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The Gold Jewelry Staples You Will Want To Own Now

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The more I talk to my friends, the jewelry enthusiasts I’ve met on Instagram and designers who are selling online, the buzzwords I continue to hear about the pieces they are wearing or are considering purchasing online are: versatile, meaningful, nonchalant, every day, staples. Less is more when you WFH. Many times, during those virtual one on one meetings and multi-person conferences you are dressed on the top and you are wearing your pajamas from the waist down. We all also want jewelry that’s easy to wear right now and just as easy to clean with soapy warm water. This jewelry also has to elevate our ‘outfits’, detract from our DIY manicures, over-washed hands and the roots that continue to be revealed in our hair every few weeks. Jewelry today not only has to tell our stories and represent our individuality, but also be nonchalant and pieces we can just throw on. Jewelry today is much harder working than ever before, and the simpler, less complicated the piece, the more we will wear it.

When I think about these standards and what will look natural, yet expertly curated for our big moments on Zoom –I think about going for the gold—yellow gold jewelry with or without a sprinkling of diamonds. It fits all the requirements and also can be worn when we move into the future. These gold pieces are based on classic styles with a little extra daring in execution and or details. When it comes down to it, these are the type of styles that belong in every woman’s wardrobe:

Here is our version of the gold standard in jewels for now and well into the future:

While working from home, you will need more earrings and necklaces than bracelets and rings. Generally, women who don’t collect a certain category of jewelry tend to buy and wear more earrings and necklaces even before the pandemic. One of the styles that offer a huge diversity are hoop earrings, from huggies to sculptural styles.

KATKIM ‘s Crescendo Flare Diamond Hoops in 18K gold offers a clean, sculptural look with the addition of bright diamond drops to offer a touch of sparkle around the face. They are medium size hoops that offer maximum style and they are still are light and comfortable in the ear.

Borgioni has continued to sell these perfect size snake motif huggies for over eight years. They are the type of earrings you can leave in your lobes and not feel like you are wearing anything. But don’t let their delicate size fool you. Their slightly curved body, 18K gold serpent textures and small diamond heads stand out and make great conversation earrings. They are also the type of earrings you can wear in your main piercing or other holes in your lobe. Another plus, snakes mean rebirth and regeneration and enduring love. All wonderful meanings for now and forever.

Ariel Gordon’s Twisted Petite Hoops remind me of the first pair of twisted hoops I ever owned after getting my ears pierced. They are a familiar classic and look equally good on a wide demographic of women. These will quickly become your jewelry wardrobe earring staples.

For women who own a variety of hoops, yet are hankering for something small and a little bit edgier for the ear, Nikos Koulis’s spiky earrings in 18K yellow gold with center baguettes offer a fashionable alternative to more common linear earrings. The shape is a little bit rock and roll; the overall effect is chic and high style.

We all love wearing our favorite multi-charm and talisman necklaces but for our time at home, one or two necklaces layered is all we need to be ‘dressed’. To feel protected, we might want to throw on one talisman piece.

Laura Caspi’s Hex Single necklace is available in yellow gold on a cable chain with a center diamond of 0.25 TCW. This is the type of necklace that is delicate yet seems bolder due to its tactile and three-dimensional effect. The center diamond sets off the textural interest and also adds a sense of sophisticated modernity.

Depending on the neckline you are wearing, different shaped necklaces can accent and can elevate a look. This 18K gold Anita Ko simple choker is the perfect length for a V-neck, crew neck or crisp white shirt. It is imbued with a slight ‘80s feel but has been reinterpreted in a finer more elegant style that pairs with a diamond neck or when you are ready for them, longer layered necklaces.

Sensual with a buttery soft hand, Hannah G’s lariat curb chain with diamond tips is the perfect necklace for now, yet it’s also one that is seasonless and timeless due to the length and the different ways you can wear this piece. Tie it once (shown below) and it evokes a nonchalant elegance. You can also wrap it around your neck as a choker and tie it shorter for a slinky snake-like effect. It can also be worn wrapped around your wrist with the diamond tips hanging down. This is one to play with and see what feels best on you.

When it comes to bracelets at the moment, minimalistic is the way to go. Forgo the armful of armor (too many pieces to clean at the moment) for one delicate style that is either flexible with different diamond cuts for interest and sparkle or a thin bangle or cuff that is easy to take on and off.

 Kimberly McDonald’s 18K gold mixed diamond bar bracelet with its combination of different diamond cuts is all that you will need to make a statement. Every time you look down at your wrist and see the artful mix of baguette, round pear and oval shaped diamondsyou will be thrilled with your choice with this bracelet. It will become one of your go-to pieces that you will be able to fit it into your rotating stack in the future. 

Apply the same approach to rings that you did with bracelets. You might want to go a little wider with a gold ring in a beautiful texture. Additionally, you can wear one dimensional stack ring or three together as long as you take them off and clean them often. Rings and bracelets are the two categories of jewelry we can see on ourselves and right now we need to indulge in what puts a smile on our face. And for most women, I know rings are a category of jewelry with which we can get creative. Therefore choose rings you will want to wear for a long time to come, that work with your existing pieces, or will work with other styles that you can buy slowly and stack when your hands heal, and you can get a proper manicure.

Grace Lee spins 14K gold into lace. This straight-line ring is feminine and intricately detailed yet the clean shape of the ring allow for a modern feel. If you have two thin diamond eternity bands, you can also add one to each side and add a little twinkle to this embroidery inspired style. All can be thrown in soap water and washed each night.

