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The World’s Most Expensive Gemstones

The World’s Most Expensive Gemstones

Reading Time: 3 minutesFor thousands of years, people have used gemstones in a variety of different ways to add color and more aesthetic value to a range of jewelry pieces, such as necklaces, rings, and earrings. Although today, some gemstones are more popular than others, there is a wide range of other gemstones to choose from which are both stunning to look at and expensive to buy. Whether you’re planning to buy something lovely for yourself, are looking for an expensive gift for that special someone, or simply want to learn more about the most expensive gemstone options, we’ve got all the information you need right here. Diamonds Arguably the most popular gemstone of all time, diamonds are also one of the most expensive to purchase. Hugely durable and long-lasting, diamonds are also the traditional choice for engagement rings and other jewelry items which tend to hold more sentimental value. Although most people…

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Couleur, the spirit of the Maison.

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Couleur, the spirit of the Maison.

Reading Time: 7 minutesThe story of Van Cleef & Arpels is probably one of the most interesting ones. This amazing luxury house established the landscape of modern jewelry since 1906. This month they are launching the evolution of their Perlée collection, called Perlée Couleur. This new collection is the perfect symbol of Van Cleef & Arpels DNA: from innovative design to inspiration, all elements are gathered to build an outstanding jewelry collection. Van Cleef & Arpels, the pioneers of modern jewelry Despite the fact Van Cleef & Arpels is one of the most established jewelry brand in the world, they remain true pioneers in their industry. When Alfred Van Cleef and Salomon Arpels decided to found the company in 1896, they had this extraordinary vision of a Brand that would navigate across decades of success based in innovation, passion, inspiration and the love for excellence at work. They were the first Jeweler to…

Waskoll Paris, a strong tradition of excellence at work.

Waskoll Paris, a strong tradition of excellence at work.

Reading Time: 3 minutesAmong all bright stones in the Jewelry industry, Waskoll Paris in one of the brightest. This family owned company reflects the passion of the Waskoll family for beautiful precious materials and also excellence at work. When it comes to high-end jewelry, quality of metals and precious stones are key, as well as the techniques. The story of this family is exceptional. The two Waskoll brothers, heirs to a long tradition of jewelers and gem specialists have managed one of the most prestigious Parisian establishments over the last few decades. After a discreet beginning, they came into the limelight when they opened a jewelry at 19 rue de la Paix, in Paris – which is at the heart of the quarter known for products of the utmost luxury. In this way, they revealed the vast range of their creativity and their mastery of techniques. The work of Jeweler is very facetted. There is a…

Four Places to Find Awesome Vintage Jewelry

Four Places to Find Awesome Vintage Jewelry

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere are so many amazing modern jewelry designers that make large and small piece to complement any outfit. I am a personal fan of Zoe Chicco’s pieces, as well as Nam Cho; but when I want to make a really big statement, I always go for the vintage pieces. The great thing about vintage pieces is that they tend to be unique, even one-of-a-kind. Even if they were mass-produced during their time, it was usually done in smaller batches. They also tend to be classic, timeless pieces that are always in fashion. Sure, you could go with modern jewelry designed to look vintage, but it’s just not the same. At the same time, it can be difficult to find quality vintage pieces – but not impossible. Here are some places where you can find great vintage pieces to add to your collection. Luxury Goods Buyers Luxury buyers, like San Diego Jewelry Buyers,…

Shawish Geneva, beautiful chocolate luxury dream.

Shawish Geneva, beautiful chocolate luxury dream.

