Belle Étoile (Est. ????) If a brand calls itself ‘Belle Étoile’ (French for ‘beautiful star’), then begins offering collections called, “Galaxy,” “Snakeskin,” “Eterno” and “Art Deco,” it needs to present a radiance that permeates all its creations. Working with the finest fashion materials available, Belle Etoile designers practice a philosophy of contrasting color with graceful curves. Originality is essential and their unique jewelry pieces make statements that are hard to miss. The Belle Étoile jewelry collection features rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces with expressive, contemporary European designs rooted in tradition and history.
According to a write-up on the website, West Essex Jewelers and, apparently written by publicists for Belle Étoile, the material states, “Belle Etoile is a luxury jewelry brand that emphasizes the power of self-expression. Though our pieces are designed and crafted to meet the highest quality and aesthetic standards, they are not intended to outshine the woman who is wearing them. They accentuate her beauty, by literally drawing attention to it and also by reflecting her unique personal style. Though each of our collections was curated with a certain type of woman in mind, we encourage creative mixing and matching to cultivate a look and feel to perfectly embody one’s individual charisma.”
Kranich’s Jewelers, a family owned jewelry company since 1903, describes Belle Etoile as, “a gorgeous stylized collection that truly brings the art of jewelry crafting to life. The stunning designs …can all be classed as works of art …
“There is something to appeal to the tastes of a variety of jewelry lovers. This French inspired range [is] influenced by the natural landscape and culture … associated with this romantic country. The Cherry Blossom, Papillion and Fleur divisions are all reflections of the scenic, wild landscapes that are easy to come across between each city. The designs feature bright and bold colors… For true avant-garde designs, the Rubber Belle Etoile collection is overflowing with surprising pieces that have a real city feel to them. … [The] rubbered designs highlight … images of the Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts…”
All Belle Étoile jewelry is crafted in .925 sterling silver. All silver is nickel-free and hypoallergenic. All silver is plated with rhodium to prevent tarnishing and to give the jewelry its brilliant shine. The Belle Étoile collections include: Italian Enamel, Italian Resin, Seashell Pearl, Italian Rubber and Color Stone, thus offering a diverse collection of looks for every woman at every occasion.
Some of the collections, such as Butterfly Kisses, offer different color options. One can choose pieces that are all the same color or complementary pieces in the same pattern but different hues. Similarly, the Cherry Blossom collection features the same floral motif expressed in different bright color combinations. Collections like these that are comprised of inlaid pieces with a touch of elegance that leaves no doubt that the pieces are for adults.
Nowhere is this approach to jewelry more evident than in the Constellations Collection, an assortment of bangles meant to be worn either alone or in any one of hundreds of possible combinations. The swirls of color are balanced by the graceful construction. Some of the bangles come in square shapes and look especially sophisticated when worn alongside circular bangles of the same color.
Belle Etoile excels at this sort of subtle drama. The beauty of the pieces warrant a second glance, which reveals the deeper inventiveness of the designs.
Though many of Belle Etoile’s collections possess an ethereal quality, some of them convey a sense of dark mystery. Several collections make use of Italian rubber, an elastic material that lends the jewelry a punk edge. These stretchy rings, bracelets, and necklaces are topped with precious gems and metals. They define artful contrasts. No other jewelry brand is producing anything that approaches these pieces on a conceptual level. The genius of Belle Etoile is seen in the smooth delicacy of the pieces despite the industrial nature of the materials used to make them.
The Italian resin pieces convey how function meets form in graceful loops of over-sized chain links, and massive accents that contrast themselves by being combinations of smaller detailed elements. The Seashell Pearl collection gives traditional pearl jewelry, especially the most classic type of this jewelry, the pearl necklace, into something completely new.
This is the essence of Belle Etoile. The brand transforms pearls and gemstones into new, better versions of themselves without changing their true identities.
Between 2011 and the present day, Belle Etoile has received scores of first place awards including the 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards for Fashion/Bridge Jewelry in the over $500 category for its Groovy Multi Bangle, Pearl Jewelry, $2,500 & under category for its-Sirena White Mother-of-Pearl Bangle, and Best Bracelet Design, under $2,500 category for the Monaco Rose Gold Bangle.
In February 2018, Style Guide reported that Ultra Violet was elected Color of the Year. Belle Etoile responded by offering styles to wear Ultra Violet including Amelie, alexandrite cubic zirconia with white stones, Jardin, hand-painted Italian enamel with white stones, Valore, princess-cut amethyst cubic zirconia set in 24K yellow gold vermeil on sterling silver, Vigne, amethyst and white stones on sterling silver, the Galaxy Collection, hand-painted black Italian enamel bangle with pavé-set stones, and the Main Line and Constellations lines. The Constellation lines offer stackable bangles, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and rings.
In October 2018, the American rapper, singer, songwriter Nicki Minaj was spotted in Corsage by Belle Étoile for her recent collaboration with Little Mix in “Women Like Me”
Singer, songwriter, and actress Kirsten Collins (“Rust,” “Spotlight Live,” and “The Industry: As Told by Stephen Stone”) was spotted wearing Monte Carlo by Belle Étoile during a photoshoot.
American actress and singer Chelsea Kane (Disney’s ‘Jonas Brothers Show,’ ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’) was seen in Fontaine by Belle Étoile at the GLSEN Respect Awards on October 19, 2018, and actress Anna Diop (‘Titans,’ ‘24: Legacy,’ and ‘Quantico’) was stunning in Pavé by Belle Étoile while attending the “Titans” Premiere.
Also in October, Belle Étoile supported “Breast Cancer Awareness” through a special edition collection. Geometrica by Belle Étoile features an exclusive hand-painted pink Italian enamel coloration. For every pendant purchased, Belle Étoile donates a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund breast cancer research.
Belle Etoile is also known for its advertising slogan, “Shine like the star you are.” Belle toile is not just a style, it is a vision meant to inspire.