IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “November, 2013”

Jewel of the day: Fonderie 47 Metal and Gold Cuff

Fonderie 47 is a very unique endeavour. Owner Peter Thum gives the metals from destroyed weapons to jewellers such as James de Givenchy, who designed this bracelet, and uses the proceeds to fund the destruction of additional weapons.

Made of steel, 18k rose gold and diamonds, this cuff sells for USD $70,000. Its purchase will destroy 120 assault rifles in Africa.

Fonderie 47 cuff




Jewel of the day: Bri Hana Double Chain Ring with Diamond

This fun ring by Bri Hana links two simple gold bands with fine 14k yellow gold chain, and accents one of the bands with a small diamond.

It’s available at LA’s Moonstone (also available online) for USD $375. Moonstone notes, “Named for designer Stacey Johnson’s children, BRI HANA jewelry is the culmination of years of hard work and passion. The result is a fashionable, unique collection that woman can wear almost anywhere. The jewelry makes a subtle yet modern statement, just enough to enhance a woman’s beauty and self awareness. Each piece is stamped and handcrafted in the U.S. The artist utilizes the finest stones and gravitates towards a raw, natural look in the rings, bracelets and necklaces she designs.

There are some fun and affordable stacked rings worth checking out on the Moonstone site as well.

Bri Hana Double Diamond ring

Jewel of the day: Elisabeth Weinstock Luxembourg Large Jewelry Case

Now that you have (or want to acquire) all that jewellery, where are you going to put it all?

George Carlin’s famous “stuff” monologue aside, it makes sense to have something ridiculously elegant and luxurious in which to house your precious treasures. Created with painted anaconda, Weinstock describes the chest this way: “An exotic jewelry box that defies description in conventional language. It is the most luxurious treasure chest that you will ever find. Its meticulous craftwork, wrapped in gorgeous skins, will cradle your most precious valuables in grandeur.”

The case measures 18″W x 18″D x 39″H and is custom made. It sells for USD $24,784. In my world, that would buy a lot of jewellery. But I suspect that for anyone who can afford this, it’s one less item in their collection.

Elisabeth Weinstock large jewelry case

Jewel of the day: JAR Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Joel A. Rosenthal, an American in Paris whose jewels are known by his acronym, JAR, is the first living jeweller to have a retrospective at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Running from November 20-March 9, it will feature over 400 pieces of Rosenthal’s incredibly ornate and stunning works. I can never hope to own one of these, but hope to see the exhibit. Proximity (separated by bullet proof glass) will have to be enough.

Rosenthal is known for his deft use of stones to literally illustrate a piece, bringing it to almost life. His floral pieces especially look nearly like real blooms, and his innovative use of materials and stones sets him apart from other jewellers. Rosenthal has declined repeated offers to buy his business and name, preferring to take his time (often years or even decades) to decide the proper use and placement for a focal stone.

You can read more about the exhibit here, and in Cathy Horyn’s New York Times piece here.

JAR MMA exhibit

Jewel of the day: Feliks + Adrik Spike Ring

This Spike ring by LA-based Feliks + Adrik looks like it might almost have therapeutic value to the wearer. It has a medicinal, brace like quality to it.

Made of black plated nickel, it features two bands united by the cross hatching of the two spikes. Menace or medicine … it’s up to the wearer.

It can be had from their online boutique for USD $88.

Feliks and Adrik Spike ring

Jewel of the day: India Hicks Moon Slivers Earrings

Much of India Hicks‘s jewellery designs to date have played off a geometric rearrangement of letters of the alphabet, as well as motifs like hexagons and circles, some diamond set, some sterling silver or gold only.

These Moon Sliver Earrings play off a new theme, and use sterling silver plated with 18k yellow gold. They are set with a total weight of .38 diamonds, on a shepherd’s crook wire. These sell for USD $925 on Hicks’s web site.

India Hicks Moon Slivers earrings

Jewel of the day: Paulette Werger Allium Necklace

Who knew onions could be so chic? Or that you really could turn someone into your Lady of Shallot.

The allium is a plant family that includes the onion, as well as garlic, chive, leek, shallot and the lily. Here, Paulette Werger takes the plant’s form and turns it into an ethereal necklace. Werger has rendered the design in sterling silver, accented with 18k and 22k yellow gold. The piece is available through Seattle’s Facere Jewelry Art, and sells for USD $1881.

Paulette WErger Allium necklace

Jewel of the day: Ludevine Crazy Ammonite Ring

What I love about jewellery and adornment in general is that almost anything can qualify – different metals, materials, forms, uses. You can play it up with precious metals and jewels, or keep it simple.

Here, designer Ludevine opted to take the high road. This ring’s focal point is an ammonite, a mollusc shell from an extinct species. The fossil is set in 14k yellow gold and accented with diamonds. It is available from LA’s Roseark, either through their shop or online, for USD $5904.

Ludivine Ammonite ring

Jewel of the day: Hortense Jewelry Flirty Bracelet

The single, bezel diamond was popularized by Elsa Peretti’s omnipresent (in design anyhow) Diamonds by the Yard collection. While I love her work, I will admit that the prices can be hard to stomach. If you want the look without the little blue box and accompanying high price tag, this Flirty Bracelet by Hortense Jewelry is a nice option.

Available in 14k yellow, white or rose gold, it holds a 2mm bezel set diamond. And at only USD $279, it won’t break the bank. If you want to compare, a similar Peretti bracelet is USD $650.

Hortense jewelry flirty bracelet

Jewel of the day: Adel Chefridi Blue Sapphire and Diamond Pendant

Dallas’s Ylang23 always has interesting designs and designers, and they now represent Tunisian-born bench jeweller Adel Chefridi

His work looks like it draws on both an antique and an African aesthetic, with a handmade touch. The prices are also appealing, starting at below $1000 for some very beautiful pieces that have the makings of future heirlooms.

This pendant is made with sapphires accenting a centre diamond. It’s a substantial looking piece, measuring 3/4 of an inch across and hung from a chain that can be adjusted from 16-18 inches. It sells for USD $2860; gold content and stone weight are not specified.

Adel Chefridi pendant


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