Facebook Fan of the Week

Are you a fan of the Ice Facebook Page? We love our Facebook community and the nearly 200,000 fans that connect with us there. We get daily comments from fans telling us about their favorite Ice jewelry – they post pictures and videos of their jewelry and give us helpful ideas about how to improve the Ice experience. We absolutely love this feedback and to show our appreciation, each week we salute one of our Fans that has made a valuable contribution to the Page by making them our Fan of the Week.

Purple Amethyst RingWe salute our Fan of the Week on our Facebook wall, blog and on Twitter. We encourage our fans to be creative and show us how much they love their Ice jewelry. We especially adore it when fans post:

– Wedding photos featuring Ice jewelry

– Marriage proposals captured on video with Ice engagement rings

– Photos of someone’s reaction after opening an Ice gift

– Video reviews or photos of your Ice jewelry

– Ideas and feedback about how we can make Ice better

The possibilities are endless. Be creative!

Did I mention that each Fan of the Week gets a special gift for being chosen?

This week’s Fan of the Week is Cathy St. Germain! She was sweet enough to take the time and create this image of different views of her new purple amethyst ring. Cathy also created another similar image of the Iolite ring she purchased in the same week. Now that’s awesome!

Want to be our next Fan of the Week? All you have to do is get our attention on Facebook. Post pictures. Record a video. Write a great comment. We read everything posted in our online community so it won’t go unnoticed.

Looking forward to chatting with you on Facebook. Have a lovely weekend!

Editor’s Picks for Fall

For once I will not do ALL the talking writing today. I’m going to let our Senior Buyer at Ice, Alyson Raynard, tell you what she chose for the Editor’s Picks section on Ice.

Alyson highlights four major jewelry trends to keep an eye on:

Purple Amethyst Ring
Purple is a hot Fall color to add to your jewelry

Pink Metals: “Rose gold and pink rhodium create a fresh new look for customers looking for something new and exciting to add to their jewelry wardrobe.” Not many people have rose gold in their jewelry collections YET so now’s the time to add it. It’s one of my favorite looks for Fall.

Animal Prints: “They never seem to go out of style. Here we’ve taken them to the next level by finding sterling silver jewelry covered with the classic printed patterns.” You can’t go through a magazine or store without seeing animal print these days. Not even a week goes by without one of the Kardashians wearing animal print. You should have at least 1-2 animal print pieces in your wardrobe or accessories this Fall. Since it never goes out of style you can wear the look for years to come.

Fall Colors: “Among the  hot color trends this fall are bold blues, purples, orange and muted greens which we try to capture in a variety of looks.” Purple Amethyst and green diamond jewelry are really popular at Ice right now.

Black & White: “This remains a hot combo for Fall. Classic black and white always pair well together for that never miss hit.” With the popularity in black diamonds in recent years it’s been much more glamorous to wear black & white jewelry.

You can check out Alyson’s jewelry picks here. Let us know what your jewelry picks are.

Zac Posen Gets Our Emmy Vote

Have any of you been attending New York Fashion Week shows? Or following it on Twitter like me? I love all the excitement around all the latest fashion trends hitting the runways. It’s so much fun to see all the glamorous models and beautiful clothes and accessories. One designer I had my eye on was Zac Posen. I managed to get a glimpse of his 2012 Spring Collection and was drooling over the evening gowns that are totally red carpet worthy.

Since the Emmy Awards are this Sunday I thought it might be fun to pick a few of Zac Posen’s gowns and predict who might wear it on the Emmy red carpet. At last year’s Emmy’s Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks wore a feathery lavender Zac Posen gown that definitely turned heads.

Take a look at these gowns and tell us who you can image wearing it at the Emmy’s.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Zac Posen - Runway

This satin gown, with the combination of bold jewelry has a beautiful old Hollywood feel to it. Stunning. I can see this look on classy stars like Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl or Christina Applegate who will be staring in a new TV comedy Up All Night. Past Emmy winner Claire Danes would also shine in this gown.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Zac Posen - Runway

This curve-hugging dress has Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez written all over it. However, I wouldn’t mind seeing someone like 30 Rock’s Jane Krakoski or Jennifer Love Hewitt in something like this to change it up.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Zac Posen - Runway

Even though this is technically a Spring collection, I think this shade of blue is so perfect for Fall. Especially paired with the blue jewels the model is wearing. Would look great paired with London Blue Topaz jewelry I hope someone walks the red carpet with it. I’m picturing some young starlets like Blake Lively or Lea Michelle of Glee. Perhaps even Eva Longoria, she looks ravishing in everything.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2012 - Zac Posen - RunwayLeave it to model Coco Rocha to deliver this show stopper gown. Isn’t it beautiful? You have to be a true star to wear something like this. I’d love to see Emmy nominees Gwyneth Paltrow or Kate Winslet in this or something similar. A nice cuff bracelet would complete this look.

