Monthly Archives: April 2017

Stacked and Layered Jewelry Look: Here’s How

One of our favorite looks is stacked and layered jewelry.

Layering clothing is simple. Add a cardigan to a cute shell, a jacket over a blouse, etc. But how do you stack and layer jewelry without looking overdone?

When layering jewelry, you want to complete your ensemble, not draw attention away from your outfit.

  1. Wear a multi-strand necklace and bracelet.
  2. Layer a few beaded necklaces of coordinating colors. You can even twist them together.
  3. Pair a long beaded necklace with your favorite pendant necklace for contemporary charm.
  4. Wrap a long necklace around your neck or wrists twice.
  5. Pile on three or four bangles of various metals for chic contrast.
  6. Alternate thin and chunky bracelets for the textured look.
  7. Sport a few rings on one finger. Stackable rings are fun to wear.

Have fun mixing and matching your jewelry!

Estate Jewelry is Carefully Selected by Ross Simons

Timeless and unique, are the two words that Tom Kowal has in mind when hand selecting the Estate collection for Ross-Simons. Often, he looks through thousands of jewels and chooses only a handful to be featured online.

Tom knows that women like to wear fantastic jewelry that will make an impression, so when he is on a buying trip he carefully examines each piece to make sure that they will be a knockout. He also looks for the condition of the items and inspects them to be certain that they are pristine, without any chips or flaws. Kowal loves unique one-of-a-kind pieces, and even after 25 years in the business, he still gets excited when he finds the perfect item.

What exactly is an estate jewel and is it the same thing as an antique? This is a common question that Tom has answered hundreds of time. Estate is anything that is previously owned. It could be just from five years ago, while antiques are jewelry pieces that are 100 or more years old.

Next time you’re looking for that exclusive, one-of-a-kind piece check out Ross-Simons’ Estate collection.

1920s Estate Jewelry Collection

The 1920’s are often called “The Roaring Twenties,” and for good reason! It was a decade of prosperity and progress in the United States, starting out with a “roar” for women’s rights. They finally became men’s political equals when the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote and run for office, was ratified in the summer of 1920.

Maybe it was the empowering sense of equality caused by the 19th Amendment, but all of a sudden, women of the 20’s were expressing their freedom in a lot more ways than just voting. The political revolution at the beginning of the decade had led to a STYLE revolution, one of the most radical women’s movements in fashion history!

As far as jewelry, the one must-have piece of the era became the pearl necklace, now considered a classic. It was a great time for the modern woman, and fashion turned modern as well. New accessories, like headbands and hats atop a short bob haircut, became trendy, and Art Deco style jewelry was all the rage, using strong colors and geometric shapes that gave it a truly new look. The flapper look became popular as well, with skirts and dresses getting shorter than ever before—a sign that women felt empowered in all facets of life, including in their own body. Many of the looks of the 20’s came directly from Paris, and specifically from influential designers such as Coco Chanel (whose No. 5 perfume launched in NYC in 1924). Fashion, lifestyle, music, jewelry—everything seemed to blend seamlessly together in this era!

Heirloom Jewelry: Ideas to Repurpose

If you love jewelry like we do, you’ve probably seen an unusual piece and asked yourself, “where’d that come from?”

For instance, when seeing a pair of earrings like the ones pictured here, made from coins, you might wonder if they are heirloom coins that someone made into earrings. If so, how’s that done? Where do you go to have that done?

We met with our expert, Tom, the Estate Buyer for Ross-Simons. He explained that the process of taking an heirloom converting it into a new piece of jewelry is called “repurposing.”

When someone inherits a piece of jewelry, they may or may not want to wear it. But it has such sentimental value they don’t want to part with it, either. That’s when they consult with an expert like Tom. He may have some suggestions. For instance, he met a woman who inherited a 36″ pearl strand necklace from her mother. She thought it was too long and didn’t want it.

“Do you have any daughters?” he asked her.

“Yes, two,” was her reply.

Tom came up with an idea that the woman loved. And the result was this: when one of her daughters got married the following year, she was wearing an 18″ necklace of her grandmother’s pearls.

Her other daughter, the bride’s sister was also in the wedding party and wore an 18″ necklace of her grandmother’s pearls, too.

Two heirloom necklaces from one – not expensive, and bringing new life to an old piece: that is the ultimate in repurposing!

Just remember Tom’s expert advice: “A rash decision is a bad decision. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Tom has a couple of great ideas for repurposing jewelry. First, make a fabulous diamond cocktail ring using your largest diamond as the central focal point and placing other diamonds around it. Another idea: create a diamond pin! Also known as a brooch, a diamond pin is a piece that could be passed along from generation to generation.