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It's the holidays, you guys! And scientific research has proven that ALL the zodiac signs want jewelry as gifts. And this season, the Misa Jewelry team is making it very easy to shop for your favorite Libra, Sagittarius or any other zodiac sign.
(Yes, we are unapologetically huge fans of astrology. We hope you are, too!)
Find out now what the perfect Misa Jewelry is for each zodiac sign! (And don't forget: If you want it delivered by December 24, place your domestic orders by December 13.)
Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Aries is the ultimate Fire Sign in all of astrology. Being first, front and center is a big deal for your favorite Aries. DO light her inner flame with the Fire Coral Moonstone Necklace -- not only is it a part of Misa's newest collection (Aries is a trendsetter!), but that moonstone pendant falls on the most important person and body part of all: the heart. Let it take center stage by wearing it solo or make it a star-studded show by layering it with more Misa Jewelry necklaces like the Journey Treasure Lagoon Necklace and Mini Horizon Necklace.
Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
The Taurus in your life is a rock, wow. Represented by the bull, we find that the curved-branch artistry of the Timber Guard Ring is reminiscent of the protective horns of that symbolic Taurus bull. Like a Taurus, this ring wants to cling to what is theirs, and it's the perfect stacking ring to Misa's Compass Ring or even your own one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
The Gemini twins deserve not one but TWO ring gifts this season (and perhaps every season)! There's no better pick than a double stack of two Compass Rings. As the sign of communication and responsiveness, Gemini is not directionally challenged, per se, but depending on which twin you're talking to, you'll go this way or that. Let the Compass Ring (or the other one) guide you.
Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
The sensitive Cancer is ruled by the beautiful moon, arguably our favorite muse in the sky. Meet the new and popular Morro Moon Ring: The dome-like shape of this moonstone gem represents the tough exterior of a Cancer, but deep inside, your best Cancer is emotional and full of good feelings.
Leo (July 23 to August 22)
Oh, what joy a Leo can add to your life: It is not unlike the sun rising and shining on you every single day. You might find your favorite Leo basking in the sun without a budge. Plus, the delicate rays of the Sunrise Ring also remind us of the wild mane of a lion, the spirit animal of every Leo.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
She is the harvest queen, and like a water lily blooming from Earth's dirty, murky waters, the Virgo still emerges from the ground up in modest vogue. This is the inspiration behind Misa's Water Lily Necklace. The Virgo is the sign of hard work, self-improvement and purity, and this necklace is representative of nature's beautiful progress.
Libra (September 23 to October 22)
It is so fun shopping for a Libra! A lover of all things beautiful and artistic, jewelry is the ideal gift for a Libra. It's tough to choose just one piece from the Misa Jewelry collection, but it's the Opal Eternity Ring that comes out winning. Not only is she pretty, this charming Eternity Ring shows off balance -- the best-looking thing in a Libra's life.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
Chances are: Your favorite Scorpio is super-intense! And the more you get to know your favorite Scorpio, you fall in love with each layer uncovered. You might spend a lifetime getting to know your passionate Scorpio, and we believe the dramatic Labradorite Cove Ring represents the mysterious depth of that love.
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
Nothing is more nourishing to a Sagittarius than a good ol' journey. Misa's Journey Treasure collection is made for every optimistic, freedom-loving Sagittarian in your life (hopefully, you have many!). We are particularly keen on the Journey Treasure Cave Ring, which features rich-colored gemstones like amethyst -- purple being Sag's most powerful color.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
The ambitious Capricorns in your life are always seeking achievement, always evolving. No better ring for a Capricorn's forefinger than Misa's Evolve Mermaid Ring to show off how far along they've come. Each gemstone is a milestone in steadiness and manifesting one's own destiny. The circular shape of the ring also pays homage to the Capricorn's ruling element: the Earth.
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
Aquarian people are often unique and a little quirky. A new ring in the Misa Jewelry collection is the Constellation Eternity Ring, and we trust that your best Aquarius will appreciate the unexpected beauty of this ring. The diamonds in this band appear sporadically, not unlike the stars in our own galaxy. We salute the sky gods for Aquarius' progressive and independent spirits.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Two swimming fish represent Pisces, but in Misa Jewelry land, it represents two rosecut diamonds in the shape of a water bay -- one for each ear. The Half Moon Bay Earrings is a highly intuitive way to pay homage to the romantic and mystical Pisces in your life. Each earring honors a different desire in a Pisces life, because what a Pisces does best is dream, dream, dream!
