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Life is Too Short for Small Jewelry | Manolo for the Big Girl

Life is Too Short for Small Jewelry

I love costume jewelry. Love love love it. I love fine jewelry too, but since Richard Burton selfishly died before he had the chance to meet me, I have to content myself with more attainable baubles.

That being said, there’s costume jewelry and there’s costume jewelry. The good stuff can often set you back a mint, but all of these little lovelies are between $74 – $180 which, considering the sparkle they’ll bring to your life (and your face) is a pretty good deal, and they make great extra-special stocking stuffers.

For the Sweet Young Thing

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Hand Made Rose Sterling Silver Earrings

Lovely little handmade rose earrings on delicate sterling silver (nickel-free) wires. Available in many colors although mysteriously not yellow, so we Texas girls will have to satisfy ourselves with an approximation of burn orange.

For the Downtown Girl

Matilde - Murano Glass Bead Fishnet Drop Earrings

Do these feel a little Fendi to you? Because I’m totally getting a Karl-meets-Edward Gorey vibe off of these. Made out of silk fishnet and murano glass, these are for the very cool, fashion-forward woman in your life.

For the Lady who Lunches

Swarovski Crystal Decorated Clip On Earrings

So so perfect and understated. This is like the noon martini in a St John Suit at The Plaza of perfect. Gold plated with smoky Swarovski crystals and a clip back –I love a clip back– they’re perfect and classic without being matronly, and because the crystals are toned down and not giant vulgar faux diamonds they’re statement-y without being LOUD. If you bought these I swear you’d wear them three times a week, and they’d look perfect on you every time.

For the Girl Who Can Get Away With It

Purple & Orange Swarovski Crystal Clip On Earrings

Do I even need to tell you that I’m ordering these? No, of course not. These earrings, very reminiscent of 1960’s Bvlgari, are all about high drama, high glamor and channeling your inner Liz Taylor. A bit pricey, but good gravy, so fabulous.

For the Chic Continental

Tangerine Swarovski Crystal Earrings

These are actually my favorite and the second least-expensive pair, and there’s something so European about these. I can just imagine some lovely woman with a chic gamine crop and a handsome escort, shivering along the streets of Salzburg in her evening dress, rushing to some fantastic party full of disreputable lecherous viscounts and irresponsibly beautiful rent boys.

3 Responses to “Life is Too Short for Small Jewelry”

  1. TeleriB December 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    Oh, I do love the smoky crystals! Could we get a link, please?

  2. Nancy December 22, 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Clip back?! Owie, owie!

  3. Twistie December 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    I took one look at those fishnet manta rays (yes, I think they look like manta rays) and all I could think was WANT! NOW!

    Also, I would totally fight you to the death for those girl who can get away with it numbers…except that I could probably be sufficiently distracted if those amber colored ones at the bottom were waved vigorously enough in my face.