Jewelry designers often wear their pieces. What better way than to show off your interest and designs?  But I recently got a chance to really go one step further....with gemstone inspired smartphone cases!  Eye catching indeed!

I received a couple for review from Velvet Caviar. Their feminine cases certainly address the wishes of those who are either not into bland designs or just want to have fun with their device protection.

"Pretty Yet Protective" were the original goals of New York based founder and creative director, Michelle Aran. She said, "I thought if I could create stylish, designer cases that were as protective as the leading brands, I would really have something special."

At first I was sorely tempted to choose a glitter case. One of my friends has one with cascading gold glitters.  Velvet Caviar's Coffee Please design is fun too as seen in their promo video.

But what I picked in the end were these two gemstone inspired cases. One for a larger iPhone, the 8+ and one for a smaller iPhone 5.  Velvet Caviar also makes cases for popular Galaxy (Android) smartphones. They clearly target popular phone makes.

They do have a sense of humor!

The one for an iPhone 8+ is the Holo Moonstone Marble design.  I tried it out on a borrowed iPhone 8+.  Way too pretty for my husband's taste but I can't wait till I try it on my own iPhone when I upgrade later this year.

This is so much prettier than my present dark grey Mous smartphone case which is made from bulletproof material (see my post about smartphone grips).  Velvet Caviar cases have edges and corner protection so the screens and phones will survive the kind of accidental drops you and I might make. As you can see the smartphone itself is not visible (apart from the power button) when viewed from the side. If the phone is dropped face down, the screen is not likely to crack.

But what makes this case so pretty are the glints which are visible in bright light when you move the case!  See their promo video shot in  sunlight.

The case for my daughter's iPhone 5 is the Blue Opal design. It too features distinctive marble-like cracks.

Velvet Caviar have matching ring holders to some of their designs. The ring holder is probably not that useful for a smaller phone unless you are a klutz like me. But it makes much more sense on larger phones especially if you have small hands. Using the ring holder gives a more secure grip on while the phone in use.

What I also like about the ring holders is the option to use it as a stand.  You know, when you are catching up on the news or my blog while you are eating your breakfast cereal?

One last thing.  I found it best to keep a thumb on the ring holder base before twisting the ring itself. This will reduce pressure on the adhesive which holds this accessory in place.

Before You Go:

I used my iPhone 6S with the Camera+  app. I used  the Orangemonkie studio which comes equipped with LED lights - for artificial light photography in my windowless basement studio. The Foldio2 is particularly affordable. I use the Foldio3 with the extra light bar because I need the room for tutorial photography.  

My online class Easy Guide to Smartphone Jewelry Photography is now available. Read more about it here.  

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