Friday, March 19, 2010

Obsession of the Moment: Anything and Everything Tom Binns

Have you ever found a designer that just speaks to you? I mean, each and every single piece just makes your mouth water, your breath catch, your eyes sparkle? Such is the case for me with Tom Binns. Years ago, my mother and I were walking by Henri Bendel and stopped dead in our tracks to view the amazing display of his jewelry in the window -- and I've been hooked ever since. This visionary jewelry designer continues to think outside the box, creating collections like his recent Alice in Wonderland that thrill and delight me over and over. After the jump, some of the pieces that are currently making my heart race.

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Tom Binns, Tom Binns jewelry, Tom Binns ring, Tom Binns 18-Karat Gold-Plated Ring, Net-a-Porter, ring, jewel, jewels, jewelryClassic 18-Karat Gold-Plated Ring ($190): I've been looking for a statement-making ring, and I believe this is it. I love the gilded, curved exterior and the weighty yet unoppressive shape.

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