Feather Jewelry

The feather trend was picking up steadily last year but now a month into 2012 and fashionistas are flocking to grab onto this look. At first we saw many stars like Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore, even Steven Tyler wearing feather pieces braided into their hair. The trend quickly moved to earrings and other feather jewelry. We also saw lots of feathers featured in gowns worn at the Golden Globes and People’s Choice Awards this month.

Ice has several new feather jewelry pieces that stand out from what you’re used to seeing. Typically you’ll notice people wearing actual feathers or imitation feather that often look cheap. Our designs replicate the beauty of feathers but with the use of red and white diamonds. I’m sure birds will appreciate us not plucking their feathers for jewelry and seeing their beauty shine through with diamonds.

I’d recommend wearing these pieces with earth tone clothing to compliment their natural color. Also, if you’re going to be wearing feather jewelry please refrain from pairing it with other feather clothing. The goal of this look shouldn’t be to look like an actual bird. So keep it to one feather piece per outfit.

What do you think of feather jewelry – will you wearing this trend?

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Kanchan Couture

It’s so refreshing to see a burst of color in these cold winter months. I am loving our bright new pieces from the Kanchan Collection at Ice. “Adding a little spark of color to your waredrobe not only adds to your mood but also those around you.”  says designer Kanchan Panjabi.

Kanchan’s collection features gorgeous beads in jade, agate, quartz, crystal and pearl. A big part of her inspiration comes from her country of origin, India. “It all began with an image of my mother seated on a bike in 1960?s India. I fell in love with the image, as it portrays who I really am; my Indian roots yet a child of a hybrid world.”

These statement pieces help show off your personality with different charms on the bracelets such as flowers, music notes, etc. Other designs feature dangly beads that add a little extra pizzazz to these pieces.

Which are your favorite pieces from the Kanchan Collection?

 

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January Birthstone: 5 More Facts About Garnet

I’ve mentioned to you in the past some fun facts about January’s birthstone – Garnet. After some digging I found some other great info on this gemstone.

1. Protection: Garnet was said to protect in the night. Whether you were an ancient traveler or just have a nightmare garnet would protect you and be used to light your way in the dark night.

2. Success:  It is believed that if your business is not as successful as it should be, you can place three garnets on your desk to bring you growth in your business.

3. Pomegranate: Garnet comes from the Latin word granatus, which many believe comes from malum granatum – the pomegranate plant. Garnets resemble the seeds of this fruit with it’s red tones and shape as you can see in the picture to the right.

4. Rhodolite and Tsavorite are two of the more popular types of garnet in jewelry, after the most common red garnet of course. Rhodolite is a beautiful raspberry red and tsavorite is a light green. Garnet also comes in other colors such as orange, yellow, brown and several more.

5. Largest Garnet in the world was found by a student in Australia in 1996. The single garnet was nearly 100 feet across!! I wonder how much jewelry could be made with that.

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Drusy Jewelry

One of the hottest jewelry trends right now is drusy jewelry. This type of jewelry highlights a stone with a rock surface covered with tiny crystals that make a big impact. Think back to when you were a kid and found a cracked rock and it was all sparkly inside – drusy has a very similar look. It is most commonly found in Quartz stones.

What’s really appealing about these pieces is the raw shapes they come in. The more natural the stone looks, the more unique it is in my opinion. Drusy jewelry is one of our newest additions at Ice and very affordable ranging from $50-135.

Take a look at all our drusy jewelry and tell us what you think of this look. Would you wear it?

Laura Cheadle’s Boho-Chic Jewelry

Laura Cheadle is our newest Guest Stylist at Ice. This singer-songwriter has shared a stage with The Jonas Brothers, Sister Hazel & Spin Doctors to name a few. Here she is to discuss her Boho-Chic jewelry pieces.

I was raised by a musician father and an equally creative mother, my style has always been, what I like to describe as “Bohemian, Hippie Chic”. I still love to look elegant but I also adore those punches of color and really interesting designs. With Ice, I was able to easily find so many amazing pieces that pulled my style together perfectly!

Here are some of my favorite pieces from my Boho-Chic Jewelry Selections.

