There is a new jewelry blogger in town and I can certify she is fabulous! Her name is Frances and she goes by the blog name Sparks Escape. She has fabulous taste in jewelry, a bubbly personality, and a banging engagement ring. You can feel her true passion for fine jewelry a mile away with this one. She has an enviable personal collection and flair for mixing and matching pieces. So I thought she would be a perfect fit for us to follow along her along for a work week in the life of the jewelry. I hope you enjoy!
Where do you get your passion for jewelry?
I have always had a passion for arts and crafts since I was a very young girl, maybe started from age 6 to 7. I used to collect beads making bracelets/necklaces for family and friends. Then, when I grew older, I would beg my mom buying me some friendship bracelet material to make a lot of friendship bracelets. I even started doing it competitively with a good friend of mine, competing to make it as quickly as possible and as many as possible. I would exchange pattern recipes too!
I am not sure if it’s related, but I’m left-handed. Which means my brain processes creative, design, craftsmanship related work better. I know how to assess and naturally, have an eye for greatly designed things in general. At the same time, my mom also was a source of influence in some ways, introducing me to the world of luxury designers’ work. I observed the jewelry, bags, clothes and shoes she wears when I was a young girl, then I developed an eye for spotting quality craftsmanship and a sense of style, whether it is fashion or jewelry trends.
As I grew into my 20s, I am always drawn to the jewelry sections whenever I’m out browsing. Or when I see someone with amazing and interesting jewelry, my head would turn and focus on having a second look. This is when I know there is something about jewelry, especially fine jewelry that mesmerizes me. I love not only the design and detailing of craftsmanship, but also how jewelry could make someone feel and look.
This led me to want to know more about fine jewelry. So about 2 years ago, I started taking fine jewelry making classes in New York City and learned the whole process from waxing, filing, casting, soldering to finally having a piece of beautiful jewel.
Having this backbone knowledge helps me appreciate the work and value behind fine jewelry. It is truly a long process and the eye for precision is so key. Jewelry is truly a very personal symbol for most of us, it may have sentimental value for a lot of us. It is a way for us to express ourselves other than the daily fashion. To me, I have such passion for well-done jewelry pieces because it lasts through years and I just love the way jewelry looks on people and the way it could make someone feel — feeling good about themselves.
How do you approach styling your jewelry every day?
For me, the key to styling jewelry is to see how you feel. This should lead you to what you want to wear that morning, afternoon and/or evening. I’m not talking about specific pieces of jewelry, clothing, bags and shoes. I’m talking about your mood and vibe.
If I feel a little dangerous and cool that day, I would want to wear jewelry that brings out the edginess of me. For example, sculptural, defined pattern and shape type of jewelry. If I feel a little dreamy, I would wear my favorite star rings. Some days, I feel an easy-breezy vibe, then I would wear simple and minimalistic jewels, which gives you enough simplicity yet not completely empty with no accessories.
What I love to do also is to mix high and low. I truly believe that having a sense of great style, in general, is knowing what matches your style and personality, regardless of the value of the jewelry. What I mean is even if there is fine jewelry that may cost you a fortune, but if it doesn’t sit well with you, I don’t think it will look good. So I tend to mix in fine and fashion jewelry to compliment each other, creating a look at works for me and my style.
How does your job play into what you wear?
I work at a luxury jewelry company myself, so naturally, I am surrounded by fine/high jewelry day in and out. I think if anything it encourages me to wear more jewelry because it’s our business.
Personally, though, I think regardless of where I work, I will always wear a lot of jewelry because I love jewelry myself. Especially I have recently launched my jewelry blog — Sparks Escape, I’m always thinking of creative ways to mix and match my jewelry, it’s super fun and I’m loving it!
What is your favorite piece in your collection?
Okay, this is a tough one! Because if I have it in my collection, that means I love them that much to invest the money or have it listed it on my “wish list” for my fiancé to gift me on special occasions.
If I must pick one, I would tell you it’s my Cartier Love Ring. It is an all time classic yellow gold love collection ring. This ring is not only beautiful but also extremely easy to mix and match with any types of rings you have. Since it is a classic, I think it’s a collectible as well as a great investment piece.
Finally, it is my favorite piece because it was a gift from my beloved fiancé for my BIG 3–0 birthday, which is an important milestone for me! I will always remember it
Here is a picture of my most favorite ring of all time:
And a work week in the life of Frances' jewels!
Monday — the feeling of the weekend is too short and struggle is real! The most immediate thing I need is coffee! On Mondays, I usually keep it simple and I like to think my amazingly modern looking engagement ring will do the trick.
Tuesdays, I usually start to jazz things up! Make it funky and playful. Wearing Delfina Delettrez open top ring — freshwater pearl with a diamond flush setting and trillion cut green Topaz.
Wednesday hump day! Made it through the week safe and sound. Happy dance!
Everything is shining because two more days to go, therefore, stars on my fingers, stars on my feet! Star ring is from a local fine jewelry store here in NYC and the other stackable jewels are from Henri Bendel — they have the cutest and most reasonable price baubles! Let’s not forget this cutest tiny pinky star ring from Djula. Bracelets are Tiffany and Co. Diamond by the Yard collection and Gigi Clozeau French fine jewelry designer I discovered while in Corsica, France last year!
Thursdays, I like to mix and match little jewels with bigger bolder statement jewelry!
Here I’m wearing Zoe Chicco pinky pearl ring, super cute and easy piece to wear. I compliment it with this Double Gold Balls Bracelet from Bloomingdale’s. I love the sphere sculptural feeling, adding some personality to my look just before the weekend hits!
Happy Friday! The weekend is here! This is when my heart sings for joy and super excited for all the things we could do, like sleeping in, coffee shops, brunching, slow stroll with my puppy in park, meet up with friends or simply shopping with my fiancé in Soho! I like to wear a lot more pieces because I’m just simply in a happier mood. Who isn’t when it’s Friday?!
Here I’m wearing Jennifer Zeuner Bracelet with my Cartier love bracelet. Zoe Chicco hand chain and a pinky diamond ring I made myself (didn’t I tell you I learned how to make fine jewelry? Ta-da!). I’m also wearing a thin diamond choker with a bezel diamond setting necklace from Meira T. I like to collect pieces that you can wear again and again with any other jewelry. After all, you are investing for fine jewelry. I like to make sure I get the most value and wear out of them!
You can find more about Frances at her blog sparksescape.com