From the tiny acorn…

I suppose it’s inevitable. Being an Autumnophile, une femme has developed a sentimental fondness for kitschy fall themes. I’m irrationally charmed by accessories featuring pumpkins, colorful fall foliage, oak leaves and especially acorns.

But tread carefully, mes petites. When it comes to acorn accessories (or anything with a seasonal theme), there’s not a lot of real estate between “kitsch” and “nauseatingly hokey.” I’ve found a few pieces that can claim residence on the right side of the tracks, or at least can be worn with a bit of insouciant irony.Acorn earrings with black freshwater pearl, $49.

Wood acorn charm bracelet, J.Crew $85.

So how cute is this?? Acorn necklace, J.Crew $125. (According to InStyle, it’s now OK to go matchy-matchy with necklaces and bracelets.)

But here’s the Holy Grail of acorn jewelry…

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  1. Anonymous
    August 14, 2008 / 2:17 pm

    Oh the honor of being your first commentor! My heart skipped a beat when I saw this post. I too have had a long standing love of acorns. I might have to look into getting that bracelet. Thanks for the eye candy this morning!


  2. August 14, 2008 / 2:53 pm

    Lisa – glad you enjoyed! I saw the J.Crew items up close a couple of days ago; they are really cute!

  3. August 14, 2008 / 5:10 pm

    La Belette – I love that squirrel/pine cone bracelet too! Wendy’s necklace is near the top of my list of things I’m going to buy when I win the Lottery. 🙂

  4. August 14, 2008 / 5:17 pm

    One of Miss Janey’s favorite pieces of WendyB’s is teh acorn necklace. So gorgeous.

  5. August 14, 2008 / 5:27 pm

    Thanks for the love! That necklace took me a full year to perfect.

  6. La Belette Rouge
    August 14, 2008 / 5:05 pm

    Not sure where my comment went. But, I will try again. I love WendyB’s necklace but it is a bit too big of a splurge for me. Since I cannot get the necklace I am going to get the J Crew gold acorn/squirrel charm bracelet you did not feature.

    And, in the great mind things alike category, I had planned on doing a post on this acorn/squirrel trend. But, if anyone was to beat me to the punch I am glad it was you.;-)

  7. La Belette Rouge
    August 14, 2008 / 5:17 pm

    p.s. I meant pine cone and not acorn. But, you knew that! 😉

  8. August 15, 2008 / 3:13 am

    The Wendy B necklace is indeed cute but $6000!!!!
    Is that a typo?
    I can see that there isn’t that much gold in the piece. Even with manufacturing costs, it couldn’t possibly have a cost basis of over $1000.
    Sorry to be so technical but even in the jewelry business this kind of a markup is outrageous.

  9. August 15, 2008 / 3:33 am

    My guess is that the price tag reflects the value that Wendy places on her art: the creativity, the development of the design, the workmanship. Frankly, I think most diamond jewelry is highly inflated as well, but ultimately it’s a matter of what people will pay. If you think about it, the value of materials in a Basquiat painting is but a tiny fraction of what one will fetch at auction.

  10. August 15, 2008 / 7:13 pm

    Figures, I just fell HARD for the big ticket one. Sigh… No way I can justify $6000….argh.

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  12. August 17, 2008 / 1:37 am

    Belle de Ville, you’re quite wrong. This is a sizable and heavy necklace. Between the weight of the gold — and of course you know that gold has hit an all-time high this year — and the many, many hours of hand labor (U.S.-based labor) that go into this piece, the cost to me was WELL over $1000. (The 28″ chain alone costs more than $200.) The $6000 retail cost is exactly what I need to charge to make any money whatsoever. There’s no special markup at all. In fact, I should be charging more.

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