Guys, I’ve been dying to tell you about this for a while, and the time has officially come: I’m happy to announce the official launch of the line of pearl earrings I’ve created in collaboration with Jane Gold Jewelry. This is a big step for me, and I’m so thrilled to announce this great news! The line we’ve called the Style Sprinter x Jane Gold Collection features 12 sets of double-sided earrings that reflect my blog’s aesthetics and my personal style.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’m a bit obsessed with pearl jewelry, so it was a logical decision for me to build a collection that incorporates this beautiful natural material. I also wanted to create designs that are truly versatile and timeless. Yes, it’s always fun to pick some edgy jewelry to spice up your look, but I was more interested in creating pieces that will be in style for a long time and match virtually any outfit. Each earring set in the collection is reversible, which means you have many more styling options with these than with typical pearl studs.
Since it’s my first collaboration on a jewelry line, I wanted each set of earrings to be very personal. With this in mind, I decided to dedicate each of the designs to the most important women in my life, from my mom and sister, to the members of my new American family, and some of my closest friends. To be quite honest, it was difficult picking just 12 names from the names of all the talented women who surround me, so we’re thinking of expanding the collection after this first launch and paying tribute to all the women who are close to my heart.
Before we dive into exploring each of the designs, I’d like to introduce you to the jewelry designer and very good friend of mine who actually made all the pieces for the collection by hand. My dearest friend’s name is Jane Gold and you are probably already familiar with her work from some of the past blog posts where I featured her jewelry. Jane is an incredibly talented designer who shares my affection for ultra-feminine, classic pieces that never go out of style. She has a true passion and talent for creating gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces that bring joy to the lives of the people who wear her exquisite pieces (I’m one of the lucky ones!).
Jane crafts each piece from the collection by hand in New York so by selecting items from the Style Sprinter Collection you support local artists. The majority of the designs are made out of silver or a gold plated silver with a pearl clasp (that could be worn as a pearl stud too!). The earrings are well proportioned to create a comfortable experience throughout the day and provide just a hint of edginess for an overall classy look.
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The Tatyana Earrings design is dedicated to my mom, the most important woman in my life. Together with the rest of my family, my mom lives back in Belarus and I miss her immensely every single day of my life. We speak on the phone every single day so technically it’s equivalent to living next door, but somehow it’s not enough and I can’t wait to be able to visit her again. I figured that if I had a pair of earrings dedicated to her that I wore every day, they would constantly remind me of her—and they really do. The Tatyana earrings set is my absolute favorite design from the collection and I wear these all the time, especially when I feel particularly homesick and nostalgic.
Lisa Earrings are dedicated to my beautiful younger sister who lives with my parents. We have a big age difference between us that doesn’t stop us from being good long-distance friends. Lisa is a very creative person and she really reminds me of myself at her age, when I was just considering choosing journalism and writing as my career. The funny thing is that Lisa started learning English very early in life and now she speaks like a real American—as opposed to her older sister who actually lives in America, but still struggles to eliminate her Russian accent.
Anna Earrings are designed as a tribute to my beloved granny who is unfortunately no longer with us. When you look at our old family photos, you’ll notice that I look like no one else in my family, but resemble grandma Anna. She had big green eyes and a round nose (just like me!) and a very high-pitched voice (ah, that’s where it comes from). Regardless of her petite frame, she was a very strong woman. No matter how hard her life was during the Soviet era and World War Two (she lost her parents and was raised at her long-distance relatives’ house), she was always the most elegant woman in the room—with a full-face makeup and a gorgeous hairstyle.
Lydia Earrings are dedicated to my other grandma who passed away when I was a teenager. I grew up spending every summer at her house in a Belarussian village, where I learned how to bake delicious desserts, collect berries, and even… (you’ll never believe it!) milk goats! Some of my most fun childhood memories are of those summers in the village, when my cousin and I spent the whole night waiting to see how the chicken produces eggs and organized rotten apple fights that often ended up with us getting scratches all over our bodies but brought us so much joy. My grandma was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and I believe that I inherited my love for animals from her.
