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Elise Dray Dragon Articulated Ring: A Jewel of Fire and Ice

Chalk it up to me being in Asia (and a Game of Thrones addict), but I’m suddenly drawn to all things dragon. If I can’t have a real one to turn my enemies to ash, I’ll just have to get my ice and fire from Elise Dray’s articulated full finger ring. Even though the French designer’s collection is only four years old, the fantastical scope is far from small.

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Royal Asscher Stars of Africa: Galaxies of Light

In 1902, Joseph Asscher invented the now famous Asscher cut, a stepped square style with cropped corners. While this remains one of the jewelry industry’s most beloved designs, his family didn’t stop there – they developed the Royal Asscher cut in 2001, naming it after their thriving diamond empire. The style plays off of the … Continue reading “Royal Asscher Stars of Africa: Galaxies of Light”

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Tomasz Donocik x Alexander McQueen: Dragonfly Jewels

Not all insects should become jewels. A prime example? The cockroach. I’m not saying there isn’t a gem out there fashioned after one, but if there is, it’s probably not selling very well. Dragonflies, on the other hand, are like pure gold. With beautiful wings and a non-bloodsucking diet, they’re pretty likable little things. London-based … Continue reading “Tomasz Donocik x Alexander McQueen: Dragonfly Jewels”

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Chanel Première Bands: Ring Tones and Stones

Anytime you can stack jewels, I’m in! That’s why these new Chanel rings are going to catch on quickly. There are options to fit every taste – precious pink, white, or yellow gold all with or without diamonds. Instead of plain jane strips of metal, Chanel takes its sophisticated touch and breaks the mold to … Continue reading “Chanel Première Bands: Ring Tones and Stones”

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Amanda Seyfried x Lorraine Schwartz: Pendant Necklaces

Seeing Amanda Seyfried accessorize her gorgeous Zac Posen gown with a long Lorraine Schwartz pendant necklace was such a refreshing, interesting style choice. The Les Mis star went with a pretty minimal look, and I don’t think it would have worked without the diamond and lavender jade art deco-inspired bauble. We’re not used to seeing … Continue reading “Amanda Seyfried x Lorraine Schwartz: Pendant Necklaces”

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Best Rhodium Jewels: Rhodium Roundup

Even though it was only discovered 200 years ago, rhodium has a dark, romantic look to it that calls back to centuries ago. It’s not a fact that you hear thrown around a lot, but this metal is the most expensive in the world (chemically, it’s a platinum metal). It’s also one of the most … Continue reading “Best Rhodium Jewels: Rhodium Roundup”

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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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Cindy Chao’s Million-Dollar Jewel: Madam Butterfly

We know Cindy Chao as much more than a jewelry designer – she’s an artist. Her breathtaking diamond butterfly just sold for nearly a million dollars at a Christie’s auction – how insane is that?! She has crafted a jeweled butterfly every year since 2004, when she founded The Art Jewel, an innovative company focused … Continue reading “Cindy Chao’s Million-Dollar Jewel: Madam Butterfly”

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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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