This Year’s Hot Jewelry Trends

How do you know what’s hot and what’s not, in the world of jewelry for 2013?  Fashion magazines, the fashion network on pay television, the tabloids and Internet who’s-who in Hollywood websites are all excellent sources of information, when it comes to style.  And, anytime you can see and review what kind of trends they are strutting down the runway, at a fashion show, that’s bonus!  You will see it all, on the runway – everything from exotic silver jewelry. to see through clutch purses and beaded Camelot collars.  But, not everyone can get away with things like X Parker riding boots,  and chunky black onyx jewelry for women.Some individuals just don’t have the figure or the complexion, for certain fashions.  That’s when you need a supplier that can  furnish you with exactly what you need – what is befitting you – and all the while staying with what’s in fashion… If that is, you follow fashion.  Some people can wear anything and make it look like 1 million bucks and start a new trend!

Enter – South of Exotic

Even if you are not familiar with what’s in style and could use a little advice in that, and possibly other categories, there is something for everyone in the exclusive collection assembled, from world wide jewelry artisans at South Of Exotic.  Every piece of jewelry, included in their selection has been hand selected.  There are fashionable adornments made from semi-precious stones, stunning pieces of silver and more.  Yet every piece in the collection, still remains unique in its own right.  These expert artisans leave no – stone – unturned, when it comes to beautiful gems, such as lapis, tanzanite, tourmaline, Aquarian, Moonstone, Amber, Opal, quartz, topaz, Jade, onyx, amethyst, turquoise and more. These stones of only the highest quality, set in sterling silver are perfect examples of nothing less than custom-designed art and beauty.

Celebrities and Their Jewelry

Those familiar with the Twilight Saga may be wondering whether or not the now famously blinding silver and stone studded engagement and wedding rings belonging to Bella will be seen on the finger of Kristen Stewart should the rekindling romance between her and beau Robert Pattinson progress to the altar.  Lately she’s been seen with a stunning, but simple curl around silver colored bracelet with hearts at each end.  This amazing accessory speaks volumes, with its understated beauty.

Where to See the Most Expensive Exotic Jewelry

Though usually rented and insured, you can always be guaranteed to find the most stunning and exotic jewelry decorating the biggest stars in Hollywood, at none other than The Oscars.  Nothing less than $354,300 worth of jewels and platinum dripped from the form of Jennifer Garner this year; 1.5 million adorned Naomi Watts, and a mere $1 million worth of stunning jeweled accessories adorned Zoe Saldana.  You can rest assured that whether on the red carpet or at a nice romantic dinner, precious metals and semi-precious stones will never go out of style.  And, just in case the jewelry isn’t enough, there is always Kelly Osbourne’s 267 carat black diamond infused nail polish, from last year.  That single manicure set her back a measly $250,000.   And, if you’re into utilitarian jewelry there was the 2011 bracelet/watch adorning the wrist of Amy Adams, that retailed at a shocking $1.025 million, made from Emerald, diamonds and platinum.  With sterling silver being so much more affordable than platinum, isn’t it a relief that you can buy unique, exotic custom jewelry for nowhere near that price?

It’s Not the Oscars But It Is the Golden Globes

Jodie Foster made a big splash this year, with her shocking (as if) announcement and the exquisitely blinding bracelet worn on her left wrist.  Bracelets are in fact, all the rage in 2013, because in addition to Jodie Foster… Megan Hilty, Anne Hathaway, Zooey Deschanel,  Jessica Chastain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore and  (‘you really like me’) Sally Field showed off everything, from the simplest to the most glamorous, elegant and sophisticated wrist adornments.   The fashion statement here, aside from the fact that bracelets are clearly where it’s at, was that 95% of them involved a silver colored precious metal and diamonds or some other semi-precious stone.  Not gold colored… Silver.

When is jewelry not exactly jewelry?  When it’s an entire dress, as worn by Selena Gomez at the Golden Globes.  Her earrings however, did somehow managed to match the rest of the highly metallic and bejeweled dress, which very nearly bordered on elegant body armor.  Kristen Bell gave Ms. Gomez a run for the money,  decked out in more (appliquéd) icicles (consisting of precious metals and jewels) than Santa Claus’s beard on Christmas Eve.

Fashion in Music

We’ve got one more stop to see what the big names are wearing and that would be none other than music’s Grammy Awards.  Country music’s darling Carrie Underwood is so pretty all by herself, that she rarely needs assistance.  But, her dazzling, sparkling necklace was without a doubt one of the most often mentioned articles of jewelry worn at the awards.  Not surprisingly it contained round white, marquise, pear, and oval diamonds.  This 29 year old piece boasted 381 carats and was worth an utterly unimaginable price tag of $31 million.  Who wears $31 million out of the house?  Cute as ever however, when asked how she felt about wearing the necklace she adorably replied “I’m afraid someone is going to tackle me and steal it.”

Elsewhere at the Grammys, an off the shoulder Oscar de la Renta dress was complemented by earrings made from black jade, amethyst, emeralds and diamonds in platinum… drawing just enough attention to that one silky, exposed shoulder of Jessica Biel, wife of Justin Timberlake.  And, former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland reminded us, that huge emeralds go well on both earrings and matching rings.

Knowing full well that few of us can afford the fashions worn by the stars, be it jewelry, dresses, shoes or even clutch purses… It’s good to know that there are places like South of Exotic, where incredible silver and semi-precious stones are available, in unique and one-of-a-kind, handcrafted styles for both men and women, young and old.  Some styles are timeless… and thankfully, quality can now be attainable and affordable.

Ten Tips for Choosing Mother’s Day Jewelry

No one understands unconditional love better than our Mothers. Moms have the most difficult, yet most fulfilling jobs on the planet.  This Mother’s day remind your Mom just how special she is to you. Show her that you love her and appreciate everything that she does for you.  This year, check out and you will discover the most unique silver and gemstone jewelry gifts for your Mother’s Day surprise. Here are ten tips to help you pick a gift this Mother’s Day that she will love forever:

1. Remember that, at South of Exotic, every piece of jewelry is a handmade work of art, a gift straight from your heart to hers.

2. What is mom’s favorite color or her favorite gem?Get her something in sapphire blue, coral red or jade green but remember that many gems come in a variety of shades to suit her specific personality.

3. Where was mom born? Where has she lived? Many states have an official gem, so remind her of Texas every day with a blue topaz, Oregon with a sunstone or West Virginia with a chalcedony.

4. When was mom born? Some will tell you birthstones are a tired cliché. They are not cliché, from a January garnet to a December zircon, they are the classics!

5. How often does she wear jewelry? Consider a ring or set of earrings for everyday wear; choose a bracelet or necklace for special occasions.

6. How old are you? Many traditional wedding anniversary gifts are gemstones; why not pick one that honors her many years of loving you?

7. Has mom always wanted to travel? Bring that exotic dream vacation home to her (or remind her of one she has already taken) with fine jade or oriental pearls.

8. Get something exciting – something not all her friends are already wearing – something with a tiger-eye opal, a brilliant turquoise or an amazing rainbow jasper.

9. Working on a tight budget? Aren’t we all these days! Stone and silver jewelry is far more affordable, and just as beautiful, as gold or platinum settings.

10. Be sure to include the discount code SOEPR1 for 20 percent off your Mothers Day order at South of Exotic!


“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” Unknown



South Of Exotic Mother’s Day

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