Reading Time: 5 minutesSwitzerland is one of the lands of luxury and know-how. Discover Shawish Geneva and its partnership with the inventive chocolatier Philippe Pascoët. The result is the most expensive chocolate egg in the world. According to Shawish, it is a spectacular demonstration of creativity in order to achieve an insane project inspired from childhood memories. This is translated into a chocolate egg concealing a precious surprise. And definitely it is not intended for kids ! The Shawish Diamonds Surprise – unique and rare It is an unique chocolate egg, 20cm x 12cm. Made of the finest Venezuelan chocolate at 65%, this special egg contains an unique jewel inside, a true fairy tale precious object. It conceals a pendant from the emblematic Magic Mushroom line of Shawish. The Dandy Emerald is made of 18-carat white gold. The fleshy cap of the mushroom is set with 314 white finest diamonds (5.44 carats). The…

Cartier Winter tale 2013, the panther is out!

Cartier Winter tale 2013, the panther is out!

Reading Time: 3 minutesCartier revealed the 4th chapter of its Winter Tale. This time we discover a young Panther and a team of Cartier’s Buttlers evolving in a 1920’s Paris by Christmas time. They go from house to house in order to deliver Cartier’s presents. You can see the full version of the video here: Since L’Odyssee de Cartier, The french jewelry House has invested a lot in films to promote the brand territory. This is already the 4th chapter of “Winter Tales” in which Cartier celebrates the magic of Christmas. It is also a very interesting way to connect all Cartier’s activities, Jewelry and Timepieces, in order to be perceived as a multi-product category Brand. The film itself was directed by Eric “Bibo” Bergeron. He is used to direct animation movies thanks to his experience with Dreamworks Studios and more recently with his own animation studio. He directly several animation movies already,…

PietraDura reveals this fall “Clair Obscur”. Masterpieces.

PietraDura reveals this fall “Clair Obscur”. Masterpieces.

Reading Time: 2 minutesA while ago we discovered an amazing jewelry brand called PietraDura. This fall, they launched a great collection called “Clair Obscur” which in french means “Clear Darker”. When art meets jewelry, the result is always outstanding. With this fall collection, PietraDura is loyal to its DNA and provides an unique signature between excellence in know-how and modernity. Clair Obscur plays once more with Rainbow stones that are set  in black jewelry. Looking at this amazing collection, the effect is, as the brand says, like a sfumato. Playing with shadows and light, certain details are revealed and others hidden, just for the pleasure of our eyes.   PietraDura Manchette Taboo   This amazing piece is a yellow Gold and blackened silver bracelet. The central cabochon contains a beautiful Aquamarine and the other secondary cabochons are made with tourmaline and set with yellow gold. It is an unique piece. PietraDura Bonbon rings…

Carla Amorim, brazilians do it better… jewellery

Carla Amorim, brazilians do it better… jewellery

Reading Time: 2 minutesDiscover Carla Amorim, one of the most talented brazilian jewellers of her generation. Her major inspiration? Brazil of course. Brazil is considered as one of the most rich countries in the world in terms of cultural influences. From the colonial times of Portugal, towards african, italian, spanish, french and american influences, Brazil is a true melting pot. Add on top of this one of the most luxurious nature you can find and the result is purely brilliant. Between the several wonders of brazilian nature, towards her catholic faith up to the talented Oscar Niemeyer in Brasilia, Carla Amorim picks up the best and the unique. She highlights these inspirations with Diamonds, Pearls, gemstones and Gold 18 carat in various colours. Bands, Rings, earrings, necklaces, Pendants and Bracelets are the different items of the artist collections.   Brazilian nature brings the forms and the colours, Niemeyer’s work with the geometric lines…

Ritani Engagement Rings

Ritani Engagement Rings

Reading Time: 2 minutesA relative newcomer to the fine jewelry space, Ritani, founded in 1999, has in a short time established a name and reputation that has become the envy of the high-end jewelry trade. If intricate and ornate rings that are both unique and functional appeal to you then Ritani is your designer of choice. Ritani draws its inspiration from themes as nature and classic romance to design rings of timeless elegance. However, as a company steeped in tradition yet with a modern outlook, it not only creates jewelry looking at past and current influences but also has an eye to the future where any creation is possible. Ritani engagement rings may be purchased online directly from the company or from an extensive local network of local jewelers. This seamlessly integrated shopping experience provides clients with all the convenience and advantages of online shopping but with the security of a bricks and…

