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14 March 2019
GemGenève is a trade fair largely dedicated to gemstone dealers – which you may recall was the profession of its two founders, Thomas Faerber and Ronny Totah. The display cases are full of loose diamonds, rubies, sapphires, opals, tourmalines, and spinels. The most beautiful specimens include the unheated Burmese ruby of 12.84 carats displayed by House of Gems and the Pink Paradise diamond of 15 carats at Dehres. Another star of GemGenève is the “Shirley Temple Blue Bird” presented by Windsor Jewels. This 9.30 carat intense blue sapphire was given to the actress by her father, when she was still just a little girl.
08 March 2019
After several months of work, the Victoria & Albert Museum’s jewelry gallery will reopen on April 11, 2019. It has added approximately 80 new pieces to its rich collection, including two must-see items: the diamond and sapphire crown designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1840 and Freddie Mercury’s collection of 49 vanity art deco cases, donated by his sister Kashmira Bulsara. However unlikely a match these two collectors would seem to be, the V&A has pulled it off!
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14 February 2019
Cartier’s latest jewelry collection, “Les Galaxies”, takes inspiration from the cosmos. “In the past, we focused on space as seen from the earth, full of moons and stars,” says Pierre Rainero, director of style and heritage. “Today, the viewpoint is from space, and the approach is more scientific. “ The jewelry evokes Earth seen from above at night, with mobile colored stones on rails. Rows of Tahiti pearls in iridescent shades reflect the alignment of the planets; asteroids and meteorites are represented by diamonds mounted on highly sensitive “trembling settings”. Make a date for 2119…
06 February 2019
As every season, Swarovski has collaborated with couturiers to demonstrate the extraordinary creativeness of its material: crystal. It supplied over 385,000 to Alexandre Vauthier, and over a million to Olivier Roustaing at Balmain. In two fashion shows, crystal appeared in various forms: faceted, sewn-on, polished into cabochons, made to look like pearls, shaped like English suit buttons, used in a total look with a dress plus green sock-boots, and inlaid in torn embroideries. Missions accomplished.
04 February 2019
Two SS19 Haute Couture collections recently put the spotlight on facial jewelry. With Valentino, models resembling fairies wore huge feather eyelashes in pink, blue and white to go with big, swishing flowery dresses by Pierpaolo Piccioli. With Iris van Herpen, the girls were decked out as cybrids– half-human, half-animal embryos – and sported masks formed by a network of rippling gold wires. The designer obtained these using AI, or generative design, to be precise, where a scan of the face is processed by a “grasshopper algorithm”. Hybridisation is fascinating – and disquieting.
12 January 2019
It’s well known that fashion loves what it hated yesterday: in this case, the jewelry of the eighties. Yellow gold clips, chokers and gadroon rings adorned with large purple, yellow, red and green stones like those worn by Joan Collins in Dynasty or Jerry Hall in Studio 54. Hoop earrings are also enjoying phenomenal success. After the 70s, vintage enthusiasts tracked down Bulgari, OJ Perrin or Poiray – the decade’s emblematic jewelers – at Miller‘s or at auctions. Who said the 80s were the years of bad taste?
07 January 2019
Ceramics have become the signature material of James Taffin de Givenchy (the couturier’s nephew), a French jeweler based on Madison Avenue in New York. “The execution, which is reminiscent of enamel, gives a modern look to the wearing of large stones, which American women love”, he explains. He works with ceramic touches as with these black stainless steel hoop earrings, whose undulating edge is highlighted in bright red or orange. He also boldly goes for a total ceramic look: on a ring, the white diamond is set in a khaki striped bezel, while on bracelet three Mandarin garnets are set in a camouflage print. A magnificent work that’s one of a kind.
20 December 2018
The world of jewelry boasts many different settings – ways of fixing precious stones to make them stand out as much as possible. One of the most innovative is the Tension setting developed by Germany’s Niessing manufacture. Specialists in engagement rings, Niessing have pulled off the feat of inserting a diamond, without breaking it, between the two ends of a cut ring. so that it then seems to float in the air…. The Tension setting is now available in a dozen models and a variety of gold colors, including unique shades ranging from gray to red, ivory or rosewood. The ideal way to personalize your engagement ring.
14 December 2018
To customize the solitaire (the traditional engagement ring made of a central stone), designer Jessica McCormack created “Diamond Party Jackets”, in other words, diamond casings. She offers us 8 duos, each composed of a solitaire and its casing in the shape of a crescent moon, a New York building, etc.: where the first fits into or slips into the second. They can therefore be worn together or separately depending on the mood or circumstances. For those who already have their own solitaire, Jessica McCormack offers custom-made “Diamond Party Jackets”. A great idea, perfectly executed.
12 December 2018
The next Artcurial jewelry sale is exclusively online, making it a first! The sound of the mallet will be replaced by that of clicks… The sale features several hundred pieces, including beautiful classics at reasonable estimates: a Trinity Cartier bracelet, a white gold ring set with diamonds and a Hermès rotating bezel ring. It’s also a chance to discover more unusual pieces such as the 1970s ring by Brazilian designer Haroldo Burle Marx. One of my favorites in this online jewelry sale is Cartier’s gold charms lingot. The auction opens on the 12th until December 17, 2018. To register, click here.
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