Model creates socially-conscious jewelry


Designer Spotlight: Pippa Small


I’m loving London-based jeweler Pippa Small‘s oversized, colorful jewelry. After working under Tom Ford at Gucci and Phoebe Philo at Chloe, she has a fantastic design eye for what’s going to work with a dressed down frock, smart denims and a white tee, or even with a more polished jacket-and-skirt ensemble. Smalls’ new online shop means that her designs are now easily available to anyone with an Internet connection, though her jewelry is available at all sorts of boutiques and is featured on net-a-porter too.Turquoise Jellyfish Earrings

And the designer doesn’t just have an eye for style, she works with what is the world’s 1st registered Fairtrade gold mine in Bolivia, and partnered with Afghanistan-based charity Turtle Mountain, which is working to regenerate the country’s traditional arts. She also produced a collection with the Fairtrade company MADE based in Kibera, a slum area in Nairobi. Read more about these various projects here.TM Chrysocola 6 Sun Necklace

“Pippa believes the art of jewelry making can enhance life and help alleviate poverty and protect precious traditions, helping to grow the confidence of crafts people around the world and reverse the tradition of exploitation associated with the gem industry over the centuries. Her jewelry is collected and coveted by many who appreciate the rough organic, hand made feel of the jewelry.”

Carnelian _ Rhodochrosite Double Greek Ring

Check out the original article on Pippa Small here.

Trend Tuesday: Statement Necklaces

The best way to spice up an outfit this fall is with some bold neckwear!  Whether it’s jeweled or metallic or fibrous, it can turn a basic t-shirt special or take an outfit from daytime to nighttime.

Put some sparkle on a crewneck t-shirt with a bold chain necklace or other gold necklace with black accents, to pair with a sparkly gold skirt!

school house university of toronto pocket tee,, $28; kenneth jay lane large link necklace,, $415; reluxe gold hoop and leather necklace,, $45; 2nd day skirts olive,, $245; elie saab woven leather box clutch,, $912; square vintage post earring-grey,, $14

Or, add a bold necklace to a simple t-shirt dress to turn heads!  You can match this black and white colorblock dress with either a boldly-colored piece that pops, or a high-contrast piece made of cool materials, like this leather and rope one, for a touch of elegance.

school house cal state l.a. colorblock dress,, $40; katherine necklace,, $250; 3.1 phillip lim leather wrap and rope necklace,, $240; monsoon owl party statement necklace,, $46

Use this trend to have fun and be daring!  Summer may be over (for now), but that doesn’t you have to stop sparkling.