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Fernando Jorge Black Diamond, Sapphire & Gold Lobe Earrings

Fernando Jorge Black Diamond, Sapphire & Gold Lobe Earrings: Lightning Strikes

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?

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari Jewels: Cleopatra’s Collection

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”

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The Golden Globes 2013: Golden Girls

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.

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Alessandro Dari Santa Croce Ring: Architectural Digest

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”

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Lydia Courteille Jewels: Lydia in Wonderland

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”

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Holiday Ornament Jewels: Deck the Halls!

Boughs of holly are nice, but jewels are what make me jolly. You’ve decorated your tree, mantle, front door…it’s your turn now! There’s definitely a tacky and gaudy way to wear ornament jewels, but as long as you choose fun and festive (yet still tasteful and sophisticated) options, you’re set to shine. You won’t find … Continue reading “Holiday Ornament Jewels: Deck the Halls!”

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Delfina Delettrez Collar Shirt Diamond Necklace: Hot Under the Collar

Collars get a lot of attention. Blue collars, white collars, popped collars, etc. I think I’ve found my favorite, though – the diamond collar! Delfina Delettrez, a fourth generation Fendi, has created a truly unique jewel here. Her playful, and sometimes gothic designs are produced with mixed medias and unusual subjects (some pieces are inspired … Continue reading “Delfina Delettrez Collar Shirt Diamond Necklace: Hot Under the Collar”

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Solange Azagury-Partridge Ballcrusher,Gold Pearl and Sapphire Earrings: She’s a Maneater

I’ve got to admit: the name “ballcrusher” grabbed my attention. But what I didn’t expect to see was a jewel with such a threatening title – and a pretty awesome one, if you ask me – to be so feminine and pretty! That’s not to say these earrings by Solange Azagury-Partridge aren’t offbeat. Claws are, … Continue reading “Solange Azagury-Partridge Ballcrusher,Gold Pearl and Sapphire Earrings: She’s a Maneater”

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Van Cleef & Arpels Bals de Légende: What Legends Are Made Of

Jewels have the potential to transcend time and place, to distort our own less sparkling realities into something more romantic and enable us to fantasize. No jewelry house seems to understand this like Van Cleef & Arpels. Their recent collection, Bals de Legende, is inspired by the greatest parties in history and spans references from … Continue reading “Van Cleef & Arpels Bals de Légende: What Legends Are Made Of”

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