Monday, December 8, 2014

The Hinting Season is Here!

It's hard to believe that it's already that time of year!  Honestly, I'm still trying to remember where June went.  I swear that I lost the whole month!  How did that happen?  

But, missing month or not, the good news is that it is that time of year!  Just in case anyone needs an excuse to buy (or give as a gift...) more jewelry; the holidays have arrived!  Time for sparkly lights; sparkly trees; sparkly fingers; sparkly necks; sparkly ears and sparkly wrists!  So this "hinting season," I've decided to put together my very own Naughty and Nice List!  Whether you find yourself drawn to something sparkly that's a little naughty, a little nice or a little bit of both; I'm sure that you'll find something to love on these lists!  (Personally, I love them ALL!)

And....Every item listed is less than $1,000!  So you can spread even more holiday cheer around!

The Naughty List 
What to give, or wear, if you're feeling a little bit naughty, bold or unique this holiday season!


This naughty little Opal Ring from Chinchar Maloney for $420 just looks like it's hiding something!  Peaking through as if to say, "Don't come any closer or you may drown in my colorful sea!"  A little warning that something deeper lies just below the surface!


Talk about a little naughty & a lot bold!  I am completely in love with this necklace from Aroc Urtu!  Made with a special alloy of raw brass this unique horizontal horn necklace is set with three sparkly diamonds totaling .10 carats on a 16" sterling silver cable chain.  Personally, I'd need a bit longer chain like 17" but this necklace is just fabulous & a great holiday price at $275!


Ok, so I adore everything this woman does!  If you haven't seen Marla Aaron's work yet...You have not lived!  I am completely obsessing over her Ear Cuffs!  I love how they look stacked or all by themselves.  You can start with the Blackened Sterling Silver Ear Cuff for $100 & then stack the 14k Yellow Gold Ear Cuff on top at $525 for even more dimension.  Aren't they just fabulous?!?!


This 18K Recycled Yellow Gold Snake & Tourmaline Pendant from Shakti Ellenwood for $595.20 is the perfect little naughty necklace for the classicist-gone-wrong in your life.  That darn snake & that silly apple is all it took...You know you love it!  I do!


I know, you're asking what makes this classic 3-stone necklace "naughty?"  Well, I'm picturing this not as a 3-stone birthstone necklace but as a stoplight!  Make this Chinchar Maloney 3-Birthstone Necklace for $349 into a 14K white gold (it also comes in yellow gold) stoplight & you can head off any unwanted New Year's Eve party attention!  Just point to the 'red light' to let that potential suitor know that you are not giving them the green light!


These sliced Geode Pendants with Champagne Diamonds from Aroc Urtu are just enough unique with a rough-around-the-edges appeal to make them a must-have for the Naughty List & priced at $287, they are perfect!  For those who like to have a complete set that isn't too identical, check out the matching earrings to finish the look off!  A perfect little bit rock-n-roll (pun fully intended!) edge for your New Year's Eve party!


Let people get a tiny little glimpse of your dark side with this Black Drusy, Diamond & Yellow Gold Necklace by Laurie Kaiser Jewelry for $530.  It is one of my personal favorites from Laurie's collection!  The gold adds a bit of refinement but the deep, sparkle of the drusy gives it that amazing, mysterious richness that tells everyone that you really came here for the party! 


Claire van Holthe's Labradorite Earrings in 18K Yellow Gold from £390.00 are perfect for making any LBD look a little bit naughty!  And, they are ideal for everyday wear!  I can picture these beauties with a pair of skinny jeans, cream cashmere sweater, black ankle boots & a big black belt.  Stunning!

The Nice List 
What to give, or wear, if you're looking for something sweet or classic with a tad more traditional feel but that a modern twist.


Another Aroc Urtu favorite is the Baroque Pearl & Sapphire Bead 3-Way Necklace for $275.  The pearl is a classic & the sapphire beads give the necklace just enough punch to make it your new favorite, go-to classic for holiday parties!  Imagine this beauty worn backwards draping down the back of a formal dress...Perfection!  And, it'll look just as amazing with jeans & a tee!


I love these Alison Lou Red Lip Single Stud for $350!  The perfect way to give your other half the idea: "Kiss Here."  It's exactly why it made the Nice List!  Kisses are always nice!


What's so nice about this 14K Gold Birthstone Cuff from Chinchar Maloney is that is comes in either yellow or white gold making it perfect for stacking & mixing with everything for $520.  Personally, I love it in white gold with bright stones.  And, who says that you have to limit it to only birthstones?  Why not pick your favorite colors or even two of the same stone!


Another perfect for layering piece is the Marla Aaron Crazypants Cuff in Brass for $900.  I love the mix of stones both in color & shape.  It's a new twist on the classic cuff without being so over-the-top as to distract from that perfect outfit that you picked out to wear with it.  I mean, afterall, doesn't everyone pick their clothes to match their jewelry?!?


Ok, I love my pets so this 18K Recycled Gold Custom Pet Amulet from Shakti Ellenwood for $712 is an ideal gift!  It's also the perfect 'Nice List' gift for the animal lover in your house.  Dainty, creative & oh-so-very personal is what the holidays are all about!


Sold exclusively on Aroc Urtu's website, this Diamond Slice Solitaire Necklace is the perfect update to the classic diamond solitaire pendant & it is perfect for layering at the affordable price of $585.  Each diamond is totally unique but they all weigh approximately .50 carats each. This slice is set in a handmade 14K yellow gold bezel on an oxidized sterling silver chain that adjusts from 16 to 18 inches & has the more organic feel to it with the stunning inclusions!


These Bohemain Garnet Earring stunners from Chinchar Maloney are14k gold leverback, dangle earrings feature 4.5mm rose cut, bohemian garnets for $250 & are the perfect Christmas compliment to your wardrobe.  Subtle & classic, the unique rose cut makes them just a tad mysterious!  Plus, in case you weren't aware - the 2015 Pantone Color of Year is Marsala & these are just the perfect shade!  Wear these babies & you'll be getting a jump on 2015 fashion!


Offered, on sale for $875, from Jewels by Grace; this Tourmaline & Old Mine Cut Diamond Bypass Ring in 14K white gold is a classic.  Literally.  This tourmaline ring would make a perfect right hand ring & this estate piece is a Christmas classic with that stunning shade of green!  You can never go wrong with this classic on the Nice List!

If you're like me at all, the hardest part will be narrowing down exactly which bit of sparkle to get!  As a note to the Mr.- I'll be happy with anything off either lists!


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