I’m usually not a jewelry person and I’ve broken my own rule of never buying high end jewelry for myself… I guess I can only argue by saying that most pieces I purchase are still considered to be somewhat costume-like or for casual wear, so in my defense, they’re still not “fine” jewelry lol.
Anyhow, I recently acquired a bunch of things, some of which are overdue reveals but I’d like to show what great steals one can score at 75-80% off from retail price. I also got 3 David Yurman items which were purchased from Neiman Marcus’ Gift Card Event which I “recycle” – a great tip that I’ll share with my fellow shoppers is that NM has these fab promotional events where they’ll give you a GC with 20-30% of your spending value with no restrictions at all (unlike Saks and many other retailers). You then spend the GC on ANOTHER promotional event to really boost your savings or use it on items that do not qualify for the promotional event (eg. Christian Louboutin or sales items)!
1. 1AR by UNOAERRE 18K White and Gold Plated Earrings
Hmm… never seen this brand before, but it was on Sak’s Fashion Fix, one of those super saver deals that I snatched for 30$. I’m not crazy for chandelier or any kind of earrings with too much “dangle” power lol, so these are pretty cute and classic imo. Not bad considering that they’re gold-plated and made in Italy!
2. Raven Kauffman Couture SS12 Crocodile Print Brass Cuff
RK’s a really good brand with fab accessories, including one of a kind handbags. There’s always a couple of evening bags that I really like. The jewelry line is also very unique with some very edgy pieces. This cuff is made with 100% solid reclaimed brass in the USA. There are 3 tones available, all of which are gorgeous! Mine is called “blacked brass” which I scored for 75% off from Mona Moore!
Picture credit: Raven Kauffman Online
3. David Yurman Large Oval Links Chain Bracelet in Sterling Silver – 7.5 Inches
This bracelet is quite tempting… I love the EXTRA EXTRA LARGE version but it’s so heavy!!! Unfortunately the extra large size was not available when I placed the order which is what I would’ve preferred, but this size is still kinda cute. I haven’t seen this one in person before, so I was kinda expecting it to be bigger. Nonetheless, it might go with my Tiffany’s bracelets better since they’re more dainty. I do love the easy clasp/hinge closure!!! And just for this 10/10 points
OMG!!! I need to rant about how difficult it is to put on Tiffany’s bracelets in the morning when I’m always in a rush to run out lol… Those tiny lil lobster clasps KILL my manicure AND are so hard grasp! As you can see, I’m petite and my hands are pretty small imo and I don’t think I’m clumsy at all… so I can’t imagine how some others manage. Tiffany has gotta be less stingy with its silver and make BIGGER CLASPS!!!
Picture credit: Neiman Marcus
4. David Yurman Pearl Quatrefoil Popcorn Chain Necklace in Sterling Silver Cable Links – 40 Inches
This is a gorgeous necklace chain that I fell in love with because it can be dressed up or down, and is so versatile. It looks good worn just like that, as a double strand necklace, or even as a bracelet! The freshwater pearls are mostly white, but a few have pinkish undertones. Largest pearls measure 10-11mm and smallest 4-5mm. It’s also one of the few more affordable styles still made in the USA. Surprisingly, it doesn’t bother me that this brand in particular imports their products from several developing countries – I’m not sure why, but I think it’s because I just really like the designs by DY. The quality is still excellent imo, so I’ll continue to buy more DY pieces!
Picture credit: Neiman Marcus
5. David Yurman Petit Albion Ring with 7mm Citrine Gemstone and 0.21TCW Diamonds in Sterling Silver Setting
Well this is a way looooonnng ago purchase that I forgot to post up. Citrine was the original stone that I wanted for my graduation ring last year, but it was not available in all of Canada. I had to either order online from the States which would’ve been very costly with duties and taxes, or buy a different stone color at Holt Renfrew. At the same time I had a big GC for HR and decided to just go with Blue Topaz instead. Nonetheless, I could not forget the beauty of the Yellow Citrine. So when I was in the States recently, I finally purchased it given that I had another huge GC at NM which basically paid it off for “free.”
Picture Credit: Neiman Marcus
Comparison pix with my DY Petit Albion ring in Blue Topaz