Thursday, July 23, 2009

I (REALLY) Love Jewelry - I (REALLY) Love Alex and Ani...Like, A Lot.

I love jewelry. What gal doesn't? But I mean I really, really, really love jewelry. I love rings, bracelets, necklaces, everything...when we were little we tried on our great grandmother's jewelry every chance we got. She had an enormous suitcase underneath her bed with all sorts of real and costume pieces strewn about and I would put on five necklaces and a ring on each finger and we'd play for hours. She never cared what we tried on.

I recently came across the Alex and Ani jewelry line and I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. What I loved most about the pieces that I saw is that they are each environmentally conscious and hand crafted from recycled metals and they are expandable so they have a custom fit. Loves it.



I must admit that I first saw them in US Weekly and, if it's good enough for Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Simpson, Miley Cyrus, and Cameron Diaz then it's good enough for me!

I've been on the site all morning trying to decide what to get. What do you think?


I am OBSESSED with hoop earrings. I find that I wear them mostly in the summer but I just love how they make me feel. These are so sexy and youthful and who doesn't want to feel like that? These would look fabulous with a summer dress, one of the many sandals I picked up this season and a tan, no? But I also love that they can make the transfer to cold weather...wouldn't they look great with a black turtleneck, skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots? I'm imagining a million different outfits to go with these earrings!


I have no words for these...except maybe DIVINE!



I'd probably wear this layered with another necklace but on its own it's so delicate, right?

Here's some more info directly from the website...

Alex and Ani is a company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote consciousness and unity. Our design aesthetic underscores the idea that what is pure and natural is most beautiful. In keeping with that sensibility, Alex and Ani products are handcrafted from recycled metals. Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian is deeply committed to creating a greener future for the planet and its inhabitants. Reusing and recycling materials in the creation of her jewelry is an integral part of Rafaelian’s mission as a conscious, eco-friendly designer.

Protecting the environment is one of Alex and Ani’s passions. Manufacturing in America is another. All Alex and Ani products are made in the United States. This is a point of pride for our company. Rafaelian believes passionately in keeping American workers gainfully employed and in producing products of the highest quality. American standards know no equal. Alex and Ani accepts no less.

Quality and consciousness come together in every Alex and Ani piece. Alex and Ani’s collections are made up of powerful, meaningful, and spiritual pieces, which uplift and inspire all who wear them. Rafaelian’s design aesthetic works on two levels, she is creating art and, through that art, facilitating consciousness. Each piece has an inherent symbolic value, while, at the same time, reflects the personal style of the wearer.

The cornerstone of the Alex and Ani jewelry line is the Signature Expandable Concept. An innovative, patented, and original technology, the Signature Expandable Concept replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism -- making necklaces, bracelets, and rings adjustable in one swift motion.

The expandable concept is more than a technology, though. At Alex and Ani it symbolizes a revolutionary idea: one elegant design, one perfect fit for all women. The expandable concept was born of the idea that all women should have jewelry that does more than adorn. It should reflect their essence and their interests. The Alex and Ani line is one where consciousness and glamour coexist. It is also one that suits all generations. Ageless and classic, Alex and Ani’s lines reflect Carolyn Rafaelian’s cherished belief that women of all ages deserve jewelry that celebrates their inherent beauty.

The Alex and Ani aesthetic underscores the idea that what is pure and natural is most beautiful and creating jewelry from recycled materials enriches the beauty of each piece.

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Happy Thursday!

PS--Is it really Thursday already? I mean, I'm happy tomorrow is Friday but honestly...this week flew by!

Today's Soundtrack:

Grisbi - Army Of Me
I used to play this song by Bjork over and over and over again. I loved it and was so happy when I came across this version. It's so cool.

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20 comments:

TheBeautyFile said...

Oh Mon, you MUST get that wrap around or bangle bracelet thing. I can't tell which one it is, but it is absolutely stunning!

TheBeautyFile said...

Wait, I think it's hoop earrings?? OK, well, then I say definitely get them. You look awesome in all hoops.

Keith said...

I'm glad this week has flown by. It's been one of the worse weeks I've had in ages. I got cussed out and called all sorts of names by my boss on Monday. He even threatened to fire me.

Dionne said...

I am obsessed with hoops earrings too. For some reasons, studs look weird on me, so I like the dangly, big earrings best.

And that wrap-around is GORGEOUS!

http://galsintheknow.blogspot.com/ said...

I love them too! you know they are frequently on the sample sales sites...
either gilt or???

kelly said...

hey girl thanks so much for the words of encouragement! i really appreciate it. i have to tell you though i finally snuck out like a couple hours after i wrote that post...and its pretty amazing to see.

its crazed though i wanted to snap photos but i felt like i was gonna get mugged if i whipped it out. i saw some old buildings that seemed to have so much soul ..but i was scared. lol.

the photos made me think of you and your fabulous photos...with the colored buildings and the hanging clothes...so thanks for inspiring me because i wont ever get that thought out of my head.

and i know super long comment - regarding the green scarf. its kinda in pause mode. but its still going on ...i never got a confirmation from you from the last email so i thought u didnt want in. i think when i get back ill spark it up again. seems like who ever has it ..has so much shit to do they cant...so they pass it to someone else LOL.

Couture Carrie said...

I love this line too, darling... especially those bangles!

Fabulous new banner, btw!

xoxox,
CC

Dream Sequins said...

Those hoop earrings are Fabulous. Yes, capital F.

...love Maegan said...

oh their stuff is so pretty. I think it's been on gilt a couple times ...I could be wrong though.

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Elizabeth said...

Browing on the site right now and loving it so much! I'm also a sucker for hoop earrings, what can I say...

Bonbon Oiseau said...

honey you are one good pr agent! their work is beautiful and all of it would be fantastic on you!!!

Kristin said...

Love love love the bangles!

archivingfashion said...

Oh, those bangles are gorgeous! Love the bright colors. I have a slight obsession with bangles.

Lady P said...

I am soooo with you on the hoop earring obsession - never enough in my jewelry box. Thanks for the introduction - and for stopping by (again :) )

The Haute-Shopper said...

Oh, I've heard about them, but then failed to remember the full name. Thanks for posting this, I'll definitely have to check it out. I'm in love with all the bangles and those last two necklaces. I really like the fact that they're eco-conscious as well. I used to frequent a tiny jewelry shop that sourced their materials from unused vintage pieces, but unfortunately they went out of business.

captivate me. said...

oh my god, this week is full of crazy coincidences--I was JUST looking at their website last night lusting after some of their bracelets. LOVE them :-)

ambika said...

The delicate beads catch my eye most--it's hard to incorporate seed and glass beads of that size without them getting lost in the metal. Very pretty.

Aartee said...

so pretty! I LOVE those earrings!!

Hanako66 said...

I love these...they are all beautiful!!!