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Presto change-o: Lulu Frost's Lisa Salzer works her magic on antique gems

January 11, 2010 |  7:30 am
JewelryDon't you hate when you buy what you think is unique, wear it, and then see someone at the same event sporting it, too? You'll never have that stress again once you've snagged a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry from Lulu Frost. Founder and designer Lisa Salzer creates baubles from fab finds such as old room numbers from the Plaza Hotel and rare Victorian charms. With her whimsical and modern touch, each of her creations has a fresh feel and each piece has a story behind it.

Her latest love is convertible jewelry that you can wear more than one way. A simple way to glam up your look from daytime to nighttime, it's also healthy for the wallet. Instead of investing in multiple items, you need to purchase only one.

Jewelry 2One of Salzer's most popular pieces of convertible jewelry is the 3-in-1 headband/necklace/bracelet.  A single brass chain is woven with antique silk ribbon and  accented with a vintage brooch. You use it as a headpiece that's sure to, yes, turn heads! Or, try knotting it around your neck as a punchy pendant or wrapping it around your wrist to create a chunky bracelet.

Fred Segal has sold Salzer's work to notables such as Gayle King (buying for herself and Ms. Winfrey). Dynamic duo Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton are fans, as are Kim Kardashian and Robin Wright.

So if you want to go more convertible than a drop-top Mercedes, you'll be glad to know that Lulu Frost jewelry is available in a variety of colors including mauve, lavender, teal and navy, and retails for $360 at Bergdorf Goodman.  Alternatively, visit to find retailers.

-- Julie Neigher

Photo credits: Lulu Frost