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New Brand Spotlight: Alexis Bittar

Alexis Bittar, Alexis Bittar jewelry, costume jewlelry, fashion jewelry, Alexis Bittar jewelry,fashion accessories, Zappos Couture, New Brand SpotlightBrooklyn-born and bred designer Alexis Bittar has been designing jewelry for over 20 years. He began his illustrious career by selling on the streets of New York City in the early 1980s. Bittar sold his handcrafted pieces from a wooden foldout table on St. Mark's Place and in Soho. Shortly after, Bittar's creations were recognized by fashion retailers worldwide, propelling the artist into the world of international museums, department stores, and luxury boutiques alike.

To this day, Bittar's three costume collections are designed in Brooklyn, New York. In 2010, the self-taught designer was lauded by the CFDA, receiving the Accessories Designer of the Year award. In 2013, he received the award for Brand of the Year by the Accessories Council.

Bittar's insatiable thirst for innovation drives him to search the world for unique materials. All of the stones found in Bittar's collections are custom cut and set in his custom designed metalwork, which provide the foundations for his creations.

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1. Alexis Bittar Asymmetrical Rocky Cuff

2. Alexis Bittar Encrusted Stud Earrings

3. Alexis Bittar Fox Ring

The punk youth and urban thread resonates throughout Bittar's collections—often layering juxtaposing eras, such as 1980s and sculptural deco imagery. Bittar's diverse aesthetic and unique point of view enables him to remain at the cutting edge of culture, design, and craftsmanship while abiding by his core beliefs of quality and innovation. Bittar's diverse celebrity following further reflects the designer's reach. He continues to change the world's perception of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, and rings by celebrating wearable art. With his designs, Bittar lauds individualism, embracing imperfections, and rejecting the mundane and ordinary.

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New Brand Spotlight: Alex and Ani

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Alex and Ani®, LLC. offers positive energy products that adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit, designed by Carolyn Rafaelian and made in America. Carolyn believes that every individual has a positive message to share with the world and by incorporating powerful symbolism and design into each (+) Energy piece, Alex and Ani provides a vehicle for the wearer to express their individuality in an organic, spiritual way. She believes it is her life's work to support communities and organizations while inspiring her customers to relish what is unique and authentic about themselves, revealing the beauty that resides within.

Add Alex and Ani to your bracelet mix today and let your individual style shine through!

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Fresh Picks: Party Jewelry

No party ensemble feels complete without a sprinkling of dramatic jewelry, especially during the most festive time of year! Statement jewelry really punctuates even the simplest LBD or cocktail dress, giving your party attire an added dose of personality.

Below are just a few of our favorite statement pieces for all those holiday shindigs and beyond:

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1. BCBGeneration Fringe Chain Necklace

2. House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Ring

3. Vince Camuto Three-Stone Statement Ring

4. Vince Camuto Puff Link Toggle Bracelet

5. Betsey Johnson “Fairyland” Bow Ring

6. BCBGeneration Fringe Chandelier Earrings

7. Betsey Johnson “Fabulous Flowers” Half Moon Necklace

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Emerging Designer: Emily Elizabeth

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Encouraged by friends and family, Emily created a small collection of pieces in the fall of 2006 and Emily Elizabeth Jewelry was officially launched. Primarily working with gold-plated brass charms, Emily aims to create pieces that are feminine and classic, while still modern and whimsical. Emily purposefully designs and prices her jewelry so that women can afford to wear something special and feel beautiful every day.

The company office and manufacturing are proudly based in New York where Emily works and resides. Making jewelry ethically and working personally with vendors in the United States is a process Emily values and takes seriously.

Shop Emily Elizabeth Jewelry on Zappos.com today!

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New Couture Brand Spotlight: Stpehen Webster

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As founder and creative director for the London-based jewelry brand, it is Stephen Webster's belief that a piece of jewelry makes a person lively, rather than vainglorious. With a deep understanding that jewelry is expensive for its generally diminutive size, Stephen Webster believes above all else, jewelry should be well-made, combining fine craftsmanship with distinctive creativity.

With fearless creations that push creative boundaries, the bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings that comprise each Stephen Webster jewelry collection are high on innovation, intensely cool and tell a unique story, brought to life by the wearer.

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An Exclusive Interview with Kenneth Jay Lane

In our recent sitdown with the legendary Kenneth Jay Lane, He talks about the beginnings of costume jewelry amongst the fashionable elite, as well as where he finds inspiration for his beautiful creations.

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Fresh Picks: Layering Bracelets

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1.Marc by Marc Jacobs Infinity Bracelet, 2.Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet, 3. GUESS Bow and Rhinestone Bangle, 4.Dogeared Jewels Elephant Bead Bracelet, 5.Lucky Brand Openwork Circles Bracelet, 6. Betsey Johnson Royal Engagement Key Charm Bracelet, 7. Vince Camuto Pyramid Bangle Bracelets (set of 2), 8.Noir Jewelry Studded Bracelet

When it comes to bracelets, the old adage “less is more” doesn’t necessarily apply. In fact, we think the more the merrier! Layering multiple bracelets of all shapes and colors adds fabulous texture to any ensemble.

Above are just some of our current faves to mix and match. Remember, there are no rules, so stack ‘em up ladies!