Jewelry news – Swarovski Shine, Pandora store expansion, Van Cleef & Arpels and kale jewelry!

  • At the CES Technology conference, Swarovski launched their new Swarovski Shine collection. For this specific collection, Swarovski partnered up with known wearable tech company Misfit. With this release, Swarovski combines two big accessory trends; the wearable tech trend and the longer established jewelry customization trend. The collection features an activity tracking crystal (that measures sleep quality, steps, calories burned etc.) and allows you to combine it with their jewelry. The jewelry, bracelets and necklaces, are reinterpretations of well known Swarovski bestsellers (Slake bracelet, Vio pendant) plus pieces specifically designed for the Shine collection. One of the nine compatible pieces would be a sleek sportsband for working out if bling isn’t exactly your thing. You’re then able to sync wirelessly and read your stats by placing your crystal on your smartphone with the accompanying app. Any time of the day a simple tap of the finger will reveal the time and the status of your currenct activity.

Shine differs from other activity trackers in the simple fact that it’s more jewelry design focused compared to other activity trackers. If you wouldn’t happen to know this specific brand of activity tracker, you would just assume it was a beautiful piece of jewelry. APAC product marketing senior vice president Joan Ng explained “Observing the high tech market, we felt the opportunity to inject an esthetic added-value that would turn useful products into on-trend accessories”. Another refreshing difference is the fact that it’s the first activity tracker that doesn’t come in the clichéd colors we associate with sportsbling. I’m a child from the eighties so I love my neons ;-) , but this is a truly refreshing change. But the biggest innovation has to be the solar powered technology behind the activity tracker. Quoting the Misfit blog the collection includes “Two new, fully waterproof wearables: 1) a clear Swarovski Shine with a brilliant crystal face and 2.) a violet Swarovski Shine which uses a patented “energy crystal” technology to power itself. This is the world’s first wireless activity and sleep monitor that utilizes an energy harvesting technology to enable it to never require charging or replacing of batteries. Simply expose the violet Swarovski Shine to light to keep it charged.”

My favorites are the the Cardoon wristband and the pendants. I haven’t personally tested the usability, but if the usability measures up with the design, I’m quite positive Swarovski and Misfit have a hit. In Europe we will have to wait a bit for Swarovski Shine to become available in stores, but in the USA and China it will be available in select stores in late march. It’s available for pre-order and shipping will proceed in march. Prices start at $99. Later this year, the violet solar powered crystal will be released. Don’t forget to check out the video!

  •  Danish jeweller Pandora continues to expand its jewelry chain in Germany by acquiring 78 store lease holds in favourable locations. Since 2011 they’ve been focusing their retail network in Germany more on its branded concept stores instead of selling via jewellery stores. Germany is one of Pandora’s core markets and with this strategic deal they consolidate their position in one of Europe’s biggest jewelry markets (valued at 3,9 billion Euros/4,3 billion US dollars).
  • Van Cleef & Arpels continues to explore the cosmos and released Sparkles of Luck. The microsite allows its visitors to send a new year’s wish written in the stars to their loved ones.  Not only does the site draw attention to the Poetic Astronomy watch collection, it also makes the smart marketing move to interact with its costumers on a personal level. In my opinion, Van Cleef & Arpels’ middle name is Poetic, and this microsite adds a wonderful whimsical and imaginative touch to their brand.
  • khai khai jewelryEvery Dutch person has a special place in its heart for kale but worldwide, kale couldn’t reserve a special place in many hearts. Kale used to be the basic bitch of vegetables but ever since the health food blogging community embraced the brassica cultivar, the superhealthy leafy green has had an image makeover.  If you still doubted its popularity, Beyoncé sealed the deal by wearing the popular Whole Foods Kale sweatshirt in her 7/11 video. It’s no longer a simple vegetable; it has become an icon, a hipster statement and a meme. Move over Dude, there’s a new cult hero in town.

