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LAGOS UNVEILS INNOVATIVE NEW SILHOUETTES FOR BEST-SELLING SMART CAVIAR

It’s here, the second generation of our popular Smart Caviar collection is launching today.  The new Smart Caviar collection offers a set of distinct, luxe bracelets that help transition the sporty look of the Apple Watch® to a piece of fine jewelry. Naturally the new design has our signature Caviar beading and is designed for a modern lifestyle.

The new set of distinct, luxe bracelets are available in stainless steel and stainless steel and 18K gold. These new versions join the already popular sterling silver with diamond bands introduced last year.

Smart Caviar is designed for the modern woman. The lightweight, durable bracelet is versatile enough for every day wear and adds effortless style whether at work, at the gym, or at a formal function. The ease and practicality of a stainless steel bracelet is matched by the style and sophistication of LAGOS’ signature Caviar designs.

Every year we continue to seek out clever design solutions that go beyond expected materials traditionally found in fine jewelry.  The stainless steel is strong and durable with a fine jewelry finish that fits the LAGOS woman’s busy lifestyle.

“I love exploring different materials to bring beautiful and functional solutions to our customers,” said LAGOS Founder and Creative Director Steven Lagos. “With Smart Caviar, women can benefit from the functionality of the Apple Watch® without sacrificing their personal style.”

Smart Caviar is designed with the same fine craftsmanship that defines LAGOS jewelry and the ease of wear that makes it perfect for every day. The bracelets slip easily in and out of the Apple Watch® face and come with a sizing tool and extra links to ensure a comfortable fit.

Steven Lagos was one of the first to create the “Designer Fine Jewelry” category when he launched LAGOS more than 40 years ago. Since its inception, the brand has continued to look for ways to innovate its Caviar creations. Smart Caviar is the next evolution of the iconic design while remaining true to the original LAGOS values: integrity, intelligence, and innovation.

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MEET THE MAN BEHIND YOUR NEW FAVORITE JEWELRY BRAND

We’re so proud of our Founder and Creative Director, Steven Lagos, the man behind your new favorite jewelry brand. A big thank you to The Daily Front Row for this great interview. You can read what Steven had to say below:

How did you first become interested in jewelry?
From a young age, I knew I wanted to live a creative life. I grew up in the ’70s when there was a focus on craft, and it had a huge influence on me. I started with a small trade shop and was able to gain a lot of experience working with the more seasoned jewelers in town. They became my mentors, and I learned the techniques and skills to become a master jeweler. I began selling to a high-end department store in Philadelphia. Then one day, I cold-called Neiman Marcus, and a year later they were creating a new category of bridge jewelry and asked me to be involved.

When you launched the brand, what was your initial vision?
I founded LAGOS based on the idea that jewelry is the most personal form of art you can own. I wanted to create jewelry that women would cherish and feel confident wearing. I saw that there was a gap in the marketplace for wearable fine jewelry, and I liked the idea of creating a product with a distinct point of view. I saw how Calvin Klein was building a brand with jeans, and I wanted to do that with jewelry.

How do you describe your aesthetic?
My approach to everything is form follows function. It’s easy to make things that look great, but it’s how things fill a physical or emotional need that make women cherish them.

How has that approach evolved over the years?
We’re always looking for ways to innovate our Caviar designs. I travel all the time and get inspiration from all over the world. I consider myself a treasure hunter because I’m out in the world, always looking for new materials to use. I go to dozens of shows each year searching for the next thing. For me, it’s really about taking old-world craftsmanship and enhancing it with technology, without changing what makes it special.

What do you consider to be your first major success?
Everyone measures success differently. I felt successful when I was running my trade shop. I felt successful when I first got into Neiman Marcus, and when we hit certain business milestones over the years. There hasn’t been one major moment; I continue to celebrate the successes as they come.

How was the Caviar Collection born?
Caviar is the signature design of LAGOS, featuring handcrafted beading that’s present in every piece in every collection. It was born in the 1980s when I was working on a hematite necklace that reminded me of caviar, which universally represents luxury. It felt like the perfect fit for the growing brand I was building, and customers have really responded well to it.

How do you achieve that Caviar effect in the manufacturing process?
Our process is proprietary, but I can tell you that the Caviar beading is crafted in ateliers by artisan jewelers, and it takes hundreds of steps to complete a single Caviar creation. The unique texture is really a feat of expert craftsmanship and engineering. It’s the nesting of the beads that make the jewelry move with the body and feel like a second skin.

