Photo by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
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I’ve long considered my friend Jessica Biales to have impeccable taste. I learned to cultivate the art of minimalism from her, back in college. She had almost nothing in her closet, yet she always had everything she needed. On the walls hung posters of architectural renderings by Frank Gehry and Phillip Johnson, mounted on foam core rather than taped to the walls. And her duvet was plain black.
Hardly the stuff of college dreams. When I need to cull, I channel that dorm room, which only one year before was laden with images of Monet’s Giverny, an inspiration board laden with Calvin Klein’s ponytailed models and Christy and Linda in Chanel, and a double mattress topped with a floral comforter; home to moi. Jessica was the New York City sophisticate incarnate. And now, reigning queen bee of the style world, Jenna Lyons, has confirmed what I always knew—Jessica Biales has style.
J.Crew, which has been experimenting with collaborations with all sorts of cool kids—including CFDA winners and other under-the-radar labels—has picked up two rings by Jessica Biales. It’s the company’s first offerings in fine jewelry. They are carrying a limited run of two solid 18-carat gold signet styles—one yellow gold, and the other rose gold bedecked with pavé emeralds.
I gave the collab a shout-out in Sunday’s Boston Globe, as “The One Thing” in the paper’s new “Enthusiast” section. Jessica’s work has gotten a ton of press over the past six months. Let’s have a look.
The Boston Globe, June 16, 2013
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Vogue, February 2013
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Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
available in white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold
plain or with pavé white or black diamonds
Harper’s Bazaar, February, 2013
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Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
in rose gold with tsavorites,rubies, sapphires
[I have the slice ring with tsavorites. I wear it between two rose gold rings by Melissa Joy Manning that my husband gave me for my birthday a few years ago; also from Good.]
Jessica Biales Wave Rings
small and large in rose, white, and yellow gold
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Last week I illuminated how black & white made its way from the runway into the home. Another trend I highlighted in that article – “Fashion In the House” for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine – was rocks and minerals. While jewelry and fashion designers are reveling in rough and chunky stones, interior designers are finding ways to bedeck rooms with earthy gems.
Let’s start with a peek at the Spring ‘o9 shows, where Burberry Prorsum, Marc Jacobs, and Roberto Cavalli were just a few of the designers rockin’ out.
How is this being translated on the home front? Here’s a gorgeous tableau of home accessories from Good, an exquisite boutique in Beacon Hill, Boston.
I’ve noticed a number of designers incorporating hefty hunks of shimmering, fantastical mineral specimens into interiors. They’re often pricey pieces, but quite magical. (And, a much more interesting and sophisticated take on the preppy Palm Beach coral display.) Boston-based interior designer Frank Roop has a number of beautiful minerals and chunky glass pieces scattered throughout his studio and condo. Home furnishing designers are crafting lamp bases from minerals. I’ve also noticed textile manufacturers getting in on the action, be it with granite-textured wall covering, or stone-like cut velvets.
I love the mineral specimens, and I absolutely adore the jewelry. I’ve put together some translations…
Left: Asheer Garnet cuff by Double Happiness, $180, Right: Pyrite doorknobs at Door Jewels.
Left: Gracia necklace by Jill Golden, $400. Right: Bubble glass light fixture available through The Bright Group, Boston Design Center.
Left: Central Park quartz necklace by BYLU, $500. Right: Chinese Gypsum Calcite lamp by Katy Briscoe, $6,000.
Left: Dina earrings in gold plated steel with pyrite nuggets by Gemma Redux, $246. Right: “Les Galets” fabric by Boussac available through The Martin Group, Boston Design Center.
Left: Amy bracelet in steel chains with angled prehnite pieces by Gemma Redux, $272 at (as seen in In Touch). Right: One-of-a-kind Russian white mineral on stand by FDO Collections at Lee Jofa, Boston Design Center.
Left: Amethyst Anthias necklace $335 at Obsidian Jewels. Right: Amethyst cabinet pulls at Door Jewels.
Left: Larvae necklace by Katerina Bogatireva. Right: Mineral specimen from China at Frank Roop’s design studio.
Left: Stone necklace by Danielle Welmond at Good, Boston. Right: Loomis – Zaffiro sconce, $4,000, available through The Bright Group, Boston Design Center.
Left: Sarah bracelet in steel with large amazonite cuts by Gemma Redux, $369. Right: Glass chunk from Brimfield used as a bookend in Frank Roop’s design studio.
Left: Oxidized silver and 14K gold rings by Any New York by Naoyo Terada, $330 (as seen in Lucky). Right: Moroccan Calcite lamp by Houston designer Katy Briscoe, $6,000 (as seen in the New York Times).
Finally, here is a piece I picked up on ebay last night. Can’t wait for it to arrive!