Sometimes I can get a real retro jewelery buzz going. Maybe it's the Pink Martini I'm listening to as I post in a peaceful, cool house, while my family's away.
Schlumberger, Seaman Schepps, old Tiffany: I grew up with my mother's friends wearing their matching earring-and-necklace sets. Of course, I became a rebellious beads-and-patchouli-hippie and now I'd kill for just one piece.
I've always loved a bamboo motif, and I had no idea the Pussycat Dolls, Hilary Duff and hip-hop babes were into this look. Never mind. I don't want the dooknockers, just 2 inch or so hoops: the original 70's CZ Guest look.
High end: Dominique Cohen, an LA based designer who also makes piled-on chains and studded ankhs that scream Star.
Price for her delicate, classic 18k hoops, far left, $1500, from Neiman Marcus' web site.
The venerable Kenneth Jay Lane has made a career of copying this Socialite look so well that actual socialites buy his stuff. At a modest $62 (near left), you'll have money left for a nice restorative Grasshopper.
Bamboo also translates into bangles well.
I was charmed by this set of three enamel bangles on eBay, now at $15 (but a day left). Go ahead and bid, search "3pc trio- Bamboo Enamel".
Worn with a white shirt, they're a timeless summer twist on a beloved theme.