What’s the story behind the “Smart Caviar” piece? How does that work with the Apple Watch or another smart device?
I developed Smart Caviar because I’m a big fan of the Apple Watch design and functionality, but I felt it was missing a fine jewelry element. As with all our collections, I just wanted to offer options. So we introduced Smart Caviar, a fine jewelry bracelet for the Apple Watch. It’s perfect for the modern woman who doesn’t want to sacrifice style in order to stay connected.

Where is LAGOS currently sold and distributed?
The brand is available at lagos.com, as well as luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and more than 250 independent jewelers around the country. We also have a flagship store in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. In terms of scale, we currently sell over 250,000 pieces per year.

Why is LAGOS so popular in the Hamptons?
Our signature Caviar design is comfortable, wearable, and easily transitions from day to night. It works for the Hamptons lifestyle because it has a look that can take you from the beach to dinner.

What are your favorite things to do out East?
I wish I had more time to spend in the Hamptons. I spend most of my time “out East” but in Asia. I travel constantly for business and pleasure, and I love exploring local art, culture, and people.

What are your most popular pieces at the moment?
Smart Caviar is one of those rare collections that has been both commercially and editorially successful. It was a huge hit when we launched and continues to sell. Our classic Caviar rope bracelets in 18K gold, sterling silver, and black ceramic are also customer favorites.

How has the advent of social media changed your business?
I’ve always been an early adopter of technology, so we were quick to offer online access to our brand. It’s a great opportunity to connect directly with consumers in real time versus the old way, where we were only having one-sided conversations through advertising. Now, we can communicate with our loyal brand fans and introduce LAGOS to a new generation at the same time.

If you were to host a dream dinner party, who would the guests be?
I like spending time with interesting people who inspire me. The strong, bold women in my life would be first on my list — my daughter, my fiancé. Then probably some of the artists I follow and collect. In fact, I recently hosted a dinner party where we mixed journalists with politicians, artists, professionals in film and hospitality. It’s fun to see so many different personalities come together and inspire one another.

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Discover Designer Jewelry from LAGOS

Did you know that every single piece of Lagos Jewelry starts off as a drawing by Steven Lagos? The amount of thought that goes into each design is unparalleled. Inspiration for the jewelry can arise at any time for Steven Lagos, he’s always ready to design. “Inspiration can come from someone I see or a piece of art, but it happens in the moment. It’s never planned.” – Steven Lagos.

From a single sketch, it takes hundreds of steps to create a one designer jewelry piece. What makes LAGOS so unique is the thought and detail behind all of the pieces. The results are beautiful statement pieces of jewelry that are classic yet awe inspiring.

With so much thought and detail, one might think that options would be limited. However, LAGOS offers designs that are perfect for any occasion. From the intricacy of the signature Caviar Collections to the classical Luna Collection and the colorful Maya Collection, LAGOS has created designer jewelry that appeals to anyone on any occasion and has solidified LAGOS Jewelry as the leader in designer jewelry.

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Discover the Allure of Amethyst

Signifying renewal, amethyst is the perfect gemstone to incorporate into your look this spring. From a light lavender to a deep eggplant purple, amethyst offers a splash of color to a classic jewelry look. Whether you are looking for something more casual that add some dazzle to your daytime look or a more sophisticated evening style, our Amethyst collection has you covered.

As the weather heats up, chunky sweaters will give way to bare arms and short sleeves. An Amethyst beaded bracelet will perfectly complement spring florals as your wardrobe lightens up. Faceted amethyst gemstones provide a slight glimmer while a stretch fit offers incredible versatility and ease. The 18K gold station adds a luxe touch to this signature bracelet.

For a more structured look on your wrist, opt for an amethyst bangle. Smoothly polished sterling silver forms a round bangle with amethyst stones set inside. A 3mm width adds a delicate splash of color and the slip on style is perfect for layering with other caviar bangles from LAGOS.

If you are looking to add some color to your neckline, an amethyst necklace is the perfect piece to add to your jewelry collection. Worn alone or layered with other caviar necklaces, this stunning necklace is sure to dazzle. With six amethyst gemstone stations and both sterling silver and 18K gold accents, this necklace will flawlessly layer with a variety of other pieces. The 34 inch length means you can wear it long or wrap it for an edgier look.

Spring into a brighter jewelry look with amethyst. Luxe purple hues are a wonderful complement to most pastels and floral clothing. Plus, signature caviar beading can be mixed and matched with almost any other piece from LAGOS. Shop amethyst jewelry now.

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Travel in Style with LAGOS

While on the road, it can be difficult to maintain a chic look. However, versatile pieces in classic Caviar offer the ultimate stylish accent for virtually any trip. Whether you are pounding the pavement for business or letting your toes experience the warmth of a sandy beach, LAGOS has a piece that is perfect for your on-the-go style.

