Jewelry that makes a statement

I first discovered the French Kande line of jewelry when I spotted the lovely Susan wearing some of their pieces. Susan, if you don’t know, is the blogger of Une Femme d’un Certain Age and if you aren’t following her blog yet, you should! She has such a fantastic sense of style and can make even a paper sack look appealing. I’ve learned a great deal from her and I just love how she puts her outfits together.

But back to French Kande…these pieces are not only exquisitely made but they also offer us a glimpse into the past. You see, the stars of this jewelry line are the medallions that founder, Kande Hall herself has been collecting over the years. She combines these medallions with precious stones, metals, and crystals, and the end products are simply gorgeous.

Here’s me wearing a few pieces from the FK collection:

the medallion on the left is the Rex medallion on a long antique brass chain, and on the right, I’m wearing a medallion of Joan of Arc and a white plated Colonies medallion ring on antique brass.  Here’s a closer look at the ring:

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The pieces are quite special and beautifully crafted.  They may seem heavy at first glance, but they are actually quite comfortable and easy to wear, and I think, bring so much to an otherwise ho-hum outfit.

What sorts of statement jewelry pieces do you enjoy wearing? or do you prefer to keep your jewelry more on the subdued side?