Traditionally lucite hasn’t had the best reputation in the world of fashion. What usually comes to mind is ridiculously high platform heels — maybe hollowed out with a gold fish inside. Let’s just say that lucite is about as classy as multiple one-dollar bills, and it’s certainly nothing you’d ever see your mother wear! But then Alexis Bittar came onto the jewelry scene. Known for his line of handcrafted Lucite baubles, with the help of a little imagination and some sparkle in the form of dazzling Swarovski crystals, Alexis Bittar has a knack for transforming the stereotypically tacky textile into something gorgeously elegant and feminine. In honor of spring, May flowers, and most importantly, Mother’s Day, I’m falling in love with the line’s Flora collection — a series of delicate floral jewelry pieces, from daisy petal necklaces to pink primrose pins. Sure, these beautiful little trinkets may be a little out of your gift-giving budget, but hey — Mom deserves to be spoiled on her special day, right?
– Alex Gambardella