Fall Trend: The Mono Earring

 

Mono earrings are all the rage at the moment and a key trend for this fall. Angelina Jolie and Rihanna have been seen pulling this edgy look off. It’s a refreshing change to the earcuff! Wear your hair to one side and pair your mono earring with a simple stud for a sexy asymmetrical look!

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Valentines day with Nadine Shami! (This one is for the boys)

photo 1I’ve spent this entire week getting dolled up in Nadine Shami fine jewelry and it’s been an absolute treat. I know that boyfriends and husbands have a difficult time picking out valentines day gifts for their significant others so I’m here to save the day! The reason why I think jewelry is the way to go; is because it lasts forever. We won’t be impressed with the new iPhone, even if it DID have our names engraved on the back. And that box of chocolates you thought was adorable will be the cause of your misery next week when we’ve put on 3 kgs after scoffing down the whole thing. Mmmm… Actually, chocolate is always a nice additon. Scratch that! We love chocolate- no matter how many pounds we pile on. We want a Nadine Shami jewelry piece and a box of heart shaped chocolates. Nadine even has a gorgeous pair of rose stud earrings if you want roses that will actually last forever this valentines day!
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Charmed, I’m sure.

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Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated with charm bracelets. So I’m loving the take on this more mature gold-tone brass charm necklace by Dolce and Gabbana. The pendants include four leaf clovers, horseshoes and holy saints; this necklace brought a whole new meaning to lucky charms!

The Chamber Gyld Design House opens in Amman

_MG_6810A Gyld Member & Founder of Chamber Gyld, Zeena AlAhmad was born on July 17, 1987 in Amman- Jordan. Her artisan talent was pursued through her studies in Studio Arts & Interior Design in Canada & the United Kingdom.


With a paintbrush in hand and from within the confines of a four walled studio emerged a line of exquisitely designed and passionately produced items that act as a ‘Gyld’ to every home. After launching her first furniture collection in 2012, Zeena has adhered her admiration & passion for art & design and ventured into creating a new concept of exhibition space; Chamber Gyld. The bespoke design house encompasses a number of different talents from the region and all around the world. I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk to Zeena about this new venture and what she has in store for 2014.

You are known as the founder of Chamber Gyld, your furniture design line. I’m a huge fan. What inspired you to open the Chamber Gyld Design House and incorporate fashion and jewelry by other local and regional designers?

“Amman’s first bespoke design house, Chamber Gyld’s concept is to create a hub for talented designers to display & promote their distinguished statement pieces.  The aim is to highlight the power of collaboration & showcase the original talents, who produce exquisite work with excellent quality & finish. We bring Fresh, Avante-Garde & Aesthetic designs to your home & wardrobe from the world’s trendiest spots. Chamber Gyld Design House offers an eclectic mix of hand-made items, at which many are exclusively made for our Chamber! We aim to use our spacious high-ceiled window display, as an opportunity to bring out the unconventional vision in every designer.  Keeping true to the Design House that Chamber Gyld is, the window display will be an ever-changing attraction for people to look forward to each season. Chamber Gyld is not just a concept boutique; it is more of a dynamic space that seeks social interaction via events, competitions, pop-up shop concepts & social media collaborations.”

What are the local and regional brands we can find at the design house?

“Anknownymous, Basma Furniture, Zeena Chamber Gyld, Dina Gildeh AlMasara, Aennis Eunis, Raya Bisharat, Jad Ghandour, Nour Taher, Mohammad Tamimi, Chic Gyld, Vanina, Laith Qattan , Ola Medanat, Badr Adduja, Haya Awad, and more designers and artists are joining Chamber Gyld’s Design House.”

You have also designed your own line of handbags, or “Chic Gylds” to be precise, what inspired you to branch out into fashion and accessories?

“My passion towards art & design allows me to branch out of just my specialty in painting & furniture. I wouldn’t call myself a Handbag designer, because my Chic Gylds are funky, artistic & unique. The patterns & beading are especially handmade for this collection making each piece a statement accessory.”

Where do you draw your influences from when it comes to the design process?

“From my everyday surroundings, travels & patterns present everywhere; from nature to fashion.”

What’s in the pipeline for the Chamber Gyld brand in 2014?

“We’re looking forward to adding many more designers & artists to the Chamber Gyld team. We have a full schedule of trunk Shows, pop-up shop concepts & many more events. We’ll be having exciting window display competitions and hopefully in the near future an expansion to Chamber Gyld – Tea Room.”

How would you describe your own personal style?

“I consider my style to be classic/contemporary.”

How do you spend your free time when you’re not sketching or designing?

“Brainstorming Brainstorming & more brainstorming! Seriously- Design has become part of me!”

What is your favourite city and why?

“London & Beirut are by far my two favourite cities for their history, culture & art.”

