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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.

 

Bead-Dazzled: Alana Leigh & Jennifer Siebel Newsom

 

It was all beautiful baubles and beautiful women on Tuesday when jewelry designer Alana Leigh and film producer Jennifer Siebel Newsom joined forces to raise funds.

Leigh began her jewelry company in 1986 and is proud that all the pieces are made locally. Crafted from semi-precious stones such as baroque pearls, amethyst, turquoise and moonstone, and set in silver or 24-K gold, Leigh’s work has long boasted of a star-studded following (Madonna, Melanie Griffith, Uma Thurman).

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 the current Etsy Local shop for SF this week, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart: 

1. The Cleo headpiece from jaybmillinery, $48: We are seriously smitten with this structural felt headpiece which also happens to be one of the more reasonably priced we've found. Side note: be sure to check out Jay B's other options while you're browsing as it was nearly impossible to choose a favorite.

 

What’s the Deal: Harputs Market, Ladita Closing Sale, Loomstate T-Shirt Recycling

Because paying full retail price is oh-so-passé...

Ladita: We’re sad to report that this Bernal Heights eco-boutique is closing its doors in less than two weeks. Until then, the shop is having a close-out sale that promises eco-friendly apparel, accessories and gifts for women and babies for up to 70 percent off.

Elizabeth Charles: A summer sale is on at this Pacific Heights destination for Australian designers, as well as in the boutique’s online store. Women’s apparel from designers such as Ginger and Smart and Megan Park are going for hundreds off regular prices.

Inner Richmond: Covet Boutique Opens

You may have spotted the handmade adornments from San Francisco designer Adrienne Wiley’s vintage-inspired Frolick line and local designer Liza Anongchanya’s clean, classic Ofina Jewelry at Bay Area shopping events or on celebrities such as Mariah Carey (Frolick) and Mischa Barton (Ofina). Now you can peruse complete collections from both under one roof at their new Inner Richmond boutique Covet, whose lofted second level does double duty as a workspace for the designers and friends.

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