Category Archives: Culture

Keep Memory Alive: A LAGOS Collection

For more than 20 years, LAGOS has supported Keep Memory Alive and its efforts to research and care for those suffering from brain diseases.   It is a cause that is very close to Founder and Creative Director Steven Lagos. He watched his grandparents suffer from Alzheimer’s, witnessing firsthand the toll it can take on families and caregivers alike. Through this experience he realized how difficult it is for everyone involved and has been committed to Keep Memory Alive ever since.

In addition to making generous donations in the name of research, Steven designed an exclusive sterling silver collection inspired by the intricate curvature of the Foundation’s Frank Gehry-designed headquarters.  In the words of Steven Lagos, “Jewelry is a physical manifestation of memories… it was important for me to create something that would act as a memory in itself, while giving back to this fantastic organization that focuses on memory disorders.”

As a result, 100 percent of the purchase of the collection benefits Keep Memory Alive.  The proceeds benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its research.  To make your own contribution you can shop the latest LAGOS designs or make a donation to the center here.

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Royal Wedding Approved

Jewelry for the Wedding of the Season

In honor of the Royal Wedding we sat down with Jenna Colgrove of the fashion blog Visions of Vogue to get her take on the event.  Jenna is a self-proclaimed, “sucker for all things Royal” and cannot wait to see the dress Meghan Markle chooses to walk down the aisle.   Ahead of the big day Jenna is wearing some of her favorite LAGOS pieces to celebrate the glamour of the day.

Meghan Markle is the ‘California cool’ American actress joining the Royal family this spring and she has a style that celebrates her roots.  Taking notes from Meghan’s style Jenna chose to mix pieces from two of our most luxe collections: Diamond Lux and Caviar Spark.  These collections feature diamonds and caviar beading set in a classic design. Each piece is a beautiful nod to traditions, made for celebrating milestones and passing down jewelry from one generation to the next.

Jenna chose the Diamond Lux Diamond Ring and Diamond Lux Bracelet as traditional styles perfect for bride or wedding guest alike.  To add a bit of modern styling to her look Jenna added several pieces from the Caviar Spark Collection.  She wears the Caviar Spark Diamond Bracelet alongside her Diamond Lux piece.  For necklace she keeps it simple with a Caviar Spark Diamond Necklace and of course, drop earrings.

While Jenna may not be on the guest list you can be sure she’ll be tuning in on May 19th to watch the Royal Nuptials, wearing her favorite LAGOS pieces of course!

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Travel Essentials for the Beach and Beyond

THE PERFECT STYLES TO COMPLEMENT YOUR SUMMER TRAVEL

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We won’t blame you if you’ve been daydreaming about your travel plans. With summer around the corner, we are so ready for some sun & fun.

For our start-of-the-summer trip, we’re packing some of our favorite new jewels – and planning the perfect places to wear them. Read on to see our guide for choosing the right piece for that weekend away or a long summer sojourn.

THE BEACH DAY

Obviously, soaking in the sun is a priority for a successful summer trip. Keep it simple with accessories that are pretty yet practical. A pair of turquoise earrings or the loveliest beaded bracelets in the bluest of blues. A pair of silver hoops that will shimmer in the sun are a playful addition to your beach wardrobe. There are no rules for accessorizing your beach day, just have fun!

SHOP BEACH DAY

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UNDER THE STARS

Dinner al fresco at a beachfront restaurant calls for the loveliest, effortless look with jewelry that enhances the overall mood. Complement a light, flowy dress with layers of long gemstone necklaces & a bold cocktail ring on your middle finger. We like the idea of wearing a lighter colored dress and playing around with a mix of gemstones for a fun pop of color.

SHOP UNDER THE STARS

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A DAY AT THE SPA

Mani/pedis are a must-have for any summer vacation. Skip the rings while you’re getting your nails done and layer on a fun stack of bracelets. This summer, we’re stacking with turquoise. Don’t forget a matching earring to complete your look.

SHOP DAY AT THE SPA

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Let us know where you’re planning go this summer in the comments. And don’t forget to show us how you style your summer jewelry by tagging your Instagram photos with #MyLAGOSMyWay!

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Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Featured Designer: Steven Lagos

OUR FOUNDER STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT FOR THE CFDA

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This month, designers and celebrities took to New York for the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards. The CFDA is a prestigious organization of the foremost fashion & accessories designers in the country.  Our very own Steven Lagos, designer and founder of LAGOS, took center stage as a featured member on the CFDA website.

The CFDA shared a bit of Steven’s backgrounds and the history of LAGOS. 40 years ago this summer, Steven began designing jewelry in Philadelphia and started his namesake brand. He always knew he wanted to create jewelry. “Jewelry is eternal and one of the most personal forms of art,” he shares.

