and white diamonds
What could be more chic than the high contrast of black
and white diamonds? “Black diamonds???” you
say. Oh, yes, indeed! Diamonds come in all
colors of the rainbow!
Naturally-colored diamonds with
intense colors are referred to as “fancy” colors. Modern technology has made it possible to color diamonds
through irradiation, making even the most rare colors
Black diamonds are rapidly rising on
the scale of desirability due to their distinctive
appearance. There's nothing quite like them on the
Truly black gemstones usually fall into
the semi-precious category. Choices are limited to
the ubiquitous onyx and the practically worthless marcasite.
The unique jet
black diamond gleam is a stunning study in opposites
when partnered with their glittering white counterparts.
These gorgeous stackable rings are worthy of blowing an
entire paycheck. And it’s fun to see how many diamond
bands a girl can stack on to one finger. One is fun, but
two together is better. Since these gorgeous rings
were expertly designed to nest together, wearing three
at once is not out of the question. The only question
is, which little black dress to wear with them!
ring is crafted in 14K white gold and contains .28
carats of fine white diamonds with slightly visible
characteristics and .41 carats of black diamonds.
Stack Band, $376.99 each,
MySolitaire.com, (866) 697-6548
—Judy Ann Olsen
finds under $50
with these Femme Metale solid cast sterling
silver stacking rings accented with recessed repeating patterns
of hearts, stars or crosses, which are oxidized for
yourself: Femme Metale stacking rings,
Judy Ann Olsen is a noted jewelry expert
specializing in diamonds and couture. A graduate of the
Gemological Institute of America, Judy Ann is an accomplished metalsmith whose work has
been recognized by the Platinum Guild International.
She offers jewelry consultation for private clients.
MISSION: TREAT YOURSELF
denying it now—there's
a chill in the autumn air that makes skimpy skirts and
spaghetti-strap tanks an invitation to colds and flu. Or
at least some serious teeth chattering.
But who looks
forward to being stuck in drab jeans and trousers for
whole cold weather season? That's, like, months!
don't have to pack up your favorite skirts and
short-sleeved shirts just yet. That's because
limb-warming accessories are on the rise again—from
toasty leg and arm warmers to cool socks and stockings.
Now you can enjoy your favorite flirty fashions while
staying as warm as Mom would want.
our favorites of the fall and winter cover-ups:
stand-in for a tired pair of pants is a set of tights
and leggings. Wear them with urbane city shorts, shift
dresses and skirts of all shapes and hem lengths for a
toasty fashion transformation you can really stretch
your legs in.
Dark wool tights
from Levante give frilled or printed dresses and skirts
a sophisticated feel, while heavier layered looks are
lifted by an acid blast of color from Trasparenze
Esmeralda Footless Over-the-Knee Leggings or We Love
Colors Footless Tights in an impressive array of 45 shades.
Prepare for your
wild child hormone-charged days (or nights) with cool
reptile or paisley printed Opaque Tights from catwalk
favorite StockinGirl. Featuring chic high-fashion names
like Black Versace and Cavalli Tiger, they are
reinforced in the toe and can be matched to a pair of
equally spunky thick socks.
The ultimate leg
accessory, though, is a clever take on the turn of the
20th century men’s footwear—the spat. UK designer
Elizabeth Melinek has created Strumpets, a collection of
finely crafted ankle, knee and calf "boots". With a
variety of colors and sweet trimmings, these purse-sized
add-ons instantly turn a single pair of pumps or flats
into flashy footwear. Melinek’s creations are stocked in
15-20 stores from New York to Portland, or can be
ordered directly from her studio in London and even
customized to a personalized style.
Levante Wool Tights, $18.25,
MyTights.com; Trasparenze Esmeralda
Footless Over-the-Knee Leggings, $14.99,
We Love Colors Footless Tights, $15,
Prints for Opaque Tights, $22.99,
StockinGirl.com; Strumpets by Elizabeth
Melinek, from £99 a pair, email for US stock listings or
elizabethmelinek.co.uk, +44 (0)20 7739 0031
Sock it to me
about a wintry chill on your stems in spite of the
tights? Mix and match leggings, tights, warmers and
socks for pumped up heat and a fun leggy statement. This
season is all a-buzz over the classic luxury of thick
socks and leg warmers, particularly when layered with
colorful tights, peeking out the crest of knee-high
equestrian boots or over the top of straight jeans.
Indulge in some ultra soft 24-inch Leg Warmers for a
retro kick, or the extra long Merino Wool Ribbed Knit
Socks that rocked the BCBG Max Azria and Moschino fall
Treat yourself: 24-inch Leg
StockinGirl.com; Merino Wool Ribbed Knit Socks,
Stay warm and
look cool—the arm warmer is back. These cheeky
companions keep ¾ sleeve shirts in the game, are perfect
for layering over long sleeves and can be matched with
sleeveless vests to fend off nasty Mr. Frost if he gets
a little too frisky. Goosebumps are on the run from We
Love Colors’ Striped Arm Warmers in a whopping 45 colors of funky
stripes as well as black, and über-soft lambswool and angora Colorblock
Arm Warmers exclusive to Urban Outfitters.
Treat yourself: We Love Colors
Striped Arm Warmers, $9,
WeLoveColors.com; Colorblock Arm Warmers from Urban
—Kiera Tara O'Brien
mechanic needs a wrench and every writer needs a
pen. Gals in hose are no exception. Fill your
toolkit with some specially designed gear for
dealing with delicates. Levante Foot Petals keep
stockinged feet from slipping in shoes when on
the run. Back in the bedroom, Le Bourget Hosiery
Gloves prevent annoying nail snags and rips,
while the StockinGirl Black Velvet Hosiery Bag
with multiple compartments is a tasteful way to
keep your sheers safe and organized inside messy
sock drawers (or on the road).
Treat yourself: Levante Foot Petals, $7.49,
MyTights.com; Le Bourget Hosiery Gloves,
Signature StockinGirl Black Velvet Hosiery Bag,
This month, one lucky
Four Weeks subscriber will win a
pair of fuchsia zebra stripe tights from
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