Bling Goes Bold
Wedding Jewelry with Attitude
Operation Extraordinary Bling
We understand that although you may not have Liz Taylor’s jewelry budget, you still want something that makes a dramatic W-day statement (you will wear those turquoise-and-diamond chandelier earrings again—at that hot new restaurant with your hubby on date night). To help you out, we’ve compiled a short list of the rock stars of the rock trade for every price range.
So, ladies, eat a good breakfast, do your sun salutations, grab your Style File, and let’s start shopping. Just step into our jet-powered convertible for a journey to a gem-studded galaxy. Some of our picks require a little mouse action, and the rest a quick trip around the Bay Area, easy and breezy. Our savvy style sampling will take you way past basic bling.
Audrey takes the plunge
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a night on the town, and your wedding day all have one thing in common: a necklace that makes a big, bold statement yet is simultaneously “ladylike.” These punked-up pearls are not your mothers’ prom pearls—they have color, scale and attitude. Rubener Bautista, famed protégé of the late Harry Fireside, knows what women want: reinterpreted tradition with a sense of whimsy, and a nod to retro glam. Why do we love them? You can pile them on, or mix and match as needed for a mere $280 a strand. In gold, green, pink, blue and navy Majorca Pearls with sterling silver and Austrian crystal clasps.
Beach Blanket Bohemian
Just when you thought you were going to deposit that tax refund check into your 401K, you open Elle and see Maria Elena Uzcategui’s fabulous Double Gypsy turquoise-and-diamond 18K chandeliers and say to yourself, well I could put this check away for my retirement, but who the hell is going to care how hot I look then? So you rationalize: I can wear them with my Kate Hudson-esque, rich-hippie crinkled silk wedding gown and anytime I want to look sizzling on date night. I can even rock my “Desperate Housewives” look at the Safeway! These are all fiscally sound reasons to spend $2,900 on something real (and real gorgeous) for your wedding day.