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We Heart Kate Ellen Metals

Local jewelry designer Kate Ellen is offering an exclusive discount to 7x7 readers for her new collection. Check out the goods at her Etsy Pop Up store (she's currently hard at work revising her own website). Type in welove7x7 at time of purchase and you'll receive 25% off your order! Christmas came early this year!

Photo by Philipp Striebe

Brand to Watch: Theodora & Callum (Available at Candystore Collective Next Year)

Our radar is buzzing for new accessories line Theodora & Callum, a refined bohemian inspired brand created by Stefani Greenfield, co-founder of ScoopNYC and Desiree Gruber, executive producer of Project Runway. Talk about an all-star match up!

Black Honey Launch at HELLO by Candystore Collective

‘Tis the season to be hungry, obviously, and if you, like us, are craving style as much as cranberry sauce, stop by HELLO by Candystore Collective this Saturday to get your fix of Jené DeSpain’s newest line, Black Honey.

1228 Takes a Golden Bite Out of Fall

Local jewelry line 1228, designed by Nico Lopez, has garnered massive accolades - Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan and Adam Lambert have all been spotted wearing pieces - for its femme-meets-punky aesthetic since its inception in 2007. And while we wish we could own everything from the latest collection, we're willing to settle with a cult fave, Lopez's 24 karat gold tooth necklace. Daring and decadent? Yes, please.

The Sculptural Bling of Matthew Campbell Laurenza

If something sparkly dangling from the wrists or lobes of Rihanna, Alexa Chung, Blake Lively or Carrie Underwood has caught your eye lately, we wouldn’t at all be surprised to find that the dazzler in question was none other than an enamel- and jewel-encrusted piece by New York-based designer Matthew Campbell Laurenza’s M.C.L. Design.

In town tomorrow for a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus, the 32-year-old Laurenza has garnered many a starlet fan since launching in 2007. Best known for chunky bangles and cuffs mixing enamel and multi-colored sapphires, Laurenza can be counted on for pieces that make a statement with their intricate design work and bold hues.

Beyond Bling: More-Than-Meets-the-Eye Jewelry Hits SF

Let’s try this one on for size: wearing fine ideas can be just as luxurious as precious metals and sparkling stones.

Believe it? We’re betting you will after perusing the 80+ pieces on display at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design through May. A brand new exhibit opened on Friday at the Sutter Street museum, Designers on Jewelry: 12 Years of Jewelry Production by Chi ha paura…? proves eye-catching baubles need not rely simply on the size of the stone or cut and carat to produce envy-inducing oohs and aahs.

Cartier Sparkles at the Legion of Honor

As cliché as it sounds, Marilyn Monroe really had it right when she sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  I never fancied myself the extravagant type … until I walked through "Cartier and America" at the Legion of Honor. Awestruck and enamored by hall upon hall of sparkling jewels, I found myself dreaming of getting my hands on some of these exquisite pieces, if only to try them on for a few very special seconds. Beyond aspirational, this show features pieces that only a few elite will ever have the privilege of knowing.

Cartier in America @ the Legion



What better antidote to a cold, gray winter’s eve than some shimmering, hot gemstones?

Fine jewelry fans are abuzz over the soon-to-open Cartier and America exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums’ Legion of Honor.

The exhibition will feature more than 300 pieces of Cartier jewelry and precious objets culled from collections the world over. Including jewels and the engagement ring belonging to the late Princess Grace of Monaco which is on loan from her son, H.S.H. Prince Albert II.

Following are a few photos featuring the show’s eye-popping gems -- and the stylish folks who made the jewelry house famous.

Link Love: Joy Bianchi's Couture, Changes on Maiden Lane and more...

SF Luxe revels in Joy Bianchi’s private collection of vintage couture.

Adding to the spate of recent retail changes in Union Square, we hear Yves Saint Laurent will likely close on Maiden Lane.

There’s something incredibly creepy about jewelry made from human teeth.

Jewelry that’s much more appealing can be found in SF Indie Fashion’s coverage of Jessica Winzelberg’s debut collection.

Our Pick of the Litter: Fave Etsy Local Offerings

An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this month's round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:





1. High Waisted Skirt from alyssabird, $45: Show off your sun-kissed stems with this voluminous vintage-inspired skirt.


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