The Memory Box: Jewelry with a Story


Some relive memories through photos. Me? I reminisce through jewelry.

My grandmother always said jewelry tells stories, that it’s meant to be collected and loved – then passed down and loved again.  So every trip I take, I pick up some small bauble to remember it by. That Merino-glass pendant from the street vendor in Rome’s Trastevere. Those clinking little silver coin earrings from Lima. A teeny-tiny rose-gold-dipped shell from my annual summer trip to Cape Cod.

And when I’m not traveling? I look for jewelry that has stories of its own. Case in point: John Hardy’s nature-inspired, handcrafted-in-Bali pieces. Luxurious enough to have that “it” factor now and with the fine attention to detail needed to be passed down through generations, they’re the kind of pieces that are meant for celebrating (and remembering) landmark occasions – no photo album required.

Our John Hardy Boutique opens Thursday, October 18, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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October 18, 2012

Accessory Matchmaking: Necklines and Necklaces


If you ask me, when it comes to what types of necklaces go best with each neckline, I say – almost anything goes. High crewneck? Layer on the long beads. Plunging V-neck? Show it off with a sparkly number that hits right at the collar bone.

Bear in mind that with accessory freedom, comes great responsibility to avoid fashion no nos. These cardinal rules may be few, but they are the difference between genius pairings and accidental appearances on the “don’t” pages of a tabloid.

The Rules:


  1. The choker had its time (circa 1996), but it has since taken the backseat in today’s wardrobe. As a general rule, I say stay away, but if you’re working with a deep V neckline, I say lock it in a vault and sink it in the ocean. Deep necklines and chokers don’t mix.
  2. Make sure your necklace ends ½-1 inch above the beginning of your neckline (this doesn’t apply to long necklaces, of course). Partially covered jewels can look sloppy.
  3. If you’re petite, avoid long necklaces if possible. They tend to accentuate your short stature. If you’re like me and simply must wear them, make sure you layer them with lots of different lengths to pull the eye up.



  1. A classic word of advice: mimic your neckline with your necklace. This is always a fail-proof way to complement your neck, no matter how much (or how little) you’re trying to show.
  2. Save your most statement-making neck candy for simple necklines, be it a crewneck or strapless. I’m partial to keeping the top neutral so my necklace is the real focal point, but play with different patterns to find your favorite combo.
  3. Double up. Triple up. Quadruple up. Seriously, one is never enough in my opinion.


By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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September 26, 2012

Yes, You Can: Layer Your Jewels


As the summer season winds down (le sigh), my heart is begging to cozy up in chunky fall knits and to layer, layer, layer. Obviously, my heart doesn’t care that it’s still almost 80 degrees outside. The solution? Jewelry layering - and I’m not alone. Delicious stacks of arm candy are the regular at the Rue offices, and lately, I’ve noticed this cleverly piled-on look has worked its way up to necklines. Hooray! I have gobs of necklaces hanging in my closet just begging to be mixed, paired, and mingled with abandon. Taking cues from the Rue girls, here’s how to get the look:

1. Balance the dainty with the substantial. Oversized statement necklaces perk up light, gold-spun strands. So simple.

2. Mix lengths. Start with necklaces that hit close to your collarbone, then work your way down with baubles that hang lower.

3. Add just one more. Once you think you’ve layered your necklaces just right, try adding one more. To your surprise, it may look even better. And if it doesn’t, simply take it off. No harm done.

By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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August 28, 2012

ELLE Jewelry Spotlight: nOir



nOir jewelry is a favorite among our editors to use in high-impact editorial photo shoots – not to mention glamming up their daily uniforms. We checked in with Fashion and Shopping Editor Sydney Wasserman for the inside scoop on the must-have jewelry line that has her whole office (and ours!) buzzing.

Rue La La: A lot of the nOir pieces are very bold (we’re talking animal shapes and serious spikes) – can people incorporate such statement jewelry into their everyday style?
Sydney: With particularly large statement jewelry, it’s all about fit. A heavy necklace shouldn’t look heavy when you’re wearing it, and it shouldn’t protrude from your dress in an awkward or uncomfortable way. Pay attention to the cut of your clothes and the particular jewelry that you’re pairing it with. For example, if it’s a collar necklace, your shirt’s neckline should be cut high or much lower. And if it’s a stack of thick bracelets, you don’t want your sleeve hanging over them.

Rue La La: When wearing a really loud item, do you usually style the rest of your outfit really simply or do you go all out in an equally daring ensemble?
Sydney: I don’t think women need to wear plain clothes in order to pull off statement jewelry. But the jewelry should flow with the silhouette of the outfit, not create two separate statements.
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April 27, 2011

Jewelry. Inspired.

Jewelry. Inspired.

We know what inspires us to buy jewelry. Love. Either for someone else or for our fabulous self. But what inspires jewelers? Here’s a look at three jewelers we love (all with pieces in our Jewelry to Love Boutique) and a window into what inspired some of their latest pieces.  

Paige Novick: The Devinn Bracelet
Paige, a Francophile, has long been inspired by her studies in Paris. A student of art history at the Sorbonne, she interned at Chanel working directly with the great Karl Lagerfeld.
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February 5, 2010