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A Charmed Life: Sea Charms for Old Hollywood

A Charmed Life: Sea Charms for Old Hollywood

This fall we were inspired by our sea charms one-of-a-kind collection, which evokes colors and tones from the ocean. The collection inspired four very special everyday charms; fitting for anyone whose heart belongs to the sea. The ocean’s filled with some of our favorite symbols, so what symbol would you give – well – a symbol?

Ever inspired by timeless old Hollywood, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves which of our charms we’d give to which old Hollywood starlet. Who evoked the sensitivity of the starfish? The one-of-a-kind nature  of the pave fish?  The quiet patience of a sea horse? Here’s what icons we thought embodied each…

To the iconic Audrey Hepburn we’d no doubt give our Seahorse charm. The seahorse symbolizes patience and grace as they roam the seas at a gentle speed, but always achieve their goals. To us, Hepburn embodied quiet grace, patience and poise under pressure.

To the ever-beautiful Grace Kelly, we’d give the starfish. They’re known to be sensitive, beautiful and delicate creatures –all qualities we think of when hypnotized by movies like To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, and High Noon.

To Katherine Hepburn we’d give our Octopus intuition charm. The Octopus senses everything in it’s surroundings and seems to effortlessly glide around the ocean in constant magical motion. We couldn’t help but think of the way Hepburn glided, gracefully bounced and bantered around the sets of movies like A Philadelphia Story or Bringing up Baby. There’s surely not another actress more fitting to this charm.

To Marilyn Monroe we’d no doubt give our one-of-a-kind pave fish charm. The one white diamond fish swims in a golden school with the crowd, but always remains true to itself. Didn’t Monroe do just that?

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Coveted: One-of-a-Kind "Secret" Ring

Coveted: One-of-a-Kind "Secret" Ring

If you had a ring that bore a secret message, what would it say? An Oscar Wilde Quote? A date representing a special anniversary? Or perhaps your personal mantra.

One of our favorite one-of-a-kinds in the MRK collection is just that; a ring that holds a secret. You can pick what goes inside, so just how that secret is different from person to person, no one-of-a-kind is the same as anything else. This one in particular comes in the form of a Center Trapiche Emerald with Diamonds on the Sides and Cabochon Accents. It wasn't always a perfect emerald; like anything else it began with inspirations and sketches. Peruse through the journey of this one and only one of a kind...

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Today's Read: Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today's Read: Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art

When many think of the Met Gala, it's hard to pinpoint just one image. Celebrities posing on the red carpet, a speech from Anna Wintour, fashion greats all in one locale; the list could go on and on. The real mystery though is what goes on behind closed doors...literally. Once the night begins, and the doors are closed, nobody knows what goes on inside. It's nothing like The Oscars, The Grammys or The Golden Globes where the night only begins when the red carpet ends. No, at the Met Gala, the start of the party means the end of our show (which we only see in online images and magazine headlines the day after the festivities). It leaves our minds to roam on the infinite possibilities of what goes on inside; pinnacle performances by Jay-Z and Beyonce, an appearance from Lady Gaga, maybe even an indoor tennis match with Roger Federer...hey, we can dream can't we?

It was a welcome surprise when we found out Vogue's Hamish Bowles was coming out with a book September 23 - Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art — Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People - where the mysteries of the many past met galas are being divulged. We personally can't wait to peruse all the jewelry through the many years, from Jacqueline Kennedy The White House Years in 2001 through the most recent Charles James exhibit. This is definitely our pick of reads this week...

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Exhibit: Gary Winograd at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibit: Gary Winograd at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This summer, we couldn't help but fall in love with the Garry Winogrand exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition was less a collection of photography, but rather more a kind of tour through 20th century America. There was New York street style (yes, we said street style) in the  60s, wild times in Los Angeles in the 70's and most of all the nightclub - El Morocco - in the 50's.

There were a couple reasons why the chronicling of this NYC hotspot was our favorite part of the exhibit. One is that Le Morocco was the social epicenter of the city - much like Studio 54, Elaine's or Le Cirque - a concept that doesn't seem to exist anymore. Maybe it's because now there are more options out there, but there's romance in the notion of one spot where everyone who's anyone can be found on a Saturday night. The proprietors of these hotspots - characters like Sirio Maccioni - were more ringmasters than owners; playing a constant game of musical chairs with New York's elite.

The second - and perhaps most important - reason we loved this particular part of the exhibition, is that the woman in Winogrand's famous El Morocco photograph (who's laughing at her dance partner), teases us with earrings and a an ever so subtle band on her finger. The same goes for the woman in a different photograph drinking champagne with the man next to her, boasting earrings, a choker and a ring. It's these pieces we'd love to know the story behind, and we can only imagine the gems and jewels that walked in and out of those nightclub doors. Woody Allen would say we're victims of Golden Age Syndrome, but really we just feel certain things are timeless, like the mystery behind a woman's jewelry...