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Tala M’s instagram feed.

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For the greatest hand parties, check out @talasmurad’s instagram feed! You’ll obsessed with all the ring candy and black diamonds. The Tala M collection will add some edgy glamour to all your outfits! Every picture on her instagram account that pops up on my feed is an absolute treat. <3

Smokey Quartz by Gucci.

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I love my smoky quartz Gucci ring because I’m fascinated with crystals and their healing powers. The popularity of the smoky quartz crystal is due not only to its gorgeous look, but also to the energy it provides. Smoky quartz is a very protective and grounding stone. It brings physical and psychic protection. Smoky quartz is very comforting and calming, and can be considered a stone of serenity and balance. Smokey Quartz disperses fear, lifts depression and negativity. It brings emotional calmness, relieving stress and anxiety. It promotes positive energy and good vibes!

Repossi: Back in Stock

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The Repossi ring that took over my Instagram feed not long ago is back in stock. This 18-karat gold ring from the label’s signature ‘Berbère’ collection is designed to sit on the finger and past the knuckle. You can find it on net-a-porter by clicking here for a whopping £5,256.25. CRAY!

The Coordinates Collection

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I think this is such a beautiful idea! Coordinates Collection is a company that brings you unique customised bracelets for all your memorable occasions. They offer you 12 different long lasting finishes for your chosen bracelet or ring ranging from plated to 14K gold. You can also pick from a range of precious Swarovski crystals related to your birth colour or even just relating to a colour that means something to you. They go on to engrave your desired coordinates of the city or place that is special to you! Go to their website by clicking here to learn more about this awesome gift idea.

Lines I love: Anita Ko

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I‘m really obsessing over Anita Ko Jewelry. The designer graduated NYU with a degree in art history and decided to launch her own jewelry line in 2006. Demi Moore, Nicole Richie, Rihanna, Rachel Zoe, Kate Hudson and Victoria Beckham are a few of her biggest clients! Her best work features micro-pave diamonds, 18 karat gold, and vibrant semi-precious stones.

DYLANLEX finally launches its E-shop!

DYLANLEX began as a young fashion designer’s photo journal, evolved into a social media movement, and arrived today as a line of original hand crafted statement pieces for people as original as the jewelry line itself.

Each DYLANLEX piece is hand crafted in New York city, using the expertise and craftsmanship of artisans gathered from across the globe, to create pieces that blend modern edge with the elegance of traditional techniques. Swarovski Crystal, antiqued metals, and internationally curated elements combine to create statement jewelry that would normally only be possible by combining several distinct pieces.

Start shopping by clicking here!

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Gothic Glamour

374838_in_xlAt first glance, I thought this necklace might be a Dolce & Gabbana creation. But this gold-plated Swarovski crystal charm necklace is Versace of course! This necklace is the perfect addition to your costume jewelry collection. Wear it with a leather jacket and an LBD.

D.I.Y: Ear Cuff by Honestly WTF.

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a few 8 x 4mm Swarovski navette rhinestones & settings
a few 11 x 3mm Swarovski navette rhinestones & settings
1 2 x 40mm curved gold tube
1 flat glue-on post
1 stabilizer clutch
a pair of flatnose pliers
a pair of wire cutters
a hammer
a toothpick
E6000
earcuff2Start by hammering the hallow gold tube flat. Use the flatnose pliers to flatten and even out the texture.
earcuff3Pull the working surface off the edge of a table. Pierce a hole and push the earring post through the working surface. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 onto a disposable spoon.
earcuff4Use a toothpick and apply a generous amount of glue onto the flat post. Glue on the flattened curved piece. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes before applying more glue and attaching the shorter rhinestones to the post. Use the pliers and toothpick to help maneuver the rhinestones. Allow to dry.
earcuff5Add more glue along the curved piece and add the longer rhinestones, one piece at time and in an alternating pattern.earcuff6Use the toothpick to add glue along the sides of the rhinestones each time for extra hold. Dry overnight.
earcuff7Use wire cutters to trim away the excess metal. Check for any potentially loose pieces and add more glue.
earcuff8Allow to dry for at least another day before wearing
earcuff9And be sure to back it with a stabilizer clutch to help keep the ear cuff from drooping!
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DylanLex

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I’m obsessed with DylanLex; a new line of intricate and chunky statement pieces. The two designers describe themselves as “sisters addicted to piling on that good stuff”. They’re pieces aren’t for sale yet, but you can sign up for pre-sales when you visit their website here. With this sort of costume jewelry, nobody can “stack” it on like these girls do.. They’ve taken it to a whole other level and have totally redefined the arm party. They originally started with stacking pieces from all different designers, but now they’ve actually created their own line and we can’t wait to get our hands on a piece! Dylanlex is a line to watch out for for 2013. 

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