A Year in Britt’s Pick, or My Growing Jewelry Wish List

Whew, 2015 was a good year for pretty jewelry. I’m having so much fun just viewing these pieces all over again. I want to say thank you to the jewelry designers and manufacturers that induge (and tempt) me with these stunning photos each week and also to the readers, who are basically cool with me rambling on about the pieces I want on my wish list year after year—and boy, that list is growing! I hope your customers enjoy these jewels as much as I do, and that they take my obsession one step further and purchase them (I’ll be here daydreaming, blogging, pinning…). Thank you, thank you, thank you, for a sparkly 2015. Here’s your Britt’s Pick roundup.

P.S. if you’re interested in reading the entirety of each article, just click the desired image.


Frederic Sage abalone Venus II earrings

Venus II earrings in 18k rose gold with abalone and diamonds by Frederic Sage, $1,995

“At just under $2,000 retail, they’re quite a bit less expensive than that island vacation, too, and bring satisfaction for a heck of a lot longer. But if your customer happens to be heading somewhere tropical, these will fit right in.”



Yael Designs Omen opal necklace

Omen necklace in 18k yellow gold with 21 ct. opal, 1.39 cts. t.w. fire opal, and 0.9 ct. t.w. diamonds by Yael Designs, $13,898

“It’s warm, for when winter’s not. I know it’ll be a hit come autumn, too, when we’ll again be in the mood for earthy tones and pops of bright (it’ll be here before you know it, watch and see).”



Verdi pink sapphire briolette and diamond teardrop earrings

Briolette teardrop earrings in 18k white and rose gold with pink sapphires and diamonds by Verdi, price on request

“I don’t know what’s better: the elegant—and unexpected—draped pink sapphire briolettes that run along one side of the teardrop shapes, the way the earrings magically appear to fade from rose gold to white, or the rose-cut diamonds peppered with pink that glitter along the surface.”



Loretta Castoro paraiba and diamond Love Doves ring

Love Doves ring in 14k yellow gold with a 4.65 ct. Paraiba and 0.78 ct. t.w. diamonds by Loretta Castoro, $90,000

“A flock of diamonds—63 in total—also decorate the piece, providing a glittery touch against the soothing 18k yellow gold. It sort of looks as if the center stone were being crowned in some sort of fairy tale–inspired tiara.”



Yoko London South Sea pearl fleur earrings

Chandelier earrings in 18k white gold with South Sea pearls and diamonds by Yoko London, price on request

“They’re reminiscent of details found throughout the Crescent City, in its iron gates and haunting architecture of eras past, rich with royal French influence. The chandelier-style settings are like something you’d find hanging from the ceiling of a grand estate—though I’d much prefer them hanging from my ears, wouldn’t you?”



Laura Gibson blue gemstone briolette necklace

Briolette necklace in sterling silver with chalcedony, aquamarine, quartz, kyanite, and treated sapphires by Laura Gibson, $1,700

“For those who don’t have a movie-star budget or who must go without access to borrowing million-dollar jewels, there is this necklace from Laura Gibson. Rich blue stones such as aquamarine, blue quartz, kyanite, treated sapphire, and blue chalcedony mix it up in this color party that just shouts summer by the sea.”



Rona Fisher ruby Pebble wedding set

Pebble alternative wedding set in 18k yellow gold and palladium with a 0.24 ct. ruby by Rona Fisher Jewelry Design, $3,120

“The skinny stacking set is petite in size, but powerful in impact; organic textured detail sets this one apart, while its bold focal point is the color many are craving at the moment (Marsala isn’t the Color of the Year for nothing!).”



Stuller tsavorite four leaf clover pendant

Four-leaf clover necklace in 14k yellow gold with tsavorite garnet by Stuller, price on request

“With its simple design, this pendant could easily join the ranks of favorite everyday pieces, paired with rows of other pendants and chains, lavishly layered.”



Rebecca Hook cherry blossom earrings

Cherry blossom earrings in sterling silver with mother-of-pearl by Rebecca Hook Jewelry, $210

“In sterling silver, their price point is just right for a pick-me-up while we wait for the temperatures to do just that—pick up. If pink isn’t your thing, the blooms are also available in black mother-of-pearl, which I think creates an especially cool, edgy look.”



