New Designer Jewelry: Vita Fede

There’s nothing like strolling the streets of Italy on a warm day, grabbing a gelato at a little cafe and people-watch all the gorgeous and stylish Italians going about their day. That’s how I feel when I see the luxurious jewelry collection by Vita Fede.

The Vita Fede Collection is all made in Italy…Florence to be exact. (One of my favorite cities in the world!) Many of the pieces are sleek in yellow gold, rose gold and silver pieces that make a bold statement. These pieces are often seen on the TV show Gossip Girl. Although each of the Vita Fede pieces is bold enough to make an outfit on it’s own, it is designed to be mixed, matched and layered to suit each person’s individual style.

They also carry these must-have leather cuff bracelets. They come in a variety of colors featuring five layers of leather and a chain link that look awesome with jeans and a tee. Love these! I’m not the only one gushing over Vita Fede jewelry, celebs such as Halle Berry, Jessica Biel and Anne Hathaway have all been seen in these bracelets. Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson and Fergie are also fans of the designer.

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Jessica Alba seen in Vita Fede Leather Bracelet

The modern blend of leather and metals in the Vita Fede Collection makes for the perfect urban chic look. Designer Cynthia Sakai uses American, European and Asian influence in her designs. The jewelry is classic and sophisticated but with a modern rock twist that we love!

The ideal woman who is both a classic beauty but with a rocker chicness to her is Angelina Jolie. She looked hot on the cover of Marie Claire magazing wearing the ultra-cool Futturo ring from Vita Fede. This ring comes in rose gold, yellow gold and sterling silver.

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Angelina Jolie sporting a Vita Fede ring

 

VIEW THE VITA FEDE COLLECTION HERE

What are your favorite pieces from the collection?

 

Top 5 Prom Jewelry Looks

Prom season is here! Every young girl is scouring to find the most beautiful dress and jewelry to make the boys drool. The options can be overwhelming for a young girl so to save some time I’ll fill you in on my top 5 jewelry picks for prom this year.

1. Drop earrings: A popular hair style for teen girls at prom is to have up-do’s and drop earrings such as chandeliers are a must with this look. The way these earrings sway while you dance the night away will make any girl feel glamorous on this special night.

2. Pearls: Always a classic choice. I find young girls love wearing pearls because it makes them feel older. For a more modern take on pearls, wear long strands of pearls layered over your gown. I love the look of big pearl studs like these diamond & cultured pearl earrings.

Diamond Cuff Bracelet
Cuff Bracelet

3. Bracelets: There’s lots of bracelet choices available and your final selection should depend on your dress. With a simple gown you can dress it up with a sparkly cuff. If you have a short colorful dress I’d play on the youthful look with stacking a few bangles together. For more elaborately detailed gowns  a classy tennis bracelet would be best to not look too flashy.

4. Simple Necklace: Most of the jewelry I’ve mentioned so far are dramatic pieces that grab a lot of attention. Since you don’t want to over-do it I always suggest a very simple pendant necklace. If the rest of your jewelry is very minimalist then you can do a statement necklace.

5. Cocktail Ring: Girls love rings! The bigger the better for prom night. If you are wearing more understated bracelets or none at all I would definitely consider wearing a bold cocktail ring. Don’t forget to get a mani since everyone will have their eyes on your hands.

Tell us what your favorite prom looks are.

 

 

Celebrity Stylist Brigitte Segura Picks Her Faves

We’re all fashion lovers at Ice so we were stoked to hear Brigitte Segura would be our newest Guest Curator. This Fashion Stylist, Blogger, Brand Strategist and Designer is the go-to gal for all things fashion. I had the chance to chat with the fashionista about her Modern Chic jewelry selections with Ice.

Laura: What was the inspiration behind the pieces of jewelry in your Modern Chic Collection?

Brigitte: The Runway is always an inspiration, it’s where things begin. I start with NYC shows then London, Milan and of course, Paris. Modern chic is my personal style. Sophisticated silhouettes on the body that are wearable and comfortable,  accessorized with fabulous details such as belts, shoes & jewelry. Jewelry is the hot accessory du jour. Bold is in!

Cuff Bracelets - Selections by Brigitte Segura

L: There are lots of dark pieces in your collection, would you recommend these hues for the Spring/Summer months or should we reserve them for Fall/Winter instead?