Opt for Two-Tone

Without full access to your jewelry collection, it is imperative you pack pieces that can mix and match easily with other pieces. A two-tone caviar beaded bracelet is a phenomenal option for matching with gold or silver jewelry. This bracelet provides a subtle splash while blending flawlessly with gold earrings or a silver necklace. 18K gold accents elevate this bracelet into a statement piece that is perfect from day to night.

Keep it Classic

To keep your suitcase light, create a more subtle jewelry look that can be worn over and over again. Classic glamour will elevate your style without taking all the attention and requiring valuable suitcase space. A gold link bracelet is the classic piece of jewelry that fits the bill. From day to night, the traditional link styling in signature caviar beading adds intrigue without pulling all the focus from your look as a whole. Plus, the simplicity of the design lends itself to be worn day in and day out. This 18K gold bracelet adds just a touch of luxury around your wrist to make your look just a little more glamourous no matter where you travel across the globe.

Get Upgraded with Diamonds

For those of you wanting to make more of an impact while travel, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Diamond Stud Earrings are the perfect travel accessory for looking your best, even when flying a red-eye!  Sterling Silver and 18K gold blend effortlessly in signature caviar beading. Accented with center diamonds, these stud earrings are perfect for the traveler who needs a versatile earring without sacrificing glamour.

LAGOS offers a variety of sophisticated jewelry options for those on the go. Stay stylish this summer no matter where your life may take you. From the beach to the city, we have versatile pieces that can mix and match for any occasion. Shop our collections today for your ultimate travel look.

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Discover the Elegance of Mixed Textures

The intricacy of caviar beading has long been a staple of LAGOS style. The new High Bar collection plays off that complexity with complementary smooth 18K gold accents. This sophisticated collection adds the timeless elegance of smooth 18 Karat gold to classic sterling silver caviar pieces.

Elevate Your Style with a Pendant

The High Bar Caviar Pendant features a smooth 18K gold station flanked by sterling silver caviar beading. This effortless style will easily transition from day to night. The mix of textures provides a level of intrigue while the classic two-tone look makes this piece timeless. Paired with a caviar beaded chain in silver and gold, this amazing necklace offers versatility as you can easily mix and match both pieces with other LAGOS pieces.

Make a Statement with a Ring

A ring is the perfect option for those that prefer something with a little less fuss. The High Bar gold caviar ring elevates a classic caviar ring with a band of smooth 18K gold for added glamour. The two-tone style offers versatility in mixing with other pieces from the High Bar collection or signature caviar pieces. A wider band makes a bold statement while offering durability.

Add Layers with a High Bar Bracelet

Nothing is easier to mix and match that a set of bracelets. The High Bar collection offers a variety of two-toned bracelets that can easily layer with other LAGOS pieces. Combine signature caviar with the smooth 18K gold of the High Bar collection or opt for something more glamorous by stacking with a diamond bracelet featuring classic caviar beading.

Mixing textures is a sure fire way to add sophistication and edge in one piece of jewelry. Create an interesting look with the LAGOS High Bar collection. The two-tone styles flawlessly match other LAGOS pieces while also adding a statement that is all its own.

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THE SEASON OF WANDERLUST

Founder and Creative Director Steven Lagos has a passion for travel.  He has a natural curiosity for art, culture, people, and the world around him. He soaks in the unique qualities of all the places he visits. This incurable wanderlust inspired a beautiful new collection called The Mandala.

The Mandala is a symbol that in its most distilled form represents the universe and the idea that life is never-ending.  This concept has always appealed to Steven Lagos.  Over the years he has collected several, “I have mandalas displayed everywhere – in my office, and in my studio.  I find them fascinating. There’s something about the strength and purity of circles that I love.”

This Collection incorporates Steven’s love of gemstones.  Each piece is adorned with colorful stones and diamonds. They features intricate designs made from 18K gold and sterling silver that require an expert eye for detail.  The new Mandala collection will be available exclusively on LAGOS.com and at our spring trunk show events.

Experience this Wanderlust today.

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Don’t Sing the Blues this Spring…Wear Them!

Nothing says spring like a little pop of color. Turquoise is the perfect way to transition from late winter into spring and summer. This robin’s egg blue hue has long been attributed with healing powers and  we could all use a little extra energy after a long winter. Natural variation in shades and veining creating a look that is uniquely yours!

Start Simple

If you are new to turquoise, it is best to keep the style simple and let the color do the talking. The Beaded Turquoise Bangle provides just a splash of color while maintaining a streamlined silhouette.  This slim bangle is perfect for a slight pop of color or to stack with other styles for a more dramatic look. If the full turquoise look isn’t your style, consider the Stacking Bangle that alternates sterling silver caviar beading with turquoise beading for a downplayed look that still surprises with color.

