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Accessories Flash

November's Accessories stories.

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    These days, brooches are big—literally. Magnificent pins, crafted in a variety of shapes and jewels, are sure to steal the show from lesser baubles. Take Mish Tworkowski’s opulent golden pagoda, encrusted with 85 carats of white topaz and sapphire. Mirroring the legendary towers of the Far East, this gleaming treasure exudes old-world elegance. Elsewhere, Katey Brunini and Stefan Hemmerle look to nature for inspiration. While Brunini plays diverse textures against one another with a quintessentially soft wild orchid made of bone, South Sea pearl and diamonds, Hemmerle proffers a dramatic dragonfly, bedecked with pale green garnet wings and chrysoberyl eyes, that he hopes will appeal to the fairy-tale side of every woman.

    Photography by Doug Rosa
    Styled by Talya Cousins

    From left: Hemmerle’s 18k white gold, garnet, chrysoberyl and diamond brooch, price upon request, at Hemmerle, Munich, hemmerle.com; Mish New York’s 18k yellow gold, white topaz and sapphire brooch, $22,000, at Mish New York, New York, 212.734.3500; K. Brunini Jewels’ 18k yellow gold, bone, South Sea pearl and diamond brooch, $9,200, at Takashimaya, New York, 800.753.2038.

    November 2008

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    Taking a page from the “more is more” playbook, Pomellato’s new Pom Pom stash of one-of-a-kind pieces is an ode to gorgeous excess. After launching its first high-end jewelry collection last year, the house is now introducing 20 oversize cocktail rings in a rainbow of extravagant stones including diamonds, rhodolites, tsavorites, tourmalines and tanzanites. While the chunky rings are obviously substantial, up close they feature an intriguing translucency. “Unconventional and rare stones are a great source of inspiration,” notes Pomellato CEO Francesco Minoli. “Each ring is created around stones whose magnitude and irregular shapes render them unique.”

    Photography by Jens Mortensen

    Clockwise from top: Pomellato’s 18k white gold, rhodolite and diamond ring, 18k white gold, tanzanite, purple spinel and sapphire ring, 18k white gold and diamond ring, 18k white gold, tsavorite and diamond ring, 18k white gold, pink tourmaline and pink sapphire ring, prices upon request, at Pomellato, New York, 212.879.2118, pomellato.it

    November 2008

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    For seasons now, power women have had an ally in the gladiator sandal. And for good reason—whether traditional or knee-high, multicolored or solid, the much loved flat is ideal for treading long city blocks. With the arrival of the gladiator heel for resort, it’s time to prep those calves for some serious extension. “Putting this shape up on a wedge plays with proportions and pitch to make it both edgy and flattering,” says Miranda Morrison of Sigerson Morrison. Here, the company lifts the gold-foil silhouette onto a sexy platform. Things are less overt at Marc Jacobs, where a jet-black creation topped with bows and glittering studs straddles the line between sweet and tough. This kitten heel would make even ancient Greek and Roman girls jealous.

    Photography by Charles Masters

    From left: Marc Jacobs’s leather and metal sandal, $1,645, at Marc Jacobs, Boston, 617.425.0707, marcjacobs.com; Sigerson Morrison’s leather sandal, $895, at Sigerson Morrison, Los Angeles, 323.655.6133.

    November 2008

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    Not since the rocking Eighties and Prince’s ode to the royal color has purple had such a standout moment—and jewelers are taking notice. Eclat, for one, creates high drama with a one-of-a-kind titanium butterfly brooch. Sprinkled with nearly 500 diamonds, the fuchsia winged piece is an artsy nature study. Meanwhile, Tiffany’s multistranded beaded spinel necklace in subtle shades of lavender and rose is a sophisticated example of bohemian appeal. And Cartier’s classically masculine Roadster watch, modeled after automobiles from the Fifties and Sixties, receives a feminine touch with a violet satin band and an iridescent mother-of-pearl face. Talk about a purple haze.

    Photography by Doug Rosa
    Styled by Talya Cousins

    From top: Tiffany & Co.’s platinum, multicolored spinel and diamond necklace, $18,000, at Tiffany & Co., 800.526.0649; Cartier’s stainless steel and mother-of-pearl watch with satin band, $5,200, 800.CARTIER, cartier.com; Eclat Jewels’ titanium and diamond brooch, $80,000, at Eclat Jewels, New York, 212.581.2446.

    November 2008

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