LAGOS has evolved over the years, from the introduction of our exclusive Caviar design in 1984 to the arrival of Black Caviar in 2015, to a brilliant silver & diamond collection called Caviar Spark in 2017.

CFDA recognizes Steven for his beautiful designs, which are inspired by the art and culture he spots while traveling around the world. In addition, he is forever inspired by the LAGOS woman, the muse that represents bold femininity.

Join us in celebrating Steven Lagos and learning more about the CFDA here.

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How To: Luna Pearls & Signature Caviar

STYLING TIPS

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The unique, natural allure of the freshwater cultured pearl makes the ideal design to mix, match and make your own. Throughout antiquity, and even today, pearls are prized because of their rarity. Pearls, unlike any other precious gemstone, need no enhancement their captivating beauty.

Awaken classic pearls with the luxe texture of Signature Caviar bracelets. Luna pieces layer together with an Enso and open link bracelet for a play on shapes. We imagine this as a flawlessly transitional stack—start in the morning with two or three bracelets and after work add a few more as you head out for drinks!

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Praised as the ‘Queen of Gems’, pearls are thought to give wisdom through experience. Ancient Greeks first used pearls as part of the wedding ceremony – believing the sacred pearls would bring love and happiness. Pearls remain a symbol of power, happiness and honor. This meaning makes the Luna collection the ideal wedding day jewelry, especially the strand bracelets or rings.

A classic flourish for every occasion, LAGOS pearls effortlessly mix with Signature Caviar or Black Caviar for a unique look that is all your own. See more style inspiration and tips on the MY LAGOS MY WAY page.

SHOP BRACELETS

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LAGOS Loves – Our Holiday Traditions

THE LADIES OF LAGOS SHARE THEIR BEST HOLIDAY MEMORIES

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The LAGOS office is buzzing with excitement over the holiday season. As we plan the perfect holiday and decide on the ideal LAGOS gift, we’re also reminiscing about our fondest holiday memories.

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Danielle H.
Graphic Designer

This holiday season, what LAGOS piece are you wishing for?

The LAGOS Gold Caviar Bracelet. It’s stunning and goes with everything!

In three words, describe your holidays.  

Cheerful, warm, cozy.

What is the best holiday gift you’ve ever received?

I won a 7-night Caribbean cruise playing bingo on Christmas Day during a family vacation while on another cruise!

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Danya W.
Retail Specialist

This holiday season, what LAGOS piece are you wishing for?

The Caviar Icon gemstone bead bracelets. I want them all!  

In three words, describe your holidays. 

Family, food, lights!

What is the best holiday gift you’ve ever received?

One of my favorite gifts was my American Girl doll Addy when I was in 5th grade. I woke up in the middle of the night to find it under the tree, along with my parents who were still wrapping last minute gifts!

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Caroline O.
Sales Coordinator  

This holiday season, what LAGOS piece are you wishing for?

The diamond and gold X ring. It’s my favorite!  

In three words, describe your holidays. 

Tradition, food, family.

What is the best holiday gift you’ve ever received?

It’s a toss-up between a surprise visit from my boyfriend one year, or my Christian Louboutin pumps!

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Angela L.
Controller

This holiday season, what LAGOS piece are you giving?   

The Rare Wonders Sea Turtle. It’s so unique!

In three words, describe your holidays.

Music, family, food.

What is the best holiday gift you’ve ever received?

My first year working for LAGOS, I was gifted an amethyst and diamond ring. It was my first real piece of jewelry and my most treasured piece.

 

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Jen G.
Marketing Coordinator  

This holiday season, what LAGOS piece are you giving?

I’m giving the KSL Pyramid Drop Earrings to my older sister. She will love the geometric shape and sterling silver with gold details! They’re so fun and modern, definitely her style.

In three words, describe your holidays.

Family, movies, food.

What is the best holiday gift you’ve ever received?

My mom surprised me with concert tickets to see my all-time favorite band, Coldplay. She even got to come with me! It was a memory we still talk about today.

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Angela R.
Operations Specialist

This holiday season, what LAGOS piece are you giving?

I am giving a Links necklace to my mom. She’s been hinting that she wants something she can wear every day that can also work for an evening out.

In three words, describe your holidays.

Food, chaos, family.

What is the best holiday gift you’ve ever received?

Most recently, my Nonna knitted me a scarf. It’s beautiful and I love that it’s handmade!

Shop our GIFT GUIDE for the perfect presents for everyone on your list.

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National Caviar Day

CELEBRATE IN STYLE WITH OUR FAVORITE HOR D’OEUVRES AND SPARKLING JEWELRY

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Did you know July 18th is National Caviar Day? We’re taking advantage of the holiday by learning a bit more about this luxurious treat.