B: Black is always in…even in the summer.  Any color can be worn with black and we all wear it! Color Blocking continues to trend, one of the easiest ways to color block is with black.  If done right, you can add a bold black necklace on a pink shift dress and go.  I’ve chosen several pieces that are grey, which is a wonderful accent for whites too in Spring/Summer and camels in Fall/Winter. Blue and purple are also must-have colors for Spring/Summer which you can include in your jewelry or where it in clothing and pair with these darker jewelry pieces.

L: Your collection is full of big & bold pieces. Is this a trend you noticed at New York Fashion Week?

B: Definitely! The standout trends on the runways all over the world are statement necklaces, big bracelets and bold rings. Designers like Marni, Lanvin, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel are just a few showing off bold pieces.

For 2012, it’s no longer about what bag you have, it’s all about shoes and jewelry.  With shoes being so expensive and can sometimes look too much, jewelry is the easiest way to refresh and complete a look.  Plus, you’ll wear them for many years.

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L: What are your favorite pieces in your collection?

B: I love every piece in my collection. The necklaces are my top pick. Layering them together or over collared shirts is a fun way to wear them.

Stacking bangle bracelets such as the heart cable bracelets is great. Add an extra bangle or two in between for more drama. Big cuff bracelets are strong statement pieces. They work well with sleeveless dresses or tops.

Big rings an everyday must now! Don’t save them  just for nights out. Wear them everywhere but don’t over-do it with more than one bold ring at a time. If you must wear more mix it up with smaller rings. Add the skull ring with a white button down shirt and short and you’re now fashioned hip for summer!


 

About Brigitte Segura

Brigitte Segura is a NYC based Editor-In-Chief of FashionDailyMag.com and Brand Strategist for major fashion brands and celebs. She’s known for her chic style and ability to spot trends. We’re thrilled to have her share her fashion expertise through herModern Chic Collection.

“Bold accessories are in vogue. Jewelry is making a big scene. I chose nature-inspired, stacked & modern shapes as trendy statement pieces that you can have fun with.”

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Belargo Jewelry – Get the NYC Style

I just got back from New York City and fell in love with it all over again. This is why I absolutely adore the new Belargo Jewelry Collection which is inspired by the glitz and glam of NYC. The creative mind behind Belargo Jewelry is Freida Rothman who designed the collection to have a classic and sophisticated look for day, yet still lavish enough for night. The designs have a vintage yet modern twist to the pieces that have caught the eye of many stars.

I’ve confessed my love for the show Gossip Girl before and how much the show’s fashion rocks so I was thrilled to hear many of these Belargo pieces have been seen in the show. The characters played by Blake Lively, Kelly Rutherford and Elizabeth Hurley have all worn Belargo pieces. If the ladies of the Upper East Side approve then it’s a must-have!

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Elizabeth Hurley in Belargo earrings on Gossip Girl

Explore the Belargo Jewelry Collection now

What are your favorite pieces from the collection?

Charles Albert Makes a Bold Statement

Charles Albert is one of the most creative jewelry designers I’ve seen. We’re not the only ones raving about his fabulous jewels, many celebs are gushing over his pieces too. Stars such as Kesha, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Joan Rivers and many more have all been seen wearing these baubles. Heidi Klum will be seen in the May 2012 issue of Allure Magazine sporting some of Charles Albert’s pieces. His jewelry frequently graces the pages of Vogue, InStyle, Marie Claire and Elle Magazine to name a few.

If you’re looking for something simple then this is not for you. These pieces are BIG!! Ice carries an array of bright colored agate cuff bracelets, rings and pendants. I’m loving the blue and green pieces! All of these agate pieces will slightly vary in color, size and shape since they are all genuine stones, making them even more unique.

Some of the darker pieces feature fossils in the form of pendants, earrings and rings. How cool is that? One of the most dramatic pieces is this black obsidian arrowhead necklace. (pictured below) You can wear this with an evening dress or dress up a simple t-shirt and jeans.

Black Obsidian Arrowhead Charles Albert Necklace

You definitely need to check our Charles Albert’s Collection here. Tell us what you think of the collection in the comments below.

Top 5 Push Presents – Gifts for New Moms

Child birth is no easy feat so new moms deserve to be treated with a little something from their hubby. This is known as a push present. This new gift trend is very popular among celebs. Rumor has it that Jessica Simpson is expected to receive $30,000 worth of jewelry from her fiance. That’s a tad excessive but a small sparkly gesture is nice to give to any new mom. Jewelry is the most common push present.

