we get those saucer-big, must-have-it eyes. Still, we're also painfully aware that not all baubles are created equal. Consider the diamond, which -- depending on how it's sourced -- can hide a brutal background behind a beautiful facade. No matter how lovely the piece, if we don't know that it was ethically made, we snap out of our reverie and look elsewhere.
We've always been intrigued by Brilliant Earth's mission to offer only ethical, sustainable jewelry and to educate consumers about buying jewelry responsibly, but with the recent expansion of the Brilliant Earth Vintage Collection, this retailer has taken its selection to the next level. It added a plethora of new pieces and recruited several style experts to pick their favorites for featured mini-collections on the Brilliant Earth website.
"It's like searching an estate without leaving your sofa," said the e-tailer's first curator, Michelle McCool, who had a career as a fashion magazine editor before founding her own consulting firm and creating looks for big names like Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson.
From Michelle's picks, our wish-list includes the rose gold Mallie ring (it's pink!) from the 1930s, listed at $4,495, and circa-1910 diamond Kevia earrings, selling for $1,190. Hey, a blogger can dream, right?
While we had Michelle's attention, we also took the opportunity to get a few style pointers. Enjoy.
General jewelry tip:
Use jewelry to draw attention to your favorite body parts. If your eyes are your best asset, wear stunning earrings.
Vintage shopping strategy:
Be selective. Only buy what you cannot live without. And, especially with vintage, inspect for flaws.
Fall trends on the horizon:
For fall we are seeing the return of the statement earring. The earring is the new necklace.
Most important style wisdom gleaned from your career so far:
Working as a fashion director for so long, I was surrounded by stylish women. Ironically, the ones who most impressed me where the ones not following trends. Knowing what looks good on your body and having a point of view will always trump a trend.