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Leather and Crystal: A New Look from Swarovski

The famous jewelry and crystal manufacturer Swarovski has released their fall and winter collection, featuring Australian model Miranda Kerr.   With a focus on the younger and more fashion conscious consumer, a centerpiece of the collection is a bracelet that mixes a black leather strap with links of rose-gold and palladium.  The palladium loop is enhanced with pave crystals.  The contrast of the three textures and colors makes for a glamorous design.  The bracelet also comes with a beige leather strap, to create a completely different look.  The themes of rose-gold, crystal pave and leather recur throughout the collection.

Swarovski was founded in 1895, but it was not until 1977 that Swarovski branched off from being just a crystal cutting factory, to making their first jewelry collection. The Swarovski Company now has a large diversity of products including, crystal glass sculptures and miniatures, jewelry, home decor, and chandeliers.

To find more pieces in the Fall/Winter Collection:

http://www.swarovski.com/Web_US/en/91251/promotion/New_in.html

On the Edge with Eddie Borgo

Eddie Borgo, a fairly recent newcomer to the jewelry design industry, released his Pre-Fall 2014 Collection today.  A notable highlight of the collection is a rose-gold-plated brass diamond-shaped link bracelet with oval matte grey agate hand-cut gemstones connecting the pieces together.  Another bracelet in the collection with an edgy, yet sophisticated, style features rose gold, with grey conical gemstones, in place of the seemingly ubiquitous fashion spikes, to give it a more formal look.

Eddie Borgo was founded in 2009, and within a year he was the runner up in the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund, and by 2011 he received the CFDA Swarovski Award for Innovation in Accessory Design and became the first to win the CFDA / Vogue Tiffany & Co. Development Grant.  Even though Eddie Borgo is not yet one of the most widely recognized designers, his strong sense of style and his unique shape technique lend themselves to a modern style of jewelry that we feel will get even greater notice in the near future.

You can find his collection below:

https://www.eddieborgo.com/collections/precollection-2014/peaked-link-matte-rosegold

Pomellato Releases Capri Line

Last week, Pomellato, an Italian jewelry company that ranks among the top five European jewelers by sales, released their new Capri collection.  Most of their collections are stripped down to a very simplistic, minimalist style, but in this new collection they experimented with complementary colors bringing out the beauty of the gemstones.  One of the pieces, a rose gold ring, features an aquamarine placed in the center that seems to cool off the fiery rubies wrapped around the ring. This dynamic contrasting runs through the collection.

Pomellato, established in 1967, introduced the idea of prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) jewelry.  Since its founding, they have believed that jewelry should be more than a status symbol, and that it finds its true value as an accessory to be worn at any moment of the day and to be loved so much that it will be changed as often as clothes.  This philosophy still drives the company’s style, and in our view this new collection will inspire women to wear the Capri pieces while they sleep.

http://www.pomellato.com/en/collections/classic/capri

The Humble Origins of the Engagement Ring

An engagement ring, worn as a sign of a couple’s pending marriage, is a physical token of solidarity far beyond promised words.  Have you ever wondered how this tradition all started?  The idea of giving a future wife something to show a commitment traces its origins to the Stone Age, when the man would tie braided grass around his beloved’s wrists, ankles and waist, so her spirit would be under his control.  During the Renaissance, Archduke Maximilian of Austria was the first to propose to his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy, with a diamond ring, but the trend only gained favor among the European nobility.  It was not until 1938, when De Beers, the famous diamond cartel, launched a massive ad campaign convincing young men that the only way to show their love and commitment was through buying diamond rings.  And, almost ten years later, they introduced the enduring slogan, “A Diamond is Forever,” spurring even greater sales.  Since then, the idea of giving a diamond engagement ring has become the unquestioned norm of today’s society.

 

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.

http://www.buccellati.com/taxonomy/term/66

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