Category Archives: Jewelry

Blue Nile Moves On Beyond Diamonds, To Infinity

Guess who wants to give you a present? Is it Santa? A Tomten? An errant elf who looks uncannily like Will Farrell? No. Blue Nile, the preeminent online diamond jeweler in the United States. Long known for what we might call their diamond-ring configurator. I confess to having played with it, day-dreaming of engagement rings. […]

3 Ways To Accessorize For A Summer Wedding

Which accessories work best, when you’re attending a summer wedding? This isn’t one of those posts where I tell you the answer. I’m looking to you all for direction, impunity be danged. And, in return for your thoughts, Dressed USA will be giving one reader a shift of their choice. We thank them in advance. […]

The Style Archetypes Reflect On Mother’s Day Jewels

Beladora asked if I’d write a post on Mother’s Day presents for the Style Archetypes. Although I had just written about Beladora jewelry, I do love a straightforward request, so much easier to negotiate than veiled asks or polite threats. Besides, the Style Archetypes clamored at my window late one night to say, “Do it!” […]

Shouldn’t Your “Something Blue” Be Sparkly?

It’s wedding season. Brides around the USA, following tradition, may be exploring blue fol-de-rol. The journey may culminate in a blue garter, it’s OK to be cheesy in wedding-land. But perhaps  you are considering blue sparkle instead? Congratulations! Beladora has launched their new website. I’ve been a blogfriend of the CEO for ages, have even […]

Building A Precious Jewelry Collection From Scratch

Imagine you are just starting out in adult life. Or it’s time for a sea change – shifting style, resetting priorities. But imagine, either way, you want to build a jewelry collection from scratch, and that you have complicated your existence by preferring, strongly, the precious. You may even be allergic to silver, nickle and […]

If You Wear Spring Clothes, Will The Warm Weather Come?

I have returned from Spring Break. Which, unfortunately involved tax preparation and weed assessment rather than sun, shore, or seaside.  But I’m ready for sun. Ready for trips South, or inland, or to the water, to dry winter out of my consciousness. One of the things I always enjoy about warm travel is giving up […]

Reader’s Choice: “Raw Diamonds”

Barbara, who has been commenting here for several years as “BarbaraG,” wrote in to recommend a 2012 post on raw diamonds. Since it’s a fairly recent piece, and therefore perhaps already seen by a number of you, the least I could do was include right on this here page yet another raw choice. An exuberant […]

Show Us Your Brooches!

It’s almost time to ornament. Not just tables and lintels and trees, but ourselves. Some, here in the US, adorn with holiday brooches. One can either make fun or enjoy. As holidays are best irony-free, I take the second course whenever I can quiet the thought, “Huh. Swarovski Rudolph. OK then.” In that spirit, Sue, […]

The Rough, The Raw, The Rustic Of Diamonds

If pearls can be brutal, surely, surely, diamonds can be rough. Of course they can, and it’s quite the thing these days. The same gem that balloons to 10 carats, perched on the fingers of celebrity bride-to-bes, also shows up quite shaggy, here and there. You can find raw diamonds. These earrings are by Melissa […]

When Statement Jewelry Says, “Shhhh!”

Quiet dressers have had a rough couple of years. Beset by ubiquitous pops of color, huge bags, inches of platform soles, and bling, (the term “bling” says it all), we are apt to run off in a swivet and hide under the sartorial table in despair. Even whimper a tad. One must reclaim style one […]