Shamballa Bracelet (pictured right) instantly grabbed my attention. This bracelet is the epitome of me as a performer in my element with the guitar in my hand and microphone in front of me.  I can close my eyes and picture myself on stage, wearing this bracelet with the spotlight shining on me and telling stories to the audience about my music.

Laura Cheadle Dangle Earrings

Multi-Gemstone Dangle Earrings: If you’ve ever met me, you’ll know immediately that I LOVE, LONG COLORFUL EARRINGS! I’ve always been drawn to multi-colored jewelry. I feel like it really boosts your look! I love to tell jokes and laugh on stage and I feel this really shows off my personality. I also can’t get enough of long dangling earrings and with my long hair and never ending dancing energy on stage, I feel these earrings are a perfect fit for me.

As a touring performer, I do many TV Appearances and one thing that a host never fails to comment on is the necklaces I wear. I wanted to choose a few that really fit my look:

Laura Cheadle Necklaces

Green Amethyst Pendant: There are many reasons why I chose this gorgeous pendant. My favorite color is green and my birth stone is Amethyst so those  are obvious reasons! With the Holidays approaching, this pendant would be a perfect gift (especially to yourself!) What is also unique about this piece is that I can wear it to a very upscale occasion or while on stage in an intimate concert setting.

Lois Hill necklace: This round granulated sterling silver necklace by designer Lois Hill is sexy yet subtle that will go with jeans or a dress. The design is a conversation starter and perfect for any media event I go on where I want to dress up different outfits.

Diamond Pisces Pendant: Not only am I a proud Pisces, but I feel like this necklace is very creative and artistic. I sing funky music and I could wear this necklace while I groove on stage.  Even though my sign is a Pisces, I’d easily wear the other sign pieces by Ice which are equally as cool!

I look forward to hearing what you think of my collection and hope you can wear these pieces and feel as great as I do!

LAURA CHEADLE BOHO-CHIC JEWELRY SELECTIONS

 

About Laura Cheadle

This soulful funk singer-songwriter has released four albums including her latest “Change (It’s Alright)”. She’s been voted ‘Best Female Artist of 2010′ by radio station 93.7 WSTW. Laura also helps raise money and awareness on behalf of several children’s charities.

“As a musician and songwriter, I’m drawn to a very hohemian look with my jewelry, but I also love a touch of elegance. I can wear any of these pieces whether I’m performing at an upscale venue or at a relaxed intimate concert.”

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5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas – Under $50

There’s something about seeing your stocking full of small little goodies that just brings so much joy to Christmas morning. Popular items to find in stockings are chocolate, candy, travel size games, DVDs, books, bath & beauty products. I always like to pair some of these small treats with a WOW gift that wouldn’t normally be expected in a stocking.

Here are 5 inexpensive jewelry ideas under $50 to surprise the ladies that are on your ‘nice’ list.

1. Fashionable Bracelet: Everyone loves the sounds of jingling bells during the holidays but I prefer the sound of dangly bracelets. So much so that I just ordered this black & pink agate bracelet today. I would totally recommend this to women of all ages as a nice stocking stuffer for only $45.

Gemstone Bracelets2. Colorful Bracelets: If you have many girls in your family to buy for that gets expensive so I think this is a fantastic idea – this set of multi-gemstone bracelets. The set is on clearance at Ice for $99 but this includes 10 real gemstone stretch bracelets including amethyst, quartz and many more. So in one purchase you get ten different ladies on your list a gift and it only cost $10 each. This saves time and money which are two things we always need more of especially during the holidays.

3. Pearl Earrings: It’s hard to find a woman who wouldn’t wear pearls. They are classic and will always be a favorite to many so why not surprise a special someone with a pair of pearl studs. Starting as low as $50 you can have a stocking stuffer that will be in style forever.

Persona Charms Collection4. Persona Charms: Many women own a charm bracelet so why not add to their collection by giving a bead or charm for their personalized bracelet. Starting at $30 a charm you can either get one or a couple to add in their stocking. The charm can reflect their personality such as favorite color, hobbies, etc.