Kale’s popularity inspired not only many kale adepts, some people even went as far as naming their child Kale. The name has actually risen in popularity since 2005. I’ve been munching on kale chips with a passion for quite some time now (some even call it Kale Krack), but I must admit, I can’t really imagine naming my kid Kale. Can you even imagine the same with other vegetables? “Oh Swiss Chard,  come here my daaahling” ;-) . Uh no!

Anyway, I digress, you no longer have to rely on Kale chips or kale sweatshirts to satisfy your kale needs, you can now wear a little kale around your neck. Khai Khai jewelry, a jewelry line founded by Haim Medine (the brother from arm party loving The Man Repeller), now offers this kale necklace. Also check out the Digitally Inspired collection, if you want to score some hash tag earrings. Because you know, you better come  prepared for the next meme dude!



By |January 11th, 2015|Jewelry News|Comments Off on Jewelry news – Swarovski Shine, Pandora store expansion, Van Cleef & Arpels and kale jewelry!

The Look – A gorgeous dress by Cushnie et Ochs


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If there is one current designer label that has a monopoly on va va voom dresses with a signature cool girl edge, it must be Cushnie et Ochs. It’s all too easy when a designer prefers über-feminine, sexy clothing to become stereotypical or downright tacky in terms of style. But with Cushnie et Ochs, a design duo hailing from New York, every look is injected with that confident, cool NY-edge and their clothing line subsequently always feels fresh, modern and never over the top.

Since their spring 2015 collection however, they’ve been trying to expand on their design vocabulary. Don’t worry, they’re not turning their backs on the sexy, they’re just bringing sexy back in new ways. They’re translating it in new silhouettes, materials and details. The Fall 2015 collection still featured a few signature body-con pieces with architectural cutouts, but they’ve evolved their style and added sophisticated knitwear and even some men’s wear inspired details.

Ever since they designed an amazing leather skirt (with a pointed leather hem) a few years ago I’ve been hooked. And this dress is another winner. This black silk draped dress is a bit unusual for Cushnie et Ochs because they’re not exactly known for lace dresses. I styled it with two different jewelry styles; one sleek and sexy, the other sweet and romantic.

On the left from top to bottom:

  1. Kavant and Sharart – Yellow gold and black diamond earring – available at
  2. Kavant and Sharart – Grey diamond ring – available at
  3. Urban expressions – Kym minaudière – available at Nordstrom Rack
  4. Carvela Kurt Geiger – Gemma tassel clutch – available at

On the right from top to bottom:

  1. Elise Dray – Hirondelle earring in black gold and white diamonds – available at Montaigne Market
  2. Mizuki – Black rhodium branch ear cuff – available at
  3. Elise Dray – Feather ear cuff in black gold and black diamonds – available at Montaigne Market
  4. Elise Dray – Plumette ring in black gold, grey diamonds and pearl –  available at Montaigne Market
  5. Shoe Cult – Adore leather sandal – available at Nasty Gal

And the dress :

By |January 9th, 2015|The Look|Comments Off on The Look – A gorgeous dress by Cushnie et Ochs

Curated – Anita Ko Tri-Point Diamond Ring


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If there is such a thing as love at first sight when it comes to jewelry, then this must be it. I’ve been stalking this ring for quite some time now and it’s still at the top of my jewelry wish list. Unfortunately for me, my undying love remains unanswered because it still hasn’t magically landed in my jewelry box!

Another favorite of mine is one of her most loved pieces. It’s the leaf ring and it’s popularity really made clear to me that the baguette cut, one of my favorite cuts, has finally made a come back. Still, as much as I love other pieces from Anita Ko’s beautiful jewelry collections, this tri-point ring is the one, the primus inter pares, the one ring to rule them all, the… all right now, back to reality! ;-)

This ring is available in yellow, rose and white gold and available at or Anita Ko’s own website.

By |January 7th, 2015|Curated|Comments Off on Curated – Anita Ko Tri-Point Diamond Ring