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October 22, 2013

Têtes de Mort: Couture Skull Jewelry for October

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I know I tend to get a little crazy with the skull blogs. In defense of my macabre side, I spent well over a decade as a Goth once upon a time. … Now that I’m an oldie but a goodie, I still love raising an eyebrow or two when it comes to controversial couture, though it is much more subtle (and unfortunately costs a little more than all the cheap silver skeleton crap I used to adorn). My creepy couture is counter balanced by haute happy animal jewelry too, fyi.

Skulls are not an entirely new trend in jewelry, but now that high end designers are jumping in the game its become chic. Skull adornments are no longer the old bulky, clunky silver bikerwear we once knew it as; its become more feminine and delicate,finely detailed and often set in gold set adorned by superior quality diamonds and jewels. While many designers are doing skull pieces, not that many designers focus largely on skulls as an entire collections- it can be a bit random.

As I have said in past blogs, no one- and I mean no one- does skull jewelry like French designerLydia Courteille. She constantly incorporates intricate jewel encrusted skulls into each and every collection. I liken her to the  dark side of Bucheron. Her skull work is over the top yet amazingly feminine and oddly enough, romantic. Consider them works of art and invest wisely, as her skull rings run $10,000.00-$30,000.00 per ring. Another major player in the skull game is jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez Fendi. Though this heir to the Fendi empire is barely of legal drinking drinking age, this 4th generation Fendi femme fatale does some very interesting skull work.The majority of her designs are made of gold, silver, iron, copper and combine organic materials with precious stones, oversize scaramazza pearls, black diamonds, leather strips or pieces of bone atelier. Her skull designs are on a much more disturbing and darker edge than other designers and while I am the first to appreciate this concept, admittedly I find her pieces a bit bulky and lacking that subtle femininity that I need out of designer dark side pieces. Still, no one can argue that she is quickly making a name for herself in the industry and has found a major place in the cult jewelry world. Her skull pieces run $4,000.00-$29,000.00 (approximately). Recently, Alexander McQueen has lunged into the forefront of the skull accessory scene. His pieces are simple yet sophisticated, so much in fact that it can be worn to the most formal of events and no one would bat an eye. Dispite this, he still succeeds in being edgy. His skull jewelry consists mainly of necklaces, drop earings, and rings made of silver or goldtone plated brass metal and swarovski crystals.  Pieces are typically priced between #300.00-$600.00 each. Based out of LA, up and coming indie jeweler Shayan Afshar’s high-end, master-crafted pieces are enough to garner respect, but we’re more psyched on the age of this young champ. At only 19 years old, this teenage hustler is already making noise with his diamond skull candy, which boasts white gold encrusted with white and black diamonds.

Adore skull couture? Check out my past blogs here and here

Jessica Kagan Cushman Diamond skull cuff bracelet ($3,400), Wendy Brandes black onyx and Tsavorite ring, Jai Yokoki double skull ring w/yellow diamonds, Delfina Delettrez Fendi skull and snake ring, Crystal Skull Necklace by Made Her Think ($1,385.00), Delfina Delettrez Fendi drop earings ($760.00), Alexander McQueen spoon and fork earings ($300.00), diamond skull and ruby pendant ($2,200.00), Vivre diamond drop earings ($3,600.00), Zoe and Morgan skull princess ring, Lydia Courteille ring (Hugo Jewelry LTD diamond X pendant, Justin Davis pirate ring, Zoe and Morgan ruby studded necklace ($330.00), Shayan Afshar pendant, petite skull ring by Voodoo King Designs ($100.00)

July 5, 2009

Alexander McQueen Skull Clutch Revisited: New Additions

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May the earth open up, cave in and take me down with it for not updating this blog appropriately and reviewing the expansion of this line when it reared its skull earlier. Forgive me lord McQueen, for I have sined…

I Love, love, LOVED this sleek and unique line of clutch purses so very much on the first run and I never got over it. These aren’t for everyone, so imagine my surprise in discovering McQueen is continuing to expand the line.  This time around he is experimenting with bright colors and patterns, materials range from silks with intricate brass overlays beading and exotic skins, and even changed up the skull closure using different colored swarovski crystals for teeth and eyes and some even have a skull “knuckle ring” type opening. While I adore the simplicity of the originals in patent leather, I am thrilled he has expanded so elegantly while still utilizing an unexpected and unadulterated creative sort of fashion rebellion in which was so much a part of his style reputation early on. Much like the coveted Dior samourai handbags, these clutches are truly a work of art ($1,300.00-$3,000.00, depending on style).

March 20, 2009

Lydia Courteille Diamond Skull Rings

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No one- and I mean no one- does antique look jewelry like French designer Lydia Courteille. I consider her the yin (black) to the yan (light) of Bucheron, or the rebellious maudlin twin. I love how she consistently incorporates skull pieces in each and every collection. Like Bucheron, she does not advertise and could care less if her pieces sell or not which is precisely why these designs remain so true in their uniqueness. Her work is reminiscent of the Victorian age and everything is big and bold- huge is the most fitting word. Her skull designs are packed with spectacular gemstones both semi and precious; diamonds, rubies, green garnets, white and yellow or black sapphires, and jade, pink jasper and onyx in white gold and rhodium settings. There are so many precious stones in her work that its hard to believe the pieces are even real. Well, until you see the price that is- they run $10,000.00-$30,000.00 per piece.

If you find yourself in Paris, put aside some time to peruse her shop at 231 rue Saint Honoré.

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