Style Swap: Say No To Faux And Go Au Natural

June 23, 2008 by SheFindsErin
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Chunky and obviously faux rhinestones were all the rage this past winter, and we can't forget that rocking big colored rock knockoffs of celeb engagement rings is still a trend among certain members of the population. But in a culture that is placing increasing value on all things earthy, isn't it about time we forego the faux in favor of going au natural? This summer, sub in rough-cut, natural stone jewelry for the synthetic stuff. Don't you agree that Alexis Bittar's rough-cut amethyst cocktail ring (above right, $375) is so much classier and more artistic than those fakey fake rhinestones? Here are more picks that'll make you feel like a natural woman.

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Roundtree & Richardson are all about helping you save a buck by multitasking. Their InterChaingeable Necklace ($154) features rough-hewn chunks of seafoam-hued chalcedony on an ingenious chain that detaches at two clasps to become a bracelet. Two pieces of jewelry in one? That's a style revolution we can get behind.

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Mickey Lynn's gorgeous Eternal Flame bangles ($160 apiece) play up the rough-meets-delicate dichotomy perfectly. Jagged bits of labrodorite, green amethyst, peridot, or smoky topaz rest atop clean white bangles and are wrapped in filament-thin gold wire. Pretty and tough at the same time, these bracelets look fantastic alone or in a set.

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When you hear jade, you probably think of the milky green version of the stone, but the blood red jade stones that float in Gara Danielle's gem hoops ($115) are equally as exotic—and probably more versatile. Add a punch of color to just about any outfit with these hoops, another piece that uses chunky stones and teeny tiny wire to great effect.

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Get the look for less at Old Navy with their rosy multi-stone necklace ($10). The stones aren't real natural gemstones, but the colorful glass beads do a mighty good impersonation. Varying sizes, shapes and tones give this romantic chain a funky and eclectic vibe that can carry a whole outfit.

 

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