“I didn’t want jewelry for Valentine’s Day” – Said NO Woman EVER!_MG_4335__09613.1389734157.1280.1280

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that jewelry has always been the “go to” gift for Valentine’s Day.  And why not… what woman doesn’t want to receive something beautiful on the day of love.  For the rest of her life every time she looks at, or puts on that particular piece of jewelry she will instantly remember when it was given to her and by whom.  That being said it is also the choice in jewelry that reflects what you think about her.  A colorful, sparkling, and unique piece of jewelry like those found in Karen Curtis’ Collections reflects a personality of fun, beauty, and energy.  Characteristics that are found in the most wonderful people in our lives.

Any collection on will make a terrific Valentines Day gift, but for a more literal present we recommend browsing both the Amore and Roaring 20’s collections.  They both incorporate different shades of red and pink crystal which will are synonymous with Valentine’s Day!  The sparkle of Swarovski crystals and the amazing colorful designs are what Karen Curtis® Jewelry is all about.

While Flowers and Candy rank up there in terms of the most gifted items of Valentines Day, Jewelry is on the top three list for sure.  One thing I can definitely say in comparison of the 3 is that jewelry doesn’t die or get used up after a week and we don’t mark up the price like florists do to the tone of 200% increase before the holiday.  The mark up on flowers seems to be 1 of the most acceptable forms of screwing over the consumer, really when you think about it February 15th must be a florists favorite day of the year.

What we have done in this post is compile a list of some of our favorite designs, at all different price points to take some of the stress out of finding a gift for Valentine’s day!

 Wishing everyone a happy and loving Valentine’s Day with memories that last a lifetime!

Enjoy the Preview!





What is Resort Wear in Fashion?



Since developing my resort wear line of jewelry some of my followers and customers have poised the question “what is resort wear in terms of fashion”.  While everyone has their own style which I believe is different from fashion (a debate that I often comment upon in forums and twitter conversations) Resort wear is a casual elegance that comes out mainly on vacations, it’s that happy beautiful balance between sexy, fun and comfort.  Everyone wants to look good on vacation like the pictures you see of celebrities strolling down a desolate beach somewhere.  I think we can all agree, that carefree attitude has a very sexy look to it.  This is my best example of what resort wear is. I would like to briefly give examples of what resort wear is to me and why I developed a line of jewelry that compliments my take on this fantastic area of fashion.


These are hot, hot, hot!!!! Perfect for strolling around some palm tree-lined streets.  Pair these shoes or any shoes like them with a beautiful cuff bracelet like the one below and get the resort look!

Cuff Bracelet from The New Resort Jewelry Collection by Karen Curtis NYC

Cuff Bracelet from The New Resort Jewelry Collection by Karen Curtis NYC

Use the tan color in the bracelet to tie back to the gold in the shoes and let the all the different shades of blues work to make a striking eye-catching look!

Here is a couple great examples of resort fashion clothing by Tori Burch with lots of color comfort and sexiness to them.

Tori Burch resort collection would pair perfectly with these Karen Curtis Earrings

Tori Burch resort collection would pair perfectly with these Karen Curtis Earrings

I personally feel if you pair a nice size pair of Chandelier earrings into this outfit then you have taken the look from great to amazing.  My recommendation would be these Swarovski crystal earrings that will shine and sparkle in the sun drenched resort!


One more look that I am in love with when it comes to resort wear are pieces like these…. I think these models are a little naked on the wrists so I would match it up with 1 or 2 bracelets maybe a bangle bracelet or even a dangling charm bracelet.


I think by now that you get the idea that resort wear to me is flowing, colorful and yet elegant, making colorful crystal jewelry one of the most complimentary accessories a woman could own!

Regardless of your own personal style resort wear clothing and jewelry gives you the ability to step out of the monotony of work attire and your weekend wardrobe throwing caution to the wind and enjoying a carefree elegant side to your personality.  Send me a message if you would like to converse on this topic or have any comments/questions.


Thank You for the Overwelming Response to our 2014 Jewelry Collections

The recap of the holiday season!

