Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Can celebrities really take all the credit for impacting any one woman’s personal style? If you have ever seen InStyle’s “Transformations” feature then you know even a celebrity’s style sense greatly evolves with the help of professional stylists. To say that flair and panache is only synonymous with Hollywood ingénues is not a completely accurate representation.

In my opinion, a woman will strongly react to a piece of jewelry whether she sees a co-worker wearing it, a woman in a dance club, or even a close friend. A woman will no doubt ask whomever where she purchased the trinkets.

While I agree celebrities greatly heighten the exposure of designer jewelry to a wider audience, in my mind that will never lessen the impact of the design itself no matter who is wearing it.

With the Golden Globes telecast approaching in a few weeks, and the Academy Awards broadcast next month for this Splendor Sidebar I thought I would touch on the explosive popularity of celebrity inspired jewelry.

For those who love celebrity style, and may not have a celebrity’s income, be sure to browse through the list of a few designers at Etsy.com who offer great, affordable celebrity inspired jewelry.

Based in Ventura County, California TAKCreations has lovely offerings of antique gold, and sterling silver trinkets inspired by jewelry worn by Kate Hudson, Halle Berry, and Sarah Jessica Parker to name a few. The store also offers very pretty classic jewelry pieces, as well as floral hair combs, and greeting cards.

Atlanta-based House of Dedijer offers a beautiful Sterling Silver Heart Locket inspired by a design worn by singer Taylor Swift. The rest of the store’s collection features timeless yet unique items such as a Tic Tac Toe Necklace, earrings made with gorgeous lampwork beads, and a stunning Crescent Necklace made with brass and turquoise.

Australia-based Joanna of JCGemsJewelry does a fabulous take on the emerald earrings Angelina Jolie wore at the 2009 Academy Awards. Joanna’s version is made with emerald green onyx dangling from gold vermeil ear wire. Gorgeous! The rest of her collections are equally stunning.

The designer for Artibility is a former U.S. Marine based in Algonquin, Illinois. She designed a beautiful gold-plated Circle Necklace inspired by one worn by Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie at the 2008 Grammy Awards. The store also offers great hand stamped jewelry, and items inspired by the Twilight Saga. Be sure to check out the official website.

Canada-based husband and wife team, who work full-time as lawyers, design jewelry for their shop buysomelove. They have a gorgeous Sterling Silver Key Pendant inspired by a design worn by actor Leighton Meester. They have a great selection of charms, hand stamped jewelry, carved rose cabochons, and color-themed pieces.

The designer for lisadjewelry, located in Pacific Palisades, California, offers an 18-karat gold vermeil version of an Anchor Pendant Necklace inspired by one adorning Paris Hilton. The store also offers very delicate and feminine renderings such as her Clear Crystal Quartz and Gold Marquis Necklace as well as an array of lovely briolette pendant necklaces and earrings.

The designer for Gosia Meyer Jewelry, Gosia Meyer, is originally from Poland and currently lives in Ludlow, Vermont. Meyer offers a gorgeous 14-karat gold-filled Gold Cherries Necklace inspired by a design worn by Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel. Unique, delicate and ethereal metalwork combined with accents of translucent gemstones is Meyer’s signature style. Be sure to check out her official website.

Actor Courteney Cox’ jewelry style served as inspiration to Canadian Dawn Walton’s Etsy shop, studiobluejewellery. Walton offers a great take on a multi-strand necklace design worn by Cox. 

Walton’s version is cultivated from long, sterling silver chains accented with glass and silver beads. Walton’s aesthetic is highlighted by breezy geometric shapes, lucid colored glass beads, and her distinctive designer watches. Be sure to view Walton’s official website.

Nancy Jackson, the designer behind Luluka Jewelry & Accessories, is based in Pacific Palisades, California and she offers a 14-karat gold-filled interpretation of a Tiny Sideways Cross Necklace worn by such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens, and Jessica Biel. If you love great, every day jewelry pieces, be sure to view the rest of her classic, elegant collections.

Last but definitely not least is Maryland-based Sparkle True Jewelry Design. The store’s designer, who has an MBA in Information Systems Management, loves modern, simple jewelry and offers a 24-karat gold vermeil Hamsa Hand Pendant inspired by Lauren Conrad’s favorite necklace. 

Be sure to view the rest of her collection of delicate, graceful renderings including a dead-on 14-karat gold vermeil version of the gold leaf necklace worn by Jennifer Aniston in the film The Breakup.
Photos (from top right to bottom left): TAKCreations’ Copper, Gold and Silver Four Leaf Clover Charm Necklaces inspired by Heidi Klum; JCGemsJewelry’s 18-Karat Gold Vermeil and Emerald Green Onyx Earrings inspired by Angelina Jolie; Artibility’s Fergie-inspired Gold-Plated Circle Necklace; lisadjewelry’s 18-Karat Gold Vermeil Anchor Pendant Necklace inspired by Paris Hilton; Sparkle True Jewelry Design’s 14-Karat Gold Filled Sideways Cross Necklace inspired by Vanessa Hudgens; and buysomelove's Sterling Silver Key Pendant inspired by design worn by Leighton Meester
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