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  • What we have that Blue Nile Doesn’t

    This commercial from Blue Nile has certainly got a lot of attention in our circles over the last few weeks. Many jewelers have complained that its a disparaging look at brick and mortar stores with an implication that you’re safer purchasing your jewelry online, from a massive retailer.

    Well obviously, we couldn’t think differently. We’re also surprised that a retailer the size of Blue Nile would bother to knock the “little guy.” Perhaps its because ultimately, with all their retail power, they still can’t capture something that we so readily offer: personalized service and a real location to display our wares.

    So go ahead, Blue Nile…mock away. We’ll continue providing quality, face-to-face service and an actual studio for you to visit.

     

     

  • Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Expected to Sell for Over $23 Million at Christie’s

    16.08 Carat Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Expected to Sell for Over $23 Million at Christie’s

    Our clients simply love their pink gems. Quintessentially feminine and just plain pretty, there are a wide array of pinks that make us ooooh and ahhhh.

    But this vivid pink? It’s a showstopping shade.

    And rightfully so. Starting at $23 million, it had better take our breath away!

     

    Christie’s will offer a 16.08 ct. cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond at its Nov. 10 Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva and estimates the rare gem will sell for $23 million–$28 million. 

    The diamond is the largest of its kind to ever be sold at auction, and, in fact, only three pure vivid pink diamonds over 10 cts. have ever appeared at auction.

    The spectacular stone is set as a ring, surrounded by a double row of pavé-set white diamonds and a third row of pavé-set pink diamonds. The band consists of circular-cut white diamonds set in platinum.

    “As large and rare colored diamonds of this caliber become increasingly hard to locate, this 16.08 ct.  fancy vivid pink diamond comes to market at a time when great gems are mirroring prices achieved for masterpieces in the world of fine art,” said Kadakia, Christie’s international head of jewelry. “Collectors are looking to jewels as savvy investments that are both beautiful and can appreciate considerably in value over a relatively short period of time.”

    Source: JCK

     

    Looking for something a little closer to home budgetarily? Call for pricing.

     

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    Cultured Pink Diamond And Pave Ring

    Delicate pave set diamond ring with 1/2ct fancy pink cultured diamond and 1/3ct t.w. natural round pave’ set diamonds. Top of ring is 9mm wide and shank is 2mm wide. Also available in fancy blue and yellow.Available Metal: 14kt White Gold And Platinum
    Available Stone Size: 1/2ct
    Available Ring Size: 4 – 8

  • The Most Complicated Watch Ever (but Does it Tell Time?)

    Prepare to have your mind blown. This mind pretty much does everything except take out the trash or wash the dishes (then what good is it, she screams!).

    But seriously, the amount of detail in this Vacheron Constantin watch is beyond compare…literally. It IS the most complicated watch ever created.

    Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin is claiming the title of the most complicated mechanical watch ever made with its Reference 57260. Boasting 57 complications (the previous record holder had 33) and a wide array of functions, the Reference 57260 contains over 2,800 components, each one hand-decorated by one Master Watchmaker using traditional techniques. The watch is also Hallmark of Geneva certified, which means it was assembled, timed, and cased in Geneva and has passed rigorous criteria regarding production, workmanship, and precision.

    Mind not blown yet? Check out this space-age feature:

    Nine astronomical calendar functions

    The third calendar consists of nine astronomical complications. These include one that shows the seasons, equinoxes, solstices, and the signs of the zodiac using a hand on the reverse side outer dial to represent the position of the sun. The position of the gold hand with a sun-shaped counterweight reads off the months of the year in consecutive order, the constellations of the zodiac, the dates of the autumnal and spring equinoxes, the summer and winter solstices, and the related seasons.

    No price is officially available for the Vacheron Constantin 57206  but the estimates run in the vicinity of $5 million.

     

  • L’Odyssée de Cartier – Not your Average Jewelry Commercial

    L’Odyssée de Cartier moves beyond the constraints of the commercial genre and into, well…an odyssey. Keenly and seamlessly displaying Cartier jewelry throughout, the commercial takes you on a imaginative journey rather than simply “buy me” rhetoric. If all commercials could be this captivating!

    As described on their website:

    Discover the new Cartier film, a journey between dream and reality.
    For the very first time, Cartier has decided to create a cinema epic focusing on its history, its values and inspiration, its artistic and universal scope.

    Directed by: Bruno Aveillan.

     

  • Minimal Facial Jewelry goes Viral on Instagram

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    The face jewelry that launched a thousand ships…or at least a thousand Instagram accounts. And while this jewelry is more for runway purposes during Fashion Week, we couldn’t help but notice its simple, compelling beauty:

    According to Refinery 29:

    This isn’t the Kardashian kind of contouring — each model walked the runway with a custom face piece crafted by Sarah & Sebastian. Each piece tightly outlined the models’ profiles. The subtle and statement-making wire added an exclusive touch to the already-gorgeous collection, complete with major fringe, loose silhouettes, and basket-woven suede.

