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:

http://c205892.r92.cf1.rackcdn.com/cmm.swf

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?

VIEW OUR ENTIRE VALENCIA COLLECTION

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.

SHOP OUR ENTIRE COLLECTION OF BLUE TOPAZ JEWELRY

Natalie Getz Jewelry Selections

Natalie Getz is our latest Celebrity Guest Stylist at Ice. You may know her from ABC’s ‘The Bachelor – Season 13′ , where she competed for Jason Mesnick’s heart, and as the winner of ‘The Bachelor Pad – Season 1′. These days she’s keeping busy as a Fashion Stylist, writer, TV personality with a new series coming this Spring. Natalie partnered with Ice to choose a collection of her favorite jewelry pieces.

Growing up, I was always a bit of a tomboy, but absolutely loved fashion.  I never wore much jewelry, because it seemed as though the only jewelry offered was basic silver and gold. Now we have so many options in modern day jewelry and I am diving in with an interest in loud colors and artistic pieces like the ones in my Ice jewelry selections. I love the morganite and black diamond rose gold ring! (pictured right)

Cuff bracelets, bangles, beads and multi-colored jewelry are my style and I want to share some of my favorite pieces with you! The cuffs I have featured in my jewelry collection are of huge interest to me as they are such unique and artistic pieces.  They are original and stand out more than most cuffs.  The more cuffs and bangles around your wrists the better!

Cuff Bracelets

Don’t be afraid to wear casual jewelry with formal attire! If anything, it will show your original, playful side and express your personality beyond what you are wearing. Another huge trend I am a believer of is multi-colored jewelry. Reason being, you can wear the simplest of clothing and utilize colorful, playful jewelry as your statement piece to give your style a whole new look!

Multi-Colored Jewelry

I’m hoping you find the pieces I have featured in my Ice Jewelry Selections as helpful as I do when I’m having one of those, “I have nothing to wear” days.  Throw on a basic tee, skinny jeans and great pair of ankle boots and watch the outfit be taken to the next level by pairing it with some of these wonderful jewelry pieces!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

View Natalie Getz’s Jewelry Selections.

 

About Natalie Getz

Natalie Getz is Fashion Stylist/Consultant, writer, and TV personality. She won the first season of reality show ‘Bachelor Pad’ and will be in a new series coming this Spring. This fashionista covers celeb fashion on Access Hollywood, Life and Style Magazine and much more.

“I keep my look simple, fresh and fun with pieces that are colorful and modern to accent my style, but not over power it. Traditional jewelry, to me, lacks originality and I need some edge!”

Visit Natalie’s website
Follow Natalie on Twitter
Join Natalie on Facebook

Give Peace This Holiday Season

No matter what the year is, the peace sign never goes out of style. I love the look of incorporating the peace sign in jewelry.  Ice recently got a new diamond silver pendant (picture right) that is so adorable. You can wear it alone for a casual look or layered with longer necklaces for a bolder statement.

Another recent Ice addition is this pretty rose gold peace sign pendant accented with diamonds. Rose Gold is so hot right now, if you’re looking to add at least one rose piece to your jewelry collection I recommend this piece.

Would you wear peace sign jewelry? Check out more peace sign jewelry here.

 

Top 3 Style Winners at American Music Awards

Last night’s 2011 American Music Awards was full of entertaining performances and stylish looks from the talented guests. Some of my favorite looks of the night were:

1. Jennifer Lopez: This woman is hot! She can dance better than most of her competitors who are half her age. She donned several outfits throughout the night including a barely-there Britney-esque bedazzled leotard during one of her performances. My favorite look of the night was the black and sheer gown she wore to accept her award. Her hair was pinned back in classic J.Lo style, exposing stunning drop earrings.  If you want to get the same look, try out these CZ earrings for an incredible sparkle.

2. Katy Perry: She’s fun, adorable and sexy all rolled up into one fabulously talented performer. She received a standing ovation during her performance while she wore a Jetsons-like pink ensemble. Her red carpet look was the real attention grabber. She wore a Vivienne Westwood gown on the red carpet with a amazing hairpiece designed by Westwood and accessorized with large cocktail rings.

Katy Perry - American Music Awards 2011


3. Heidi Klum: There were lots of silver looks at the AMAs but the best use of silver award goes hands-down to supermodel Heidi Klum. Her cut-out knee-length dress was simple but made a big impact. Accessorize this look with silver jewelry with bright gemstones to really make them pop.

Heidi Klum - American Music Awards 2011

What were your favorite looks of the night?

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie….the list goes on of what to look forward to next Thursday on Thanksgiving. But once all the eating and family fun is over, it’s time to plan the Black Friday shopping extravaganza. If you’ve ever gone out on this extreme shopping day, you know the horror stories of crowded malls, waiting in line for hours, hair pulling…you get the point. Nothing anyone really enjoys.

Luckily Ice makes it easy for you to shop from home and you still get to enjoy the amazing savings. If you’re looking for gifts for your loved ones or yourself we’re sure you’ll find a piece of jewelry from Ice that you’ll love. Also, we don’t limit ourselves to only one day of sales. On both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can save up to 50% on a selection of fabulous jewelry. If you don’t see anything you like in the collection, you can save 15% sitewide* at Ice.

If you’re a black diamond fan I highly recommend you keeping an eye on these black diamond studs on Black Friday. More great deals will be on Cyber Monday like this created ruby ring and this pretty purple amethyst ring.

What are you hoping to get on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

 

 

* This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer is not valid for any clearance or sale items, engagement rings, watches or the Persona Charms Collection. Subject to availability.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Sparkly Ladies

The Twilight Saga, either you love it or you hate. There’s been much hype over the movie, as with all of them and Twi-hards are eagerly awaiting the premiere this Friday. Earlier this week, the Hollywood premiere of the movie was held and the stars of the movie looked amazing on the red black carpet.

There was sequins and sparkly embellishments on many of the women in the cast. Kristen Stewart aka Bella Swan, looked mature in her long purple J. Mendel gown with a thigh high split. All the ladies in the Cullen clan where dressed to impress wearing long gowns. Ashley Greene pulled off the vamp-look with a stunning red Donna Karen dress with matching lips and nails. She opted for a black & gold ring that broke up the all-red ensemble.

One of my favorite looks of the night was by Nikki Reed (pictured right). She wore a Grecian Marchesa gown in a fabulous minty green accented with gold sequins. I loved her long drop earrings featuring an array of earth-tone colored gemstones.

Are you planning on seeing the new Twilight movie?