Here are our Top 5 Push Present Ideas at Ice:

1. Personalized Jewelry: It’s always nice to receive jewelry with a personal touch. I’ve told you about Katie Holmes wearing an “S” initial pendant for her daughter Suri and Jessica Alba has been seen wearing one too. It’s such a cute idea. Mother’s Rings are also extremely popular. You can get rings featuring your children’s birthstones and even have them engraved with their names.

2. Diamonds! When asking several women what they would like to receive as a push presents almost all of them mentioned diamond studs, diamond tennis bracelet or diamond pendants. My co-worker Jennifer who is preggers with her second baby received a beautiful diamond band and is hoping for a second one once the baby is born. (Hint Hint to her husband if he’s reading this) Any new mom would be thrilled to receive diamond jewelry.

3. Gemstone Rings: Not everyone is a diamond kinda gal and there is a huge array of colorful gemstones that you’re bound to fall in love with. If you want to steer away from the traditional birthstones pick out some alternative rocks like morganite or tanzanite. This is a chance to get that fabulous ring you’ve had your eye on.

4. Mother & Me Jewelry: We have a line of pendants designed by Petra Azar that is inspired by the love between a mother and her child. The pendant is a sweet heart shape that resembles a mother holding her baby. The plus side of this is it has a magnetic clasp so you can easy take on and off.

We also have adorable matching bangle bracelets from the Mom and Me Collection. We have matching bangles in adult and children sizes so you and your little princess can lookalike. So cute! Love this idea.

Push Presents

5. Pink & Blue Jewelry: Without a doubt the most popular colors of jewelry are pink and blue which are the perfect colors to represent a new baby girl or boy. If you’re having a girl I highly recommend anything with morganite, pink sapphire or opals. These pink topaz studs are also very pretty. There’s a large variety of blue gemstones to choose from to represent your new boy. A favorite is definitely blue topaz.

 

Would you appreciate a push present?

 

Davos Collection

Our new Davos Collection at Ice is created with ceramic and stainless steel in chic designs. A few weeks ago I wrote about the chain-link jewelry trend and I’m excited that we have more styles in this new collection. These chain link bracelets and necklaces come in two-tone grey ceramic & black rhodium or grey ceramic & pink rhodium. Each style add an edgy yet feminine look to any outfit. Wear these pieces to dress up a casual ensemble.

Also in the Davos Collection you’ll find ceramic bangle bracelets that you can wear alone or stacked together. I personally recommend stacking them for a more dramatic look (as pictured right). These bangles are available in different colors such as navy, black and white set in different rhodium tones.

If you’re reading this and getting concerned about having ceramic jewelry… don’t be . I tested these beauties out and as long as you treat them with love & care as you would the rest of your fine jewelry you shouldn’t have any issues.

Which piece from the Davos Collection do you have your eye on?

NY Fashion Week: Jewelry From The Front Row

Mariana Leung, AKA Ms. FABulous.com, has been busy attending the hottest fashion shows at New York Fashion Week. She’s the latest Ice Guest Stylist, and this designer/fashion blogger is here to report back all the latest trends and share her jewelry selections inspired by NYFW.

Twice a year, New York’s fashionable elite flock to venues all over the city to experience the styles of the upcoming season.  I was deeply entrenched in the photographer’s pit shooting almost forty runway shows for my blog, Ms. FABulous.  I created this jewelry selection around three top trends I observed from NY Fashion week.

1. Bold Color
In the fashion shows of Anna Sui and Catherine Malandrino, I found bright colors in circles and teardrop motifs as a running theme.  They could be in a fabric print, embroidery or framed semi-precious stones.  The green onyx bangle and the blue onyx drop earrings embody this trend perfectly.  The intense color and shape of the stones are right on-trend with the runway looks.  These items are also an easy way to update your existing wardrobe for the upcoming season.  Pair these statement pieces with a little black dress or your favorite jeans.

Colorful Jewelry From NYFW and Ice

2. Vintage Glamour
In evening wear, I saw the vintage glamour of the 1930’s and 1940’s grace the catwalk.  I chose the multi-strand black spinel necklace and the red jade beaded necklace because they emulate the color palette and drama of designer Zang Toi’s fashion presentation.  Faceted beads can be worn hanging off your shoulders as a choker to highlight your décolletage.  Ruby lips and classic Hollywood styling are ideal to show off these stunning pieces.