Roberta Earrings are created in honor of Ben’s mother who also happens to be one of my best friends here in the U.S. I can’t even start explaining how much support and motivation I received from her with all my blog-related projects and my never-ending education goals. Despite our age difference and the fact that we grew up in different countries, I feel that we have very similar views on life and share many interests (from reading and art to ballet and addiction to a red lipstick!). Many of Ben’s friends believe that Mrs. Roberta is a very strict mom, but I feel like it’s quite the opposite: I can always share anything with her and always count on her support.
Amy Earrings are dedicated to one of Ben’s sisters-in-law who is one of the most inspiring women I know. Amy had a wonderful career as a lawyer and now she is a mother of two adorable ‘peanuts,’ Ben’s niece and nephew. Every time we spent time together in the Hamptons, on vacation, or at a family gathering, I always try to learn how to be as caring, patient and reasonable as she is—the quintessence of a perfect mom.
Melissa Earrings are dedicated to another of Ben’s sisters-in-law, a strong woman with a big heart. Melissa is a mother of three boys who always surprises me with how organized, wise, and overall nice she is. I love going to her house as she is one of the best cooks in the family and I always struggle not to overeat with all the delicacies in her house. Melissa also comes from a background in law and I believe it helps her to stay sane while raising three very independent and talented boys. For me, Melissa is the epitome of a strong woman and I wish to embrace those qualities in myself—at least on those days when I’m wearing earrings dedicated to her.
Sophie-Faye Earrings are named after Ben’s niece and my favorite cute little thing! She is incredibly smart and opinionated and we always have such a great time together! I remember Sophie as an adorable little girl and it’s fascinating to see how she’s turning into a beautiful little lady. I also can’t stop adoring Sophie’s strong personality and creative mind. One day, here on the blog, I really need to share a collection of handmade cards and crafts that she designed for us!
Nina Earrings are created in honor of a friend of mine whom you’ve seen multiple times on this blog. A humanitarian, an amazing cook, the most beautiful girl I’ve ever known, and the smartest girl boss ever! I wanted to dedicate an earrings set to her that reflects her strong personality and sharp wit that go hand in hand with her feminine, super sweet and beautiful appearance. This simple and strong yet feminine, elegant piece is so Nina! I hope this piece empowers every girl who is dedicated to building her own future—while always staying in style and making the world a better place to be.
Sasha Earrings are a very unique piece dedicated to a very good friend of mine here in New York. She is a doctor who is helping kids to find a better, painless future for themselves—a truly inspiring person. Sasha is one of those girls whose motto is ‘no excuses’— no matter how hard a surgeon’s work is, she always finds the time to make the lives of people around her so much more special, and always finds the power to face even the most complicated situation with patience and a smile.
Alla Earrings are dedicated to my best friend in Russia whom I miss so very much. Allochka is one of the most organized people I know, and she’s killing it in the world of video production. She is also one of the best examples I know of natural beauty who doesn’t quite realize how gorgeous she is and always acts super nice and down to earth. I feel that Alla is someone who helps me stay connected with who I really am and always puts me in my place if I’m overreacting about something. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without her—she is my voice of reason in any situation!
Lilusik Earrings are the only set dedicated not to a person, but… to a Yorkie! Everyone in my family knows what an important part this furry little thing plays in my life and I wanted to pay tribute to her in this collection too. As you can see, Lilusik earrings are the only set made in black as it reminds me of her smart little eyes constantly watching me and asking for sweet treats. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you probably know that I’ve dedicated a few posts to describing how much better my life became once Lilusik moved with me from Belarus. We’re the absolute best friends and I truly enjoy sharing my daily life with her. Not to mention, she is the cutest dog ever with the talent for cheering me up no matter what is happening in my life.
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Each of the collection’s earring sets retails for $39 (with free shipping in the U.S.!) and is available at the Style Sprinter boutique website. I’d also like to announce that, as a token of my appreciation of your support, the first 50 people who order earrings from the Style Sprinter x Jane Gold collection will receive a complimentary set of Style Sprinter lip balms!
Last, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported my idea of creating this line. My beautiful partner in crime Jane, my biggest supporter and love of my life, Benya, my friends and family, and, of course, all you guys, who are a major reason I’m working on this little piece of Internet called the Style Sprinter Blog. Thank you so much for your support!