Caviar is one of the oldest delicacies, predating even truffles and champagne.

It is also important to remember to use a mother-of-pearl spoon, never metal, to serve your caviar, as metals can alter the taste.

Today, there’s a variety of ways caviar can be served, but our favorite is the classic blini topped with crème fraîche! Below is a classic and delicious blini recipe.

BLINI WITH CAVIAR AND CRÈME FRAÎCHE

¼ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup buckwheat flour
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup milk
3 eggs, separated
½ tsp. salt
2 tbs. unsalted melted butter
Vegetable oil (for frying)
4 to 6 oz. caviar
1 pint crème fraîche

In a small bowl, make a sponge by combining the whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, 1 cup of the all-purpose flour, the yeast, sugar and warm water; stir until blended. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, scald the milk by cooking it to just under a boil. Let cool to room temperature and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and salt until light in texture and color, then gradually whisk in the butter until smooth. Stir in the scalded milk, then stir in the remaining 1 cup all-purpose flour until smooth. Fold in the sponge until the batter is smooth. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place to rise, 30 to 40 minutes.

In a large copper or other mixing bowl, using a whisk, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. (When the whisk is lifted out of the bowl and inverted, the whites on the end of the whisk should remain upright, with just a slight bend at the tip.) Using a spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the batter and let stand for 10 to 12 minutes.

In a large nonstick fry pan or griddle over medium heat, warm just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Using a tablespoon, drop the batter onto the pan (1 Tbs. batter will make a blini 3 inches in diameter). Cook 3 to 5 blini at a time; do not crowd the pan. Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Fill a large serving bowl with chipped ice, and set the tin of caviar and a dish of crème fraîche on top. Serve the blini alongside. Makes 50 to 60 blini.

Recipe from Williams Sonoma Kitchen

Of course, our favorite way to celebrate National Caviar Day is to wear our favorite Caviar Bracelets from LAGOS! From Black Caviar to classic sterling silver, we’re wearing all of our best pieces today!

SHOP CAVIAR

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Graduation Gift Guide

SPECIAL KEEPSAKES TO CELEBRATE A BRIGHT FUTURE

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To commemorate an important occasion like graduation, the perfect gift must be just as special. There’s a piece from LAGOS for every graduate, from subtle studs to a diamond pendant she will keep close to her heart.

Whether it is a gift made of pearls, 18k gold, or diamonds represent the significance of this life event, and make for the perfect keepsake.

1. Receiving a pearl gift is always a special moment, especially when it coincides with a major life event. This Luna pearl tassel pendant reminds us of the tassel on a graduation cap.
2. A versatile classic design is ideal for her new work wardrobe. This Caviar bracelet featuring 18k gold and diamonds is a great every day piece that can also be dressed up for special occasions.
3. Our Caviar Color gemstone pendant is available in four gems (Blue Topaz, Rose de France, White Topaz, and Green Quartz). Whether you choose her birthstone or a hue that matches her school’s colors, this colorful gift will be a personal keepsake.
4. Our Enso collection represents the Japanese word for circle. The infinite, unbroken circle of Enso embodies strength and focus. Adding diamonds make this an extra special gift for a new graduate.
5. Diamond Love Knot Stud earrings are a go-to gift for any occasion. Make it an extra special pair by choosing a style featuring 18k gold and diamonds.

Congratulations to the class of 2016!

SHOP ALL GIFTS

1. Luna Pendant and Necklace 2. Diamond Lux Three Station X Bracelet 3. Caviar Color Gemstone Pendant Necklace 4. Enso Circle Ring 5. Love Knot Stud Earrings

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A Day at the Derby

THE PERFECT ACCESSORIES (AND COCKTAIL!) FOR YOUR KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY

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The 142nd Kentucky Derby is happening next weekend (May 6th and 7th) – how will you be celebrating? We’re busy planning a classic Derby party, complete with the official cocktail of the event – the Mint Julep!

Before planning your event, you’ll need the perfect attire! A classic springtime dress is always a staple, and no Derby look is complete without a statement-making hat. Of course, our must-have accessory for the Kentucky Derby is a stack of our Caviar Derby bracelets.

Once you’ve got the look, start planning your refreshments. The Mint Julep has been associated with the Kentucky Derby for almost a century, and is a must-have for any Derby celebration.  Here’s a classic recipe for this refreshing cocktail (and don’t forget the traditional sterling cup).

MINT JULEP

1 Teaspoon Powdered Sugar

2 Oz Bourbon Whiskey

2 Teaspoons Water

4 Mint Leaves

In a glass, gently muddle the mint, sugar, and water. Add ice and Bourbon and stir well until glass is frosted. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Happy Racing!

SHOP ALL DERBY >

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