Celebrating: March Birthdays

March 24th, 2014 / by Roxanne Fequiere / no comments / permalink

Before there was aquamarine, there was bloodstone. Deep green with flecks of red-orange, the stone was believed to have been created when Jesus’ blood dripped down onto the gravel beneath his crucifix. From that violent origin story came a strong association with courage and battle, as referenced in this traditional verse: “Who in this world of ours their eyes/ In March first open shall be wise/ In days of peril firm and brave/ And wear a bloodstone to their grave.” 

During the early twentieth century, the the National Association of Jewelers—followed by the general public—demoted the bloodstone to secondary status, putting aquamarine in its place. A blue or turquoise variety of beryl, aquamarine translates to “water of the sea,” and depending on who you ask, the gem comes from mermaids’ treasure chests, can summon the dead , may increase intelligence, and/or was worn by sailors to prevent seasickness.

Mined in Brazil, Madagascar, and Kenya, among a few other far-flung spots, there’s a chance that you may discover some of your own here in the United States, in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. A better bet? Stopping in to Love, Adorned, where there are a number of aquamarine pieces just waiting to be picked up (plus a few bloodstone pieces, for all the traditionalists out there).

What’s in store: 

1) A 14K gold and aquamarine ring—made in the ’80s, just right for today. 

vintage 14k gold ring aquamarine wedding ring

 2) Multifaceted teardrop earrings set in 18K gold, made by Lola Brooks.

lola brooks aquamarine teardrop earrings

3) Raw bars of aquamarine wrapped in gold and strung onto a Lou Zeldis necklace-cum-art piece.

lou zeldis aquamarine bars necklace

4) An 18K gold single trident earring, punctuated with an aquamarine and created by Chad Ypon.

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Show Your Love for Him|Her

February 10th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

SPREAD THE LOVE

For Her:

Manon 14k gold and diamond wrap serpent ring, $1,365

Manon 14k gold and diamond wrap serpent ring, $1,365

Sophie Hughes sterling silver Egyptian drop earrings, $270

Sophie Hughes sterling silver Egyptian drop earrings, $270
In store only

CB I Hate Perfume In the Library, $130

CB I Hate Perfume In the Library, $130
In store only

For Him:

Vintage sterling silver and lapis ring with engraved ships and dolphin details, $1,500

Vintage sterling silver and lapis ring with engraved ships and dolphin details, $1,500
In store only

Forge de Laguiole ebony pocket knife, $185

Forge de Laguiole ebony pocket knife, $185
In store only

Harry's aluminum shave set, $45

Harry’s aluminum shave set, $45
In store only

 

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O’Harrow Pocket Squares

January 27th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

The pocket square. It brings images of Mad Men, The Rat Pack and just a general notion of fussiness over ones clothing. But say hello to O’Harrow Clothier’s updated versions of the classic accessory.

O'Harrow Pocket Square in Black Bouquet $40

O’Harrow Pocket Square in Black Bouquet $40

Claire Campbell Moseley started making the squares for friends in the back of her Silver Lake home, but soon the demand gave way to a full line. By cutting the size of the square from its usual 12” x 12” to a more functional 9” x  9” these pocket squares are easy to grab and slip into front pockets of shirts and jackets, be they men’s or women’s styles. You can feel the quality of the fabrics that Moseley sources from Japan. The hand is supple and the weight is perfect for just a few, chic folds. Which is really all you need.

The Flat Fold

The Flat Fold

The Single Point Fold

The Single Point Fold

The Wing Puff Fold

The Wing Puff Fold

*Fold instructions courtesy of O’Harrow Clothiers

 

 

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Love Adorned in The Wall Street Journal

January 13th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

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We were in great company over the weekend in the Wall Street Journal culture piece on the revival of the general store. It’s a new year, so why not come by and discover a new “need” or two?

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Hasami Japan Porcelain Mug $40

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Jen Pearson Apothecary Match Bottle $35

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Polly Wales 18k gold and Burmese Ruby Ring $4,100

Sanchez Calderon

Sanchez & Calderon Tassel Pouch $225

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Vibe’s

December 6th, 2013 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

     Inspired by the fairy tales of  Hans Christian Andersen she loved in childhood, Lene Vibe’s jewelry evokes a feeling of enchantment and excitement. Growing up in Copenhagen, where she still lives and works, she spent much of her time exploring wooded areas and daydreaming of being a character in her favorite stories.

