IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Loren Stewart Diamond Drop Earrings

Nine karat gold was broadly used in the UK, whereas 10k gold was more of North American thing. These 9k earrings by design team Loren Stewart are priced similarly to some higher end costume jewelry, so they are an affordable way of getting the real thing.

Net-A-Porter notes, “Loren Stewart founders Rachel Loren, Satya Stewart and Annah Stewart-Zafrani began their design journey by melting down old jewelry and creating unique pieces for friends. These handmade 9-karat gold drop earrings have diamond studs – the precious stones total 0.06-carats – and delicate ‘mirror’ chains that swish as you move. We think they look perfect with loose tresses.”

These sell for USD$565.



Jewel of the day: Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond and Sapphire Bracelet

Sotheby’s auctioned this spectacular diamond and sapphire bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels on December 5, 2017. Part of their “20 most fabulous jewels” it certainly deserves the title. The catalogue notes, “Set with five sugarloaf cabochon sapphires weighing a total of approximately 193.73 carats, joined by articulated segments of geometric design set with square, rectangular, round and old European-cut diamonds, length 7 inches, with French assay marks, workshop marks for Rubel Frères, and maker’s marks for Van Cleef & Arpels; circa 1935.”

The estimate was USD$1,000,0001,500,000. Selling price including buyer’s premium: $3,135,000. Someone had the best kind of blue Christmas.


Golden Globes 2018: The Great Blackout

It’s been known for some time that many actresses walking the Golden Globes red carpet are choosing to wear black in solidarity with the #metoo sexual harassment backlash rightfully sweeping media, business, entertainment and more.

And apparently wearing black means wearing no accessories at all. I was especially disappointed that Claire Foy, receiving acclaim and a nomination for playing Queen Elizabeth in The Crown, didn’t accessorize with at least a modicum of sparkle. But … nothing. I saw the occasional pair of statement earrings (you go, Catherine Zeta-Jones) and one statement necklace by an actress who is not familiar to me at all. The big name red carpet walkers have simply eschewed any wonderful jewelry completely.

This isn’t really a new trend. For the past several years, most award shows have skewed to a very minimal look as dictated by a stylist somewhere. For me, all of this begs the question of the purpose of jewelry as a part of costume, especially at an event like this. Do people in the public eye see it strictly as a frivolity? An adornment that takes away from whatever statement their clothing or the occasion itself might be making? This is an interesting turn because for centuries, jewelry has punctuated status, power, social position (or lack of same) and yes, protest. I’m of the belief that you can wear jewelry at a gala or red carpet event and have it amplify whatever other message you are trying to make.

I’m not surprised to see a jewel blackout tonight, but I am disappointed.

Jewel of the day: Lulu Frost Vintage Charm Bracelet

Charm bracelets probably hit their zenith in the fifties and sixties, but everything (well, most everything) deserves an act two. This vintage inspired bracelet by Lulu Frost incorporates charms dating from 1890 to 1980 and is one of a kind.

This sells for USD$395.

Jewel of the day: Opal Button Earrings

These earrings are made for the person who is too afraid to wear opals because they are concerned they may be too fragile to hold up to every day wear.

Dated to the Edwardian period, they are offered for sale by UK-based The Antique Jewellery Company. The opals are set in15k yellow gold settings for pierced ears. These sell for £975.

Jewel of the day: Tiffany Fleur de Lis Pendant

If Santa didn’t bring the jewelry you want, Tiffany is not lacking in inspiration.

This Fleur de Lys pendant is available in white or rose gold, and set with a modest .09 carats total weight in diamonds. They note, “Feminine and delicate, the designs of the Tiffany Fleur de Lis collection offer a refined sense of graceful empowerment that speaks to quiet confidence. Shining with brilliant diamonds, this elegant pendant is a timeless finishing touch.

This sells for USD$1,400.

Jewel of the day: Pomellato M’ama Non M’ama Rose Gold Topaz Earrings

Pomellato has taken the easy but sophisticated Italian jewellery style and made it accessible globally. These chic and wearable earrings are a great every day staple. Made in 18k yellow gold and set with topaz (other stones are available), they retail for USD$2,400 from Net-A-Porter.

Jewel of the day: Cabochon Burma Sapphire Emerald Platinum Ring

1st Dibs has a new policy where they hide the name of the seller. My guess is that this is to prevent buyers from going off the platform as this way the item can likely be had for less than the 1st Dibs stated price (given their markup). However, my preference would always be to know the name of the individual reseller so that I can research them to my satisfaction. So, a big boo to you, 1st Dibs.

This ring (offered by a now mystery dealer in NY) is described as “A platinum ring showcasing a cabochon Burmese blue sapphire – non heated- weighing 18.91 cts, sided by two half moon shaped emeralds. Circa 1965.” Its selling price is USD$150,000. For that money, I definitely want to know the name of the seller with whom I’m dealing.

Jewel of the day: Paste Swallow Brooch

This is a sweet sterling silver, paste and pearl swallow brooch, which Etsy seller Dali Antiques estimates as late 17th to early 18th century. The back is closed and the c-ring makes that a potential date; my guess is it may be later than that. But it’s a very sweet antique piece.

This is selling for USD$395.

Jewel of the day: Chaumet 12 Vendome Tiara

Happy new year! And what better way to welcome 2018 than with a diamond tiara? This one is by Chaumet and they say they have made over 2000 tiaras in the house’s history. This one is noted as being created in platinum and white gold, set with diamonds and a cabochon-cut white opal from Ethiopia of 21.14 carats.

Price available upon request.


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