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Archive for the month “December, 2013”

Jewel of the day: Sotheby’s Diamond and Natural Pearl Aigrette Tiara

It’s New Year’s Eve and why wear one of those tatty foiled 2014 “tiaras” when you could be swanning about in the real thing?

You don’t have to be royalty to wear one and you don’t even have to be a millionaire. Sotheby’s sold this late 19th century aigrette tiara for USD $24,579 (including buyer’s premium). An aigrette was a popular spray of feathers or jewels worn to mimic an egret feather and often worn in the hair or as a brooch.

So happy new year in advance … and don’t have so much fun that you forget where you left your tiara.

Sotheby's Natural Pearl and Diamond Aigrette Tiara



Jewel of the day: Lanvin Udaipur Cuff Bracelet

Lanvin uses a lot of fabric in their jewellery designs. They popularized the ribbon closures (and as someone with long hair, having a fabric bow poking through my hair in the back does not say elegant to moi), and use a lot of unconventional materials in their jewellery.

This Indian inspired cuff bracelet by Lanvin is made of viscose and cotton cord with a crystal paisley centrepiece. And hey, it fastens with a snap. Now just because these are some fairly pedestrian materials does not mean you are getting off cheap.  This bracelet will set you back €1,195. But, as I can almost hear Ab Fab’s Patsy and Eddie saying, “It’s Lanvin, darling!”

Lanvin cuff bracelet

Jewel of the day: Solange Azagury-Partridge Hot Lips Ring

I have long been a fan of this ring by Solange Azagury-Partridge. It’s one of those pop art-ish designs you either love or think is tacky and overpriced. Count me among the former.

It comes in various finishes and metals; this one is shown in a deep black cherry enamel over sterling silver. Even better, it is half off, at USD $750. If only the holidays hadn’t decimated my cash supplies.

It can, however, be yours by heading over to Net-A-Porter. (It’s also available in pale pink enamel.)

Solange Azagury-Partridge Hot Lips Ring

Jewel of the day: C Wonder Black Pave Link Necklace

OK, so you’ve had your 2013’s worth of Christmas carols, tinsel, and glitter? Feeling a little less kindly disposed toward your fellow man? If you are in a slightly less festive mood, this black crystal pave necklace by C. Wonder might get the message out.

It’s made with matte black metal set with black rhinestones (because there’s subdued, and then there’s subdued, folks). And even better, in the post-Christmas spirit, it’s on sale. Formerly USD $118, it can be yours now for $78. Party on.

CWonder black necklace

Jewel of the day: Kwiat Vintage Single Floral Diamond Pendant

OK, so you can’t afford the Crown Jewels. Who can, really? But if you still want something blingy – and after all, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner – this pendant by Kwiat could fill the bill. I don’t know if by “vintage” they mean actually old, or meant to look it.

The Single Floral Diamond Pendant has rose cut diamonds in 18k white gold hanging from a 17 inch chain. Total carat weight is .34. It can be yours for USD $$2,450 on Kwiat’s site.

Kwiat Vintage Pendant

Jewel of the day: FD Gallery Antique Diamond Earrings

Looking at photos of Queen Elizabeth’s spectacular jewellery yesterday put me in the mood for more of the same.

These antique diamond earrings offered by FD Gallery are simple and drop dead gorgeous. They are described as 13.46 carats, 19th century. If Santa dropped a sack of cash in your stocking and perhaps didn’t leave you exactly what you wanted, perhaps these fill the bill.

FD Gallery diamond earrings copy

Jewel of the day: Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Message Jewellery

The message broadcast to Commonwealth countries by Queen Elizabeth on Christmas Day is a longstanding tradition. I can’t say I know anyone who actually sits down to watch it, but it’s one of those comforting annual touchstones. Queen Elizabeth is known as a one-take pro (vetted by no less than James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, when he filmed the London Olympics opening video with her. And if you haven’t seen that, I urge you to watch it here), a skill she applies to the filming of the annual video.

It’s also interesting to me that Her Majesty is old school when it comes to her jewellery for occasions like the Christmas message. This photo was taken from her 2012 video, and that year was also her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years as monarch. She has on her triple strand of pearls, frequently worn for this occasion. And though I haven’t been able to conclusively identify the particulars of her diamond brooch, it’s pretty fantastic, even from a pixillated distance. (I think it may be Queen Victoria’s diamond bow brooch with a pearl drop, seen below the photo of Queen Elizabeth, and given to Victoria on her own Diamond Jubilee.)

Queen Elizabeth Christmas Day message

Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee diamond broochJust in case you happened to tune in today, this is what Queen Elizabeth had on: the pearls are the same, and the jardiniere brooch is the one given to her by her parents on the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. (And for you fashionistas, she wore the yellow gown to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.)

Queen Elizabeth Christmas Message

Even if you aren’t decked out in quite as much spectacular bling, wishing you a sparking Christmas too.

Jewel of the day: Harry Winston Mrs. Winston Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet

One of my oft-repeated pet peeves about jewellery web sites is that there is little or no information about the items on display. It’s as though the pieces themselves are meant to inspire enough awe that you will be completely unconcerned with pedestrian matters like materials and, oh … price.

Such is the case with Harry Winston’s “The Incredibles” pieces. They are a lavish and drool-worthy collection of spectacular gems. A bit like pressing your nose up against the bullet-proof glass because all you have to go on is the photo.

So feast your eyes on this rather yummy sapphire and diamond bracelet, Dubbed, perhaps fittingly, Mrs. Winston Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet. And remember: details are for peasants.

Harry Winston Mrs. Winston diamond and sapphire bracelet

Jewel of the day: Roberto Coin Gecko Pendant

In real life, gecko lizards probably aren’t exactly charming. But you know, anthropomorphizing them in commercials has made them seem like cute little critters.

If you like your reptiles a little more abstract and a lot sparklier, then this Roberto Coin iteration is probably right up your alley. Set in 18k white gold, it is studded with green (aka demantoid) garnets and diamonds. And described on Coin’s site as “an ironic jewel, symbol of goodness and good fortune.” Not sure where the irony is but this will set you back € 1.865. OK, maybe the irony is that a real gecko will only cost you Cdn $49 and it’s on sale no less. But it would look kind of creepy worn around your neck. Plus you don’t have to clean up after the jewelled version.

Roberto Coin gekko pendant

Jewel of the day: Tiffany Green Quartz Cocktail Ring

I don’t know about you, but I find it a bit jarring to see the words Tiffany and green quartz in the same sentence. Maybe I just associate Tiffany with precious stones, rather than … well, quartz.

Having said that, there are lovely gems in the quartz family (yes, amethyst, I’m looking at you) so maybe I’m just being hard on it because green isn’t my favourite colour. No, not even emeralds. Kermit was right. It’s not easy being green.

But the nice thing about quartz + Tiffany = bigger size for less money (relatively speaking). This sparkler, set in sterling silver, is 9 carats and sells for a reasonable (again, relatively speaking) USD $975. Party on, green quartz!

Tiffany Green Quartz ring

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