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‘Bling’ into spring with some super jewelry!

Jewelry makes a big statement this season, but it’s time to pack away your “bling” to make room for the bold.

The jewelry that will make or break your look this spring and summer is exotic, colorful and lots of fun to wear — but is more about expressing yourself rather than boasting about your wealth (or what you would like your wealth to be!).

Whether borrowed from distant cultures or inspired by nature, you’ll love this season’s bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. We’ve got the pick of the crop right here in the latest edition of our weekly fashion and beauty update.


Where to find it? This Stein & Blye layered necklace is from Nordstrom ($78). We also recommend the fantastic styles you will find from RJ Graziano, Lee Angel, Pono, Wendy Mink or Gerard Yosca (all available at department stores near you).

 
Kenneth Jay Lane’s coral and turquoise jewels (especially his branch coral bracelets, belts and charm necklaces) are selling out right now around the country. And no wonder — his pieces not only look great but are affordable. You'll also love the chunky, sexy styles from Ben Amun. Or if you prefer a more delicate look, you can find it at Urban Outfitters or Banana Republic.


Where to find these charming little numbers? Everywhere! We love the collection of necklaces by Made Her Think, which are carried at Saks Fifth Avenue. Other options include pieces from RJ Graziano, Kenneth Jay Lane, Moschino, Burberry, Bloomingdale’s, Target or Anthropologie.

 
We took our own advice and spotted some lovely Greek-inspired styles at MetMuseum.org (the site of New York’s Metropolitan Museum). You’ll also find bracelets thick and thin from Ben Amun, Stephen Dweck, Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel or Jose and Maria (at Neiman Marcus).


David Yurman has been creating gorgeously glam cocktail rings for years, and they are a coveted status symbol by many a fashionista, as are the fabulous rings from Di Modolo and Faraone Mennella. On the other side of the wallet, options include rings from Banana Republic, Target and Guess (or even the oh-so-addictive Home Shopping Network).

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, , which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

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