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    TruFaux Jewelry Gift Guide for Holiday Sparkle

    With the holiday season approaching, we’re all looking for safe ways to add some sparkle to our celebrations. Whether you’re shopping for a jewelry gift for a special woman in your life or looking for a way to add shine to your wardrobe, I have just what you need. This season’s trends are big and bold – statement pieces – to jazz up any outfit, even if you’re being seen from only the waist up. One example is this Art Deco Ruby Bead & Rondelle Pinwheel Brooch from France (see above).  Here are more suggestions from the TruFaux Jewels Holiday Sparkle collection.

    Pearls

    Always elegant and chic, pearls have been seen in new forms in recent runway shows. These two vintage jewels fit the bill. From the late-1940s, this Pearl Bracelet with Diamanté in Sterling on the left was made by the American company Eisenberg. Each link has a large glass pearl sitting atop a ring of diamantés set in sterling silver.

    On the right is a pair of Pearl Cluster Dangle Earrings made in France in the 1950s. They were probably from the premier maker of faux pearls in the first half of the 20th century – Louis Rousselet. The intricate design reminds me of a cluster of grapes.

    Eisenberg pearl bracelet
    Pearl earrings by Louis Rousselet

    Chokers

    A choker is a necklace that sits right at the collar bone. It looks great with a V-, scooped, or round neckline. This 1950s Pearl, Crystal Bead & Gold Mesh Choker on the left is from the fashion house of Hattie Carnegie. It has dangling faux pearls and faceted crystal beads on a diamanté-studded, gold-tone mesh flexible band. The necklace is adjustable, so you can wear it in the right position.

    On the right is a black velvet ribbon embellished with this Art Deco 1930s Diamanté Winged Duette, Coro’s name for their double clip brooch. Create your own choker with a colored ribbon of your choice and a sparkly brooch. Then you can wear the jewel on its own – a 2-for-1!

    Pearl & crystal bead Hattie Carnegie choker
    Art Deco Coro Duette

    Colorful Gems

    Large, colorful stones are popular today. Here are two great examples in earrings. At nearly two-inches high, these 1950s Emerald Ear Clips by Schreiner, on the left, feature lush-deep-green-glass stones accented with faux pearls and diamantés. The right and left earrings are opposites, so they frame your face to perfection.

    The 1950s Ruby, Diamanté & Pearl Dangle Earrings on the right are by Hattie Carnegie. Each pendant has a large, faceted, ruby-glass teardrop crowned with diamantés and pearl accents.

    Schreiner emerald earrings
    Ruby earrings by Hattie Carnegie

    Diamonds

    Whether they’re the main event or accents, faux diamonds (diamantés) bring sparkle and flair to any outfit. On the left, the Diamanté Floral Brooch by Miriam Haskell is an absolute stunner! It combines textured, silver-tone leaves with shimmery faceted stones in a variety of sizes. Classy and classic bling!

    The trio of sterling bracelets on the right, from the 1920s-1930s, come from three different makers. At the top, trios of onyx alternate with diamantés. The middle is all diamantés. At the bottom, all onyx with a diamanté clasp. These line bracelets can be worn as singles or in stacks, as shown. Their design is the forerunner of today’s tennis bracelet, made famous by champion Chris Evert.

    Diamante floral brooch by Miriam Haskell
    Another jewelry gift - Art Deco line bracelets

    Brooches

    As I wrote in my last blog post, brooches (especially vintage pieces) have been rediscovered because of their versatility. Wear one or more in traditional ways: on your lapel, on your shoulder or at your waist. Try something modern and chic – pin one on a hat, scarf, or bag. Wear one as a pendant on a chain or cord. Or even embellish your hairstyle, as in the photo on the left. This 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell has pale amethyst and lavender glass beads and diamantés adorning a bed of textured, silver-tone leaves.

    On the right is the most spectacular brooch in the boutique – a late-1950s jewel by Elsa Schiaparelli. It features a trio of flowers, with clusters of ruby-glass beads atop Aurora Borealis navette petals. Their iridescence is hard to capture in a photo. Trust me – this piece looks like a display of fireworks!

    Amethyst Miriam Haskell brooch
    Elsa Schiaparelli ruby brooch

    For More Jewelry Gift Ideas

    See the boutique’s Holiday Sparkle collection.

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    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Classic Woman

    If you’ve read my post What’s Your Fashion Personality? and now want some jewelry gift ideas for the classic style woman, this article is for you. She is balanced – i.e., in between yin and yang in terms of physical and behavioral traits – but has more yin. The Classic…

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    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Aristocratic Woman

    With the holidays approaching, my posts have focused on tips for choosing the perfect jewelry gifts for women, based on each one’s personality. The first article in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality – describes the physical and behavioral traits of each style. This piece focuses on the elegant,…

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  • Jewelry gifts for her - the creative woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Creative Woman

    Need some guidance in gift-giving this holiday season? I’ve been writing about reading a woman’s personality to find clues for choosing the right jewelry. My first post in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles. I’ve written about the Romantic and the Dramatic. This piece…

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    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Dramatic Woman

    My earlier post What’s Your Fashion Personality describes the six personality styles that will help you choose the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life. This article focuses on the Dramatic woman:  she is confident, strong, and sophisticated. Let me tell you about the clothes this yang…

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    Vintage Jewelry Gifts for the Romantic Woman

    Finding the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life can be challenging. But if you know how to read her personality, you’ll have many clues that will help you make the right choice. My previous post – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles.…

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  • More Vintage Jewels for this Holiday Season

    Still looking for a special accessory to refresh your little black dress, a gift for an important woman in your life, or an item to add to your own wish list? Here are six more collections of vintage costume jewelry presented by color and selected to add sparkle to your wardrobe…

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  • Sparkle this Holiday Season with Vintage Jewels

    Whether you need a special jewel to refresh your little black dress, a gift for an important woman in your life, or an item to add to your own wish list, you can celebrate the holiday season in style with vintage costume jewelry from the TruFaux Jewels boutique. Here are…

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  • More Vintage Jewels for Mother’s Day

    Still looking for a special Mother’s Day gift for that important woman in your life? Why not choose a beautiful piece of vintage costume jewelry that is as extraordinary as she is? This gift guide presents more than 15 necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches I’ve chosen from the TruFaux Jewels boutique.…

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    Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Vintage Birthstone Jewel

    Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for that special woman in your life? How about giving her a vintage jewel with her birthstone or yours? Below is the history and meaning of the gemstone linked to each month along with a selection of pieces from the TruFaux Jewels boutique…

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  • More Vintage Jewels for Wearing & Giving this Holiday Season

    Still looking for a dazzling accessory to refresh your little black dress, a unique gift for an important woman in your life, or a special item to add to your own wish list? Here are six more collections of vintage costume jewelry arranged by color, selected to add sparkle to your wardrobe or…

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  • Vintage Jewels for Wearing & Giving this Holiday Season

    Whether you need a special accessory to refresh your little black dress, a gift for an important woman in your life, or an item to add to your own wish list, you can celebrate the holiday season in style with vintage costume jewelry from TruFaux Jewels. Here are six collections with necklaces, earrings,…

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