Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Three Times a Lady

When Nichole of Acanthus offered to send me one of her signature Gemma necklaces, it was the perfect inspiration to transform J.Crew's ikat bustier dress from an edgy cocktail look into ladylike daytime attire.

Each piece of Acanthus' jewelry is handmade with natural, semi-precious stones and 14k gold fill wire, chain and beads. Choosing gold accentuates the color of the gemstones and lends an old-world opulence to the collection.

I chose the necklace in smoky quartz to coordinate with vintage pieces I adore, but it wasn't an easy choice. There's a rainbow of stones to choose from and each Gemma necklace either comes with a 16", 18" or 20" chain, ensuring that you find the perfect fit for your style.

It's refreshing to abandon heavy statement jewelry in favor of a delicate, feminine piece. While Nate doesn't normally comment on my jewelry, he did pause to tell me this necklace was "pretty" - high praise from the man who cringes at my cocktail ring collection. (Though, I have a feeling this necklace will layer wonderfully with other pieces, so he might be disappointed later.)

The clasp even deserves accolades with hammered links, a bead in the brand's signature blue, and a trefoil twist. Unexpected details like this really make a piece special.

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Love the Gemma necklace? Come back Thursday for details on how to win one of your own!


Outfit Notes:
J.Crew Ikat Bustier Dress; Banana Republic Cardigan; Acanthus Gemma Necklace; Grandmother's Bracelet; Guess Shoes

FTC-Required Disclaimer: Acanthus provided product free of charge for editorial review. All opinions stated within are my own and are not influenced in any way.

20 comments:

  1. WOW! Definitely ladylike! You look so pretty as always!

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  2. Love the necklace....its dainty, but doesnt disappear:)

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  3. That necklace is amazing and you did so well with your outfit:)...Hugs and kisses,sweetie pie

    Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY later on today :) Hope you will join in :)!!!

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  4. That necklace is seriously gorgeous and I love your choice in stone color. You can bet I will be back on Thursday trying to win one!! xo

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  5. I love how the cardigan completely transforms the dress-- clearly it was an excellent choice!!

    The necklace is vey beautiful, and I like nothing more than seeing details like the clasp done with beauty rather than just glossed over with a boring lobster clasp.

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  6. Really nice photos and outfit! Kisses(:

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  7. Gorgeous necklace, love that colour on u! xx

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  8. i love how you styled this dress- i like it on it's own, but you've given it a totally different feel here. and the necklace is so lovely! the kind of thing that's dainty enough to wear all the time. ~joelle

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  9. Jessica I absolutely love both of those pieces!! My favorite jewelry always incorporates semi-precious stones and metal. Ah, the necklace is just gorgeous and the bracelet is just heavy enough to be notice more than normal. LOVE!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

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  10. Lovely transformation! It is always great to get more use out of pieces. Necklace is very elegant.

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  11. What a lovely ladylike look! That necklace is so delicate and pretty, smoky quartz was a great choice.

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  12. Great look. Love the jewels and those shoes are WICKED cute!

    Tracy

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  13. Such a pretty necklace! Love it!

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  14. What a pretty outfit!! Love the bracelet!

    -Samantha
    http://sincerelysamantha.com

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  15. I really love how you made the dress more daytime appropriate. Beautiful!

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  16. Love the chain on the necklace! Woohoo for the giveaway! I have the cutest stationary giveaway now too.
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  17. Love the styling!!!The necklace is lovely.

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