Archive for the ‘JEWELS’ Category

Tiffany Keys

April 19, 2009

There’s something so intriguing and exciting about a key. A key represents mystery, privilege, and secrecy, and perhaps most importantly, security — something that is hard to come by lately. The new Tiffany & Co. Key Collection has all that plus more — including diamonds.

Alas, these beautiful keys are more magical than practical; none of them open any doors. Still, the elegant, beautiful designs could capture any heart, and a simple engraving could add timeless meaning and individuality to one of these key pendants.

The Tiffany keys come in gold, silver, and platinum with Celtic inspired designs, diamond details, and an array of matching chains is available.


Nature’s Bounty

April 8, 2009

Jeweler Sarah Graham turned to the pages of Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature for inspiration for her newest collection that features an interpretation of coral made in her signature blackened steel combined with 18-karat gold and diamond accents. “Haeckel’s work is the ultimate union of art and science,” says the designer about the German biologist, physician, artist and philosopher. “He studied the nature of form and drew forms of nature.” The bold coral designs, made into rings, pendants, and earrings, are scientifically accurate forms of blooming coral in all shapes and sizes. Graham is known for her inventive uses of blackened metals that when paired with diamonds and gold gives jewelry a more subdued image.

Diamond-encrusted Nivea jar is luxury for a cause

March 25, 2009

If the recession has not forced you to cut down on your spa visits and you are one of those fortunate few who can still afford to spend on luxury cosmetics, then this diamond-encrusted jar from Nivea won’t leave you guilt ridden, especially because all the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Care charity. The jar is encrusted with 441 ethically sourced white diamonds set in stunning white gold and has been tailor-made to crown any jar of Nivea Visage Expert Lift Day or Night Cream. Yes, this aging cream was meant to be a perfect gift for Mother’s Day in the UK. Though we are past it, still if you are interested than the jar will retail exclusively through fine jewelers, Moira’s on New Bond Street, London for $22,636.

A Touch of India

March 25, 2009

Colorful and exotic, Indian jewelry has a distinctive style that is oftentimes too ornate for an American’s taste. Manju Jasty’s new eponymous collection, however, reconfigures traditional Indian designs in slightly scaled-down and less decorative styles that portray a sense of captivating exoticism inherent in Indian pieces. The ruby and diamond bracelet, shown, employs the customary rose-cut diamonds, but in a cleaner, more modern setting than a typical Indian style. “I found the jewelry that I inherited too traditional for my own taste,” says Jasty, who left a banking job to establish her own jewelry business in New York. She started by re-crafting her own pieces then discovered she had an innate passion and skill for selecting gems and designing. “I try to pare down some designs so they’re more wearable everyday,” she explains. Prices start at $4,000 for diamond bangles.

Not Just any Pearl

March 10, 2009

The Mikimoto pearl house has spent decades seeking and matching perfectly symmetrical, flawless round pearls for its jewelry designs, but its newest collection highlights asymmetrical, unusually textured baroque pearls. The 25-piece Baroque Couture group, $9,200 to $46,000, features one-of-a-kind creations designed to enhance the shape, color, and luster of each unique pearl. The new pieces, unveiled in Mikimoto stores internationally in February, portray the large baroque pearls, some of which are bigger than a grape, in a bold, stylish image. The ring, shown, is set with nearly three carats of diamonds.

Madonna’s $3 Million Diamond Versace Tiara

March 8, 2009

On March 23rd, online jewelry retailer will auction off a gold and diamond tiara designed by the late Gianni Versace to benefit the Aid for AIDS charity. The one-of-a-kind tiara, which contains over 1,200 diamonds and is worth an estimated $3 million, has been worn by celebrities including Madonna, Amber Valletta and Donatella Versace. The opening bid for the precious piece is $699,000. The Versace Tiara won the famous De Beers Diamonds International Award in 1995 due to the meticulous detail and craftsmanship Gianni Versace put into creating the piece.

The tiara, the star of Versace’s famous Atelier Collection, has previously been held only by private collectors. This is the first time in the history of the piece that it is being made available to the public for purchase. A substantial amount of the funds raised from the online auction will go to Aid for AIDS, a non-profit premier service provider for Los Angeles County whose mission is to provide direct financial assistance and critical support for the necessities of life to those impoverished and disabled by HIV/AIDS.

Key of Life

February 12, 2009

The “Key of Life” might not open any doors, but it will certainly catch a lot of eyes! What you see above is actually an 18ct white gold charm weighing 18 grams, handset with 2 carats of brilliant cut VS G color diamonds. It is intended to be worn on a chain as a necklace or, if you’re very fancy, your finest charm bracelet.

But it’s more than just a pretty key. Each $5,000 Key of Life provides 18 patients with HIV/AIDS care for one year in a Keep a Child Alive treatment center in Africa. And yes, your $5,000 purchase is thusly tax deductible.

The limited edition Key of Life charms by Alexander Amosu are available exclusively through Keep a Child Alive. Only 100 keys were made, and the first was presented to KCA Co-Founder and Global Ambassador Alicia Keys.

101-Carat Diamond Gets Its Name

February 9, 2009

The rare, 101.27-carat diamond sold at Christie’s spring 2008 Hong Kong auction is now known as “The Shizuka Diamond,” Christie’s announced on Thursday.

The giant stone’s owner selected the name as a gift for his wife of 16 years.

The Shizuka diamond netted $6.2 million at “Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale” in May 2008 and is the largest colorless diamond ever sold at auction in Asia.

Van Cleef & Arpels Offers the Design of Your Dreams

February 4, 2009

French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels is giving some of its best clients the opportunity to collaborate with its Parisian designers on custom-made pieces at America’s International Fine Art Fair being held February 3-8 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. For the first time at the show, the company’s two head designers will come from Paris with important loose stones―including a 2.45-carat fancy intense orange-yellow diamond, an 11- carat cushion-cut ruby, and a 138-carat green beryl―to meet with clients individually and guide them in selecting a gem for a personalized design. After the final sketch has been approved, the piece will be made in either the New York or Paris workshop and delivered within six to eight months. In addition to the “Design of Your Dreams” concept, the house will present its Ballet Précieux high jewelry collection and vintage pieces, such as the 1971 gold Sequins necklace and earrings (shown), at the Palm Beach show.

Rock Solid

January 15, 2009

When Diamond in the Rough introduced its rough diamond jewelry three years ago, it gave the classic stone a new image by portraying it in its organic, natural form. Today, many jewelers are experimenting with rough diamonds, but Diamond in the Rough continues to create some of the most stylish and exclusive natural diamond pieces, such as the newly unveiled 97-carat yellow diamond bracelet, shown. It took nearly one year to collect rough yellow diamonds of similar size and shape and create individual settings for each stone within the design. The new collection presents a wide variety of colored diamonds in designs that range from large rough-rock rings to delicate strands of rough diamonds that appear like softly tumbled rocks.