I take in inspiration from all over to design my jewelry. That might mean I have multiple (style) personalities, but you don't have to suffer from the same affliction! The Misa Jewelry team has put together this light-hearted quiz so you can discover your Misa Jewelry style by personality. (It's surprisingly accurate.) Please share your results with me in the "comments" section below!
1. You're on a spontaneous weekend getaway: What is your must-do activity?
A. Take a long hike with your dog.
B. Get dressed up to dine at the hottest new restaurant.
C. Swim ALL day!
D. Wake up to the sun rising and immediately read your horoscope.
2. Your Instagram account is most populated with images of:
A. Flowers. Whatever grows on trees.
B. Stunning architecture.
C. The coastline.
D. All the sunsets. Especially the pink ones.
3. You're thirsty. You're drinking ...
A. A green juice.
B. A martini.
C. Sparkling water.
D. Rosé all day.
4. You're hungry. You're eating ...
B. Foie gras.
C. Sushi and oysters.
D. Moon pie.
5. How would your best friend describe your style?
A. Natural and earthy.
B. Cutting-edge and modern lines.
C. Ethereal and flowy.
D. Out of this world!
If you answered:
You are a Natural Woman, and we have a lot of Misa Jewelry to help you feel like one (a la Aretha Franklin). You prefer to be one with nature and its trees, its roots, and its baby animals (especially birds! Check out the inspired Lava Beak Ring). You've been green-juicing since the womb. You invented the flower crown, didn't you? You're actually camping right now and stumbled upon some Wifi in the woods. If you're getting married under a big beautiful tree, we suggest the Dew Drops & Ti Leaf Rings to pronounce your Happily Ever After vows. The Diamond Branch Ring is an all-time MJ bestseller, and Misa herself wears the Timber Guard Ring to hug her engagement ring.
You are a City-Chic Girl! Misa's studio is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, and she is often inspired by the historic architecture of the city. You are modern and sophisticated, and your week isn't complete without a night out on the town (or three). Your manicure? Perfect always. The Marquis Ring and the Tapered Baguette Ring emanate haute couture -- without the hefty price tag. As a wedding band, you'll appreciate the design symmetry of the Opal Eternity Ring and the stark simplicity of the Vega Ring. Anything from the Compass collection -- like the Bangle or Earrings -- will pay homage to your constant use of GPS in your black SUV.
You are a Mermaid! If you could, you would prefer to live underwater. You're definitely not shy about getting your hair wet at the pool. The Journey Treasure Collection, available in Mermaid and Lagoon, is Misa's way of celebrating the beauty in nature's water. The Fire Coral Ring is your everyday ring, and Misa's newest Shima Reef Opal Ring is on your Wish List -- both rings are inspired by the intensely gorgeous coral reef system. If you HAVE to be out of the water, you're eating oysters and octopus, while wearing Misa's Oysterette Earrings and Tentacle Ring. And your way of paying tribute to the foreverness of the ocean is to slip on the Wave Eternity Ring.
Sun, Moon & Stars, oh my! You are inspired by the beyond. You prefer to look up -- or look down at your hands and see jewelry that is inspired by what's above. You believe in astrology, and together, are warmed by the idea of birthstones (order the Union Ring now with two birthstones significant to you!). Wearing the Constellation Double Strand Necklace makes you feel like a star. Top your ring stack with the golden rays of a Sunrise Ring, or give your lobes a little twinkle with the Stardust Earrings. And what you love about Misa's one-of-a-kind Moonstone Cove Ring is it celebrates YOUR individuality and our moon's.
Or, maybe, just MAYBE, you're "E. all of the above." ;)
Catch a glimpse of my Downtown LA studio, where I love to create and let my adorable dog Shima be the boss of me.
Many, many special thanks to my talented friend Joel Kuwahara for this beautiful video. Thank you to Candace & Kumi for making me laugh and trying on all of the Misa Jewelry rings during the shoot. And thank you to Jeff for the iced latte and tea delivery!
Here we go...my fave Oscar looks! Some are a given; some may be shocking.
Lupita Nyong'o adorned in over 6,000 pearls is no surprise on the top of my list. This Mexico-born, Kenya-rasied stunner in Calvin Klein Collection truly wears her gown and does not let her (heavy) gown wear her. And bonus: if she ever gets sick of this gown hanging in her closet, she can make 6,000 pieces of jewelry with it.