Sylvie Collection blackened amethyst ring

Draped ring in 14k black rhodium with 38.57 ct. amethyst by Sylvie Collection, $5,620

“The whole thing reads very Medusa-like to me: dangerous, intriguing, irresistible. The contrast of the center stone’s purple with the blackened metal makes this a total eye-catcher.”



Arya Esha iolite Harper ring

Harper ring in sterling silver with an 18.8 ct. iolite and diamonds by Arya Esha, price on request

“With its frosty exterior, icy blue–violet hue of the center iolite, and glittering diamonds, the look reads snowy magic.”




Effy freshwater pearl fringe earrings

Fringe earrings in sterling silver with freshwater pearls by Effy, $640

“Effy’s earrings juxtapose elegance with casual, everyday wear, draping freshwater pearls in chandelier-style fringe. Those glittering curtains exhibit a color-blocked pattern made with sterling silver, providing its mega-reasonable price point that makes this pair a no-brainer.”



Bernd Wolf Orchidee pearl earrings

Orchidee earrings in 24k gold-plated sterling silver with freshwater pearls by Bernd Wolf, price on request

“The earrings are small but mighty and will surely have an impact on summer dressing. A flowing white sundress would complement these perfectly (because we dress to match our jewels, right?).”



Lee Jewellery carved emerald and pearl ring

Carved emerald ring with pearl and ruby accents by Lee Jewellery, price on request

“A carved, natural emerald is impressive on its own—especially one of more than 10 cts., as this is—but what struck me most about this ring from Lee Jewellery is the way it’s decorated, particularly with its very own necklace of pearls.”



Bavna Paraiba and diamond necklace in blackened gold

Diamond-shape necklace in 18k black gold with 2.81 ct. Paraiba and 11.52 cts. t.w. diamonds by Bavna, $56,600

“It’s almost tribal in its design, with sharp, angled lines and a spiked line of diamonds for the necklace.”



Marcia Budet geometric blue topaz and green quartz earrings

Geometric earrings in 18k yellow gold with 28 cts. t.w. blue and green topaz and 1.32 cts. t.w. diamonds by Marcia Budet, $12,200

“The shapely three-stone earrings look like they stepped out of a very luxe game of Tetris, accessorized with diamond frames and held in warm yellow gold—an excellent contrast to their cool hue.”



Vianna B.R.A.S.I.L. one-of-a-kind tourmaline rings

One-of-a-kind rings in 18k yellow gold with tourmaline center stones by Vianna Brasil, price on request

“I was like a kid in a luxury candy store, particularly craving the green tourmaline variety, encircled in diamonds—but the largest of the bunch, a pink center framed in green tourmalines, was also spectacularly yummy. “



Rebecca Hook Disney Cruise Line lace bracelet

Lace bracelet by Rebecca Hook for Disney Cruise Line in sterling silver, price on request

“What I love most about the entire line is that the designer never loses herself, and Disney plays but a subtle part in each of the jewels. Hook’s taking her already-beloved collections and swaddling them in just a touch of Disney magic.”



Oscar Graves men's Cuban ring

Cuban ring in 18k yellow gold with smoky quartz by Oscar Graves, price on request

“The chunky gold piece is set with a piece of smoky quartz, creating a divine metal and gemstone combination that’s marvelously masculine (though I’d totally borrow it anytime).”



Rahaminov toi et moi sapphire and emerald ring

Toi et moi ring in platinum with 2.03 ct. emerald and 2.85 ct. sapphire by Rahaminov, price on request

“The toi et moi style—on the rise these days in modern jewelry—appears just delicious with its cool color combo, a pair that’s just as at home in the summer as it is in winter and all the months between.”



Charming Silver CZ body chain

Bezel body chain in gold-plated sterling silver with CZ by Charming Silver, price on request

“I imagine you’d want to twirl around in this, just to watch the charms move freely. This would look great with swimwear but also lives to accessorize summer’s breezy dresses, crop tops, or even go over a basic tank, for those not wanting to show too much skin.”



Imperial Pearl layered pearl and amethyst necklace

Layered necklace in 14k rose gold with freshwater pearls, 0.48 ct. t.w. amethysts, and 0.69 ct. t.w. diamonds by Imperial Pearl, $875

“One look, and you know this piece is a winner; how could you not grin back at a design that appears to smile at you?”