Every year we are so honored to exhibit at the Grand Central Holiday Fair, and this year was not only a successful one but also full of emotion.  It truly is like we have an extended family. Though we might not get to see all of you throughout the rest of the year, catching up and getting to hear about all the happenings in your lives is something that we look forward to and makes us feel as through we mean as much to you as you to us.  We sincerely hope for a prosperous 2014 to everyone who has touched our lives!
From a business stand point, we approached this year with a newly designed booth which highlighted 8 new collections of jewelry (3 more than prior years).  The response from everyone was more exciting than we had imagined, and with more one of a kinds and fresh new designs, many of you received pieces that we feel are some of the best designs in the 13 years that The Karen Curtis Company has been in business.  Please wear them all the time, unless of course getting lots of compliments on your jewelry is something that becomes too much to handle (lol designer humor shining through).
Many people ask how our year is structured and what other events we can be found at?
Well, our next show is Mother’s Day weekend at Crafts on Columbus (located on Columbus ave. next to the museum of natural history).  This is a great outdoor show that we have been a part of for years and look forward to seeing some of you there. But wait there is another great place we can be found all year!!!  The world-wide web!! is new and improved, we also regularly update it with new jewelry collections, colorful wine stoppers, and of course lighting.  Also look for savings on your next purchase just by adding us to your favorite form of social media!  So if there is a dress in your closet in need of a dazzling accessory, a gift you need for your honey, or just dying to get your hands on a colorful piece of jewelry for an upcoming season…. now you have as quick and easy shopping resource!  Don’t hesitate to contact us through the messenger app on the site or through email, we don’t want the personal attention we strive to provide to be lost, so Aaron or I will gladly be here year round to help assist everyone!
This holiday season would not be possible without the most fantastic venue in the world as well as an amazing staff of people making the magic of the holiday fair come to life. We would like to give special thanks to everyone at Grand Central.  The Jones Lang Lasalle team especially Connie and Laura.  The trouble shooting engineers from GCT including Jim, Carl, Joe, and Greg.  The maintenance crew for keeping everything pristine and squeaky clean. And also the security team this year who did a fantastic job with professionalism and friendliness.
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Cheers and Best Wishes in 2014
Karen and Aaron

Best Holiday Gift Guide For Colorful Jewelry 2013

Hey Everyone!!!

Every year this happens and every year we all say the same thing, “I can’t believe it is already the holidays”.  I say NOT THIS YEAR!  Really, the least I can do to help lighten the stress of holiday shopping is give you some ideas from the collections of work that Aaron and I feel are going to be wonderful gifts this year.  There are countless gift guides you can go through….. online, in the mail, and on television so I will just stick to my specialty and show what will be available at The Karen Curtis Shop this year in Grand Central Terminal.  I don’t want to show you products and pretend to know what you might want to get for someone.  You most likely receive this blog/email because you have an appreciation for our work whether for yourself or as gifts, and it is solely because of you that we are able to bring colorful designs to your life, and we want to thank you all for that!!!


Let’s start with Earrings!  We went design crazy with earrings this year.  I’ve been toying with some new styles over the past couple of years and come this November there will be more styles and more one of a kinds then ever before.  Switching up earring styles is one of the easiest ways to have fun accessorizing your outfits so you can never have too many earrings…. or jewelry for that matter ; ) !  Here are some photos of new colors and concept pieces for the up-coming seasons.

Swarovski Sapphire with Pearl Earrings

Swarovski Sapphire with Pearl Earrings

Rare Vintage Swarovski Sapphire with Swarovski Pearl Hannukkah Earrings

Rare Vintage Swarovski Sapphire with Swarovski Pearl Hannukkah Earrings

Christmas Hoop Earrings

Christmas Hoop Earrings

3_strand_earrings_mink__03201.1350087998.420.420Chandelier Earrings with 3 tiers of crystal drops

Large Swarovski crystal chandelier earrings


Brand new designs of single strand bracelets, charm bracelets, bangle bracelets, and beautiful cuffs!   One of my favorites is the cuff with spikes.  By not setting these very rare crystals in the traditional manner they end up protruding from the bracelet and create a cool edgy texture.