Transition from Day to Night with a Tear Drop

The teardrop turquoise earring is incredibly versatile as it allows convenience in a close fitting style but adds intrigue for a night on the town. Surrounded by caviar beading the turquoise gemstone offers a unique and elegant look that pairs well with a pair of a jeans or adds a pop of color to a little black dress. Finished with 14K gold posts, these earrings are a perfect fit for sensitive ears.

Spice Up Your Neckline

The beaded turquoise necklace comes in a length that provides ultimate flexibility. With 34 inches of turquoise beads and sterling silver accents, you can opt to wear it long and simple, or wrap it around a couple of time for a more dramatic and layered look. For a more unique look, layer this beaded necklace with another gemstone or sterling silver necklace in varying lengths.

Turquoise provides casual elegance that can effortlessly transition from day to night. It is a perfect four-season gemstone that can be worn all year long, but it especially perfect as we transition from winter to spring. The blue tones are the perfect pop against melting snow and early sunshine.

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Personalize Your Gift to Mom

This Mother’s Day, nothing will delight more than a personalized gift from LAGOS. With a variety of engravable gifts, you not only present the gift of premium quality jewelry, but add the special touch of making it her own. Show your mom, wife or grandmother how much you care with a personalized gift that they will keep on loving for years to come.

Keep it Classic & Simple

While LAGOS has long been known for luxurious pieces, there are many options for those that prefer a more understated look. The Luna Pearl Bracelet offers classic elegance in a sterling silver bracelet with signature caviar beading. The added pearl touch offers day to night versatility while adding simple glamour. The box clasp provides space for engraving the recipient’s initials or a special date such as the birthdate of a child, celebrating the day they became a mother.

Celebrate an Adventurous Mom

For the mother that appreciates a more edgy look, black diamonds are a mom’s best friend. The black diamond caviar bracelet features a multi-tonal look by flawlessly blending sterling silver caviar beading, 18K gold and glimmering black diamonds. Capture your special someone’s signature style by giving them a unique bracelet you won’t find anywhere else. An added personalization on the box clasp elevates this extraordinary gift to something completely personal and incomparable.

Gift Luxury to the Mom on the Go

We all know that moms are some of the hardest working people on the planet. From managing schedules to always multi-tasking moms are the real super heros. Give the gift of luxury by elevating a mom’s most practical tool – her apple watch. Our Smart Caviar line features watch bands for the ever-popular Apple Watch in glamourous finishes such as sterling silver, 18K gold and sparkling diamonds. Signature caviar beading adds elegance to a very practical item, making the mom in your life feel special while maintaining her continually busy schedule. Customize your gift with a sophisticated engraving on the Smart Caviar apple watch bracelet. From initials and dates to symbols and phrases, there are plenty of options to create a gift that is as special as she is!

Make this Mother’s Day one to remember with a truly personalized gift from LAGOS. With plenty of options from simple and sophisticated to the latest trends, you are sure to find something that fits the mom in your life. There has never been a better time to give the gift of LAGOS.  Shop our engravable gifts now!

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Pearls and Brunch – the perfect combination

As spring rapidly approaches, the start of patio season is upon us. With holidays such as Easter and Mother’s Day, there is no doubt that a luxurious brunch is in your future. However, when meeting with friends or family so early in the day, it can be easy to feel the pressure to look your best without feeling overdressed. Pearls are the perfect accessory for an early or mid-day event that adds glamour without being over the top.

Perfectly matched with florals, a pearl necklace makes a classic statement from morning mass to boozy brunch. The Luna Pearl Necklace offers classic elegance in a beaded necklace that will never go out of style. Layered over a pastel sweater or paired with your favorite floral dress, this timeless piece is sure to be your go-to for years to come.

For those that want to do everything but fade into the background, a black pearl makes a statement without being out of place. The Black Pearl Caviar Necklace features 7 Tahitian black pearls surrounded by intricate gold and silver caviar beading. This edgy piece still offers ultimate versatility with your wardrobe while creating a statement all its own.

Customize your pearl look with an engravable option such as the Luna Pearl Bracelet. This luxurious bracelet effortlessly mixes sterling silver caviar beading with a glamorous pearl flanked by smooth Sterling Silver “x” stations. The box clasp provides a blank canvas for a personalized engraving. Consider a special date, initials, or special symbol for an expression that is all your own.

As your wardrobe palette shifts to brighter tones, a pearl jewelry look is the perfect complement. From morning events to cocktail hour, pearls add sophisticated and subtle elegance. Shop the Luna collection today to find your perfect Pearl look.

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