Omi Prive sapphire and diamond ring

Handcrafted ring in 18k white gold and black rhodium with 3.29 ct. cushion sapphire, 0.9 ct. t.w. round sapphires, and 0.14 ct. t.w. diamonds by Omi Privé, price on request

“If it’s got black rhodium, chances are, I like it. But this is an Omi Privé piece, and naturally, the draw doesn’t end there.”



Nina Nguyen Aphrodite opal drop earrings

Aphrodite earrings in vermeil with opal by Nina Nguyen, $695

“No stone is alike, and the designer lets golden bezels hug each shape’s curves for a seamless look that transitions from one tier to the next.”



Oscar Heyman fire opal ring

Halo ring in platinum and 18k yellow gold with 15.32 ct. fire opal and 2.31 cts. t.w. diamonds by Oscar Heyman, price on request

“That fire opal center is astonishingly whimsical, like if you shake it, a flurry of glitter will swirl around inside.”



Andreoli peridot and diamond necklace

Cascade necklace in 18k white gold with 306.23 cts. t.w. peridot and 11.63 cts. t.w. diamonds by Andreoli, $124,000

“You’d have to be a pretty lucky duck to score this necklace for a birthday gift—it retails at more than $120K—but I think what Andreoli’s out-of-this-world necklace demonstrates is how powerful peridot can be when it’s in the right hands (er, neck?).”



Yael Designs brown zircon and diamond ring

Lyra collection ring in 18k two-tone gold with 8.96 ct. brown zircon and 0.37 ct. t.w. diamonds by Yael Designs, $9,380

“If you’re looking for a convincing example of how gorgeous brown can be, Yael Designs’ ring is it. It features a velvety brown zircon center of nearly 9 cts., appropriately adorned with sparkling diamonds and held in a two-tone setting that effectively plays up the richness of the stone.”



Sutra lacy cloud earrings

Lace drop earrings in 18k rose gold with 9.07 cts. t.w. diamonds by Sutra, $13,000

“The design of the earrings comes across as a beautiful explosion, as if something erupted and left in its wake a glittering cloud of diamonds.”



Arya Esha carnelian Lava pendant

Lava pendant in recycled black gold with a 2.21 ct. carnelian by Arya Esha, price on request

Arya Esha’s Lava collection pendant proves that orange is wonderful year-round, surrounding its center 2.21 ct. carnelian in a flurry of champagne diamonds that lend an earthy aesthetic to an otherwise very glam design.”



Le Vian Vanilla Diamonds star stud earrings

Stud earrings in 14k Vanilla Gold with 0.81 ct. t.w. Vanilla Diamonds by Le Vian Red Carpet, $3,500

“This pair of stud earrings from Le Vian’s Red Carpet line is the subtle necessity that lets the wearer jump onto the starry-trend bandwagon and keep wearing long after we’ve moved onto something else (though star motifs in jewelry never really die, do they?).”



Belle Etoile Royale red stone ring

Royale ring in sterling silver with a red center stone by Belle Étoile, $275

“Its blood-red center stone is both bright and maybe just a bit eerie. The Italian enamel that accents its swirling silver pattern is like a mix of leather and lace—sweet and seductive.”




Charles Garnier Paris Hemet cuff bracelet

Hemet cuff bracelet in 18k yellow gold-plated sterling silver with smoky quartz by Charles Garnier Paris, $680

“The Hemet cuff bracelet is one of those wear-with-anything, never-gets-old kind of styles, as equally fresh as it is reliable.”



Lauren K peacock azurite-malachite pendant

Peacock pendant in yellow gold with azurite-malachite and 1.04 cts. t.w. green tourmaline by Lauren K, price on request

“You could stare at this piece for hours and always discover something new in the stone’s confetti-like flecks of color that create an abstract pattern.”



Nina Nguyen opal and moonstone Double Trouble ring.

Double Trouble ring in vermeil with moonstone and opal by Nina Nguyen, $395

“The bezeled beauty has no problems standing on its own but could dance its way right into a stack of rings with ease—and imagine how cool this would look doubled up, the same design repeating twice on one finger.”



Le Vian multicolor sapphire leaves ring

Leaves ring in 18k Vanilla Gold with 6.19 cts. t.w. sapphires and 0.49 ct. t.w. Vanilla Diamonds by Le Vian, $6,197

“Le Vian’s spiraling ring sends sends layers of leaves around the finger, with a gradient setting of rich gemstones in shades of orange, yellow, and green.”