What do you think of these gowns? Which stars do you predict will wear these looks?

Ice and SNO

I cannot contain my excitement for our latest collection of jewelry at Ice… SNÖ of Sweden! I LOVE every piece in this collection and I’m betting that most of you will find something you like too. This line is PERFECT for Fall and with a name like SNÖ how can it not be perfect for Winter too.

It’s designer is Lena Jonsson Näslund who had a vision of making affordable, but unique jewelry that could be worn by women of all ages and backgrounds, using materials provided by nature. Having grown up, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of northern Sweden, Lena says that being part of nature, the people around her and life itself are her main source of inspiration. Snö is the Swedish word for snow and celebrates the pure, white and crystal clear materials of the north.

The pieces found at Ice use semi-precious stones such as quartz, onyx, clear rock crystal, smoked crystals and seashell pearls in a variety of natural colors and shapes. We have over 20 pieces in the SNÖ of Sweden Collection but here are a couple of my favorites I wanted to share with you.

Seashell Pearl Silver Plated Multifunctional Necklace: As I’ve mentioned, I love long necklaces. These necklaces are gorgeous but what appeals to me even more is that they are multi-functional. You can take them apart to make shorter necklaces or bracelets. Love that! Almost all the SNÖ necklaces can be wrapped around twice for a layered look or have detachable parts.

1 Necklace, worn 3 ways

Talk about a statement piece! This Smokey Quartz bracelet (pictured right) is big, bold and beautiful featuring a stylish wooden clasp. You can wear the bracelet with the clasp showing in the front or in the inside of your wrist for two different looks. Don’t you just love how versatile these pieces are?

What do you think of the new SNÖ of Sweden Collection? Which is your favorite piece?

5 Fashionable Funny Females

Who will be the winner’s of Best Lead & Supporting Actress in a Comedy at next week’s Emmy Awards? We don’t know but we do know which nominees with be winners on the red carpet. We want to highlight some of our favorite funny females who always look fabulous to us…they also happen to be nominated for Emmy’s this year.
Tina Fey: Fashionable? Heck yes! Who would have thought Liz Lemon from 30 Rock would pull off such glamorous red carpet looks. We love Tina’s transformation over the years from a simple behind the scenes writer to a fabulously funny actress and fashionista. She’s been more daring recently with form fitting bright gowns with large diamond jewelry. Absolutely love her! Don’t you?
Laura Linney is nominated for her work in The Big C which she plays a mom trying to bring humor into dealing with having cancer. This natural beauty seems to always look so put together at any event she attends. I love that she’s often seen in the same jewelry like these leaf motif earrings pictured here. Shows how versatile jewelry is & that not all celebs need to borrow super expensive jewels for the red carpet. Props to you Laura!
Kristen Wiig: Probably my favorite female Saturday Night Live cast member ever. Hilarious! On SNL she is often wearing crazy outfits and playing outrageous characters so you don’t realize how lovely Kristen is underneath all that. When she hits major events she pulls off these super stylish looks so effortlessly. She really stands out in my opinion from other female comedians with both her style and humor.
Sofia Vargara: The bombshell of the group always looks sexy. This Modern Family actress is not afraid to wear rich bright colors. She always pairs these colors with sparkly jewels, most often in diamond earrings and cuff bracelets. The contrast of the colorful outfits, bright jewels and her dark skin makes for one hot combination. Modern Family is nominated for 17 Emmy’s! Hope they win a couple of them.
Betty White! Who doesn’t love this Golden Girl? 90 may be around the corner for Mrs. White but that hasn’t stopped her from putting on her best and hanging out with the youngsters. You can almost always see her in pearls and smile. She’s still making people laugh on her show Hot in Cleveland and movie roles such as The Proposal which I LOVED! Decades older than other nominees she still manages to get nominated for Emmy’s. Good job Betty!
Who are some of your favorite funny females? Tune into the Emmy’s this Sunday to see who will win!