Spiked Cuff Bracelet

Cuff Bracelet – Spiked – Magical Collection available at the grand central holiday fair 2013

Swarovski Crystal Charm Bracelet

Charm Bracelet


Necklaces range from single wire wrapped strands to ultra-glamorous layers of crystal.  Once again I focused on creating more one of a kinds and new styles of Swarovski crystal necklaces to add to the selection this year.  I think its more fun for all of us.  I get to create new special pieces and my customers have a huge selection to choose from.  I hope you enjoy the preview.

folklore layer necklace

Folklore jewelry collection layer necklace


High End designer crystal necklace available at the grand central holiday fair 2013


Finally I can’t wrap up this gift guide without mentioning our wine stoppers.  Hand Blown by my husband Aaron and I, Colorful like the jewelry but uni-sex!!!  Any wine enthusiast would be thrilled to get this for the holidays. There is a great selection on our website and if you are in the NYC area stop by our location at the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair to stock up on a gift that is always nice to have on hand through out the year. Think House warming parties, hostess gift for Thanksgiving, and all those holiday parties we end up attending for the next couple months.  Why scramble around last-minute when you can be fully prepared with a few nicely wrapped wine stoppers.

Hand Blown Wine Stoppers

Hand Blown Wine Stoppers by the Karen Curtis Company

Hand Blown Wine Stopper

Hand Blown Wine Stopper made by the Karen Curtis Company

What Fashion to Expect in Spring 2014

The New Fashion Designs –> An Opportunity to Expand your Personal Style

New York always seems so energetic during fashion week.  Just walking a few blocks to grab something to eat can be quite an experience in fashion. The city is packed with fashion forward good-looking people stepping out of cabs like they’re in some Photoshop’d Dolce & Gabbana Ad…. And now that Paris has also finished up their fashion week, the dust has settled and this is when I start to get excited about how well my color forecasting matches up with the biggest names in fashion.

I actually pay the most attention to 3 elements of the newest fashion designs. Color, Texture, and Patterns.  Getting to see the different cuts and lines is great too, but if you know me at all then you know color will come before anything else!  As far as I can tell spring and summer are going to be really cool especially if you’re a big fan of #edgy metallics, not just your traditional silver or gold tones but hot iridescent colors like purple, pink, green and blue.


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Karen Curtis Necklace
Spring 2014

Another element that stood out on the runways in both NYC and Paris  was the use of ruffles.  I have to say that I am a big fan, it adds so much texture to a garment.  Ruffles take an otherwise conservative look and gives it a downtown edge. It will transition well from a day spent in meetings or at the office to a #fun (maybe I’ll get into a little trouble) evening out! Look for elegant dresses like the photo below or you can always pair a solid color ruffled top with your favorite designer jeans and heels.  The looks is sexy, playful and comfortable!

ruffles stand out at Paris Fashion week

ruffles stand out at Paris Fashion week


There are also a lot of designers using lace in their 2014 spring collections. Lace is such a #sexy texture, the pattern always looks so intricate and the “peekaboo” of skin is something that adds a flirtatious aspect.  Lauren Parker Accessories magazine said it best in regards to all the skin being shown through so many lace designs “The result was never vulgar, just pretty”.  Throughout the year I have been discussing this with other bloggers and industry professionals about how art deco elements are making their way back into the fashion scene. Maybe it was the Great Gatsby Movie that revived it, at very least that couldn’t have hurt.  Nevertheless I am a huge fan of this era and have always designed my crystal jewelry collections with this style in mind!  So pairing cool accessories with this style shouldn’t be too hard.

Karen Curtis example of lace in paris

Another notable trend to be conscious of for the spring is the Safari inspired designs… The style worn by the literal kings of the jungle is also going to be the same style worn by the kings of fashion.  Great for me, I just picked up a pair of awesome giraffe print jeans that I love.  Well maybe a giraffe isn’t actually the king of the jungle but you get the picture. Color is going to play a new and exciting role this year with animal prints, elegant and glamorous yet fun and wild!

