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Archive for the month “December, 2014”

Jewel of the Day: Tiara Town Princess Diana Inspired Tiara

Happy New Year! This is pretty much the only occasion a grown woman has to sport a tiara and not look ridiculous (unless you are royalty – and even then sometimes); a pageant queen (ditto), or a drag queen wannabe (do I really have to say it), so have at it.

Tiara Town allows you to indulge your tiara love at commoner friendly prices. This piece is inspired by the Cambridge tiara made famous by Princess Diana (I wonder if the new Duchess of Cambridge will be gifted this at some point). It’s made with Austrian and Swarovski crystals and faux pearls, set in base metal. It sells for USD $88; Tiara Town also has special wedding, prom, pageant and other sections, and various tiara-related accessories. There are also celeb inspired pieces relating to Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, and Grace Kelly.

Diana Tiara



Jewel of the day: Stroili Rose Steel Bracelet with Lurex Fabric and Crystals

This bracelet’s description could reasonably lead you to believe it was quite gaudy, but it’s actually pretty understated and “real” looking.

Sold in Dubai by Stroili, it is made with the aforementioned lurex, rose-coloured stainless steel, and accented with crystals. Alas, there is no price mentioned but it’s costume jewellery origins would lead one to hope it would not bust the bank.

Stroili Bracelet


Jewel of the day: Vintage Fred Leighton Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Opulent rings like this used to be seen as “cocktail rings,” the kind of jewellery you wore only for big events or dressy nights out, usually with a cigarette holder in one hand and a drink in the other.

I think it’s great that jewellery “rules” like this have pretty much fallen by the wayside, and you could conceivably wear this whenever you pleased. It’s a vintage Fred Leighton piece, made with platinum, diamonds and sapphires. Offered by Net-A-Porter, they note, “This retro 1940s-era cocktail ring is made with 8.00-carats of stunning sapphiresand 0.35 carats of diamonds in a platinum setting. Wear it as your sole accessory against evening wear.”

A size 7, (darn, that’s my ring finger size!) it sells for USD $9,500.

Fred Leighton 1940s ring

Jewel of the day: Cartier Entrelacés Ring

The holidays are frequently chosen for marriage proposals. If you aren’t the diamond solitaire type, there is a particular whimsy about this Cartier Entrelacés knot in 18k yellow gold that would make a charming engagement or wedding ring.

Cartier offers the design in yellow, white and rose gold, as well as with or without pave diamonds. The collection also features other pieces. Cartier explains, “The Entrelacés collection returns to the bare essentials: the delicate interplay of twisted strands of gold. Necklaces, bracelets and rings, available in yellow, pink or white gold, offer refined and understated contemporary jewelry design.”

This particular design sells for USD $1,160.

Cartier Entrelaces Ring

Jewel of the day: Sherman Red Rhinestone Bib Necklace

For me, Sherman is one of the kings of rhinestone jewellery, even though the company closed its doors in 1981. Pieces made decades ago still retail their sparkle, and the plating looks as good as the day it was done.

This red Swarovski crystal necklace is set in blackened metal (known as japanned), which really sets off the stones. Red is one of the most prized Sherman colours, and you can probably see why right here.

Though this piece is from my personal collection and not for sale, you can see it and others photographed in the book Sherman Jewellery: The Masterpiece Collection, which is for sale for $30 plus shipping. Mention that you saw this blog post and I will give you the book for 15% off, until January 1.


Jewel of the day: Darde et Fils Diamond and Pearl Bangle owned by Suzanne Belperron

Jewellery designer Suzanne Belperron’s personal collection was auctioned by Sotheby’s in 2012. The auction house noted, “The personal jewellery collection of arguably the most important female jewellery designer of the 20th century, Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983), will be sold in Geneva on the 14th of May 2012. Comprising over 50 lots, this unprecedented sale features the most significant group of jewels by Belperron ever to appear on the market. This collection includes some of her most celebrated designs and also very intimate items which illustrate her unique style and creative virtuosity.”

The auction catalogue for this gorgeous bracelet explains, “The bangle of stylised wave design embellished with natural and cultured pearls of white and black tint and circular-cut diamonds, inner circumference approximately 150mm, French assay marks, maker’s marks for Darde & Fils.”

Pre-sale estimate was 18,000 — 27,000 Swiss francs; it sold for 56,250 Swiss francs including buyer’s premium. 

You can see the catalogue here.

Darde + Sons Diamond and Pearl Bangle

Jewel of the day: Art Nouveau Peridot and Pearl Festoon Necklace

In the event you are the lucky recipient of cash for the holidays, this pretty Art Nouveau necklace may be just what you want to do with it. It is for sale at  only USD $599.

It is 9k gold and set with peridots, accented with small baroque pearls. It is offered by Ruby Lane’s Divine Finds, a seller with some really lovely and well priced things. (And they are promising a Boxing Day sale for December 26.)

Divine Finds Festoon Necklace

Jewel of the day: Vintage Menorah Brooch

As well as being Christmas Eve, this is also the last night of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Tonight, the last of eight candles will be lit on the menorah, represented here in rhinestones and base metal.

This cute little pin is offered by Etsy seller Chronically Vintage, and sells for USD $44.

Wishing everyone a happy Chanukah, a merry Christmas and happy Kwanzaa, which begins December 26 (and which also uses seven candles as symbols of seven principles for the holiday). Light is always a good thing.

Menorah pin

Jewel of the day: Market Place Treasure Vintage Diamond Bow Brooch

There is something eternally sweet about the bow motif in jewellery. This little pin, offered by Etsy seller Market Place Treasure  appears to be late Victorian, with rose cut diamonds in a silver and gold setting, and a pin stem that extended outside the design, held with a C-clasp. Dimensions are not shown in the listing but these can be quite small, so it is worth checking with the seller if size is an issue.

It sells for USD $3,600 and would be a sweet addition to brighten up dark winter days.

Market Place Treasure diamond bow brooch

Jewel of the day: Roberto Coin Primavera Gold and Diamond Bangle Bracelet

Having lost a diamond bracelet a few years ago, I have gravitated towards pieces with a clasp more secure than the tongue in groove one that loosened and failed over time. This 18k yellow gold and diamond accented Roberto Coin Primavera bangle has no clasp as it stretches to fit over the hand. It has a sleek, stylish look that would work as well alone as in a grouping.

The diamonds weigh a modest .22 carats, and the piece also has Coin’s signature hidden ruby, a petite .03 carat stone. It is 2.5 inches in diameter.

This sells for USD $2,980 at Neiman Marcus.

Roberto Coin Primavera Bangle Bracelet



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