Petra Azar Giveaway

Giveaway Time! Want to win this Black & White Petra Azar necklace? Yesterday we featured an interview with jewelry designer Petra Azar and discussed her collection of unique magnetic jewelry.

We are excited to offer you the chance to win a beautiful Petra Azar necklace featuring sparkly white sapphires (pictured right) valued at $495.  This necklace can be worn shorter or longer depending on your mood or outfit. Amazing! The designer’s inspiration behind this piece and behind the magnetic concept, was to demonstrate how love, an unseen, unspoken force, could unite the world. There is a poetic We Are One inscription on the back of the pendant.

To enter the giveaway simply follow the steps below. Good luck! Contest ends September 23.

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The Magnetic Power of Love

One of the latest collections at Ice is by designer Petra Azar who has created a line of beautifully crafted magnetic jewelry. You know how frustrating it could be to put on a necklace by yourself so this line of necklaces is the perfect solution.

I had the pleasure to chat with Petra Azar about her collection. Here’s what she had to say:

What makes your jewelry so unique?
This would definitely be my magnetic power clasp, which is totally different not only from a technical standpoint, but from a symbolic angle, as well.  The jewelry I design is practical in form, however it is the act of two halves coming together as one that is so compelling.

How did you come up with the idea to make magnetic clasps?
I wanted to be able to communicate the way two souls are drawn together inexplicably.  As a sculptor, my aim is to create art that expresses emotion in form and in function, and magnets are the perfect vehicle for this.

Can you tell us about the No Greater Love pieces (pictured right) and what it means to you?
The No Greater Love Collection has given me a way to share the bond that mothers and children share in such a prolific way.  As a mother and as a daughter, I understand the power of this relationship, and the reaction to this collection has been absolutely awe-inspiring.  Men, women, and children from all walks of life identify with this collection as it embodies the love that all of us experience as children and as parents.

Each piece of jewelry is engraved with a poetic message. Tell me about these engravings.
The meaning behind the engravings is two-fold.  First, as an artist, I am accustomed to signing every piece of art that I create, and my jewelry is no different.  Second, I hope to share with the wearer my intentions behind every piece.  An example would be from the United World and Minis collections: the We are One inscription speaks of my desire to unite people across the world in peace and love.  That inscription allows me to share my dream of unity with whoever wears a piece from these collections.

One of my favorite pieces from the collection is this black & white circle necklace. What was the inspiration behind this piece?
I wanted to express my dream of a truly united world, one in which old and young, rich and poor could come together and love one another.  The two halves are so different: one side is plain black, the other is luxurious and glamorous, yet when they come together, the result is a wonderfully balanced pendant.  My inspiration behind this piece, and behind my magnetic concept, was to demonstrate how love, an unseen, unspoken force, could unite the world, hence the We Are One inscription. 

I love the fact that many of your pieces have a double chain that allows you to wear your necklace long or short. Great idea! Was it important for you to create multi-functional pieces?
Yes!  I have found that so many women, myself included, are limited by the jewelry that is out there today.  With my jewelry, there is no “right” way to wear it, only the way that makes you feel the most glamorous, the most put-together.  I encourage women to make my jewelry their own – wear it long or short, mix pieces from different collections, whatever your style might be.

What can we expect from you next? Looking forward to seeing more from the Petra Azar Collection.
With my newest collections, Evolution and Circle of Love, I took my inspiration from being a mother and a business-owner who needs to change her wardrobe constantly to fit any situation.  These collections feature convertible pendants that can be changed to suit any situation.  Not only practical, this concept gives women the opportunity to collect convertible elements that will remind them of a special time and place – weddings, the birth of a child, anniversaries, birthdays, each piece holds a beautiful memory.

View the entire Petra Azar Collection

P.S Wanna win a gorgeous piece of jewelry from Petra Azar? Click here for details!

 

New Fall TV Fashion to Look Out For

September is the month of season finale’s of your favorite summer TV shows like Entourage, True Blood and Breaking Bad but what we’ve all been waiting for is for our favorite Fall TV shows to premiere. So many Fall shows to keep your fashionable eye out for wardrobe inspiration. Here are some of our picks for most fashionable TV shows to stay tuned for.