The Beauty of Colored Diamonds

The Beauty of Colored Diamonds

Reading Time: 4 minutesOver the past few years, fancy color diamonds have forged a path into the consciousness of the public, making up for the centuries whereby they have been the preserve solely of nobility, the very wealthy, and those in the know. Approximately 10,000 rarer than colorless diamonds, natural fancy color diamonds started to garner wider attention when celebrities such as J-Lo, Beyonce, Kate Hudson, and Kim Kardashian started receiving them as engagement rings and were draped in them at red carpet events. In fact, colored diamond engagement rings have become all the rage and with the 20th of March, also known as Proposal Day, soon upon us, no doubt there will be many more colored diamonds gracing the hands of elated females. Colors of the Rainbow Fancy color diamonds come in the following colors – yellow, pink, blue, red, violet, purple, gray, white, black, green, chameleon, orange, and champagne. When you…

Chopard Jewelry: deal with the next biopic about Lady Di.

Chopard Jewelry: deal with the next biopic about Lady Di.

Reading Time: 2 minutesOne of the most anticipated projects in the movie industry is definitely the Biopic of Lady Diana. And to play the first role, we will have the pleasure to see Naomi Watts. All the jewelry shown in the movie will be only Chopard. The deal was made with the movie producers and they will be the only Brand allowed for Jewelry and Watches. More than 30 different pieces were designed by in house at Chopard. As you can imagine, Chopard is happy with this collaboration as the movie is expected to be a big hit next summer.   Chopard is not at their first movie collaboration. Chopard is an official partner for the Cannes Movie festival since 1997 and many Chopard Jewelry pieces were placed in many movies in the past like: Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen Basic Instinct 2 with Sharon Stone Nine by Rob Marshall in which…

Baselworld 2012, the Watch industry comes to Switzerland.

Baselworld 2012, the Watch industry comes to Switzerland.

Reading Time: 1 minutesAs Champaign is important to France, we all know how important the Watch industry is for Switzerland. The Swiss city of Basel welcomes each year what we call Baselworld, the International fair for the Watch industry. Here are the key figures for the 2012 edition. THE KEY FIGURES 160,000 m2 of exhibition surface 1,815 exhibitors Total countries represented: 41 We always talk about the Watches at Baselworld but let’s not forget that there is also Jewellery that is very important.  689 exhibitors for Jewellery vs 608 for Watches. Of course many brands have both like Bulgary. Check the official website for more informations: http://www.baselworld.com See the recent video about some great exhibitors this year: Link: Baselworld2012.mov   So who will be there for the Fair? I will… LA   Info sourced at Official Press release. All images copyrighted. No reproduction rights available.

Plukka, jewelry e-shop

Plukka, jewelry e-shop

Reading Time: 5 minutesPlukka is an online shop for jewelry in which they adopt a common purchase strategy. Prices get lower depending on how many people are committed to buy the item. Making fine jewelry available to everyone. E-commerce became the new challenge for many brands and customers are today more and more willing to buy their goods online. Lack of time, change of purchase behavior, cheap prices or just good advertising are good reasons in why e-commerce became now a reality. Some products are easier to sell online than others but e-tailers find more and more creative ways to propose new products. Electronics, books, hotel bookings or even flying tickets are currently the big sales online and some categories are more complex to sell like fragrances, watches or even jewelry. In the strictly elitist jewelry market, in which top luxury brands dominate, we can hardly find an e-commerce proposition. Most of the…

A rare 6.4 million $ Blue Diamond sold in Hong Kong

A rare 6.4 million $ Blue Diamond sold in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 2 minutesA rare, flawless blue diamond that was once part of the legendary De Beers Millennium Collection sold for $6.4 million.