Inspiration: Mixing Fine and Fashion Jewelry

Mixing jewelry

Wearing fine jewelry and fashion jewelry at the same time can be a challenge. You want to make a statement but not be too over-the-top (no one wants to look like a fashion victim), you want each piece to stand out and above all, you want to convey your personal style. Mixing and matching fine and fashion jewelry is a fun and youthful approach to accessorizing. But how do you make sure your beautiful, subtle heirloom diamond pendant that you wear all the time is not completely overshadowed by the fabulous and dramatic necklace you’re dying to show off? Hitchcock Madrona shows you how.

Step 1: Start out with the smaller, more delicate pieces. These pieces may include the jewelry that you sleep in, shower in, and keep on for months at a time. They will act as your base layer and most fine jewelry is of this variety. We took a photo of some of our favorite Loren Stewart rings that can serve as examples.

Loren Stewart

Step 2: Incorporate something special. Adding an heirloom necklace that has been passed down for generations in your family or that amazing bracelet you got on your travels lends a special element to your look that can’t be bought.

Step 3: Add fashion pieces slowly. Pause and really think about the effect that each piece of jewelry has on your overall look. Does it enhance and show off the more delicate pieces? The goal when mixing these two jewelry genres is that they build off of each other. Typically, you want to have on more fine jewelry than fashion jewelry.

Step 4: Think in terms of odd numbers when layering. Wearing two delicate necklaces and one larger dramatic necklace is a nice option. With rings, consider wearing one larger ring (may we suggest the Hitchcock Madrona druzy ring?!) and pairing it with two that are small and skinny.

Step 5: Mix metals and materials. You want the pieces you choose to be different and distinct from one another so that they don’t blend together. Wearing and mixing different colors, stones and metals together will help you achieve this effect.



We think these guidelines work well but none of the steps outlined above are hard-and-fast rules. Even though layering jewelry can be a little daunting it should always be fun first and foremost.

Outfit of the Day: KEN

It was so fun to have our good friend Ken visit us from Miami.  We forced him to be our model because everything looked so cool on him.

Linen Scarf by Hitchcock Madrona. Black tourmaline and sterling silver bullet necklace by Unearthen. Brown coral and steel necklace by Surplus.

Sterling Silver and cotton woven bracelets by Hitchcock Madrona.  Steel ring by Surplus.
Love you Ken!


Just in: Surplus by Harriet MacNamara

We just got a brand new assortment of items from Surplus.  They are tribal, industrial, whimsical and artsy.  All pieces are made from recycled bits and bobs.  We never know what Harriet will come up with next and it is always a treat seeing a new collection.  All of these pieces would be amazing paired with a draped white silk blouse.

Harriet describes the layered piece to the left as “very Santa Fe” and we agree.  The little iron heart details on this necklace are the best part, in my opinion.

She was also inspired by childhood games such as tic-tac-toe.  Can you see why?

As always, quantities are limited and pieces are one-of-kind.  Come visit if you are a fan of Surplus.



Outfit of the Day: Industrial Grey

I am so inspired by the pairing of soft and hard, feminine and masculine, industrial and vintage.  It seems like every outfit/post I create inherently has those stylistic contradictions.  Today we shot photos near the construction site on 34th.  I am very excited to see what the new retail/residential buildings will look like.  The materials of iron, concrete and (quite frankly) dirt were a perfect backdrop for my outfit’s shades of grey and brown.

Necklaces from top to bottom:  1) Shell, brass and wood bead choker by Winifred Grace.  2) Gold plated and sterling silver cicada necklace by Knight&Hammer.  3) Sterling silver, brass and shell necklace by Winifred Grace.

I am quite obsessed with this Illamasqua nail varnish (English brand, so it is “varnish”) in Nomad.  LOVE.

Bracelets: 1) Sterling silver men’s ID bracelet by hitchcock Madrona. 2, 3) Personal. 4) Leather and metal “Ace” bracelet by Surplus.

Harriet, the talented designer of the jewelry line Surplus, brought in this leather and metal “Ace” bracelet.  I just assumed that she had custom made it for me (Ace is my son’s name btw).  She actually made the bracelet without knowing my son’s name!  Eerie coincidence.   I wear it constantly and could never part with it.  She also made, upon our request, several blank bracelets that we can customize.  I highly recommend this bracelet – I love everything about mine!  They are all one-of-a-kind and made from recycled leather, which is worn to perfection.

I love this shot of the gold gilded cicada necklace by Knight&Hammer.  He is a fancy gutter dweller!



*All prices are available by request.  Quantities are limited.

Gift Ideas: Father’s Day, June 17th

Come visit for Father’s Day – we actually have a few good gift options for Dad.