Vibe's

vibe's

     With 18k yellow gold she carves rings and earrings with flowers and snails set with white, grey and cognac diamonds and Keshi pearls. Visions of Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, The Last Pearl, The Butterfly and The Snail and the Rose Tree all come to mind when looking at her jewels.

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All crafted by hand without sketches or preconceived ideas of what she wants to create, Vibe’s pieces are moments in time and imagination that can be worn forever.

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

June 11th, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / no comments / permalink

Dad’s day snuck up on us this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re skimping on his gift.

 

Here’s a list of our top picks for Dad – easily the hardest person on our lists to shop for:

 Raen Sunglasses

Raen Sunglasses – Upgrade Dad’s specs with a pair of these awesome shades. Built out of a classic style, you don’t have to worry about Dad looking like he’s trying to reclaim his youth, but you also don’t have to worry that he’ll be rocking his taped together aviators all summer either.

Chief Handmade Hankerchiefs

Chief pocket squares – Getting married this summer? With all the focus on the ladies, it’s easy to forget that Dad’s gonna need to dress up, too. Tell him to ditch the generic Men’s Warehouse pocket square and slip into a Chief one. Inspired by Frank O’Hara and the landscape of Hudson, NY, Dad might get a little nostalgic wearing it…but not as nostalgic as he’ll get watching you walk down the aisle.

Love Adorned Vintage Pocket Watch

Vintage pocket watches –You probably didn’t want Dad watching the clock around midnight when you were in high school, but now that you understand the importance of timeliness, outfit Dad with a vintage watch – both classy and practical.

Giraterra Men's Black Soap

 

Black soap – Manly! Smells like man! Hear Dad roar!

Poler One Man Tent

Poler tent – If your Dad’s anything like ours, he’s still holding on to his “vintage” tent from the ‘70s. And if you’re anything like us, you realize that “vintage” really means drafty, leaky, and old. Dad deserves some new camping gear and you should be the one to give it to him.

Lou Zeldis Woven Bracelets

Lou Zeldis woven bracelets – Ok, we’ll admit that not every Dad can pull this off, but if your Dad’s old pics could ever end up on this blog (http://dadsaretheoriginalhipster.tumblr.com/), we think you should go for this one.

Nick Potash ID Bracelet

Nick Potash ID bracelet – Don’t think Dad can make a woven arm party work? Go a more industrial way for his wrist with an ID bracelet customized just for him.

Elementary Double Screwdriver Set

Elementary screw driver – If your Dad is Mr. Fix It, we’re willing to bet this gift will be a winner. Handmade in London by a cabinet maker, these screwdrivers are a modern twist on a toolbox standbyi

Swiss Army Knife Tool

Swiss Army Golf tool – What golfer needs a repair tool, ballmarker, groove cleaner, cap lifter, toothpick, tweezer, scissor, and nailfile hanging off their belt whenever they hit the green? The answer: all of them. Make Dad look like an all-star at his next golf outing when you hook him up with this all-in-one set.

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What Mom Really Wants

May 7th, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / no comments / permalink

At Love Adorned, we’ve been on the look out for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for our dear ol’ mums. And with only — days left until the clock strikes MOM, we thought we’d
share our picks with you. Not that you’ve procrastinated on getting a gift or anything. We would never think that about you.

Lauren Wolf Rose Gold Band with Black Diamonds

Lauren Wolf Rose Gold Band with Black Diamonds

Kali: I’m getting my mom the Lauren Wolf rose gold band with black diamonds. I chose to get it as a starter ring that I can add to over time, with other bands/rings in
other metals if she wants. It’s a tall order gift, but alas, I didn’t get her anything for her birthday in February, so I feel like she deserves something extra fancy.

Upstate Silk Shibori Scarf

Upstate Silk Shibori Scarf

Miranda: I bought my mom the Indigo Hajime Upstate Scarf. I already gave it to her because I wanted her to be able to use it for the winter-to-spring transition. She’s been
wrapped up in it since the day I gave it to her – she loves it!