Vintage, Glamorous Jewelry from NYFW and Ice

3. Chandelier Earrings
The single biggest jewelry trend was the chandelier earring.  In diamonds, crystals or colored gems, elaborate drops were the go-to item for major fashion impact.  Designers like wild child Betsey Johnson to the red carpet elegance of Tadashi Shoji all featured dangling jewels from the ears of their models.  The diamond drop earrings in the Ms. FABulous collection are the perfect piece for this trend.  They add lots of sparkle and luxury to the most casual of outfits.  Pair the earrings with a dazzling ring for a truly extravagant look.

Chandelier Earrings from NYFW and Ice

You can rock your personal runway with attitude in any of these jewelry pieces.  In the words of Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, make it work!

VIEW MARIANA LEUNG’S NYFW INSPIRED JEWELRY SELECTIONS

 

About Mariana Leung

This fashion designer is also the founder & blogger of Ms. FABulous. Her blog aims to bring the craft and culture of design to the reader from behind the label. She is a graduate in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris. Her work has been featured in InStyle, Brides Magazine and European fashion publications.

“After attending over 40 New York Fashion Week, I saw three distinct trends emerge that I based these jewelry selections on.”

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Top 5 Oscar Jewelry Looks

Even with all the excitement the Fashion Weeks has brought recently, our favorite runway is the Oscars red carpet. Like most of you, I had my eyes glued to the TV last night watching all the beautiful stars strut down the red carpet. Here are our favorite jewelry looks of the night.

1. Choker Necklaces:  One of my favorite looks of the night was shockingly Michelle Williams. The adorable actress hasn’t been choosing the most exciting gowns recently but her coral Louis Vuitton dress with peplum detail was a knock-out! (Style Tip: Peplum waists are THE go-to look this Spring) She didn’t over do it with jewelry but chose a diamond choker necklace and a jeweled bow brooch pinned on her dress. I think a simple pair of diamond studs wouldn’t have hurt but she looks lovely! Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Katie Holmes also rocked the choker look. Get the look for less at Ice

2. Over-sized rings: The stars might not have worn huge necklaces or earrings at last night’s Oscars but they made up for it in the rings category. Ladies like their rings big! Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Stacey Keibler all wore statement rings that grabbed our attention.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford, rocking both the Cuff & Over-Sized Ring!

3. Cuffs: The other over-sized look of the night went to cuff bracelets. Gwyneth Paltrow may have had an understated white gown but she still looked elegant and chic with the help of her cuff bracelet and cocktail ring. Viola Davis also paired a wide cuff with her emerald green gown.

4. Drop Earrings: I was expecting to see lots of chandelier earrings as we did at the Golden Globes but instead Hollywood’s beauties opted for drop earrings which are less dramatic but just as stunning. With drop earrings you have the opportunity to show off large diamonds or gemstones. Mila Jovovich, Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman all looked drop-dead gorgeous in their drop earrings.

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Get Mila's look for less with these CZ drop earrings

5. Sapphires: For the last few years emeralds have been the most popular colored gemstone on the red carpet and it was definitely there this year too but we were thrilled to see sapphires growing in popularity. Another woman who sported the peplum style was the hilarious Tina Fey who opted for a navy blue Carolina Herrara gown. She accessorized this look with blue sapphire chandelier earrings similar to these topaz or tanzanite earrings. Leslie Mann also looks gorg in blue sapphire jewelry.

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Tina Fey in stunning blue Chandelier Earrings. Get the same look!

These are our favorite jewelry looks from the 2012 Oscars. Now we want to hear from you in the comments below. What were your fave looks from this year’s Oscars?

 

SNO Bracelets at the Oscars

Being nominated for an Oscar is the greatest honor for anyone in the film industry and winning the award of course has it’s benefits. But did you know that even if you don’t win, you walk out with a swag bag full of goodies.  These bags usually include the latest electronic gadgets, beauty products, even vacations! Totally jealous!

We’re thrilled to announce that at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, these swag bags will include a piece of jewelry from the SNÖ of Sweden Collection! The stars will be able to wear the “Sparkly” bracelet by SNÖ of Sweden which features three strands of mother of pearl and an wooden clasp. I love the the edginess the over-sized clasp give to the bracelet and your outfit. These bracelets are available in three colors at Ice – sparkly tan, white & fuchsia.

Get your hands on a little piece of Hollywood.

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