Animal Print 2014

Below is a preview of my Gatsby Collection… Look how beautiful this necklace would be on the model in the middle… It’s just the perfect compliment to a gorgeous gown

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Karen Curtis -Necklace

For what I saw from the fashion weeks, Gucci, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and Alberta Ferretti were some of my favorites.  You can also check out more of the 2014 collections here.  I was really excited to see how harmonious the Jewelry collections that I designed for spring are going to be.  Great colors, glistening metallics and an art deco trend all tie in so well to my style. Here is a sneak peek of a couple of pieces that will be available mid November!

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Karen Curtis – New Necklace

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Karen Curtis Earrings – Gatsby Collection

karen curtis cuff bracelet

Karen Curtis Cuff Bracelet

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Karen Curtis Necklace

The Global Citizen Festival in NYC

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There is no denying that New York offers some of the most amazing experiences anywhere in the world, cultural events, historical happenings, even epic shows and concerts.  This past weekend I had the good fortune of attending the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, along with 60,000 other enthusiastic concert goers!  Going to an event at the Great Lawn in Central Park is just so picturesque and energetic.  With a huge artistically designed stage and the backdrop of the city’s skyline the setting could not have been better for listening to some of the music industries best artists perform for a sea of people here to make their voices heard about ending world poverty.

If you are wondering….the global citizen organization is essentially a group of regular people who register with the organization and donate their time to charitable organizations that work towards eliminating extreme poverty world-wide.  It’s an eye-opening cause that anyone with a heart and ambition to make our world better would be proud to call themselves a global citizen, joining the likes of Bono,, John Mayer, Alicia Keyes, and Stevie Wonder to name a few.
Other guests at the festival included the crown princess of Denmark, the president of Liberia and a slew of U.S. congressmen.


Kings of Leon opened the concert bringing some much-anticipated southern rock to the crowd.  The set was upbeat and energetic “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” are probably to 2 most recognizable songs from their set but they did add in some new pieces from their new album (Mechanical Bull).  I have a lot of respect for this group as they are not shy about getting up and performing for a cause.  Kings of Leon also sang at The Rock for Oklahoma concert earlier this summer to which the proceeds from that show went to help victims trying to recover from the lash of tornadoes.

Alicia Keyes set up next and put on an amazing performance, switching from piano to mic throughout her set and I have to say that there is nothing like hearing “Empire State of Mind” at a show in New York.  Alicia looked great in her sexy revealing black dress and cuff bracelets on each arm.


John Mayer was up next and led off by saying that they were “just going to do our thing” and have fun with his set.  That was exactly what happened…. It was great, the sun had finally dropped and he played all the songs we know him for while adding extra guitar solos.  Although the song “Waiting for the World to Change” may have been written in for something entirely different then global poverty it was the most appropriate song for the Global Citizen Festival and sounded fantastic!

Lastly was Stevie Wonder who came out with another cause to get behind…. Gun Control.  As he educated the crowd on the idea that a blind person can legally own a gun he pointed his fingers out into the crowd like 2 guns and started shooting and asking if he got ’em.  It was a comical approach to gun laws that need to be re-thought.  His music was epic! He played hit after hit including my personal favorite… “Higher Ground”.  Even when his time had pretty much come to an end he continued to play saying “wait wait we have to play this one” and ” we can’t leave without playing this”.  Thanks Stevie for an awesome set!


All of this fun was for a great cause to end worldwide poverty and if you want information on how to become a member click here.

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My friend Sara and I at the global citizen show

What I wore: Seven jeans, Chelsea girl T-shirt (London-based Chelsea Girl shop), my sparkly low top converse(LOVE) and large chandelier earrings by Karen Curtis

xoxo -Karen

Stackable Rings and Multiple Rings a trend to sink your fingers into!


     There are jewelry trends that are just plain classic, some that are split second fads, and then there are some that are super fun and you wonder why they ever disappeared…. “cough, cough”…. Stackable Rings!

