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.

Mila Jovovich Oscars
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.

Tina Fey Oscars 2012
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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Indie Music Spotlight on Laura Cheadle

Have you noticed the sweet music featured in our product videos at Ice? Over the past few months, we’ve partnered with some of the most talented musicians in the indie scene. One of our newest artist’s we’ve featured is funky blues singer Laura Cheadle.

This New Jersey native already has four albums under her belt. She’s shared a stage with The Jonas Brothers, Sister Hazel and Spin Doctors to name a few. Her music highlights her soulful voice with a bluesy sound. We’re excited to feature many of the songs off of Laura’s latest album “Change (It’s Alright)” in our jewelry videos. You can hear some of these songs in videos for the fabulous Valencia Collection and some best sellers like our angel cuff bracelet and blue & white sapphire bracelet.

Here’s a taste of one of the product videos featuring a clip of Laura Cheadle’s song “Live On”. This video also happens to be part of Laura Cheadle’s Jewelry Selections.

Now that you got a sneak peak to Laura’s soothing sounds you can discover more about her music by liking her on Facebook, following her on Twitter and downloading her album.

View Laura’s favorite jewelry picks!

And the Next Ice Guest Stylist is… Katie Sanchez

Katie Sanchez is the mommy-blogger who recently won  our competition to be the next Ice Guest Stylist. She’s here is to discuss her winning Colorful Jewelry Collection.

Growing up, my jewelry collection was pretty boring. I went through a gold phase and then got into silver and platinum jewelry. I always kept it pretty simple, wearing diamond studs everyday. No extra color. Silver goes with everything, right? Well, sort of. In recent years, I have learned to love color.

I love to see how color can turn something plain into something beautiful. I love how just a little colorful accent can completely change an outfit. Often I’ll wear greys, browns or blacks and add in a bright necklace or bracelet to draw just enough attention. Color can be a confidence booster. I could hide behind my silver chain and diamond studs and blend in with everyone, or I could chance the attention that bright color brings. Who doesn’t love getting compliments on how they look?

That’s what my collection is about. Maybe it’s the amethyst pendant that draws out the purple tones in your blue eyes, or the ruby bracelet with a little black dress. It’s that little pop of color that doesn’t overwhelm, but makes a statement. Here are some of my absolute favorites from my collection.

Pink & White Sapphire Ring (pictured right): This pink ring is one of my favorite pieces that Ice sells. I love pink! Deep down, I’m very much a girly girl. Throw in this daisy bracelet and they’re two fun and casual pieces that go well with jeans and a t-shirt.

Gemstone Tennis Bracelets

I love the tennis bracelets in my collection (pictured above). I can visualize them being worn together with a bright top, or separately with a more formal outfit. This colored tennis bracelet and multi-gemstone ring (pictured below) would work well with a solid colored suit or dress to show your whimsical side even in a business setting.

Multi-Color Gemstone Ring and Bracelet

If there’s one thing I could emphasize with my collection, it’s that colorful jewelry can bring life to plain outfits and help your personality shine through, even in business attire. All of the pieces in the collection transition well from day to night and from casual to formal. They all have a personality of their own!

KATIE’S COLORFUL JEWELRY SELECTIONS

 

About Katie SanchezKatie Sanchez

This mommy-blogger at KatieTalksAbout.com has been writing her blog for over five years, sharing her personal life experiences and helping her readers find valuable & fashionable styles, eco-friendly solutions and all things family related.

“It’s all about color! Nothing brightens an outfit more or shows off your spunky side better than colorful accessories.”

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5 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Ok so it happens every year. You’re busy. You forgot to buy a Valentine’s gift. Luckily there’s still a day or two left to get something good. Here are 5 last minute gift ideas to get for your gal for Valentine’s Day.

1. Heart Pendants – Since you’ve waited this long to buy a gift, chances are you don’t know her ring size so play it safe and get her a pretty pendant…preferably in a heart shape.  This Ruby Heart Pendant is by far our most popular heart pendant. No women will be upset after receiving this. If red isn’t her color it’s also available in green emerald and pink sapphire. If she loves them you can get her the matching earrings for the next occasion (or as an added gift this year to make up for any previous years you missed).

2. Love Pendant –  Show your love (literally) with these necklaces. One of the love pendants is written in diamonds and silver (pictured right) and the other style in diamonds and pink gold. These are cute and playful and could be a romantic way to say the “L” word for the first time.

Amethyst Stud Earrings
Amethyst Stud Earrings - Perfect for February babies

3. Studs – A must have gift for V-Day is a pair of stud earrings. I’ve never met a woman who doesn’t like studs. Now the question is diamond or gemstone? Diamond studs are more suitable if you have been together for awhile and we have sizes available for every budget. For a more playful gal you can get her gemstone studs, choose the color based on what her favorite color or birthstone is.

4. Sexy Earrings – Romance is definitely in the air on V-Day and all women want to feel sexy so why not help her out with jewelry. There is something about the Valencia dangle earrings that is very sexy. For an even more seductive look, where your hair up with them. These  dangle earrings come in green, blue & black Onyx, Carnelian and Smoky Quartz.

5. A beautiful bracelet is a great accessory for all outfits and one that is sure to please for V-Day is the famous Pink Sapphire bracelet that our customers adore. I will be shocked if she doesn’t gasp when she opens this gift.

Hope this gets you out of the dog house! If you’re still looking for more ideas don’t forget to check out our Gift Guide.

Ladies, share this blog post so your valentine doesn’t forget this year.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Report back to us on how it went.

 

5 More Facts to Know About Amethyst

I know it’s hard to believe but February is already here and it’s the month of one of my favorite gemstones, Amethyst. Last year I mentioned a few fun facts about Amethyst and now I have a few more to share with you plus some tips about wearing Amethyst.

1. Beware of sunlight – If possible, try to avoid wearing natural amethyst stones in sunlight. These stones are quite sensitive and their color fades in direct sunlight or when put near heat. In certain lighting Amethyst can also appear colorless. So if you’re planning on vacationing on a beach, I’d recommend you leave your Amethyst jewelry safely at home.

2. Positive Aura – In India, they place an amethyst stone between the eyebrows to calm the mind and to help achieve inner peace and enhance positive energy. Indians claim it helps control emotions.

3. Stone of Love – Legend says that St. Valentine wore an Amethyst ring. In the Middle Ages, if a heart-shaped amethyst set in silver was given by a wife to her husband, it would bring the newlyweds happiness and peace of remainder of their lives.

4. Fit for royalty – Purple has long been associated as a royal color. Since this  rich color is found in Amethysts, this stone was often worn by royal families. The darker the stone, the more valuable it is. These days, royals do not wear amethyst as much since this stone has been discovered more frequently making it more affordable for us commoners.

5. Protection – Amethyst is said to protect against seduction and prevents you from getting too intoxicated when drinking alcohol. Some farmers also kept Amethyst on hand to protect their crops and others used it to protect against wild animals or in battle.

It’s always so interesting to read about all the facts and folklore on our favorite gemstones.

Are you celebrating a birthday this month? Tell us in the comments below and…

Check out our amethyst collection here!