To kick off 2014, OBJ is pleased to present “What’s in Her Jewelry Box?”, a new feature that takes you behind the scenes with top fashion, accessories and style editors, as well as jewelry designers and influencers. Up first is Drew Taylor, Style Editor of Elite Traveler magazine and elitetraveler.com. As Style Editor, Drew covers high-end jewelry, watches and luxury brands for ET’s discerning audience of private jet owners – and jetsetters! I caught up with Drew over the holidays and she graciously agreed to share her jewelry insights with OBJ.
OBJ: What is your earliest jewelry memory?
DT: I think my earliest jewelry memory is probably the same as just about any girl’s—digging through my mother’s jewelry box and piling on whatever I could get my hands on! I do remember loving to play dress-up with long strands of pearls from an early age (although back then, they were of the plastic variety).
OBJ: What are you wearing these days?
DT: For everyday wear, I have a monogrammed Monica Rich Kosann locket that I love. I like that it’s clean and simple, yet still feels personal and meaningful. I also have a pair of H.Stern black diamond studs that I wear just about every single day because they go with everything. And as much as I covet all of the amazing fine jewelry I get to play with at work, I’m a girl on a budget—so I like to supplement special pieces with fun costume jewels from brands like Melinda Maria or even Club Monaco and H&M (I have one rose gold-plated knot ring from a mass market retailer that I get asked about constantly—when in doubt, just smile and say it’s vintage).
OBJ: Who influenced your jewelry tastes?
DT: I don’t know if any one person has influenced my jewelry tastes, but I will say that I love to follow street style and see how chic women like Olivia Palermo or Miroslava Duma put together their favorite pieces. I love that jewelry has truly become as important to finishing off your look as your shoes or your handbag—young brands like Ana Khouri and Eva Fehren have made fine jewelry feel really cool and relevant to a younger, fashion-conscious consumer. These days it feels fresh to mix metals and pair vintage or costume jewelry with more modern designs.
OBJ: What is your jewelry philosophy?
DT: For me personally, less is more. I think a few carefully considered pieces make a bigger impact than piling on jewels with abandon. That said, I think it’s most important just to wear what you love. Fine jewelry should be meaningful.
OBJ: What piece(s) of jewelry do you especially covet?
DT: I think David Webb’s designs as a whole are absolutely incredible—you look at some of his archival pieces and they could be worn just as easily today, even with jeans and a t-shirt. To me, that is the mark of amazing jewelry, and that’s something that storied houses like Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura have down pat as well. I adore Hemmerle’s bold statement earrings, made with the most amazing, colorful gemstones. I was also recently introduced to up-and-coming London-based designer Lauren Adriana, who creates amazing, avant-garde jewelry designs—I love her over-sized cocktail rings.
OBJ: What jewelry do you bring with you when you travel?
DT: Packing light has never been my forte — I tend to bring as many pieces as I can possibly fit in my overstuffed suitcase — but if I had to choose, I would say a versatile pair of diamond studs, a few delicate rings and bangles in different metals that can be stacked or mixed and matched for day, a bold statement earring for evening, a graphic silver cuff bracelet by Tiffany & Co., and a collar necklace, which works with a blouse for day or a cocktail dress for evening.
To learn more about some of the jewelry designers and styles mentioned above, visit EliteTraveler.com and look for editorial features by Style Editor Drew Taylor.
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