Linda Hoj ‘s creativity doesn’t’ go unnoticed she just won three INSTORE design awards, two in the category of gold and one which celebrates her talent as an up & coming designer. Her Dream Weaver rings are dimensional, tactile and hand fabricated in 22k gold. They feature diamonds in between each station of this pared-down yet powerful eternity band. This ring will make a singular statement if you are wearing one or create a wow factor in a set of three. Perhaps you can purchase one now and add on as you go along.

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Prabal Gurung’s Stronger In Colour Collection Is Donating 100% Of Proceeds To The Bail Project

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For many brands, 2020 will be the year they “pulled up” to stop racial injustice, both in the fashion industry and beyond — but not for Prabal Gurung. Since founding his namesake brand in 2009, Gurung has been constantly fighting to make the fashion industry a more equal place at every turn, which is now underscored by the revival of a relevant past project. Announced on Jun. 3, Prabal Gurung’s “Stronger In Colour” collection is getting a second life, continuing the commitment to diversity and inclusion that’s been the brand’s lifeblood from the start, selling 100% charitable tees and hoodies for a noble cause.

Available on its site right now, shoppers can choose from two unisex styles, in two shades — a basic tee ($95), or a basic hoodie ($175), in either black or white. In multicolored typeface, each reads “STRONGER IN COLOUR,” echoing the longtime ethos of the New York-based womenswear brand. To sweeten the deal, 100% of net proceeds will be donated to The Bail Project, which is presently focused on combatting the mass incarceration disproportionately affecting the Black community.

Right now, there’s a disparity between brands who have been posting fervently in accordance with the present moment, and those who were slower to respond. The Nepalese-American designer has, alternatively, been using his near-750,000 following to get messages out around the clock, spread powerful footage of protests and messages of hope. Still, he believes there’s more to be done. “We have posted, donated, signed petitions, marched in protests, spoken on panels, and shared important resources – but this didn’t feel like enough. This is just one additional step, and we know there is still more we can do,” shared Gurung in an Instagram post this week.

Available now through Jun. 15, shoppers can purchase the tops exclusively on Prabal Gurung’s site. To participate in the movement and support the brand’s initiative, browse the styles ahead — and, you can shop rest assured that your full contribution is paid forward. And, as the fight continues, some words of encouragement from Gurung’s Instagram: “…as we walk through the streets alongside protests, and unified chants for justice are heard around the world, it feels as though we are on the precipice of true change as this movement barrels forward.”

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Some of the hottest streetwear brands are making a George Floyd memorial tee

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Fear of God has pulled together some of the best names in streetwear and fashion for a T-shirt honoring George Floyd. Off-White, Pyer Moss, Union, Noah, Awake, Just Don, Denim Tears, and Melody Ehsani all lend their names to the tee, of which proceeds will go to the Gianna Floyd Fund.

The late Floyd’s initials appear on the front of the shirt, while all nine brand logos appear on the back. Available in black or white, the shirt will sell exclusively through Fear of God’s Instagram page for $100. It goes live at 9 a.m. PST Friday, June 5.

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A limited run — While streetwear consumers often call for fundraising T-shirts to be made available for pre-order to maximize proceeds, COVID-19 has rendered that more difficult. We’ve seen it already with Supreme and Noah’s coronavirus relief tees, and that’s the case here as well. Jerry Lorenzo, Fear of God’s founder and designer, said in an Instagram comment that the T-shirts are “limited to the fabric availability we have.”

Streetwear at its best — At its roots, and too often forgotten, streetwear is about community. And you can’t talk about the culture surrounding it without acknowledging the contributions and support from the black community. That makes it encouraging, but not at all surprising to see so many brands step up to raise funds to organizations tied to Black Lives Matter, as well as the families of victims.

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With T-shirts quick and easy to produce, several brands have produced their own as fundraisers, including Brain Dead and Blood Orange, Online Ceramics, Andrew, and Advisory Board Crystals. In addition to the Fear of God collaboration, Denim Tears also has its own tee with proceeds going to the Know Your Rights Camp.

Without product involved, Supreme announced it’ll donate $500,000 amongst Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Campaign Zero, and Black Futures Lab. A-Cold-Wall*, meanwhile, will award 10 grants for a total of £25,000 (~$31,500) to independent, back-owned companies.


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Banana Republic Donates $20M of Clothes to Americans in Need

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Over the past few months, we’ve spotlighted fashion businesses stepping up and taking action, whether it’s to help support Americans affected by the COVID-19 crisis or to stand behind the Black community with donations, acknowledging the racially unjust murder of George Floyd and the larger conversation surrounding Black Lives Matter. Brands with a large platform can and should acknowledge voices that are struggling in America, and Banana Republic — notably a part of parent company Gap Inc. — is striving to make a difference. BR teamed up with Delivering Good to donate more than $20 million of new clothing to those in need in order to help America get back to work. It’s a project they’re calling “Will Work For a Better Republic,” and it comes after months of actionable Instagram posts the brand has put up, all of which are meant to encourage positive thinking.

“By supporting Delivering Good [an organization that helps kids and families through tragedies], Banana Republic is helping men and women across the US, including those facing poverty, homelessness, and job loss. Among our network of more than 700 community partners, we will focus this donation on nonprofits with workforce training and re-entry programs and markets that have been especially affected by the current crises. This donation will have such a positive impact on men, women and disadvantaged young adults,” said Delivering Good President and CEO Lisa Gurwitch.

In effort to promote equality, Banana Republic has also come together with Gap Inc. brands Athleta, Gap, and Old Navy to donate $250,000 to the National Association For the Advancement of Colored People and EmbraceRace. Previously, Gap Inc. donated $1M to support underserved families in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, posting the news on Instagram on March 27. Banana Republic also came out with a reusable cotton face mask for customers to purchase, committing to a donation of $10 to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund for every mask sold. Scroll down to read about these initiatives directly from Banana Republic’s feed.


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