5. Sparkly Jewelry: To really get a WOW when opening a stocking is to mix things up and add something really sparkly. Of course, you can add diamonds but I wanted to stick with an under $50 theme so I recommend a piece of cubic zirconia jewelry. Add these dazzling CZ drop earrings to her stocking this year.

What do you like to give or receive in a Christmas stocking?

Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction Lookalikes

Ever thought you could own a piece of jewelry from the legendary Elizabeth Taylor? Christie’s is hosting an auction for all of the late actress’ most beloved belongings including clothing, artwork and her epic jewelry collection.

The jewels alone went for more than $137 million. The auction broke six world records, including the price paid for a pearl jewel, an Indian jewel and the per carat price for a colorless diamond and a ruby.

We had a blast marveling over the jewelry in the auction and what amazed us was how much some of the pieces looking like Ice jewelry. One of the most undeniable comparisons was Liz’s black & white diamond ring (that sold for a whopping $16,000) and a few of our flower CZ pieces from our Gallery 10 Collection. Look at the comparison.

Elizabeth Taylor Ring

Have you checked out the Christie’s action? Which of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry would you love to own?

For a glimpse into the auction – watch this video:

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Valencia Collection

The jewelry in our newest collection is one of the reasons why I absolutely love working for a fashion-forward company like Ice. The Valencia Collection is full of real & fabulous pieces that are so on trend right now. Everything that I love about my favorite jewelry pieces can be found in this collection – bold, vibrant color, bangles, long necklaces & dramatic earrings. I love this collection!

What you’ll find in the Valencia Collection are double checkboard cuts in pear and off-round shapes. These drop earrings, long necklaces and bangle bracelets all come in plated 22K yellow gold and feature real gemstones including: Quartz, Carnelian and green, blue & black Onyx. The great thing about the bangles is that they come in 2 sizes! Whether you have smaller or larger wrists, these beautiful Valencia bangles will fit.

The best part of this collection besides the beauty is the the prices! They are very affordable, making them a great idea to use as a stocking stuffer. I definitely wouldn’t mind receiving one of these in my stocking. Which piece is your favorite?

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Exclusive Ice Collection – Seasons

Our latest collection at Ice fits in perfectly with the cool weather outside. The Seasons by Ice Collection features pretty silver snowflake designs in rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets. Each piece is accented with real diamonds or gemstones. If your birthday is in the next couple of months, you’ll find your birthstone featured in some of these wintery pieces including blue topaz, garnet and amethyst.

One of my favorite pieces of the collection is the ‘Wish Pendant‘. It has a unique shape and featured a cute sparkly diamond star. It reminds me of all the nights I used to look up in the sky and recite “Star light, star bright, first start I see tonight…” Simply beautiful and available at a great price.

Wish Pendant

The entire Seasons Collection is exclusive to only Ice customers. These snowflake pieces will only be available for the Winter months. Once the next season comes around we will introduce a whole new line of Spring. Look out for the beginning of each season for new pieces added to the Seasons Collection.

5 Facts About December’s Birthstones – Blue Topaz

Even though you might see the colors red and green plastered everywhere with Christmas on it’s way, the real color of the month is blue. Cool icy blue topaz is December’s birthstone and without a doubt one of the most popular gemstones at Ice. Here’s a few fun facts about blue topaz that you might not have known.

1. There are three main shades of blue topaz – Sky, Swiss and London Blue. Sky and Swiss are on the lighter side while London Blue is a much deeper blue color, almost resembling sapphire. (The ring pictured to the right features both London blue and sky blue topaz.)

2. It is believed that topaz can cool boiling water when thrown into a pot (and to cool down hot tempers as well). I will believe it without trying it – wouldn’t want to risk damaging my blue topaz jewelry. ; )

3. Topaz is actually near colorless or white but through natural or man-made heat the stones come in a variety of colors. Aside from the most popular blue, you can find topaz in pink, yellow, red, green and several other color variations.

4. When gifted to a loved one, the blue topaz symbolizes eternal love and faithfulness.

5. There are also two alternative blue gemstones known to be December’s birthstone – Tanzanite and Turquoise. Each are different but all have a beautiful blue color.

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