IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “September, 2011”

Jewel of the day: Oscar de la Renta bug brooch

I like this little whimsical butterfly; what I’m not as fond of is that the primary stones in the wings are made of resin (that would be plastic), instead of the poured glass they’re meant to look like and for which Madame Gripoix was renowned for, particularly for her work with Chanel. Oh well. At least it’s a brooch. Reminds me a bit of work by Schreiner and Sherman, if you are more of a vintage lover.

Available for USD $295 at Neiman Marcus.

Jewel of the day: Movado Bold watch by Chris Benz

In October, Movado will launch a series of watches by fashion designer Chris Benz as part of their Bold colleciton. Benz has played with the famous Movado circular mark, making it drip “paint” onto the face of the watch. The colour is echoed in a smoky pattern on the silk strap. Available for USD $550.  The watches are limited edition and come in several colour combinations.

Jewel of the day: Vionnet acrylic and rhinestone cuff bracelet

Madeleine Vionnet founded her storied design house in 1912 in Paris. Known for bias-cut, Grecian style clothing at a time when women’s wear was fairly constrained, she also allowed her clothing to outline a woman’s curves, fairly revolutionary for the era. She is best known for her sleek Deco era dresses, with halter tops and cowl necks a staple worn by stars like Marlene Dietrich and fashionable women of the time. The business was closed in 1939; at its height, she employed 1,200 seamstresses. She died in 1975 at the age of 98, but her brand lives on, revived in 2008 by two Italian businessmen.

This sleek cuff is part of the fall winter 2011 collection being offered by Vionnet. You can see more here.

Jewel of the day: Phillips Frankel Ascending Descending gold and diamond bangle bracelet

Crafted in hand hammered 14k gold and set with 1.05 carats in diamonds, this pretty piece is available in yellow, white and the newly popular rose gold. It can be purchased from the designer’s online shop here for USD $6,455.

Jewel of the day: Elizabeth Taylor diamond ring

Prior to being auctioned, all of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery is going on a world-wide tour, along with a selection of her clothing and art work. The 33.19 karat Krupp diamond, given to her by Richard Burton, is likely to be the star of the show. Taylor delighted in letting others try on the stupendous piece (how I wish I could have!). On tour everything is, not surprisingly, behind glass.

You can see an interesting video news story on the tour and some of the featured pieces, including this ring, here. It will be auctioned by Christie’s; just for reference, Burton paid $305,000 for it in 1968.

Jewel of the day: A Peace Treaty Mawasi spiked earrings

These antiqued gold plated brass earrings by A Peace Treaty are a different take on the classic chandelier. They hang 2.75 inches long and are USD $150.  All orders are custom done and can take up to 30 days for delivery, so plan ahead if you want to order these.

Jewel of the day: Viren Bhagat sapphire, emerald and rock crystal brooch

Love the use of the tumbled sapphire drop with the very precise Art Deco lines in this contemporary piece by jeweller Viran Bhagat, who draws inspiration from the Indian Mughal period.

This was auctioned at Christies in 2002 and fetched just under USD$51,000. I wonder what it would go for today.

Jewel of the day: Philippa Holland hair ornament

This lovely ivy leaf hair clip by London-based designer Phillipa Holland is available in either solid gold or silver. Not sure of the dimensions or price, but I can just picture how spectacular this would look at the base of an updo … so chic and harkening back to a time when women routinely “dressed” their hair with clips and jewels. See more of her work here.

Jewel of the day: Oscar de la Renta beaded tassel clip earrings

What’s great about these is that they are lightweight and yet pack such a great design punch. Often, long is unwearable because they are too heavy. Made of seed beads with a clip finding, these are USD $440 at Net-A-Porter.

Jewel of the day: Mimi So Switch lapis and gold ring

New York based designer Mimi So’s inspiration for her Switch collection, is the juxtoposition of New York City neighbourhoods, with different cultures co-existing side by side.

This ring features a large lapis stone in a chunky 18k gold setting. Price upon request.

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