Try the ‘V’ Shaped Neckline this Winter

These Winter days are getting colder and colder which means I’m adding more and more layers to my outfits and covering up as much as possible to stay warm. Although layering can be a fun and cute look, it is cutting into my room to accessorize. I normally love wearing a lot of bangles but with thick long sleeves keeping me warm the bangles are not standing out like they normally do. So my favorite type of accessory in the colder months is a great long necklace.

If you’re wearing a turtleneck or high-cut blouse a beautiful V-shaped necklace will add a little oomph to your outfit. I love the look of V-shaped necklaces, they remind me of flapper girls whom always looked so glamorous. The shape of these necklaces also create a sexy look which is sometimes hard to pull off in the Winter months.

We have a great CZ black rhodium necklace (pictured right) that would look great with anything from jeans & a tee to a LBD. Jewelry designer Rachel Reinhardt has two fabulous V-shaped necklaces with fun dangly detail. One of my favorites is this Swarovski crystal spike necklace from Vita Fede which I’m confident you could pull off wearing with almost all your outfits.

Vita Fede V-Shape Spike Necklace. Hot!

Do you enjoy V-shaped necklace? How do you wear them?

Spotted: Bold Crystal Jewelry on Gossip Girl

I have no shame in admitting I’m a sucker for watching Gossip Girl. It’s dramatic, funny, sexy and fashionable. Every character on the show has a top-notch wardrobe full of high-end designers. It’s incredibly fun to see what new outfits will appear in every scene. Main characters Serena and Blaire are the focus of the show played by Black Lively and Leighton Meester but Serena’s mother Lily often steals the spotlight with her classy yet sexy fashion sense. I recently came across this photo of the stars on the set of the show and couldn’t help but drool when I saw Lily’s necklace.


On the set of Gossip Girl
Kelly Rutherford wearing a gorgeous clear crystal necklace

Lily is played by Kelly Rutherford who I find has a very similar style on and off screen. Her necklace is draped with large clear crystals that kind of look like rocks. If you want to get a similar look, Ice has a very similar style crystal bracelet (pictured right) from our SNO of Sweden Collection.  It’s a large statement piece that will go with many outfits since the crystal chips are clear.

Would you wear large clear statement pieces like these?

Ice Rocks with New Jewelry Videos

As part of the recent Ice makeover, we’ve refreshed our approach to our product videos. We changed up the vibe of our new videos by pumping up the energy level and including improved product views of the jewelry… but the most exciting detail of our latest videos is the music! We’re featuring talented up-and-coming musicians in our videos and bringing their sounds to the Ice community.

We’re plugged in to the music scene to bring you emerging and critically-acclaimed artists before they steal the spotlight. To kick off our new videos, we’re featuring four amazingly talented acts in our newest videos:

Celleste: With her debut CD “Ready To Fly”, this singer/songwriter rocks beautiful melodies, elaborate instrumentation, catchy songs, and of course her unmistakable vocal prowess. Visit Celleste’s Website.

Sheli Stevens: “Bold”, “sensual”, “honest”, and “moving” are just some of the words which have been used to describe Sheli’s voice. With flavors of pop, folk, and rock, woven together into crafty pop gems. Listen to Sheli here.

Jason Karaban is an LA-based singer-songwriter who’s collaborated with the likes of Ani DiFranco and David Immergluck (Counting Crows).. This multi-talented musician plays guitar, bass, keyboards, piano, drums and did I mention he sings? Now that’s impressive! Check him out for yourself.

Frank Brown and Buzz Zeemer: This power pop rock band from Philadelphia is led by vocalist Frank Brown – a longtime fixture on the Philly music scene. See why we’re buzzing about this band – Listen here.

Here’s an example of one our latest videos featuring music by Celleste for our fabulous black glass bead necklace from our SNO of Sweden jewelry Collection.

Are you (or someone you know) a musician that should be featured in Ice product videos? Send us a message with a link to your music.

Rock on!

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!


Base Your Outfit Around Your Jewelry

Design your outfit around a statement necklace.While accessories are often afterthoughts, they can also be the starting point of a great ensemble. When putting together an outfit for a night out, instead of heading to your closet, first check out your jewelry box.

"When I get dressed, I'll start with an accessory, then put a look together very quickly," jewelry designer Ranjana Khan told Marie Claire magazine. "You can't be afraid of big, bold pieces. Just don't think so much about it. Look in the mirror, and if you're happy with the end result, head out the door."

