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A Gift for Everyone: Part 1

Looking for something to get that special someone?  Here are some seasonal gift suggestions in a variety of price ranges:

Thousands

Let’s pick a max price in the quadruple-digits and look at Tiffany’s double heart ring. Set in platinum, the multiple diamonds of this ring swirl into what Tiffany’s describes as two hearts, one facing upward and one, like a reflection, just below it.  That itself is an apt sentiment for the gift-giving season. The truth is, with additional diamonds curving out of the sides as well, this “double heart” has more of a four-leaf clover sort of shape. Actually, if you squint just right, it may strike you as the magical tumble of a snowstorm that keeps you cuddled up warmly inside the house.

Web link: http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?sku=GRP08149

 

Hundreds

Obviously the hundred-dollar category offers a wide range of options to select from, but if you’re looking for something on the mid-to-lower end of this spectrum, you can take a look at Jan Leslie’s enamel cuff-links. They come in three colors: red, blue, and purple. The sharp-edged star shape engraved at the center looks like an elegant outline of a snowflake, especially if you look at the pair in blue. The design is two stars (alternatively, flowers), one inscribed within the other. The outer star is a deep, navy blue, surrounded by a much lighter pastel hue at the edges and center.

Web link: http://www.janleslie.com/products/english-enamel-flower-pattern-cuff-links

 

Stay tuned for the next categories.

Birthstones for the Days of the Week

Did you know, just as there are monthly birthstones, there are birthstones for the days of the week, as well? Here’s an excuse to buy yourself two gems for your next birthday!

 

Sunday: topaz, diamond

Monday: pearl, crystal

Tuesday: ruby, emerald

Wednesday: amethyst, lodestone

Thursday: sapphire, carnelian

Friday: emerald, cat’s eye

Saturday: turquoise, diamond

Jewelry on the Market: Holiday Giveaway

Jewelry stores in general excel at the “giving spirit” that accompanies the holidays. This year, it seems that one company in particular has really stepped up. Starting today (December 15), Hearts of Fire is promoting a twelve-day jewelry giveaway. That means twelve chances to win one of — well — a dozen pieces that plenty of people would love to add to their collections. Anyone over the age of twenty-one can enter.

 

The catch? Well, it’s not much of a catch, really: you don’t see the piece of jewelry until the day it’s up for giveaway; it first becomes viewable on its day to shine (yes, pun intended).

 

Since today is the first day of the giveaway, Day One’s piece is now available. It’s a pair of rose gold, bow-shaped, stud earrings. The scalloped edges — part of the signature look of the Lorelei Collection — add a bit of quirkiness to the otherwise elegant pair. Encased at the center of each earring is a single diamond (as you might expect from “the world’s most perfectly cut diamond” company).

 

Take a look at these lovely earrings on the Hearts of Fire Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HeartsOnFire/app_707666632608957), which is incidentally also where you can enter the giveaway.

 

Just a reminder, these earrings, which go for over twelve hundred dollars, are available for free if you win. See you at the giveaway.

Jewelry in the News: The Price of Time

On November 11, the Henry Graves Supercomplication—a pocket watch owned by billionaire Sheik Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani—was bought for $24 million. But before it had a name as the most expensive watch ever sold, it was already well known in the timepiece industry. As suggested in its title, the Supercomplication was originally commissioned by banker Henry Graves to be the most complicated and advanced timepiece ever created without computers. In addition to keeping perfect time (not a minute lost since its last winding in 1969), its automatic calendar informs about phases of the moon, times of sunrise and sunset, and the exact rotation of the celestial map as seen from Henry Grave’s original New York City apartment. As an added bonus, it also chimes in the sound of the bells of Westminster Abbey.