It is so much fun and it doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money either.  For example on we have stackable rings for $20 and $25.  Of course there is no limit to what you can spend but for a couple hundred bucks you can have a vast assortment of rings that you can mix and match, having countless combinations for the year.

I am going to go ahead and say there are very little limitations on what you can stack together.  Mixing metals, crystal and precious stones, lucite and traditional gold or silver…. all of these are fine.  This is a great opportunity to piece together some smaller items by your favorite designers and as long as you like all the rings you are wearing, then it will look beautiful on you.

Remember that the key to stacking is to have fun with it and change it up whenever you want!

What Celebs have jumped on board with the multiple ring thing you ask? Let see who is having more fun then everyone else accessorizing with stackable rings!



OK, So when I originally wrote this article  I threw in a picture of Miley Cyrus prior to the whole VMA public image disaster but lets keep her in here and remember what she looked like without a foam finger and before twerking with robin thicke! #Hannah Montana


     If you are looking for a starting point for gathering cool rings you can always go to my website but here is a list of some of my favorite rings and links to the people in my industry that I think deserve lots of success pretty much because they rock at what they do!

1) Wendy Brandes –  Cool designs in different metals and precious stones

2) Michael Alexander – Always loved his creations. We have exhibited together at various shows and he definitely is a uniquist!!portfolio/vstc30=rings

3) David Yurman – Classic designs but great use of precious stones with elegant metal smithing

Stack On!

Can I Wear White on Labor Day?



As the end of summer is fast approaching it is pretty obvious that we are all trying to fill the weekends with some fun,sun and outdoor activities!  Which got me thinking about what to do for Labor Day….. the unofficial End of Summer (BOOOOOO!).  Take making plans for Labor day and mix it with my brain (that immediately thinks about fashion) and here is the question- Can I wear white on Labor Day?  So I spent some time researching why has this “Rule” of not wearing white after labor always made it into conversations and to be quite honest is one of the first things that come to mind when someone mentions Labor Day?

What is Labor Day

Held on the first Monday of September, this public holiday was created to honor the workers/laborers of our country.

A great gift to the working class, take the day off spend it with family and friends and enjoy some end of summer weather and fun…. thanks federal government!

So who came up with the rule of not wearing white after labor day?

After reading many theories I want to give credit to article written by John Surico in the village voice which I really enjoyed and thought gave me the best sense of an answer to this bizarre Labor Day fashion don’t!

There seem to be 2 possible explanations and I will let you have your pick about which is the real answer.

1) White clothing is better in the Heat.

This is a concept that is proven to be true.  Light colored clothing doesn’t retain heat as much as darker colors.  So now that the dog days of summer are behind us it is time to put away our white clothing and accessories and start wearing some of the outfits that would be too uncomfortable in the summer.  Get back into the darker and heavier clothes put away the white linen (breathable) outfits, I guess that’s just an easier fashion transition for people to go through?

2) It was the way of the wealthy


Here is a classic example of trend setting! Beginning in the late 1800’s a shift was occurring in the social economic status of our country.  The middle class was growing and additionally more people from this class were making their way into more affluent communities, events, and gatherings.  Apparently a select group of rich women decided to come up with this concept as to easily distinguish themselves (the established 1%er’s) from new comers to their high society.  So anyone who showed up to an event after labor day wearing white was alienated from the pack, as they were not as “good” because they had obviously just come into money and were not as refined and sophisticated as the rest of the women. I guess word got out and all of a sudden everyone knew that if they wanted a chance at fitting in then they shouldn’t wear white after labor day. Well, a tip of the hat to those women for being very effective trend setters but I am sure they must have been pretty pissed off when no one wore white anymore (giggle, giggle). I mean could you imagine mingling with new rich folk? (disclaimer: last statement is sarcasm).

Lastly I think that the media played a huge role in this law of fashion.  All the major fashion publications followed the trend. It gave them something to write about and to create seasonal differences in what people should wear for clothing and fall fashion accessories, prompting new designs and generating more sales and revenue for the designers.  So like most things that get done in the world the prospect of more money added fuel to the fire.  Although there were some designer exceptions, like Coco Chanel, who was well-known for not respecting this rule, she would wear white all year-long. Gotta love the one who goes against the grain.