Emma Stone, pin a rose on your nose for being absolutely flawless this awards season. This limey-gold Eli Saab Haute Couture gown is perfectly style with her diamond cuffs, coral lips and Gatsby side-swept updo.
We're so used to her covered in shabu-shabu meat and incubating in an alien egg, but Lady Gaga brought her Hollywood glam with this custom Alaia (and a whatta?). I would, of course, wear this dress sans red rubber gloves, but that's why we're gaga over Gaga. As a lover of all things marine, I also loved the fire coral-looking decor in her hair.
Margot Robbie looked like she time traveled from Grace Kelly Land. What a vision in her cropped do, Saint Laurent gown and vintage Van Cleef & Arpels statement necklace. The necklace was created in the 30's for the Duchess of Windsor, and this is why I always tell my clients to protect and wear your jewelry with love. Perhaps Margot will be wearing it decades from now!
Perforated princess Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture was one of my favorite looks of the night from head to toe. Her dress was pretty from the front and wow in the back. The dramatic draping paired with her dramatic side-part were absolument magnifique.
Cate Blanchett shares my woman crush #1 spot with Julianne Moore, and she continues to hold her spot with looks like this Martin Margiela Couture gown. With all the dress details on the red carpet, she truly stood out in this minimalist beauty styled with a not-so-minimalist turquoise statement necklace.
Dakota Johnson in her red-hot Saint Laurent gown was a fitting homage to her steamy-hot role in a little PG film she currently stars in. The twenty-something beauty looked confident and comfortable in a sea full of red carpet veterans.
The Academy's Best Actress lot is a group of five gorgeous, talented women we deeply admire. Yes, the Misa Team is VERY much looking forward to finding out what gowns each of these ladies will don on the big night (Sunday, Feb. 22), but the Oscars is about the performances, no? (We have to remind ourselves, too!) Upon screening each actress's film, we couldn't help but feel that there was a perfect MISA JEWELRY ring for each woman portrayed. And we thought it would be fun to share! Let us know if you think the selected MISA rings fit each female performance.
Marion Cotillard, "Two Days, One Night" -- Marion's character has a nervous breakdown at work -- we've all been there, ladies, am I right? The thing is, she's ready to go back to work, and NEEDS to go back to work to support her family, but her 16 co-workers would all receive a sizable bonus if Marion was kept off the payroll. In one weekend, she must visit each co-worker at her solar-panel factory to make her plea, and hopefully, by sunrise on Monday morning, she will be able to report to work. Thus, the SUNRISE RING.
Buy the SUNRISE RING now!
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" -- Oh, wow, this one. It's complicated. What you need to know is that the theme of marriage is strong in this film, but ... there are TWO men in Felicity's life, both equally important and vital to her ongoing spirit, and we thought the UNION RING fitting for her, and we would suggest that she select not her birthstone, but the birthstones of her two gentlemen for this best-selling MISA ring.
Buy the UNION RING now!
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" -- She's got early-onset Alzheimer's. The difference between classic Alzheimer's and Julianne's Alzheimer's is age -- Julianne is still a Pretty Young Thing, and she can and will wear tight-fitting Givenchy gowns to accept her awards (current-day fact). Indeed, we picked the FIRE CORAL RING in honor of Julianne's gorgeous red mane, but also to remind her character of the "fire" still burning inside. Also, it's our favorite stacking ring, a nod to Julianne's stacks-on-stacks of awards.
Buy the FIRE CORAL RING now!
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" -- Rosamund plays a wife gone missing (she's the "Gone Girl"). She's depicted as the Perfect Woman -- tall, blonde and pristine -- and in fact, was the inspiration behind the best-selling children's-book protagonist, "Amazing Amy." As the movie progresses, we come to discover, she is, in fact, amazing -- at framing her husband (Ben Affleck) for her purported murder. She obviously gets the ROSECUT TIARA RING. We tip our own tiara to Rosamund and her vicious cunningness.
Buy the ROSECUT TIARA RING now!
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" -- Reese plays real-life memoir author, Cheryl Strayed, a woman coping with a divorce and the death of her mother. To attempt to save herself from her own destructive behavior, she decides to hike 1000-plus miles along the multi-state Pacific Coast. We selected the TIMBER GUARD RING not only to "guard" Reese from her own worst enemy (herself), but also from going "timber," like, over a cliff.
Buy the TIMBER GUARD RING now!
Congratulations, ladies, and may the best lady performance WIN!