The Inside Scoop: Rachel Leigh Jewelry

If you read fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Lucky, chances are you’ve heard of Rachel Leigh. Started by former Yves Saint Laurent publicist Rachel Bravman in Fall 2004, the line of gorgeous, fashion-forward jewelry took off almost overnight and became a sensation among magazine editors and celebrities. (Clients like Mischa Barton and Jessica Biel are devoted followers.)

Each season brings something new and different — rock ‘n roll style one minute, elegance personified the next. But through it all, it’s unique and beautifully crafted, and there’s a timeless feel to each and every piece that really makes you know you’ll wear it forever.

Rachel Leigh’s website is super-easy to navigate and filled with animated links. Our favorite section is the Stylists Picks, which pairs current pieces from the line with hot trends like Uptown Chic and Bohemian Chic. With a few items chosen and highlighted for each trend, it’s a simple but fun way to shop!

If you’re like us, you’ll find yourself drooling over every single piece in the collection — season after season, year after year, we want every necklace, bracelet and earring that comes through the line. Check out the standouts for Spring/Summer 2008.

NECKLACES
Audrey Short Gold.jpgAudrey Short Gold ($158)
Scores of gold chains interspersed with miniature pearls evoke such a grown-up sensibility — but it’s kept fun and light with a large gold bow off to one side.

For You.jpgFor You ($168)
Chains, hearts and snakeskin, oh my! What could sound disastrous actually works so well — three variegated chains hold intricately crafted hearts, one out of vibrantly hued snakeskin, which totally imbues a rocker-chic persona. While it comes in a variety of colors, our fave is definitely purple — there’s just something really regal about it.

Satin Rope Inspirational.jpgSatin Rope Inspirational ($75)
Dream. Laugh. Wish. These three words are carved into gold charms and hang from delicate satin rope, beautifully twisted with gold chain for a uniquely romantic look. The charms crowd around a miniature star at the center, which reminds you to — you guessed it — reach for the stars.

BRACELETS
Chain Ribbon Rainbow.jpgChain Ribbon Rainbow ($66)
Every color under the sun seems to be melded into this chain-and-ribbon bracelet, which is so gorgeous it simply must have a leprechaun waiting at the end of it with a pot of gold! We totally love the huge bow, which just adds such a fun element even to a plain white tee and jeans.

Floris Cuff.jpgFloris Cuff Blue ($96)
An ombre flower in shimmering blue enamel lends a romantic feel to an oversized cuff in gleaming gold metal. So perfect with your summer tan!

Satin Rope Candy Set.jpgSatin Rope Candy Set ($52)
What’s better than one bracelet? Five, of course! And we’re totally digging these, which come with tasty charms like cupcakes and ice cream cones. Hey, at least wearing them means we’re not gaining any calories.

RINGS
Audrey Bow Ring.jpgAudrey Bow Ring Gold ($42)
Channel the ever-stylish Audrey Hepburn — circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s, of course — in a substantial gold ring with gorgeous bow detail. We’re certain Blair Waldorf would approve.

Floris Ring Pink.jpgFloris Ring Pink ($88)
Go for the big guns with a big, vibrantly hued flower protruding from your fingers. It’s so inviting, you might even get a visit from some overly excited honeybees.

EARRINGS
Hoop Gold Mint.jpgHoop Gold Mint ($88)
Really calling attention to yourself? It’s so easy when you slip these on your ears. Pave beads wend their way through medium-sized gold hoops to say, “Hey! You should be looking at me!”

Geometric Earrings.jpgGeometric Double Lilac ($82)
Forget right angles, sines and cosines. What you really need to know about geometry is all in these babies.

All items are available for purchase at rachelleigh.com.

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