In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. -Coco Chanel

My take on this subject….. DO WHAT YOU WANT!!!!  This “rule” is outdated, kinda like daylight savings time (not gonna get into this trick to make everyone late for an entire day) and Saying “trick or treat” on Halloween (really, who wants a trick instead of a treat?).

I will wear white when I want whether it is my clothing, footwear, or jewelry all year-long!

How To Choose The Right Jewelry for Your Wedding

My husband and I own and design jewelry for The Karen Curtis Company in Manhattan.  I have been working with brides for over a decade and have been designing Swarovski Crystal Jewelry for over 15 years.  I thought it might be helpful  to share what I have learned over the years and having had my own wedding 2 years ago it is all very fresh in my mind from both perspectives. One thing I found out after my wedding is that you need to have jewelry that you are in love with not just satisfied with because it is going to be in every picture from your wedding, and you will be looking at that for your whole life. That being said there are 4 main things to look at when deciding on jewelry for your wedding. I have set this up beginning with the most important….. Spoiler alert:  Comfort comes last ladies we all know it hurts to be beautiful!
1) The Dress
The dress plays the biggest role, what shade is it, does it incorporate crystal trim, pearl trim etc. These little details that made you pick the dress in the first place are the same things that you want the design of you jewelry to highlight.  Is the neckline perfect for a specific size necklace? Will a bracelet help to continue a pattern around the waistline of a dress? Does your dress have gold embroidery if so then gold metal in your jewelry is fantastic….. if not then maybe silver-colored metal is more appropriate.
2) Budget
Lets face it most of us have a budget for a wedding, if you don’t then go big with diamonds, Tahitian pearls and other precious stones. Try to stick with the budget you have in mind and find jewelry designers that offer items in your range.  But remember that of all the thing you wear on the day of your wedding, the only thing you are likely to wear again is the jewelry, so take that into consideration when setting your budget.
3) Style
What is your style… most already know what that is.  If you like creative organic designs then go for it.  If you are in love with the art deco styles then that is what you were meant to wear on your big day.
4) Comfort
This kind of plays off of the style.  Being comfortable on the day of your wedding is very important.  You shouldn’t wear 4 inch heels if you are a flats kind of girl so approach your choice of jewelry the same way.  Get items that you enjoy wearing and the you are comfortable in.  If you like shoulder duster earrings then find the perfect long crystal earring for you.  If a big chunky necklace is something you always dreamed of wearing then go for it but make sure you can have fun in it.
 The number 1 rule is to enjoy your day and look beautiful doing it…. Dance, Socialize, and Love with all of the people you care about in one room!
Mazel Tov!

We’ve got you Covered…(in gorgeous Jewelry)


Keeping a pulse on the Fashion Industry is must at The Karen Curtis Company.  We have always made it our mission to create style in jewelry by focusing on color schemes that have surfaced in the world of fashion. With research, knowledge, and other resources Karen has been able to consistently keep her limited edition jewelry collections a must-have to all the women who are passionate for fashion and savvy to high quality accessories.  

With the fast approaching New York Fashion Week almost here, we thought it would be fun to create a sneak peek of what direction our color stories are heading in.  As most of our customers know,we debut all of our new collections every year at the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair November 12 – December 24. This blog is a way for anyone who is attending the shows or keeping up with what’s happening, to  know that there will be a perfect piece of jewelry waiting for you to accessorize with.  Like always the individual pieces of each collection will have what we at Karen Curtis like to refer to as “Elegant Edginess“. 

What you are likely to see at the upcoming NYFW is projections of Spring 2013.  We anticipate some very vibrant color designs, open neck lines (perfect for Karen Curtis Necklaces), and slim 1960’s style dresses.

To get all of you fashionistas started here is our peek into our gorgeous new color collection, guaranteed to get you noticed!



Triple Layer Necklace for Winter 2013



Get Ready for another fantastic jewelry line by Karen Curtis!

Available at The GCT Holiday Fair 2012 and online at starting in January