Looked at the newest jewelry trends? They're going big, bigger, biggest, with a sort of funky ethnic edge. And I know that you have at least one trendy friend who wants in on the action.
Here's the answer, for far, far less than that plastic Marni breastplate your friend has been coveting. Jewelry maker Ronni Kappos designs lovely pieces (some delicate, some bold) made out of rare beads from the 1930s and '40s. Although these beads are old, her pieces look decidedly cutting edge, with a bright modernist sensibility that works with conservative cardigans and slinky cocktail dresses alike.
An added plus: this jewelry is fairly green, since it's made with used materials. Just another way to both embellish the body and feel virtuous at the same time. Take a look at Kappos' s lovely wares at www.beklina.com.