Sneak Peak of Blake Lively on set of Gossip Girl
Sneak Peak of Blake Lively on the set of Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl: Blaire and Serena may be the Queen B’s of the Upper Eastside but they sure know how to dress. You can expect nothing but the best on them from huge designer purses, to big bold necklaces, rings, breathtaking dresses and shoes!! Spoiler Alert! The beautiful Elizabeth Hurley is joining the cast this season and I’m sure she’ll look fabulous.

New Girl: This is a new comedy starring my girl crush Zooey Deschanel. With a last name with Chanel in it you know it’s in her genes to be stylish. Zooey pulls of the adorably cute yet sexy look perfectly and after watching a preview for this show her personal style definitely shines through in her character Jessica Day. The premise of the show is Jessica catches her boyfriend cheating and then moves in with three single guys. Let the good times begin! Can’t wait to watch this.

Charlie’s Angels: Yup, they redid this classic and it actually doesn’t look bad. In the trailer I was pleasantly surprised with how stylish the angels are and loved the long dangly earrings they were sporting. How they run around in them, I don’t know, but they pull it off. I loved the movies with Drew Barrymore and she’s actually the producer of this series so it should be good.

Desperate Housewives: The final season of the show has arrived and the ladies of Wisteria Lane haven’t looked better. Gabrielle and Bree are always the most put together woman on the block in my opinion. I wonder if there will be any new additions to the cast we should be watching out for. I smell drama.

What shows are you most looking forward to watching this Fall?

Join the conversation, our Facebook fans are telling us who their favorite fictional TV character is (was) their fashion icon. Some of the favorites were Carrie from Sex & The City, Joan Holloway from Mad Men and Erica Kane from All M Children.

September’s Sapphires Resembling Taffeta

Sapphire RingHappy September everyone! Could you believe this month is already here? Most people hate the dreaded back to school month but it’s my birthday this month so I love September. :) Being a Virgo my birthstone is Sapphire…and what a beautiful birthstone it is. Kate Middleton might have introduced a new generation of jewelry-wearers to the blue gemstone but it’s been one of the most popular stones for centuries. Ice took the classic Sapphire look to a new level with this new Taffeta Collection.

For many of you who have worn gowns made of taffeta you must be familiar with the shimmery fabric that looks like it is made up of different colors. Ice replicated that look with this line of blue and pink Sapphire pieces. Each blue and pink piece has different shades of each color along with white Sapphires.

Do you like Sapphires? You might not know but Sapphires actually come in many colors other than blue such as pink, green, yellow, black and many more. View all our Sapphire jewelry here.

 

5 Tips for Wearing Rose Gold this Fall

One of the hottest jewelry trends right now is Rose Gold, also known as Pink Gold. It’s been around for centuries but it’s making a big comeback and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s gorgeous! This unique precious metal gives an instantaneous warm and romantic feel to any look.

I will be decked out in Rose Gold (and other pink metals such as Pink Rhodium) this Fall and wanted to share a few tips on how you can wear Rose Gold jewelry with your Fall wardrobe.

1. Match it with copper toned accessories. Rose Gold contains copper, actually all golds do because gold is such a soft metal. There is a higher level of copper in Rose Gold which gives it it’s warm color. So naturally any copper hued purses, belts or shoes would match beautifully with rose-hued jewelry.

2. Mix it Up! Cartier started the love affair with yellow, white & rose golds by creating a threesome of golds in one piece of jewelry. Since not many people might have one piece of jewelry with all three golds, it’s much easier to take what you already have to create this look. Put on white, yellow and rose gold bangles on your wrist or layer different colored gold necklaces in different lengths.

3. Wear it with Fall colored clothing in earth tones such as brown, tan and grey. Another fabulous color to pair it with is blue! What a stunning contrast this makes. Whether it’s navy, cobalt or turquoise, this look is very rich. Try it!

4. Nail the Rose Gold look by pairing rings with nude nail polish for a classic look. For a more matchy matchy look there are lots of polishes in rose gold hues – any metallic pink will work nicely.  For a more dramatic look you can pair our Morganite & black diamond ring with black nail polish which looks hot! If black polish is not your thing, you can try other dark polishes like charcoal for a deep contrast.

5. Pair it with diamonds! The combination of diamonds, whether they are white or black diamonds, with rose gold really makes the rosy color pop and the diamonds sparkle like crazy. It’s a gorgeous combination and we have plenty of Rose Gold pieces featuring diamonds to choose from.

We’d love to hear how you like to wear your favorite Rose Gold jewelry. Better yet, post a picture on our Facebook wall or Tweet it to us.

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