 

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It took its designer, Patek Philippe, eight years to build: three for design plans and five to actually manufacture. It contains over nine hundred parts (as compared to an average pocket watch’s two hundred). In 1933, it was sold to Henry Graves, who had commissioned it years prior as part of a friendly competition to see who could create the most complicated watch in the world. With twenty-four functions, it far surpassed its nearest competitor, a sixteen-function watch commissioned by James Ward Packard.

 

Al-Thani bought the watch for $11 million in 1999, at the time a record-breaking price for a watch. At the far more expensive $24 million this past month, it seems this most complicated watch is destined to continue to break records for a while to come.

 

Jewelry in History: The First Jewelers

Jewelry as an art is one of our most basic displays of humanity. The shaping of jewelry predates even the invention of language. We were playing dress-up before we knew how to make conversation! The first known jewelers lived in Africa. Some 75,000 years ago—long before Kay’s “Every kiss begins with,” and preceding even diamonds’ use as adornments (around 400 BCE)—the Africans were stringing together mollusk shells and animal bones. Over 30,000 years later Kenyans got creative with the hollowed shells of ostrich eggs, cutting perforations to transform them into beads. In fact, the use of any sort of metal as adornment is first seen a mere 7,000 years ago, with the discovery of gold and silver dating back to only 6,000 and 4,000 BCE respectively. So if you’re looking to get back to your roots, before you reach for the silver passed down from your great-grandmother, try collecting shells on a beach!

Beads made of mollusk shells, the first jewelry known to man:

 
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[source: allaboutgemstones.com]

Too Many To Choose From

High fashion jewelry houses such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier, showed their most exciting pieces at the July couture shows.

One piece that really drew our attention was a Louis Vuitton “Apotheosis” cuff made from onyx stone, and outlined in white gold and accent diamonds.  In the center of the cuff, the white gold is edged in diamonds, forming three “V” shapes, each one engulfing the next.  Inside the smallest “V” and surrounded by diamonds is a tsavorite garnet prominently standing out with its bold green color.

Another eye-catching piece, from Tiffany, was a wide bangle in platinum, with princess-cut diamonds set so that the inter-space forms a diamond shape, and giving a more airy feel to the bracelet.

While Tiffany went for artistry, Cartier used a large Colombian emerald, surrounded by an octagonal shape made up of diamonds and white gold, to go for glam.  Sprouting from the emerald, is an anything-but-ordinary chain, with rectangular links made up of diamonds, which transitions half way around to green beads.

To see more of the elite designers’  couture shows sneak peeks of next season’s inspirations, go to:

 http://www.vogue.com/1063363/vogue-editors-fall-style-inspiration/

Tiffany T

One of the world’s most famous jewelry companies, Tiffany & Co., has released their new collection, “Tiffany T”.   The collection’s notable style element is the inclusion of (at least) a pair of T’s into every piece.  A simple example of this form is a wide sterling silver cut-out ring, with two capital T`s, facing towards each other.   A more innovative use of Tiffany’s monogram is found in an 18k rose gold chain bracelet, where the links are T`s.  The bracelet also comes in sterling silver, for those that prefer a more neutral color and lower price point.

Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young, and slowly grew to become the world’s premier jeweler and America’s leading house of design.  Francesca Amfitheatrof, the Tiffany & Co. design director, says her inspiration for the collection came from the style of architecture in New York City: sleek and modern.  Although she views the Tiffany “T” as part of the continuing evolution of their legendary styled collections, it strikes us as pedestrian for the venerable retailer to move beyond its signature branding and color into outright incorporation of a brand image into its pieces.  While this approach has been used by Chanel, in this case, the block shape of the ‘T’ seems too reminiscent of the Tissot watch emblem to be considered truly original.

See more of the Tiffany ‘T’ Collection:

http://www.tiffany.com/shopping/CategoryBrowse.aspx?mcat=148206&cid=3240509&lppromo=RPT940#p+1-n+10000-c+3240509-s+5-r+-t+-ni+1-x+-pu+-f+-lr+-hr+-ri+-mi+-pp+