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Buccellati Dreaming

At last week’s Paris Couture, the most anticipated fashion week of the year, Buccellati, known for its unique style, introduced their Bracelets de Rêves (Dream Bracelet) Collection.  The collection consists of bangles and cuff bracelets, decorated in various diamonds and gems, capturing the height of Italian fashion.  “Dream 17” is a white gold cuff bracelet with an oversized tourmaline gemstone in the center, encased in a gold rim and surrounded by diamonds with a gold design running through, giving the whole bracelet a dramatic appearance – a definite eye catcher.   The line includes many more distinct bracelets with intricate diamond and colored gemstone designs, that will showcase the individuality of the wearer.

Buccellati, is both a contemporary designer jewelry brand and also the last name of a family whose passion for crafting was passed on from generation to generation.  In the eighteenth-century, Contardo Buccellati, a silversmith, opened a workshop in Italy for silverware and jewelry. Mario Buccellati, a goldsmith and a relative to Contardo, re-established the workshop in the early 1900′s and began to mold jewelry masterpieces.  His son, Gianmaria, has also shown his own passion for jewelry, founding the Italian Gemological Institute, and in 1979, opening his flagship store in Paris.

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Vahan’s New Bamboo

The upscale jewelry maker Vahan Jewelry released a new line:  the Bamboo Collection.  The initial piece of the collection is a sterling silver band bracelet with a 14k gold vermeil overlay.  The surface of the bracelet mimics a regal bamboo shoot with diamond studs forming the ridges of the stalk.

Vahan Jewelry was founded in 1968 by Leon “Sasha” Der Calousdian.  His first collection was sold at Bergdorf Goodman, a high end department store, and his jewelry became popular very quickly.  He was the second designer to ever be exclusively represented by that store.   Bamboo is known to be of the fastest growing plants in the world, and can grow up to four feet within 24 hours.  The rapid growth in the popularity of Vahan Jewelry makes the choice of a bamboo line seem exceptionally appropriate.

Vahan Bamboo Collection:

http://www.vahanjewelry.com/collections/?collection_id=45#page-1

Alexis Bittar Introduces Miss Havisham

This week, Alexis Bittar, known for his signature lucite bangles, released the “Miss Havisham” collection for fall.  Striving for an exclusive look, his new pieces push boundaries with geometrical and unusual shapes.  One necklace for the fall line has gold spikes, one of which is encrusted in diamonds, creating a modern, sophisticated glow.   The collection’s cuff bracelet uses delicate gold chains to create a flowing, liquid effect in gold for an edgy appearance.

Alexis Bittar, often considered as one of the most talented jewelry designers, sells his modernistic jewelry in over 30 countries.  He explained that the Miss Havisham collection was inspired by his early years in New York, but we can’t help but note the irony of his new, edgy and modern line being named for a character in Great Expectations who was stuck in the past.

Miss Havisham fall collection:

https://www.alexisbittar.com/collections/miss-havisham.html

May Jewelry Give-away Results

Congratulations to Susan, who has won a silver micro-pave CZ disk necklace.

Watch our Facebook page for our next contest.

The True Color of the Diamond

Diamonds… a girl’s best friend.  They come in all shapes and sizes… and colors, too.

It used to be that the all-time favorite for an engagement ring was a round, or brilliant, cut white diamond.  And although it still remains a favorite, princess cuts and ovals are rising in popularity, too.  But that will be a topic for another post.

Now I want to talk about diamond colors.  Most diamonds are white, but for those who want something different and unique, an engagement ring with color in the diamond is the latest fashion.  Every year it seems as though a new color of diamond becomes popular.  In recent years, we have seen canary yellow and more recently, chocolate brown.  But until this year, I had never seen an orange diamond.

In November, Christies’ auction house sold a 14-carat vivid orange diamond for $35MM.  The expected sale price had been $20 million, but its unique color enticed bidders even higher.  In pictures it is magnificent – I can only imagine the color in person.   (Later that month, a 60 carat pink diamond set an all-time record for any diamond at $83MM!)

Diamonds are graded by using the 4 C’s: cut, clarity, color and carat.  Colored diamonds are graded in their clarity and color differently than are a colorless diamond.  The deeper the color, the rarer the diamond is, and the more valuable it will be.  The clarity then becomes less important because the faults will be less noticeable.   Colorless diamonds are cut to maximize their brilliance, while colored diamonds are cut to showcase their color.

So to sum things up, it doesn’t matter how you slice it, colored or colorless, a diamond is a true beauty of nature, and we can appreciate them in any color or shape.

 

Our 200 ‘Likes’ Contest

Thank you to all our customers and fans who helped us get to 200 ‘Likes’ on Facebook.

 

Congratulations to our winner, Susan, who won a $25 gift certificate.

 

Please watch our site and Facebook page for more contests and offers in the holiday season.

 

Five ways to super-charge your wardrobe

Times are a little tight right now. While the stock market has come back from its fall in 2008, somehow people are just not feeling comfortable yet. People are being cautious still on how they spend their money. But what if you need a change from the usual? What if you just can’t wear that outfit another time? Here are some ideas that can change the way you think about what’s hanging in your closet.

1) Scarves are very big right now. Even in the heat of the summer, many women are using scarves to accessorize. Scarves come in lightweight materials for warmer weather that make them ideal for an instant pop of color, design or to change an outfit from the mundane to wow. And not only can you wear them around your neck but you can also wear them around your waist as a belt, in your hair, or as a coverup for a swimsuit.

2) Put a hat on. Hats come in all colors and styles. They come in cotton, lightweight knits and straw for the warmer months and felt, wool and heavy knits for the cooler months. The styles are endless and can change your look in a snap!

3) Belts, but not suspenders. Belts from ultrathin to extra-wide in colors as well as neutrals make any outfit stand to attention. Metal tone belts are great to wear low, above the hips to give some bling as well as to make you look slimmer.

4) Don’t Forget a Girl’s Best Friend! Jewelry can change an old outfit to look as good as new. It can be a long beaded necklace or several layered necklaces. A wide bib style necklace with colored stones is a great look. And even simpler styles, say in gold, silver, or bronze colored metals with eye-catching diamonds or cubic zirconia, can change the appearance of any outfit. The newest trend, metal jewelry in non-metalic colors, such as pink, blue and orange, gives you the ability to bring out any color in an outfit.

5) Add a vest, blazer or jacket to an outfit for an instant look changer. White jackets are so in right now — they are the new “black”. White looks great with all this season’s bright colors and works equally well with neutrals. White and camel… so chic!

So go out there and find your passion for bringing the old to new. Just a few small shopping trips can give your wardrobe a whole new look.

I would love to hear from our readers. Leave comments for me, Carly, here on the blog, so we can share our success stories in reviving our wardrobes.

 

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