Don't be afraid of bold pieces, but stick to one if you're wearing a simple ensemble. It will keep your look balanced.

"Wear jewelry that can be seen from across the room, not just across the table," Khan advised in the publication. A great statement necklace looks striking with a basic black dress.

If you have a set of jewelry you adore, such as diamond earrings with a matching necklace, make sure your outfit will highlight the items. Wear short sleeves to showcase bracelets, and pin back your hair to draw attention to earrings.

Get Bitten By Snake-Inspired Jewelry

A snake-shaped bracelet is cool and subtly fashion-forward.When it comes to animalistic jewelry, few style are as alluring as snake-inspired pieces. But when rocking serpent-shaped pieces, there are three things to keep in mind for a truly fantastic look.

1. Stick to one animal. If wearing a snake bangle bracelet, refrain from pairing it with a bird-shaped pendant or a leopard print dress. Instead opt for a simple ensemble and basic accessories that won’t detract from or contrast with the unique jewelry.

2. Don’t over-indulge. Piling on a plethora of snake-inspired pieces can be overwhelming. One great serpent-shaped statement piece, however, can go a long way.

3. Pick the right occasion. A chunky snake-shaped bracelet may be too funky for a black-tie affair, but a delicate ring would look simply stunning.

Snake-inspired jewelry is great for any season, so pick-up a piece today and embrace your wild side.

Pack Jewelry For A Winter Weekend Getaway

Diamond stud earrings are perfect for a winter getaway.When packing for a winter weekend getaway, women devote most of their suitcase space to ski gear and outerwear. But while you’ll likely spend the majority of your time on the slopes, there will surely be downtime spent snuggling in the lodge or indulging in a delicious meal, so don’t forget to pack some jewelry for the snowy trip.

Smooth metals are versatile and easy to travel with, whether you’re driving to your destination or boarding a bus. Best of all, they won’t get caught on wintry garments like thickly knit sweaters. Before dinner, throw on a few bangles or a gold pendant necklace for a bit of glamour.

Diamond stud earrings will work on the slopes and in the lodge, so you won’t have to bring a wide array of earrings with you on your trip. Studs won’t interfere with hats or earmuffs, and they will add a chic amount of sparkle to any outfit once you’re out of the snow. You might want to wear your screw back studs so you don’t risk losing them in the snow.

Keep a statement necklace in your bag in case your crew wants to hit the town – it’s an easy way to elevate any ensemble without a lot of effort.

Remember, whenever you travel, your jewelry is at risk to be lost or stolen. Ask the lodge for a room with an electric safe or leave your most treasured pieces at home.

Jewelry for New Year’s Eve

Large diamond earrings will make a beautiful statement on New Year's Eve.In a few days it will be time to ring in the New Year. But well before the clock strikes midnight, you’ll want to make sure that you’re sporting the perfect jewelry to welcome 2011.

When dressing for a flashy event like a New Year’s Eve party, bigger is better. Add lots of flair with sparkling diamond earrings and a matching necklace. However, take your dress’ silhouette into consideration when selecting pieces. Your jewelry should enhance the cut, not interfere with it.

This is also the time to load up on the layers. Jazz up a cocktail dress with stacks of bangles or multiple necklaces. If you’re wearing a cool color, like cobalt, opt for silver. Gold pieces will complement warmer hues, such as aubergine.

Remember not to skimp on the shine, even if your dress already boasts sparkle. Ladies sporting a sequined outfit can maximize the glitz with a few bold cocktail rings or a great cuff bracelet.

3 Tips for Traveling in Style

Travel in style with essential jewelry piecesBefore boarding the plane this holiday season, whether you’re visiting family or taking an exotic vacation, be sure to pack some essential jewelry pieces that will allow you to dash from the tarmac to a special event without a hitch.

1. Carry-on your favorite items. Any experienced traveler worth her salt knows that at the airport, delays are to be expected. To make sure that you’ll still look fab, even if your luggage is lost or your plane is late, make sure to tuck your bling into a silk travel purse stashed in your carry-on bag.

2. Make a gold watch your travel staple. Electronics can be unreliable when you’re on the road. To stay punctual (and stylish), keep a gold watch on standby at all times. Slip it onto your wrist while jetting off for cocktails, a soiree or a family gathering once you arrive at your destination.

3. Stock up on statement pieces. When you’re en route, chic cocktail rings and statement necklaces are excellent choices. They’re space-efficient ways to create multiple outfits and dress-up your look in no time.