Etro Fragrance.  Our picks for men: Ambra (warm, sexy Amber) and New Tradition (old school (ish) men’s fragrance).  $165 each.  Silk Pochette.  Made in Italy for the “Dapper Dad”.  🙂  $75 each

Italian Leather and Japanese Canvas Computer Briefcase, Seventy Eight Percent $625.  Leather and Steel Necklace, Surplus $195.  Bracelets: Leather Ball Chain, Natalia Brilli $125 (right hand), Men’s Id Bracelet $480 and Leather and Sterling Silver Cuff (small) $275, both hitchcock Madrona.

Computer and Ipad Sleeves, Seventy Eight Percent $225 and $205

Linen Scarf.  Made in Italy, hitchcock Madrona $135.  Sterling Silver Cross Ring, Pamela Love $230.  Vintage Heavy Sterling Silver Bracelet $420.

If you can get your Dad to wear jewelry then get in here!  Bronze Spike Ring, Pamela Love $98 (right hand), Necklaces: Black Tourmaline Bullet Necklace, Unearthen $310, Brown Coral and Steel Necklace, Surplus $225.  Leather and Sterling Silver Cuff, hitchcock Madrona $275.

Barbour Umbrella $65.  This is a MUST for the Seattle Dad.  Cotton Scarf, hitchcock Madrona $75.

What I am wearing today…and Unearthen Watches

Hello Spring!  I love all the gold and copper tones with this muted pink polished cotton blouse.  I think mixing bronze, yellow gold, and rose gold works so nicely.  The warmth in all of these metals are enhanced by each other.

Rutilated Quartz Gold Earrings, hitchcock Madrona $225

Copper Layers Chains, Xenia Mara $335

Antique Bronze African Amulet Necklace, Surplus $235

Vintage Sterling Silver and Bronze ID Bracelet (mine)

Rose Gold Large Watch with Crystal Face, Unearthen $455

The crystal watches designed by Gia from Unearthen are some of the coolest pieces that we carry.  This is a working vintage watch.  She has created a frame for the natural rock crystal pyramid on the face.  The properties of the crystal  reflects the watch face four times – something that glass would never accomplish.

Presently, we have a large rose gold and a small silver in stock – no two are alike so if you like one of these call me and snap it up!




What I am wearing today….

Harriet surprised us this morning with a visit and this necklace has not left my neck since.  Her unique genius of combining found objects in unparalleled.  This necklace is so perfect for summer.

Antique African Glass Beads and Steel Necklace, Surplus $650

Gold and Lapis Bar Necklace (layered), Maria Carter $179

Turquoise Tooth Earrings, Regina Chang $75

Here is a closer look at the earrings and my hair.  It is brown (well, light brown) again – I had my blonde moment and now it is over.  🙂  I didn’t have more fun.



What I am wearing today and Valentine’s Day (hours)

Hello friends!

Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year.  We are normally closed Mondays and Tuesdays.  But, for the holiday next week we will be open Monday but closed on Tuesday.  I am a good helper for men – send them my way!

Silk, Crystal, and Brass Necklace, Winifred Grace $145

Leather and Steel Necklace, Surplus $198

Rhinestone, Chain and Thread Bracelet, Venessa Arizaga $210 (this is designed so beautifully)



Lulu Frost Plaza Hotel Necklace

Rainy and wet…needed the hat today.

Lulu Frost Small #8 Rhinestone Necklace, $300.

This is the last small Plaza Hotel Number from our fall/winter order.  8 has always been my favorite number.  I’m not sure why but when I order Lulu Frost I often include an 8 because it looks like infinity.  Plus, if it ever became mine that would be perfect.  Alas, I do not own a plaza number yet.  One day!  They layer so wonderfully with everything (my Xenia Mara Chains and piles faux pearls = perfection).

If you are not familiar with Lulu Frost and her Plaza Hotel jewelry here is a quick history – Lisa Salzer (designer of Lulu Frost Jewelry) won all the original room numbers at the auction when the Plaza was turned into condos.  She cast them in bronze and aged them so they look like they are right off the door.  I love Lisa’s vintage aesthetic and the story behind each piece.  I love it when jewelry becomes a conversation starter.  We have several of the large numbers and letters in stock.  This is the first time we have carried the letters and they were very popular for holiday.

Who is the lucky lady that is going to take this home?

Check out this amazing vintage fur jacket Dustin bought for me at an antique store.  1980’s Designing Women chic! (love the mannequin decked out in Surplus behind me)



Thank you!

Thank you all for coming out last night for the 2012 Preview Party! We had such a blast, it’s always so wonderful to get you all together.

If you weren’t able to stop by last night, fear not… We still have loads of new gorgeous pieces by Michael Spirito, Venessa Arizaga, and hitchcock Madrona, swing by and take a peak.

A parting shot of the fabulous Harriet McNamara (designer behind Surplus) and our very own Dustin Nelson. Is Harriet’s outfit tribal chic or what??? Love!

Bisou, bisou,