Wednesday, June 4, 2010
Written by The Independent Weekly Staff

You can do a better job of pulling your outfit together when you’re able to see all of your jewelry in one organized box. And we’ve found a solution to storing your fine jewelry and nicer costume accessories that’s like adding a new piece of furniture to your dressing room. This Reed and Barton dark walnut jewelry chest accented with an inlay of light maple, all of which features a high lacquer finish, has a soft thatch suede interior. The oversized box opens to a back that’s lined with small hooks for your necklaces (the necklace bottoms are then neatly tucked into a pleated suede pocket to accommodate any length), slots for rings and big spaces for larger pieces like pendants and watches. Two big drawers offer a variety of compartments to hold different sizes of jewelry. The box is available for $370 at Paul’s Jewelry, which has locations in the Oil Center and River Ranch. Call 233-6975 or 981-7600. — Leslie Turk

Chunky necklaces are leaving their mark on the fashion world. The bigger the better! Oversized necklaces are the hottest jewelry must-have for the summer, and a wide variety of these larger-than-life necklaces are available at Hemline on Kaliste Saloom Road in River Ranch. Its selection of bold neckwear features vibrant blues, corals, mint green, lilacs, and more. These trendy necklaces feature a combination of textures, mixing metals and stones for a unique look. Any fashionista’s closet has to have at least one. Pricing varies. Call Hemline at 406-1119 for more info. — Madeleine Hebert

Bonnie Jean Miller is old school when it comes to metalsmithing. But that doesn’t mean she’s fabricating antiques. Her jewelry has a contemporary flair, pairing aged copper with bright enamel work to make earrings she dubs “ear machines.” These earrings swing like a pendulum do. Miller says she is constantly inspired by new visions, so her work changes dramatically from one year to the next. Come fall, look for some incarnation of Chinese knotting, a lost art she intends to revive. Miller’s ear machine runs $85 at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery; call 266-7999 for more info.
— Mary Tutwiler

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