Saturday, February 19, 2011


A site of controversy and urban legends, Mount Soledad continues to be a prominent landmark of San Diego, California.

A 98-year old Latin cross is the focal point of the area, and the area also holds the luxurious residence of the late Dr. Seuss. California is also home to featured jewelry designer Stephanie Wells.

I really like everyday jewelry; those items I can effortlessly blend with whatever I am wearing.

In my mind, however, the term 'every day' does not always equate with informal or ultra-conservative.

I believe the term can also apply to jewelry pieces that pack some drama and personality without necessarily being what is considered a 'statement' piece; jewelry that is more chic than casual.

Wells’ stunning fashion jewelry brand, Double Happiness Jewelry, embodies the concept that everyday jewelry can be fabulously stylish and unconventional.

Her variegated designs of multi-strand brass bullet necklaces, chunky, 70s-inspired bangle bracelets, and adjustable gold-tone rings with encrusted gemstones are a funky marriage of daring minimalism.

There are so many wonderful visuals of sterling silver and gold chains, elongated gold beads, French gold silk and wooden beads. The designer jewelry brand is a literal trove of beautifully crafted treasures at affordable prices no less; from the geometric outlines of the brand’s sandalwood Udo Bracelet to the gold-filled, wire wrapped Geffen Earrings that feature faceted pyrite.

A world traveler and yoga enthusiast, Wells began making jewelry with her sister, Alisa Rottenbergh, in a garage nearly a decade ago. Today Wells creates her handmade jewelry designs from her studio in California while Alisa takes care of public relations and marketing in New York City.

“Alisa stays on point with trend reports, editorial needs, and the New York fashion scene,” says Wells. “Though it is important for me to keep up with jewelry trends, I draw inspiration mainly from the materials I use and the shapes, textures and colors of art.

Jewelry is about having fun with your look; it is about costuming and that boils down to your attitude. Let your mood determine the piece of jewelry you choose for any given day.

Wear something daring if you feel edgy or go for a simpler design when you feel demure. I have done my job when I see someone wearing a piece and she tells me that someone compliments her every time she wears them.”
Wells’ eclectic range of jewelry is a favorite of Rachael Ray, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Trisha Yearwood, and Kim Kardashian.

The stunning baubles have also been featured on popular television shows including Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Chuck and American Idol.
Photo 1 (top right): Lee Black Draping Silver Chain Necklace
Photo 2 (center): Adjustable Esme Gold Ring with Metallic Elongated Beads
Photo 3 (bottom left): Joss Gold-filled Black Earrings with French Gold Silk
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