i just love finding new designers…and i love it even more when their designs are actually attainable by mere mortals. alas, the planets rarely align that well. so when i fell in love with amanda rudey’s jewelry designs, i braced myself for a hefty pricetag. but, wonder of wonders, they’re gorgeous and actually affordable! after graduating from harvard with a degree in sociology (almost as useless as my BA in english), amanda realized she needed a way to earn a living. she wandered into a bead store one day, and the results were fortuitous…for her and for us.
i think my favorite design is her iolite “circus hoop” ring (above). it’s a gorgeous everyday piece that’s sure to win you compliments at every turn – and it retails for $125. for a dressier look, the iolite-and-chain cornelia earrings (also available with other stones) would be absolutely perfect with your LBD, and just the thing to dress up a more casual sundress for evening – quite a feat, especially for $150! the necklace is a bit pricier ($318), but it’s exactly the piece i look for to soften a conservative office look – i’d put this with a button-down shirt and blazer, or use it to dress up a v-neck top and jeans.
ooh, and the lovely owner of charm & chain just alerted me that you can get 15% amanda’s collection (and the entire site) with code aprilflowers. in case you needed a little more incentive!