One of life's greatest little pleasures is the unexpected compliment. "I like your ring" or "I like your cuff" creates a brief, happy shared bond over a real-life *LIKE.* I'm receiving lots of lovely in-person LIKEs over the following favourite rings and bracelets.
This year's Burt's Bees Wild for Bees bracelet by Jenny Bird ($24, burtsbees.ca and jenny-bird.com) is the second in an annual partnership between Burt's Bees and wonderful Canadian jewelry designer Jenny Bird (read about it here) created to raise money to save our buzzy little friends.
Sturdier than last year's debut bracelet, it features a gutsier bee and a blue or black cord-wrapped chain-rope.
All proceeds from the sale of this sweet 14k gold-dipped brass piece go to the Pollinator Partnership Canada.
Are you an earrings girl? Put the buzz on your ears for about $34, but move fast -- these Wild for Bees earrings by Jenny Bird are limited to just 100 available pairs. Proceeds go to the same cause.
For more bee learnings, if you haven't yet seen the delightfully kooky bee video series Isabella Rossellini did, you must check out Burt Talks to the Bees.
I've been wearing this Jayu leather cuff lately -- it goes nicely with army-green jackets.
I dig the claw-link clasp as well as the dainty studs. $40 at ShopforJayu.com.
Bold cocktail rings make me so happy. Who cares what else I'm wearing when I'm wearing a spotlight-grabber like this YSL Arty Ovale ring? The design's been discontinued now that the house has changed its name to Saint Laurent, but you can still find variations at SaksFifthAvenue.com.
Perhaps you need an on-figure image -- here the ring looks a bit alien. I think I wear it backwards anyway, with the gem toward me rather than the way it's shown on the Saks site.
All your Arty are belong to me. Take me to your leader.
This oversized ring by Alex Fraga is a definite attention-getter -- see it here with my Louboutin mani. I bought it at The Bay a couple of years ago; it may not be available anymore, I'm sorry. But Alex Fraga jewelry is worth checking out for other statement pieces.
I love the simplicity of this square crystal bracelet by Mika, a Canadian jewelry company based in Montréal. Called the Eco-Hedonism bracelet ($75), it's available at 1930 Marcel Laurin, Montreal, or via 514.748.5630.
I want almost every bit of jewelry produced by NYC's Giles and Brother. Their signature railroad spike is amazing. This leather-wrapped Cortina bracelet doesn't seem to be available anymore, but the unadorned Cortina cuff itself is gorgeous.
I got it at 6 by Gee in Toronto a couple of years ago, and it wasn't cheap. But I had to have it, and it was so worth the spend.
By the way, last year's For the Bees bracelet by Jenny Bird helped to raise more than $22,000. Yay, bees! This year's limited-edition Wild for Bees bracelet by Jenny Bird is available now.