Jen’s Top 5 Jewelry Obsessions for 2014

As 2014 winds down, I’m reflecting on some my favorite pieces of the year.

Mociun’s Snowflake Diamond Cluster ring. I spied this stunner at the American Gem Trade Association’s Editor Day for its Spectrum Awards, and the piece had plenty of admirers besides me! Simple, geometric, and playful, with harmonious combinations of champagne-color, old-mine cut, and colorless diamonds in 14k gold, the ring didn’t take home an official prize, but it stood out as a winner nonetheless.

Mociun diamond ring from AGTA Spectrum Awards

Ring in 14k yellow gold with a 2.11 ct. champagne-color diamond, 1.05 cts. t.w. old mine-cut diamonds, and 0.39 ct. t.w. single-cut diamonds, $23,340

Laurie Kaiser’s Sunset Over Montana earrings. Kaiser’s feathered metal aesthetic with Tequila Sunrise–hued carnelian and Montana agate make for a yummy-looking one-of-a-kind pair of earrings. You can’t beat Mother Nature’s color schemes—or Kaiser’s handiwork.

Laurie Kaiser Sunset Over Montana agate, carnelian, 18k gold, and diamond earrings

Sunset Over Montana Lemongrass Double Drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 25 cts. t.w. carnelian and Montana agate and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,300

Vivaan’s Triangular Tanzanite pendant necklace. I fell hard for this uncommon cut of bicolor tanzanite earlier this year, and I am still smitten with it today. I love the geometry of the piece and the simple outline of yellow diamonds that highlight the sunny hues in the stone. It’s a statement piece with a minimalist silhouette and a one-of-a-kind center stone.

Vivaan tanzanite and diamond triangular necklace

Pendant necklace in 18k gold with a 19.83 ct. triangle-shape tanzanite, 1.46 cts. t.w. yellow and colorless diamonds, and black rhodium, $6,820

Aida Bergsen’s Wings headpiece. This sterling and gold-leaf style from Aida Bergsen has a classic feel and a stately appearance that would add instant oomph to modern-day attire. Who says headpieces are for brides only? Accessories are part of the fun of dressing up, whether the occasion is a wedding or a trip to the mall.

Aida Bergsen silver and gold leaf headpiece

Wings headpiece in silver and gold leaf, $3,430

Kara Ross’ Silver Maze Locket necklace. My Christmas wish was answered because Ross made one for me! I love it, and I am especially appreciative of the piece because she went out of her way to make it before she ceased production on the silver styles. Make way for all gold in 2015!

Kara Ross silver Maze locket necklace with mother of pearl

Maze locket in silver with mother-of-pearl, above, is no longer being made, but 18k gold ones will be available for purchase.

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