Michele Quan Ceramic Birhouse

Michele Quan Ceramic Birhouse

 

Lily: I think one of the Michelle Quan birdhouses would be perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. The textures and color in her ceramics would look beautiful hanging from an
oak tree somewhere in the Oregon woods. Soon enough it would be full of finches, bluebirds, sparrows, and wrens. The birds would fight over who gets to make a nest in the home. [IN STORE ONLY]

Lou Zeldis Gold and Pebble Earrings

Lou Zeldis Gold and Pebble Earrings

Ally: I’m getting my mom a pair of dangling Lou Zeldis pebble earrings. Not only are they beautiful, but my mom also loves Lou’s story. He was a good friend of Lori’s who
traveled the world collecting pebbles and rocks from beaches and streets to create his treasures. He liked to say it was his way of turning the mundane and forgotten into something special.

Polly Wales Cognac Diamond Ring

Polly Wales Cognac Diamond Ring

Vincent: My mom has always asked me for a 3-stone ring that includes the birthstones of her three children. After all these years, I’m finally taking the plunge this Mother’s Day. I’m only slightly annoyed that April’s birthstone is a diamond. I have my brother to thank for the extra cost.

Lori: For her birthday in January, I got my mom her first iPhone. After a glass of wine at her birthday dinner, she defiantly declared: “What the hell am I going to do with this thing, Lori?!”

Stained Glass Feathers

Stained Glass Feathers

Fast forward five months later and she loves the thing – she’s texting photos to her granddaughters, speaking in text code, and yes…even stalking Instagram. When we
put the stained glass feathers in the window of the store, she saw them on the Love Adorned Instagram feed and promptly called me to say that they’re the most beautiful things she’d ever seen. BAM! Makes my job easy. Happy Mother’s Day! [IN STORE ONLY]

Handmade Mother's Day

Handmade Mother’s Day

Nina: I always draw my mom an original card and make sure to call her first thing.

So the moral of the story here is, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting mom the most expensive gift, or the most original. At the end of it all – JUST CALL YOUR MOTHER ALREADY!

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Laguiole…the real deal!

April 10th, 2013 / by Vincent / no comments / permalink

Laguiole Knives

Laguiole Knives

Laguiole, pronounced /lɑːˈjɔːl/ “la-yoll”, is a generic term, not legally restricted to any one company or place of manufacture.

But in fact, Laguiole is a place, a small agricultural town in the Aubrac uplands of central France, about 350 miles directly south of Paris. It was in this little town, around 1829, that knife makers began to blend techniques of French and Spanish style single blade knives into what is now known as a Laguiole knife. From that moment forward, artisans around the country, around the world, began to emulate the form. Today, regardless of how many different “Laguioles” you see, there are few knife makers actually located in the town. This authenticity of place is directly linked to quality! Honestly, it can be a little confusing, but we’ve done the research in order to bring the best, the real deal!

Our assortment of Laguiole single blade knives are from Forge de Laguiole, in Laguiole,France and are 100% made by hand. Each knife is crafted by one artisan, start to finish, no assembly line, no machine fabrication. Assembly of a single Laguiole involves more than 50 separate activities, including the blade being roughed out, forged, polished and finished. The natural handle material is cut and shaped and the springs, liners, bolsters and flies are all made by hand. Everything is done in the same manner it was nearly two centuries ago.

We’ve selected two sizes; one small and one large. The smaller has a 2.25″ blade and is 5″ overall and the larger has a a 3″ blade and is 6.75″ overall. Both have all natural wood handles; Juniper, Snakewood, Rosewood or Olive-wood.

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Our Apologies

March 14th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

 

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PLEASE EXCUSE US WHILE WE TRY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TROUBLES THAT OUR LITTLE SITE IS HAVING.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY DIFFICULTIES, PLEASE CALL THE STORE AT 212.431.5683, WHERE ONE OF OUR LOVELY LADIES
WILL HELP YOU OUT. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON.
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Tough Love

February 12th, 2013 / by Vincent / no comments / permalink

Tough Love

You love him because he shows you his soft side. He won’t tell his friends over a beer, but he practically invented spooning. Yeah, he fronts the tough guy, but he’s a snuggle bunny to the core! Help him maintain his carefully curated persona this Valentines Day with tough guy accessories head to toe.

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