IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “October, 2012”

Jewel of the day: David Mandel spider and web pin

Thought I would commemorate Halloween with this gigantic web and spider brooch in my collection. The rhinestone studded web measures about 10 inches across, with a four inch spider pin attached with a rhinestone “web” chain. It’s truly spooktastic, made by David Mandel under his The Show Must Go On label. His pieces are known for being deliciously over the top, but this one goes over the top of the top.

Happy halloween to all!


Jewel of the day: Ann Dexter-Jones onyx and sterling ID bracelet

Ann Dexter-Jones is a multi-hyphenate: wife (of Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones); mother (to the Ronson brood, well known for their tabloid antics) and jewellery designer. Here, she offers a riff on the classic ID bracelet. This iteration is rendered in white onyx and sterling silver and will set you back USD $2,800 at Barneys. Rock on!

Jewel of the day: Coomi Eternity collection diamond and gold ring

Coomi works in 20k gold, giving the pieces a lush, buttery look. This ring, part of the Eternity collection is set with rose cut diamonds. US retailers for Coomi can be found on their web site.

Jewel of the day: Crislu buckle bracelets

This is a pretty and presumably affordable way to wear a few stacks of blingy bracelets. Crislu, known for their cubic zirconia jewellery, offers these leather bracelet with CZs set in sterling silver and plated in platinum. Price is not available on their web site but retailers are listed.

Jewel of the day: Cora fancy diamond drop earrings

It’s always fun to see a pair of earrings with a bit of twist, in this case, stones of different colours. Although these are definitely show stoppers, it somehow makes them slightly less formal. Even the stones are a slightly different size. These canary and white diamond drop earrings by Cora International feature 2.34ct pear shaped fancy deep brownish yellow diamond and a 2.01ct pear shaped white diamond; surrounded by 0.40cts of round white diamonds set in platinum. Price available on request.

Jewel of the day: Suzie Landa starburst engagement ring

I love the joyous nature of this design, and how the diamonds surrounding the centre stone have the 50s look of a Sputnik spacecraft. This 18k rose gold ring by Suzie Landa features a 1 ct champagne diamond with .09 of white diamond accents. It is available in white or yellow gold and can be ordered with a white diamond as the main stone. Available from Amethyst Contemporary Designer Jewelry for USD $8140.

Jewel of the day: Oscar Heyman twin flower pin

Oscar Heyman is celebrating 100 years as a jeweller in 2012. This is the third generation to run the business, founded by brothers who trained at the Faberge workshops in Russia.

This platinum, sapphire, ruby and diamond twin flower brooch has the following specs: 4 marquise diamonds 1.87 cts.; 17 tapered baguette diamonds 3.46 cts.; 4 baguette diamonds 0.48 cts. ; 3 step cut trapezoid diamonds 0.62 cts.; 26 round diamonds 2.95 cts.; 64 square sapphires 19.58 cts.; 67 square rubies 13.09 cts.

Yes, that is a lot of bling but given the invisible settings and overall design, a chic look that would be as stylish on someone of the Duchess of Windsor’s era as on any contemporary woman. Price available upon request.

Jewel of the day: William Noble moonstone and enamel bracelet

This stunning cuff by William Noble is crafted in 18k yellow gold with plique a jour enamel, moonstone, aquamarines and diamonds. The oval cabochon moonstones have a total weight of 23.92 carats, round brilliant cut  diamonds weighing 4.43 carats and 2.50 carats of aquamarines. It sells for USD $38,000.

Jewel of the day: Alex Soldier sunflower ring

Alex Soldier is a Russian-born (and now New York-based) designer whose career began in computer engineering. Fortunately, his creative passion won out. He describes his work this way:

“For Alex Soldier, each piece he creates is a new life  waiting to tell its story, like his conceptual miniature called “Nabokov’s  Butterfly” that involves Jacqueline Kennedy and Andrei Voznesenski as the story’s  backdrop. Or a special present to Tonino  Guerra called “Dancing Man” among many others.

More than just metal and stones, Soldier’s jewelry is as  meaningful as his miniatures, incorporating layers of details  that offer its  wearer many visual surprises. Seeing jewelry as art is central to Alex  Soldier’s philosophy.

His longtime legacy has been rooted in creating  one-of-a-kind jewelry masterworks marked by his intellectual force, mastery of  techniques and the science of materials. His work is a precious poetry that  speaks to the heart.”

No details on this beautiful sunflower ring, part of his haute couture range, but you can contact the designer through his website for information and pricing.

Jewel of the day: Lannoy tiara

This weekend saw another royal wedding, although it did not get the same kind of media attention as the British Cambridge nuptials, or even thouse of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco. The heir to the Luxembourg grand ducal throne, Guillaume, married a Belgian countess, Stephanie de Lannoy. She comes from an illustrious noble family and wore her family tiara, continuing a tradition in the Lannoy family, where the daughters and in-laws wear this on their wedding day.

The Grand Ducal court released this information about the tiara:

“The tiara is composed of 270 old-cut brilliants set in platinum, with a diamond in an inverted pear shape superimposed in the centre. A dozen larger brilliants stand out owing to their closed sets, appearing like buttons along the patterns of leafed scrolls. The contours of the tiara, traced by the arrangements of the stones, are underlined by a thin line of platinum gilded pearls.

The tiara was made by Altenloh in Brussels. Ernest Altenloh, son of a silversmith, created the company in 1878. At the beginning of the 20th century, he was joined by Robert Altenloh, who rapidly established the international reputation of the company through the quality of its jewels and the designs of its silver work. Their shop, first located on the rue de la Madeleine close to the Royal Palace (1, place Royale – now the Magritte Museum), also sold pieces by other designers.”

The new Princess Stephanie’s gown was made by Elie Saab, an interesting choice as the designer is better known for red carpet gowns (Halle Berry wore Saab when she picked up her Best Actress Oscar) than for couture or bridal. Stunning dress though. And … why doesn’t my family have its own tiara??? Below, photos of the tiara and the obligatory balcony shot (yes, it was followed by the obligatory balcony kiss).



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