Charming Silver CZ spiderweb stud earrings

Spiderweb stud earrings in sterling silver with cubic zirconia by Charming Silver, $26

“Charming Silver’s sterling spiderweb studs (how’s that for alliteration?) are subtle enough that they aren’t in-your-face Halloween, so they’re great for the office, but they’d look good anywhere and with anything (even a costume).”



Supreme Jewelry opal and tsavorite ring

Cocktail ring in 18k white gold with 4.7 ct. opal, 2.29 cts. t.w. tsavorite, and .52 ct. t.w. diamonds by Supreme Jewelry, $10,765

“It takes all of the little elements that make up a beautiful holiday setting—the dark velvets and laces adorning women’s party attire, flickering candlelight, holly and ivy—and wraps it neatly in one mega-gorgeous jewel.”



Borgioni spider and web floating bracelet

Spider and web open cuff in 18k and black rhodium with 0.3 ct. t.w. black diamonds and 0.4 ct. t.w. rubies by Borgioni, $4,600

“Isn’t it strange that, 11 out of 12 months of the year, many of us are terrified by the eight-legged creepy crawlies, but come October, we’re wearing their likeness, decorating our homes with spiderwebs, and even serving snacks and desserts made up to look like them?”



Sutra tiered diamond tassel earrings

Tiered tassel earrings in 18k black gold with 72.47 cts. t.w. diamonds, diamond beads, and rose-cut diamonds, and 8.56 cts. t.w. pearls by Sutra, $22,000

“A storm of style is brewing on every level, with clouds of black diamond beads that glimmer with movement.”



Le Vian Cinnamon Citrine drop earrings

Drop earrings in 14k Honey Gold with 22.4 cts. t.w. Cinnamon Citrine and Chocolate Quartz by Le Vian, $3,157

“What a Thanksgiving display these would make—though I’ll bet they won’t last long in store before they are off to make an appearance at someone’s Thanksgiving table.”



Rahaminov Diamonds for Forevermark double pendant necklace

2 Stone pendant necklace in 18k rose gold with 0.41 ct. t.w. Forevermark diamonds with melee accents by Rahaminov, price on request

“With clean lines and sparkling Forevermark diamonds, there’s no way it will ever find itself on a fashion-don’t list, and its velvety rose gold has the feminine sheen to dress up just about anything.”



Jack Kelege pink and white diamond lattice band

Lattice diamond band in platinum and 18k rose gold with 2.03 cts. t.w. diamonds and 0.9 ct. t.w. pink diamonds by Jack Kelége, $37,500

It’s rocking 2016’s color of the year. Mark my words, pink is going to be it for the new year. With just less than a carat of pink diamonds, this beauty will answer the call for 2016’s hot hue.”



Andreoli pearl and diamond bib necklace

Bib necklace in 18k white gold with Tahitian pearls and 4.12 cts. t.w. diamonds by Andreoli, price on request

Andreoli’s bib necklace makes one hell of an impression, with a lattice, netlike design made up of round, bezel-set diamonds. Tahitian pearls in various colors dangle in the open, diamond-shape spaces like holiday ornaments, glistening and gleaming in festive rows.”


Sutra crysocolla line drop earrings

Linear earrings in 18k black gold with 90 cts. t.w. chrysocolla, 3 cts. t.w. emeralds, and 3 cts. t.w. diamonds by Sutra, $17,000

“Between the swirling seas of chrysocolla pillars and the lines of diamonds that gracefully drape at the top, not to mention the striking emeralds that glow from the posts, a life with these is a life aquatic.”


Oscar Heyman platinum aquamarine and sapphire necklace | JCK On Your Market

Handcrafted necklace in platinum with 98.57 cts. t.w. aquamarines, 26.09 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, and 5.3 cts. t.w. sapphires by Oscar Heyman, $270,000

I don’t have to tell you that a piece like this goes far beyond any color trend, but for 2016, it sure is apropos.”


Yoko London floral pearl earrings | JCK On Your Market

Drop earrings in 18k white and rose gold with 10 mm–15 mm South Sea and freshwater pearls, 2.68 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, and 0.52 ct. t.w. diamonds by Yoko London, $19,600

“Blushing hues warm the skin tone of whomever wears these and puts them right on trend with one of the 2016 Colors of the Year (but who’s checking? These are amazing anyway).”


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