Clockwise from top left: Lizzie Rope Bib Necklace, $38/Furbish Studio; estate cuff, $3,795/ Bailey’s; estate bracelet, $4,750/Bailey’s; Georgiana Cuff, $165/Hyla DeWitt Jewelry; Brazilian Agates Cuff, $68/Furbish Studio.
Left to Right: Rosie ring, $200/Edge of Urge; Red Cluster Stud, $38/Zass Design; Fleur Pearl, $56/Hyla DeWitt Jewelry; Two Tone Arrow in Bunting necklace, $45/Metamorphosis Metals; yellow diamond ring, $464,000/Bailey’s; Onyx X Studs, $65/Hyla DeWitt Jewelry; Vineyard Oval Ring, $68/Moon & Lola; Brockton necklace, $48/Moon & Lola; sapphire, $65,000/Bailey’s; estate ram’s head ring, $3,495/ Bailey’s; estate brooch, $1,895/Bailey’s; Blue cameo, $995/Bailey’s; round diamond ring, $129,500/ Bailey’s; Large Bug Drop Earring, $95/Furbish Studio. All chocolate from Videri Chocolate Shop.
Candy-Colored Gems for Valentine’s Day and Beyond By Karlie Justus Marlowe / Photography By David Davies This Valentine’s Day, think outside the chocolate box. Cupid’s quiver is full of arrows of the sterling silver, 14-karat or rose gold variety – and while the god of love and desire is more of a minimalist when it comes to accessorizing, there are many Raleigh-based jewelry designers and boutiques that stock a range of styles for the perfect stack. Hyla DeWitt’s fresh line of native, nature-inspired statement pieces is a good starting point for unique structural pieces. The Raleigh designer combines ropes, agate gemstones and delicate spikes with of-the-moment brass accents, which can be found online and locally at gena chandler. “With my jewelry,” said DeWitt, “you can wear the same little black dress over and over with different pieces.” Just because the color of love happens to be red, don’t shy away from the full spectrum. “Color is a big statement for spring – we’re seeing lots of topaz, amethyst and emerald,” said Stefanie Hinojosa, general manager of Bailey’s Jewelry. 26 | midtownmag.com
Classic brands David Yurman and John Hardy stock these saturated statement pieces, while Ippolita’s delicate bracelets are dotted with bright hits of color meant to be layered. More casual tassels and statement pieces like pairs of gold cuffs will carry through the summer and fall as well. And while gifting jewelry can be intimidating, start with an inventory of the recipient’s current jewelry collection for an idea of styles and existing gaps – or scroll through Pinterest, a virtual treasure trove of clues. Shop for unique pieces like vintage costume jewelry or estate pieces from Bailey’s new estate jewelry store, where every piece has a story and won’t have a single twin in the Triangle. But most of all, keep it personal – whether you’re single, attached or simply stocking up for the spring season. “A gift of jewelry is usually a gift of the heart,” said Moon & Lola’s Kelly Shatat, the artist behind Oprah’s favorite monogrammed jewelry. “Choosing a piece that brings her happiness is as important as choosing a piece that complements her existing jewels and lifestyle.”