Now that spring has finally arrived and we can enjoy some real life blooms, my son has been in our garden picking them for me everyday (how can I bring myself to tell his beaming little face that they’re planted there for a reason?)! And while nothing beats those flowers, they have inspired me to make even more room for florals in my closet…
With the slew of holiday parties coming up, we’re on the lookout for conversation pieces that will draw all revelers’ eyes to you. A take on one of the year’s biggest jewelry trends, the ear cuff, more than fits the bill, especially Brazilian designer Fernando Jorge’s luxe black diamond and sapphire beauty. After all, why should exquisite gems be relegated to merely one point on the ear?
When Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection went up for auction at Christie’s in late 2011, Bulgari bought up $20 million worth of their creations. Smart move – the value of pieces rapidly appreciated in the actress’ keeping. This summer they will exhibit several of these special gems in honor of the 50th anniversary of Taylor’s film … Continue reading Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari Jewels: Cleopatra’s Collection
One of my dearest friends, Cindy Chao, has made history by becoming the first Taiwanese artist to enter the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Pretty impressive considering her company, The Art Jewel, has only been around since 2004! The piece she generously donated to the lauded museum? Her Masterpiece Royal Butterfly brooch, which is valued … Continue reading Cindy Chao Royal Butterfly Brooch: Smithsonian Spotlight
I love a chunky cuff, and so does Emily Deschanel! Her Badgley Mischka gown was embellished at the top, but plain black from the shoulders down, so the 60 carats of sapphires on the Plukka Hera cuff ($8,300 at Plukka) were completely essential for the look to succeed.
I’m just wrapping up a trip in Florence for the Luisa via Roma Firenze 4ever event. I’m sad to be saying ciao to such breathtaking art and architecture (and delicious food!), but the good news is that I can take a little of Italy home with me thanks to Alessandro Dari’s Florentine-inspired designs. The goldsmith … Continue reading Alessandro Dari Santa Croce Ring: Architectural Digest
Given the recent controversies over Karlie Kloss‘ Indian headdress at the VS fashion show and No Doubt’s cowboys and Indians-themed music video (both incidents were pulled from tv and the Internet), I’m surprised no one has gotten up in Elise Dray‘s Native American-inspired pieces. Victoria’s Secret, on the other hand, publicly apologized for its “racist” … Continue reading Elise Dray Indian Jewels: An Homage?
No one does animalia jewels quite as elegantly as Boucheron. Their pieces are not like the tacky Judith Leiber variety – these animals sparkle with life (and with the finest quality gems!). The Parisian family dynasty has been creating jewels and perfume for around 150 years (they were acquired by Gucci at the start of … Continue reading Boucheron Rings: Carnival of the Animals
Lydia Courteille wanted her jewels to create a dream-like state of mind for their wearers, and she did that and more! The jeweler has brought to life a fantasy that we all want to believe in when we step into the world of fashion – that there is beauty beyond this world that can change … Continue reading Lydia Courteille Jewels: Lydia in Wonderland