Fab 5: Playing time | Vancouver Sun


From small trinkets to unforgettable striking pieces, Rebecca Tay discovers five fabulous jewels to brighten things up: your outfit, your wardrobe, your mood.

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It’s high time for some fun. We deserve it!


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Of course, this year hasn’t been as horrible as 2020, but the summer has been way too hot, the global news has been pretty devastating over the past few months, and we could just use a lift to cheer ourselves up. .

Enter playful jewelry. Just as a luxury lipstick is a tried and true indulgence during an economic downturn, a colorful scoop or two definitely offers a mood boost.

From small trinkets to unforgettable striking pieces, Rebecca Tay discovers five fabulous jewels to brighten things up: your outfit, your wardrobe, your mood.


For the past few seasons, we’ve gotten used to seeing Gucci’s double G logo on everything from belts and bags to barrettes, but we actually stopped when we stumbled upon this particular brooch. Made from orange and pink resin, with an imitation mother-of-pearl effect, it’s a fun way to incorporate some color onto a navy or black blazer, dress up a simple t-shirt and jeans set and add a designer touch to your daily life.


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SSENSE, ssense.com | $ 545


If you haven’t spotted a gobstopper-like ring on a cool Gen Z-er in your life, get ready to start seeing some jewelry that takes us back to our summer camp days. This lilac brass knuckle is from Barcelona brand La Manso, whose founder, Adriana Manso, was inspired by her grandmother’s ring collection. They’ve also been seen on Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid, in case you need further confirmation of their cool factor.

The Manso, lamanso.com | US $ 69.99


Do you remember Tarina Tarantino? So can we, and boy, are we glad we kept our Tarina Tarantino goodies. For the uninitiated, the Los Angeles-based designer is known for her hot pink hair and playful, expensive jewelry, and we were very, very attached to her in the mid-2000s – when we were also very interested in designers. like Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui. Now her pieces feel very relevant again, especially when they’re as wacky and fun as this “Candy Cameo” necklace with Lucite, Swarovski pearls and Swarovski crystals.


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Tarina Tarantino, tarinatarantino.com | $ 325 ($ 275)


We weren’t surprised to learn that Central Saint Martins-trained Italian jewelry designer Bea Bongiasca was born in 1990 and founded her eponymous brand out of love for all that is colorful and desire to create designer jewelry. quality accessible to people of his age. Concrete example: these “Candy Heart” ear studs from her Flower Funk collection, handcrafted in Italy and featuring topaz and bright pink enamel.

Holt Renfrew, holtrenfrew.com | $ 1,450


We’re always, always fans of local support, so you can understand our excitement when we discovered these “No Drama” rings from Vancouver designer Christina Sicoli. Handcrafted from colorful resin, each one is unique, with a cool mix of colors and patterns; some look a bit like a psychedelic galaxy, while others look more like a marble counter on top of mushrooms.

One of the few, oneofafew.com | $ 65



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