Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Etsy Store!

My jewelry designs are now available for purchase on! ByDandelion jewelry jewelry is feminine, chic and wearable. Each piece is handmade and one of a kind, using high quality materials such as sterling silver, 14k gold, pearls, and glass beads.

Apple Blossom Necklace- 75.00

White Orchid Necklace - 75.00

Visit : ByDandelion Etsy Store

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscar Jewelery

I thought the recession was going to stop a lot of actresses from flaunting some bling. But sure enough many showed up with gorgeous jewels.

Great earings:

Gorgeous necklaces:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jewelry Inspiration of the day: Teen Vogue cover model Taylor Swift

Taylor wears necklaces from
Badgley Mischka, Made Her Think,
Gerard Yosca, Sunday's Best, and Ligia Dias.

Taylor is wearing: Alyssa Norton
black-fabric and rhinestone necklace,
Sorrelli crystal necklaces,
and Iosselliani sterling-silver
and crystal necklaces.

Appearing in this months Teen Vogue, singer Taylor Swift models some great jewelry!! I loveeee the layering action going on here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hello Kitty Jewelry

Maybe it is the fact that I grew up loving Hello Kitty- that these cute little pieces put a big smile on my face :) Kimmora Lee Simmons designed this line of pricey jewelry for Hello Kitty.

So now the adult in you can get your hello kitty fix in diamonds!

$195, Diamonds and Pink Sapphires

$395, Pink and White sapphire and diamonds

$795, Diamonds and Pink Sapphires

$395, Pink and White sapphire and diamonds

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Designer Profile: Devon Leigh

[Green Amethyst Nugget, $1,330.00]

Devon Leigh is an LA based designer whose designs sell in top notch boutiques and department stores. While quite pricey, it is awesome to see what the outcome is when you use such gorgeous and good quality materials.

[24K Gold Wrapped Amethyst Slice, $750]

I love her gold dipped precious stones.

[Gold Wrapped Quartz Drusy Necklace, $425]

Her pieces are mostly gold and they have this soothing, goddess like quality to them.

Enjoy the jewelry inspiration of the day :)

Check out her website to see more of the collection and where her jewelry is sold.

Downtown Jewelry District

A little history on the Los Angeles Jewelry district:
Los Angeles has the second-largest jewelry district in the nation, after New York. In the heart of downtown's jewelry district stands the Pantages Theater. It was once one of the city's most prestigious vaudeville houses. Theater manager Alexander Pantages built the nine-story structure in 1919, the 16th in a nation-wide chain of over 80 theaters. Pantages also built theaters on Broadway and on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. In the 1940's, Warner Brothers bought the theater and named it "Warner's Downtown". Although it still has it's "WB" shield, it has been sold many times. A church in the 50's, the building was bought in 1988 f or 16 million dollars and turned into the Jewelry Center.

I decided to take a trip to the district because I've been taking up a new hobby/trade: jewelry making. So far, I've been able to find very nice stuff at Kings Road beads on Beverly Blvd (between La Cienega and Crescent Heights) and at Pearl art store. But Pearls stuff isn't made from the best materials-- and Kings Road beads is retail priced (pretty expensive but good quality). So if you don't want to take the trek downtown- that would be a place I would recommend.

BUT if you go downtown to the jewelry mart- not only will you find great prices on beads and findings, but also great ones on ready made jewelry. Stop in a 607 or 605 S. Hill street and you will find tons of vendors selling stuff at lower prices than regular retail stores. "Silver International" is in the 605 building-- had some great stuff chains, earings, charms, jewelry. "Bella's Findings" also in the 605 building is a GREAT place for beads and findings --not pre-made jewelry. Theres also Berger's beads on 413 E 8th St. All of those stores you can actually go online to their websites as well- and order online!
Bella's Findings
Bergers Beads
Silver International
But don't miss out on the adventure of exploring downtown. There are tons of places to go out to, see shows, eat delicious food, etc! Downtown News

Erickson Beamon for Target

[Erickson Beamon, Gold Leaf Cuff, 525]

Karen Erickson and Vicki Beamon are the creators of the very popular jewelry line, Erickson Beamon. They have been creating jewelry since the mid 1980s. And if you are fans like us Culturistas, you will be happy to know they are now creating a line of costume jewelry for Target!! It will be available later this month (Feb 15th-June 26).

Check out some preview pictures of the Target collection below: