Yea or Nay: Valentino Spring 2014 Jewelry

Posted on October 08, 2013

Valentino Spring 2014 Collection Jewelry






[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

    • iseeshesaid

      I rather like it actually.

      • Lucía Gavello

        It’s all kinda scary in a good way.

    • marlie

      I sort of like the horoscope necklaces.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        And I will take the Capricorn Necklace! I don’t like the Cancer depiction…too creepy.

      • MoHub

        I’m a textbook Scorpio—right in the middle of the sign—but I wouldn’t take that clunky necklace on a bet.

        And the first scarab bracelet: It appears that the bugs have eight legs each, when they’re insects and should have six. For some reason, I’ve become obsessed about this.

    • annabelle archer

      <——– Clearly I am a sucker for zodiac themed items. I wish it weren't so Versace looking, but I still like it. Feel free to send me the Sagittarius bracelet come December.

      • alyce1213

        I, too, am a Sag — Dec 13.

        ETA: I LOVE the bracelet, better than the necklace.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          Scorpio for me – Nov. 16th! And I love the necklace – not always the case with scorpio related stuff.

          • annabelle archer

            My youngest is a Scorpio. She’s a pistol!

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              Yaay! Just warn her that our pickings are slim on zodiac related pretties. Whenever there is a zodiac collection of something or other, I always wish I was a Virgo – sometimes the Scorpio stuff is butt-ass ugly, but the Virgo stuff is always lovely.

            • LondonMarriott

              I’ll see your Scorpio and raise you a Gemini. Our stuff is either a boring-ass II or two dudes hanging out, like the above. I love insect and animal jewelry but I don’t wanna wear people!

        • annabelle archer

          : D
          Dec 15

          • CPK1

            me too!

          • Sarah

            19th. Which = one present for b-day and Xmas. Sad.

      • crash1212

        My thoughts exactly. This is usually not my style, but I like it. We can be Sagittarius bracelet twins!

      • Deedles

        Indeed! December 1st and one for my sister (December 3rd)!

    • mmebam

      Pandora Realness #Out

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Horoscope jewelry! I love it!

    • jkatkins

      Not only do I hate it, I’m afraid it will feature prominently in tonight’s nightmares. OUT!

    • claudemtl777

      The zodiac ones would make for cool Bday presents

    • nowlo

      Nay. Despite probably costing thousands of dollars, this jewelry looks like something you’d get out of a gumball machine.

      • E2_Remote

        Great minds must think alike – was thinking the exact same thing!

      • International Model

        Secret: That may be why I love it…>.>

      • kimmeister

        Tacky as all get out.

        • Eric Stott

          I agree- some of the designs aren’t bad but it all looks like the kind of jewelry that will turn green and start peeling

      • EveEve

        Straight from the gift shop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

        • Nicole Little

          ha ha ha

        • EEKstl


        • Montavilla

          Yes, but I still like that Cancer bracelet.

        • Levedi

          The MMA generally has much more tastefully crafted stuff than this.

      • formerlyAnon

        Precisely. I should have read before I commented.

      • Levedi

        Yeah, reminded me pretty powerfully of the used jewelry found at yard sales and swap meets.

    • wisenhar

      Yea bracelets, nay necklaces. Undecided about the rings

      • alyce1213

        Some of the rings would make excellent weapons.

    • Winter_White

      If the pendants are going to be so honking-big, I wish they were more elegant. The human (and human-ish) figures especially are awkward.

      • CT14

        Yep. Out for me because I’m an Aquarius and that Water Bearer was hard to figure out at first glance. Can’t go for horoscope jewelry if my own sign is unwearable.

        • RoseJB

          Agreed. That Water Bearer pendant is just not cute.

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    • hughman

      I loved it when Barry Kieselstein-Cord did it.

      • BrooklynBomber

        EXACTLY! BK-C fakeness?

        • hughman

          Maybe he had a hand in this. But it’s so blatantly like his stuff it’s not even funny. (Also, I used to go into Bergdorf all the time because one of my BFFs was a stylist in the hair salon there and his (ex)wife CeCe would be working their counter on the first floor and she and I became friends. She was this big-haired Pat Buckley society type who was really loud and outrageous and I’d try on the bracelets and we’d talk about what I could or couldn’t pull off. She was fun.)

          • BrooklynBomber

            Oh, funny. He could have had a hand in this, you’re right. You never really see his name around anymore, do you? In the ’80s I had a jewelry designer friend who worked for him and showed me drawings. And I remember picking up something (earrings, I think, kind of like the jewelry above) at a sample sale.

      • boweryboy

        This is why I love coming here. I learn something new. Never heard of this Barry guy. Looked up his work and gosh darn are you right. These look like total copies.

        • hughman

          Yay for learning! I think it’s important to recognize influence in fashion. Then again, I’m old as dirt so I would say that. ;)

          • decormaven

            Not old as dirt, just aged to perfection.

      • Constant Reader

        This collection was reminding me of something from the 80s, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. You nailed it.

    • Myra Amler

      Not loving it, too big and clunky looking for my taste.

      • International Model

        Big, gold and clunky is everywhere. I went to Santee Alley a few weeks ago and all the knock off jewelery was clearly inspired by door knockers.

    • alyce1213

      I can’t figure out what #11 is — help! (Am I dense?)

      • annabelle archer

        “In ancient Egypt, the fourth sign of the zodiac, Cancer was represented under the form of a beetle whom they had held sacred for it represented the Sun/Son…..”


      • hughman

        I think it’s supposed to be a scarab. Because astrology/Egyptian/weird, etc, etc.

        • annabelle archer

          I like your answer better.

          • another_laura

            Yeah, and they have the crab going on in this collection. *sigh* I wish sometimes they’d go with “moon child” for Cancer.

            • Constant Reader

              Me too. June 28. :)

        • alyce1213

          Ohhh, yes. I was assuming everything was ‘regular’ zodiac. Definitely a scarab.

        • decormaven

          It’s a scarab. And a really honkin’ big one, too.

    • Lori

      Nay. The bracelets are OK, but I don’t like the rings or the necklaces. Giant, cheap-looking answers to the question, “Hey baby, what’s your sign?” are flashback fuel, not fashion.

    • Charlotte

      And all for the low, low price of 1.99$! Buy 3, get 1 free.

      • calimon

        Collect them ALL!

      • MoHub

        Plus shipping and handling

    • International Model

      I am a sucker for gold en-crustacean-ed jewelry. Me + Crab Bracelet = True Love.

    • DTLAFamilies

      70s Flashback. The bad kind. NAY.

    • SICacovou

      some are far too phallic…!

    • Slanted & Enchanted

      Yea for the leather bracelets, unreservedly. Not sold on the other ones. Tentative yea on the necklaces because I think with the right styling they’re strikingly gorgeous, plus I’m down for the trend to trickle down into something wearable. Because I totally want a 3D fox necklace, so here’s hoping that becomes a thing after seeing this collection.

    • BrooklynBomber

      It’s okay, or almost okay, but the little pyramid thingies throw everything off.

    • E2_Remote

      This collection left me expecting to see a mood ring at some point. SO disappointed.

    • appliquer

      No, just no.

    • another_laura

      Nononononono. Looks like stuff I wore in 7th grade, when I was REALLY into astrology.

    • PastryGoddess

      This Gemini says hell to the yes

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I like the bracelets a lot. The necklaces look a little clunky

    • vitaminC

      Just what I’ve always wanted: giant crab junk jewelry. Nay.

    • rebeemoon

      Oh, no no no no NO. Way too heavy and gaudy. Good only for melting down into raw material for the creation of more tasteful pieces.

    • boweryboy

      Nay. It’s a bit hokey, no?

    • Chase

      If I was a 1970s mafia princess, yep. As it is, noooope.

    • somebody blonde

      Yea! It’s fun stuff.

    • anotherkate

      Zodiac! I’m into it. I don’t totally love the non-animal signs, though (of which I am one–ugh, Aquarius sounds so melodious and yet its physical depiction is a boy with a jug? Lame!)

    • swanpride

      Nay…those stuff looks incredible clunky and it is so literal. As much as I like zodiac, the design of the sign itself should be more creative.

    • Imasewsure

      Not sure about the rings and bracelets… I love the necklaces if they can be worn unwrapped and long… Otherwise I think you have to be a Plantagenet or a perhaps a Capulet to make these work!

    • MilaXX

      Bracelets – Yay. Rings & necklaces – Nay

    • Tigerfly

      Hell, NAY.

    • Aurumgirl

      I do not see anything aquarius. Therefore, no.

    • save_the_hobbit

      Well….it’ll be pretty damn easy to knock off, that’s for sure. Just get some brass castings, heavy chain, and a stud and spray paint it all gold.

      As someone who makes jewelry, it kills me that this shit is so simple yet so very, very damn expensive. Can you imagine the markup on this stuff?

    • OpinionatedMtnGirl

      Love all the rings! The rest, not so much

    • jen

      Ooh, yay! It borders on tackiness but I like it!

    • d4divine

      This collection knocked me off my chair…the jewelry…YES…it fits perfectly!!! XXXXXXX

    • NoveltyRocker

      The finish looks like it came out a spray can but I do like that scarab pinky ring anyhow.

    • bizarro

      Thank you for showing us the textiles up close. They are more beautiful when you zoom in! The jewelry looks cool on the runway but I would never wear it.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yes, great point about this being a great chance to see the close-ups. Beautiful work in them.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      The one that’s supposed to be a beetle? Is ugly.

    • Joyce VG

      YEA! I will take the Cupid one please.

    • Monabel

      Equally banal and coarse.

    • SewingSiren

      I feel like the astrology ones should be made of pewter and sold though mail order on the back pages of Seventeen magazine.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      I hate the necklaces and the rings (they look like cheap beauty supply store jewelry), but I like the bracelets.

    • demidaemon

      I say “Yea.” I would even buy and wear that Leo-themed jewelry, despite being a guy and clearly not having the funds to do so.

      • annabelle archer

        I love Leos.

    • Dagney

      oh. zodiac jewelry. no one has ever seen that EVER BEFORE. The originality here is just staggering isn’t it?

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      Hughman hit the nail on the head. Very BK-C.

    • Nicole Little

      Junky and boring (the jewelry and the idea that ‘signs’ predict personalities and life prospects). People love this stuff though. It’ll sell like hotcakes.

    • myristica_fragrans

      it’s so cheap looking.

    • bertkeeter

      Reminds me if Kieseltoncord? (sp)…

    • NurseEllen

      Imaginative , but they all look too uncomfortable to wear, so NAY.

    • manina

      You could get a cervical hernia with those pendants. OUT

    • PJLA

      Astrological signs are a classic theme for I say yes. Buy your signature piece and keep it for life. Then, on to the next theme..wild game, boho crafty amulet, classic links..To me, great jewelry pieces, real or costume, is all about adorning our stories. And..hello TLo Kitten, I’m Patricia from LA..nice to meet you all.

    • CommentsByKatie

      Love that they are doing something strange and unexpected. Not sure if I like it yet, but I’m intrigued!

    • TrooperSchaf

      not for me. I’m no big fan of gold and they are just really clunky. I like the horoscope theme, but not in this version. But there is a headband on one model’s head that I really like :)

    • lilazander

      Yea to the necklacess, they really interesting. NAY to the rings, they are clunky and they look cheap. I also like the gold+leather bracelets.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Half and half for me. Some look like dead animals hanging…so no on those…but I like the zodiac representation.

    • conniemd

      Nay. Fugly. Wouldn’t wear a single piece I saw.

    • Deborah Lipp

      As an occultist, I’ve seen more than my share of jewelry based on the Zodiac and scarabs. This is not as good as most.

    • CPK1

      I love it. I will take the archer necklace and the ring and bracelet combo. Love the dull gold.

    • formerlyAnon

      NAY. It looks like plastic kids’ junk jewelry from way back in the day, when Zodiac everything was in. As I scrolled through, I spontaneously developed a serious earworm. (“This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, Age of Aquarius, Aquaarius, Aquaaariuuuus . . . Harmony and understanding, Sympathy and trust abounding . . .” Any minute I’ll be thinking I smell that eu de pot, patchouli oil, incense and sweat.

    • tereliz

      Yay for the scarab pieces alone. I’m a sucker for scarabs. (I’m a Cancer and have enough crab stuff, it all feels too summery)

    • kategs

      Yay! particularly the leather bracelets. Best rendition of a classic style I’ve seen in a while.

    • kolokOlchik

      No, tacky tacktastic

    • EEKstl

      I actually think these are a nice treatment of the zodiac. But as a Scorpio I’m not sure I’d want that big-ass scorpion around my neck.

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    • VicD

      What zodiac sign is the scarab?

    • sleah_in_norcal

      i am unsure what the bracelet in the picture with the scorpio ring is supposed to be. any guesses?

    • Fuchaforever

      so-so, some signs work more than others

    • Lidia Starkova

      Nope. Costumy

    • KT


    • guest2visits

      While I like the chunkiness on some of the bracelets and rings; most, including the pendents are too over sized and clunky looking for me.

    • Melissa

      I love ‘em, but I’ve always liked that schlocky 70s zodiac stuff.

    • Jane

      Versace was what I thought I read, but Valentino I am not loving it.