*The exhibit runs through September 21 

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Monica's Inspiration Board

Monica's Inspiration Board

Every great artist has a process, and while inspiration for many comes from a variety of places, for us here at Monica Rich Kosann it can come from just a cork board. That's right, we said a cork board.

While digital pinning is probably the most popular avenue of giving and collection inspiration these days, we can still appreciate the physical delight that comes from tearing out clippings, collecting personal notes and trinkets and physically tacking those anecdotes to the wall. Have you forgotten thumb tacks? We haven't. We perused Monica's personal office mood board to see just what makes her collections tick...

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10 Pieces To Make Your Fashion Week Outfit

10 Pieces To Make Your Fashion Week Outfit

It's New York Fashion Week; and while many are focused on their clothing, shoes and bags, we're obviously focused on the most important part of the outfit: Jewelry. Just how a great scarf, or electric heels add a pop to an outfit that may seem otherwise ordinary, jewelry adds a special accent to even the most basic white tee-shirt.

And isn't that what NYFW is all about - figuring out how to achieve a unique look without being over-the-top? We love over-the-top as much as minimalism. After all when it comes to jewelry, more is more. But for those looking to just add little layers this week, here are our ten favorite NYFW Monica Rich Kosann staples to subtly make your outfit...

1. Ribbed Link Bracelet

2. Rosalind Link Bracelet

3. Diamond Shaped Earrings

4. "Dream" Moon Necklace

5. Kaleidoscope Gold Pendant Necklace

6. One-of-a-Kind Sea Charm

7. "Style" Tassel and Toggle Necklace

8. "Creativity" Mercury Wrap Ring

9. "I love you more" Poesy Ring Necklace

10. Round-Bezel Ring

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Inspired by: Lockets and Hermès

Inspired by: Lockets and Hermès

Ever since Grace Kelly slung an Hermès scarf around her to secure a broken arm, we've all been in love with the timeless, effortless versatility associated with the iconic accessory. But we all know one of the best parts of the Hermès scarf is what it's paired with. In this case, we couldn't think of a better coupling than scarf and locket. It's hard to say which piece is more elegant, and we've realized there's no need to decide, as they're definitely a perfect pairing. What two better things to drape around a woman's neck? We couldn't think of an answer, so here they are together at long last...

*Shop our Locket Collection here

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Our 5 Labor Day Getaway Essentials

Our 5 Labor Day Getaway Essentials

It's the Friday before Labor Day weekend, and hopefully you're either jet-setting somewhere, sitting in Hamptons traffic, or just taking a stay-cation in your city. Just as the majority of people never used to travel sans pocket watch, cigarette case or locket; we hope peoples' 21st century travel essentials still include an expressive charm bracelet, an image case with loved ones or a poesy ring with an inspiring inscription.

We are aware though, that the essentials for the present-day jetsetter include things other than keepsakes. It's why we comprised a list of the five things we think you absolutely need on your weekend away. Peruse our essentials and answer our question: What won't you travel without?

1. Shiseido Sun Protection Spray

2. Global Compass Charm

3. Dream Leather Journal

4. Ancient Greek Sandals

5. Saint James Striped Shirt

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Focus On: Earrings

Focus On: Earrings

Earrings are the upside to the end of summer. Let us elaborate; when it's hot, sometimes we feel more encumbered by extra hair, extra layers, and even extra bling dangling from our ears. Once fall hits though, we can't really get enough of earrings; it's the same feeling we have towards coats and jackets. These pieces are the upside of those back-to-school-doldrums.

That's why today we're celebrating all things of the earring persuasion. Earrings can say as much about a woman as her shoes; to us they're not just an accessory, but a means of expression. Which of these are you in love with? We're kind of obsessed with all of them...

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What's On Monica's Desk?

What's On Monica's Desk?

With fall around the corner, and Labor Day looming, we can't really help but start to have that "back to school" feeling. It's like in You've Got Mail when Tom Hanks says fall in New York makes him want to buy school supplies and - more importantly - send Meg Ryan a "bouquet of sharpened pencils". Even though the perfect bouquet for us would be of the gem persuasion (who wouldn't want flowers bedecked in jewels?) we can appreciate the sentiment.

We figured before the start of the "school year" was the perfect time to peruse the contents of Monica's desk. Usually we ask "what's in your locket?" but today we're wondering what's on your desk? Both answers tell a story, see Monica's...

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