Glitter: The new pendant trend

The psychology of trends is fascinating. Remember back in high school, there was that girl with the indefinable sense of style, the je ne sais qua? She always took chances, such as, let’s say strictly for the sake of the argument, wearing knee socks just above the knee and pinning on a tiny brooch to each one. She was the originator, soon to be followed by the early majority, her tight clique that followed her every move. Then came the late majority, i.e., everybody else who also wanted to be perceived as stylish and cool. Pretty soon one girl’s individual expression booms into “everybody is doing it.”

Well, even though high school is long past, there's an emerging trend that gives you the chance to be in the desirable early majority once again. Since chances are, you did at some point graduate from high school, college too, maybe, what better way to acknowledge these accomplishments than by wearing the hot new Diamond Journey pendant?

Destined to become a new classic, the Diamond Journey pendant features a serpentine curve of graduated diamonds prong set in 14K white gold. Representing the journey of life, think of each individual stone as a step on the path of life, little milestones to be quietly celebrated.

When you wear this delicate and demure diamond sparkler, think about where this journey is going to lead you—the promotion you're going to get, the international vacation that you'll surely one day take, finally buying your dream house.

Don’t worry. You’ll get there. One step at a time. And you'll have a half carat of diamonds to keep you company along the way....

Treat Yourself: 14K White Gold Diamond Journey Pendant. $399, ItsHot.com

—Judy Ann Olsen

Fabulous finds under $50

What makes white gold white? Fourteen karat gold is just a little over 50% pure gold (585 parts per thousand). When alloyed with other metals, such as copper, nickel and zinc, gold gets a makeover and a decidedly white metal sheen.

This 14K white gold Italian horn pendant is a curvy complement to your neckline. Symbolizing good luck, this pretty little charm proves a woman can’t have too many curves!

Treat Yourself: 14K White Gold Italian Horn, $49.99, PalmBeachJewelry.com

For the past 13 years, Judy Ann Olsen has been a fixture in the NYC jewelry industry, working for internationally recognized jewelry design houses. A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and specializing in diamonds and couture, she's an accomplished metalsmith whose work has been recognized by the Platinum Guild International. Judy Ann currently offers jewelry consultation for private clients.
Website: JudyAnnOlsen.com
Contact: JudyAnnOlsen[at]msn.com



Goods: Dishing up Halloween candy

Add some style to your candy bowl this Halloween while supporting people and animals around the globe. Now that's a real treat.

The Animal Rescue Site’s Candy Wrapper Bowl option really brings us full circle. It’s vivid, modish and made from recycled plastic candy wrappers. The bowl, 3.25" tall and 6.25" in diameter, is made by Nepalese artisans and sold fair trade by a non-profit organization that provides health care services in rural Nepal and Vietnam. Your purchase supports the “Renew-Reuse-Recycle” principal, and since it’s being offered by The Animal Rescue Site, your purchase is also applied toward 14 bowls of food for hungry animals living in shelters and refugees. That’s a deal sweeter than pixie sticks.

Treat yourself: Candy Wrapper Dish, $9.95, TheAnimalRescueSite.com, (206) 268-5401

World-Shoppe offers the ZigZag Lidded Basket, which is hand woven by Burundian refugees in Tanzania using natural grass and banana leaf fibers in traditional patterns. Measuring 6 3/4 inches in diameter and 7 inches high, it's perfect for your favorite tasty treats. But this bowl is an even more appetizing selection when you consider that your purchase helps World-Shoppe continue its mission to improve the standards of health and childcare, foster education and reading programs, and support artists and artisans through fair trade. With a basket this gorgeous, you could probably hand out boxes of raisins for Trick or Treat and still get compliments.

Treat yourself: ZigZag Lidded Basket, $19.95 World-Shoppe.com,  (312) 933-9227

Museum Shop’s Bamboo Wedding Bowls sit like castanets the color of that perfect red lipstick, and their casual elegance could make Charleston chews look like Godivas. The bowls, averaging 18 inches in diameter and four inches in height, are handmade with traditional craftsmanship in Vietnam. The bamboo used to make these pieces is a sustainable resource, and the production is  ecologically responsible. Your purchase will also provide two books to children who otherwise not have access to them, through the First Book charity.

Treat yourself: Bamboo Wedding Bowls, $39.95, MuseumShop.com, (888) 811-5271

 —Heather Pamula

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