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Marni's Set of Three Swarovski Crystal Brooches: Snob or Slob?

What is it with luxury brands and insects lately? I love the idea of a trio of complementary brooches to accent a simple cardigan or a sweater, but I’m torn about what to make of Marni’s Set of Three Swarovski Crystal Brooches ($355). I can think of few things that I find less appealing than … Continue reading “Marni's Set of Three Swarovski Crystal Brooches: Snob or Slob?”

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Lanvin Spring 2011

Last season’s tiger’s fang-shaped necklaces have become next season’s housefly. Elie Top, Lanvin’s creative head when it comes to all things bijoux, has focused on a smaller object upon which to fantasize. The resulting brooches, necklaces and bracelets can verge on creepy at times–particularly for those with a fear of insects–but they’re nevertheless jeweled and … Continue reading “Lanvin Spring 2011”

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Carolina Bucci Bambini

Carolina Bucci’s family has been in the jewelry business for over 125 years, so she literally has been immersed in the industry her whole life. In addition to a dozen different collections, the designer has a bespoke line. It’s her Bambini line however that won me over! No, I don’t have kids to buy pieces … Continue reading “Carolina Bucci Bambini”

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Tiffany & Co.'s New Collection

Last week, over bubbly, hors d’oeuvres, and music I previewed the new 2010 Tiffany & Co. collection at their 5th Avenue flagship (for those that don’t know, Tiffany recently launched an awesome iPhone app and has an extensive e-commerce component on their website) . Of course the blindingly sparkling $7 million necklace pictured below on … Continue reading “Tiffany & Co.'s New Collection”

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2010 Jewelry Collection

The entire Fall 2010 collection from ready to wear to accessories was inspired by the beetle. The colors, an opalescent green blue that degrades to a bright yet gentle yellow. The jewelry is elegant and refined, yet edgy and surprising. I did not know a beetle could be anything but icky, but after Tomas Maier … Continue reading “Bottega Veneta Fall 2010 Jewelry Collection”

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Tiffany & Co. 2009-2010 Blue Book Collection

Tiffany’s Blue Book Collection was why Holly Golightly went all batty. This is their most precious of jewels and I was able to preview this collection at their Rodeo Drive store. Trying not to faint was a serious feat. Everything was beyond, but these few pieces caught my eye and imagination (wouldn’t it be fantastic … Continue reading “Tiffany & Co. 2009-2010 Blue Book Collection”

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Cartier 100th Anniversary – La Peregrina Pearl

Elizabeth Taylor wearing La Peregrina Pearl; Portrait by Diego Velazquez of Queen Mariana of Spain wearing La Peregrina Pearl I went to see Cartier’s 100th Anniversary exhibit at their Rodeo Drive store and there were a lot of incredible pieces, many worthy of individual mention but since I love other people’s drama, the one that … Continue reading “Cartier 100th Anniversary – La Peregrina Pearl”

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Alexis Bittar Pin Updates Any Look

I’ve always been a fan of Hermes scarves but I am always hesitant to wear them because, worn the wrong way, they can make your look so outdated. (I am all for classicism but I don’t want to look like a fashionably confused version of my grandmother!) This Alexis Bittar pin can be a cleaver … Continue reading “Alexis Bittar Pin Updates Any Look”

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