Within the fashion flock, there are all kinds of subdivisions: ladies who are obsessed with bags, others who could fill up an entire apartment with shoes, and laid-back types who get religious about their denim. And then there’s the jewelry hounds, including Jenna Fain and Emerald Carroll from the blog The Stone Set. With an eye to telling the stories of designers, collectors, and artisans, both women are guest-blogging for us during fashion month.
“I never shy away from asking women on the street to ID pieces they’re wearing,” Jenna told me when asked about the urge to start the site. “I searched for something dedicated to celebrating not only the personal style aspects of jewelry but also the craftsmanship, history, and education behind it, and my search came up empty.”
Jenna and Emerald, above.
Meet the ladies who love sparkle.
On their favorite category of jewelry:
Jenna: Rings because they’re so versatile, and I express myself a lot with my hands. I either pile them on and stack them up, or go for the impact of an incredible standalone ring.
Emerald: I’m a minimalist and believe in the power of a great statement earring worn with little else. Usually that’s my go-to, but lately I’m very drawn to Spinelli Kilcollin’s interlocking Galaxy rings. We recently visited his studio in Los Angeles, and his work feels very dynamic and new.
On their favorite personal piece of jewelry:
Emerald: My best friend gave me a gold Saint Soledad pendant that she found in Spain, and I wear it every day. She collects them because her grandmother was named Soledad, and it’s a meaningful symbol of an almost 20-year friendship and is dainty enough to mix with everything.
Jenna: My favorite piece of jewelry, for today at least, is a silver pendant from my mom that’s vintage from the ’60s. The chain is perfectly delicate and aged, and hanging from it is a long piece of bluish green turquoise that’s capped with silver sterling and a small diamond. She gave it to me when I moved to New York and was about to start my first job in marketing at Coach. It’s a talisman, for sure.
On their very first piece of jewelry:
Jenna: My amethyst stud earrings. I had a minor surgery when I was very young and woke up with pierced ears as a surprise, which was the coolest. I definitely was one of the first people at school to rock studs in my ears. They were a perfect delicate size and set beautifully. Amethysts are my mom’s birthstones, so that gemstone is still so meaningful to me as it makes me feel instantly connected to her.
Emerald: Ironically, I had my ears pierced at a very young age too. My first piece of jewelry was a pair of namesake emerald stud earrings, a gift from my grandparents. I received emeralds as gifts for many special occasions growing up, but unfortunately a number of them were misplaced. Children and precious stones aren’t the best combination! Still, how could they deny adorning me in my eponymous gemstone?
On their dream jewelry box to explore:
Emerald: Cleopatra. She’s said to have been fanatical about emeralds.
Jenna: For me, Marie Antoinette. Her love of grandiose fashion and accoutrements contributed to France’s economic downfall, so her jewelry box must have been a treasure trove! And what happened to it?!
Nicole Richie, one of the stylish women the girls have gotten to chat with.