Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spotlight on: Elizabeth & James Jewelry

I tend to dismiss brands like Elizabeth & James that are celebrity designed because usually, well, they aren't great.  But I do have to hand it to the Olsen twins for doing so well with Elizabeth & James.  The clothes are consistently adorable, but what I really love are the accessories, especially the jewelry.  It manages to blend quirky, natural, and glam details perfectly for an overall aesthetic that works with a bunch of different styles and outfits.

Crab Ring with Ruby Eyes, $125 at shopbop.com, Turquoise Howlite Ring, $85 at shopbop.com: How cute is this crab ring?!  I'm a Cancer, so I love me anything with a crab on it.  It has tiny ruby eyes!  It's so sassy.  The claws curve around the finger so perfectly, and the offbeat shape really works the simplicity of the overall design.  I want to wear this with really girly outfits for a fun contrast.  If jewelry isn't really your thing and you just like very simple pieces, this cabochon ring is great.  The blue is fun but not too bright, so you can wear it with a lot of different color palettes, and the band has a sweetly organic feel that makes it a little offbeat.

Silver Bypass Ring, $125 at shopbop.com, Wishbone Mesh Earrings, $195 at shopbop.com: These pieces are such great value for the money.  This silver ring has silver (obvi), gold, and tiny sapphires, and it's less than $150.  I like that the band and the materials used are very classic, but the detail on top is unexpected and almost a little primal feeling.  I'd do it with a really girly, lace top and jeans.  I love me some chandelier earrings, and these have such a fun twist.  They're made up of tiny wishbones, so they're lucky!  The hammered, rustic shape plays nicely against the inherent drama of the oversized earrings.

Large Seashell Ring, $175 at shopbop.com, Enamel Coral Earrings, $95 at shopbop.com: The ocean may terrify me (sharks! sharks! stingrays!) but I love ocean motifs in jewelry.  A seashell is such a perfect choice for a ring because it's very symmetrical and pretty, but the dots and the distressing give it a bit of a fun edge that makes it a unique, but wearable accent piece.  I.  Love.  Coral.  These earrings are SO COOL.  The shiny black works really nicely with the organic forms of the coral, and these are just the right size--big enough to be a statement but not so large as to be ridiculous.  I'd do these with an updo and a little red dress.

I hope y'all had a great Memorial Day weekend!

Images via shopbop.com.


  1. I know exactly how you feel but I have to give them their props. They are definitely doing something right because they respect the design process unlike some others that have failed. It was only a matter of time that they would filter out the wannabe's and the ones with a true vision and direction end up shining.

  2. I love, love, love their work with the Row. I wish I could afford it, but they have done some really amazing things with a refreshingly minimalistic perspective. So major props :)



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