    Designer Sarah Gittoes told us that each piece was custom-molded to fit each model and held in place through tension (which means that while it’s stunning, it’s not quite meant to be worn in real life…unless you can get through the day without opening your mouth).

    The pieces were made of sterling silver or rose gold. There was no superglue or fashion tape involved. The pieces were held in place with tension.

     

     

  • The Enticing Beauty of a Natural Blue Diamond

    Fancy Light Blue Diamond Ring 3.55 carat
    Yes, Virginia, blue diamonds really do exist. But not many. To qualify as a real blue diamond, the stone must be found in nature with this hue. (An enhanced blue diamond has been treated with heat or chemicals.)

    Sotheby’s recently had the honor of auctioning off this stunning 3.55 carat ring:
    According to Naturally Colored:

    A truly gorgeous platinum ring. As often seen with diamonds of this caliber, platinum is used instead of white gold.

    The blue pear is surrounded with round pink diamonds weighing approximately 0.25 carat that seem to be emphasizing the beautiful and pure blue color of the diamond.

    The price estimation is around $500,000. If we place the setting aside, this means approximately $140,000 per carat. An impressive price tag for a fancy light blue.

     

  • Ice Cube Necklaces to Cool Down the Hottest Lady

    Jewelry has becomes so much more than a mere adornment over the last decade. Smart jewelry can tell you your heart rate or alert you of an email or help you find your way home, among a million other duties. But one woman dared to create a different kind of smart jewelry, made initially to cool down menopausal women but hitting a much bigger audience.

    According to Connie Sherman of Hot Girl Pearls:

    “I went to the store and bought a bag of those colorful plastic ice cubes — the kind that don’t melt in your drink. They’re filled with water and you just stick them in the freezer and they stay cold for hours. I taped them to a string and wrapped them around my neck and I knew, at that moment, I was on to something.”

    “They kept the chill for about 45 minutes. And I knew if I could find a way to make an attractive necklace that worked in the same way, there were lots of women who would want one. I couldn’t be the only one schvitzing her way through menopause.”

    But it wasn’t just women who were dealing with menopause who were logging on to Connie’s website. It was women who were undergoing chemotherapy, others who had migraines, even women who had lupus and multiple sclerosis — things she’d never considered.

    Source: Huffington Post

  • Chicago Museum Highlights Jewelry from late Victorian period to World War I

    Most of us don’t think of fashion as an indicator to historical change. But each era of jewelry making represents the societal tide of that particular era. Chicago’s Driehaus Museum current exhibit highlights a particularly transitional time.

    The exhibition’s more than 250 pieces — 150 from Driehaus’s collection — were created between the late Victorian period and World War I. At that time, jewelry makers in the world’s design centers responded to the world’s growing industrialization and women’s changing roles with daring new jewelry styles. Boldly artistic, exquisitely detailed, hand wrought and inspired by nature, their work became known as art jewelry, according to the museum.

    “The urge for a new aesthetic emerged simultaneously in many countries at the turn of the century,” according to Elyse Zorn Karlin, exhibition curator. “Together they were defined by a rebellion against the strictures of the past and a look toward an exciting, less-encumbered future.”

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    Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach (German, 1861-1918), Octopus Waist Clasp, c. 1900. Collection of Richard H. Driehaus. (Photos by John A. Faier / The Richard H. Driehaus Museum)

     

  • Mythical Golden Creatures

    While this Forbes article discusses the resurgence of gold (did it ever really go away?), we couldn’t help but fawn over the designer highlighted in the piece. Whimsy meets fantasy meets incredible craftsmanship.

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    Temple St. Clair’s Secret Garden Serpent necklace.

    The classic metal [gold] is currently having a moment, and few people know that better than designer Temple St. Clair Carr. One cannot find her haute couture jewelry collection in stores, although her signature rock crystal amulets and collectible cocktail rings can be found at select luxury retailers. She debuted her Mythical Creatures collection of nine statement pieces at the Louvre during Paris Fashion Week earlier this year. As demand for gold increases, designers like Carr—and her namesake company, Temple St. Clair—are introducing bigger and bolder collections to discerning customers who prize the true craftsmanship that comes from master makers. – Forbes

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    Temple St. Clair’s Great Horned Owl ring. “I have always used gold and gemstones as my materials through which I explore universal themes that interest me—from astronomical theory, to Buddhist thought to symbols of nature,”

     

     

     

     

  • Reese Witherspoon, Queen of Bling at Met Gala 2015

    Reese has a long history of looking stellar at red carpet events. She tends play it safe and stick with classic looks, leaving the ostentatious for others. And what a winning formula. Check out last night’s perfection in red. And the bling…wow.

     

    Met Gala 2015: Reese Witherspoon

    Fittingly for the star who just recreated her famous Sweet Home Alabama proposal scene in N.Y.C.’s Tiffany & Co. flagship, the star stopped by the brand’s workshop to check out at her choices. She was accompanied by the brand’s new design director, Francesca Amfitheatrof, who gave her a preview of the necklace, bracelet and ring (all “Skyscraper” motif from the Tiffany & Co. Masterpieces collection) and emerald-cut diamond earrings ($112,000).

    Source: People