French jeweler Cartier has created a new high jewellery collection called L’Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d’un Style, inspired by a magical and imaginary journey through the Old World.
‘L’Odyssée de Cartier’ riffs on Odysseus’s famous journey in Homer’s epic poem, with a modern twist. The collection represents “an inspired route winding its way to Africa via India, China and the Orient.”
In 1931 the brand first dabbled with African imagery creating their ‘Art Moderne’ bracelets for the Paris ‘Exposition Coloniale.’
Now they’ve revisited the African wilds with a new ‘Zebra’ bracelet, a traditional African bangle featuring bands of different-sized diamonds and onyx set in art-deco stripes, with a vivid garnet edge. Other pieces inspired by the continent include art brut and naïve tribal style necklaces.
There are also ‘Tutti Frutti’ styles inspired by traditional multicolored Indian ceremonial jewelry and voluminous pieces pairing intense fuchsia with diamonds and featuring serpentine elements.
Chinese-inspired pieces work diamonds and onyx into dragons and Zen garden shapes, with modern and minimalist bracelets using an abstract skyscraper motif to evoke the idea of the modern city.
A diamond, brown tourmaline and obsidian bracelet from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection
L’Odyssée de Cartier Chinese-style dragon bracelet with a Zen garden engraved rubellite stone
L’Odyssée de Cartier African ring with a brown tourmaline stone
A diamond and platinum bracelet from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection
L’Odyssée de Cartier drop earrings in obsidian
A ‘tribal’ necklace from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection
A ‘Tutti Frutti’ sapphire necklace from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection
A Zebra bracelet from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection featuring stripes of onyx, diamonds and a garnet edge
A ring in white gold, set with a 33.42ct brown tourmaline, obsidian and diamonds from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection
British luxury designer Stuart Hughes has created a £10 million ($15 million), solid-gold bodied, diamond-encrusted iPhone 5. The phone, which underneath its special shell, is no different from any iPhone in terms of hardware components, was commissioned by an unnamed Chinese businessman.
Called the Black Diamond because it features a 24-ct black diamond where the home key should be; it also has a solid gold chassis. If that wasn’t enough, it is decorated with what Hughes says are 600 flawless white diamonds set in gold on the back panel, while the Apple logo, now in solid gold takes on a three-dimensional quality and has also been enhanced by the addition of a further 53 diamonds.
One other notable difference, and one that could soon become a reality on all smartphones, is the use of sapphire glass rather than the standard Gorilla Glass to cover the iPhone’s display.
Sapphire glass is used to create body armor and only a diamond is stronger or more resistant. However, at current prices, a sheet of such glass costs 10 times more than Gorilla Glass.
Although this was a commission, Hughes is more than happy to produce another Black Diamond, if a consumer has £10 million to spare.
Beyonce Knowles has bought her husband Jay Z a luxury diamond-encrusted Hublot Big Bang costing around $5 million as a present for his 43rd birthday.
On the occasion of the 69th Venice Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre is pursuing its partnership with “Emergency”, by supporting a maternity hospital in Afghanistan.
Actress Cristiana Capotondi and other celebrities have lent their support to this highly worthwhile, holding a rose and wearing a Reverso watch engraved with a rose – the flower chosen to symbolise this initiative.
Los Angeles-based luxury jeweler Azature has revealed the most expensive nail polish in the world.
Containing 267-carats of black diamonds, the tiny bottle of varnish has been priced at 250,000 dollars.
The World’s Most Expensive Sunglasses, produced for Chopard by De Rigo Vision, will be showcased in Dubai at The One and Only Royal Mirage on May 14th 2012.
The sunglasses that worth $400,000 are made of 60 grams of 24 carat gold and decorated with 51 full-cut 4 carat River diamonds.
Following the announcement that Marilyn Monroe is the icon of the upcoming 65th Cannes Film Festival, event sponsor Chopard has designed a one-off creation to be worn by one lucky celebrity — whose identity won’t be unveiled until May 16.
The late Hollywood actress famously sung about diamonds being a girl’s best friend, so for this year a necklace of heart-shaped diamonds and briolettes designed by Chopard’s co-president Caroline Scheufele will be revealed.
If you feel like your dog hasn’t been pampered enough, then I Love Dogs Diamonds has a collar for you : from the I Love Dogs La Collection de Bijoux, Amour Amour is the world’s most expensive dog collar with the price tag of $3.2 million.
The world’s biggest watch event opens to the public Thursday in Basel, Switzerland, on the back of a bumper year thanks to Asian demand for luxury timepieces.
Hublot, a subsidiary of French luxury goods group LVMH, will use the high-profile event to unveil “The $5 million” a watch comprising no less than 1,282 diamonds.
“This is the most precious watch ever created by Hublot and its long-standing partner, Atelier Bunter in Geneva,” said Hublot.
A United Kingdom-based company called Superlative Luxury has created an eco-friendly t-shirt priced at $400,000.
The t-shirt is made of 100% organic cotton and the manufacturing process uses only renewable energy, such as wind and solar, reducing the carbon footprint by 90%.
The t-shirt features a spherical pattern created from 16 one-carat diamonds; half of which are white diamonds and the other half are enhanced rare black diamonds.
Black Astrum today launch the Signature Card range of bespoke diamond encrusted business cards, targeting ultra high net worth individuals across the world.
A full set of cards can contain in excess of 30 carats. The average selling price per card is around the £1000 mark, sold in sets of 25, 50 and 100 cards.
“The Signature Card allows our members to express themselves in a truly unique way” said Sufian Khawaja, Black Astrum’s concept director.
Faithful to its annual rendezvous, Blancpain once again presents an exclusive creation for Valentine’s Day, the Saint-Valentin Chronograph 2012 .
This limited series of 14 watches, each set with 2.95 carats of precious stones, offers a fresh take on the refined aesthetics of the Blancpain Women collection.
With its diamond-set bezel and lugs, caseband set with four diamonds and a heart-shaped ruby, crown adorned with a diamond and pushpieces covered with cabochon-cut rubies, the white gold case sparkles with dazzling splendour.
The Lobortas Classic Jewelry House of Kiev, Ukraine has entered the record books by setting 2,525 diamonds in one ring.
The “Tsarevna Swan” ring was presented and measured in Kiev on July 21, 2011, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed.
The diamonds range from 0.001-0.05 carats with a total weight of 10.48 carats. All of the diamonds are of G color and range from VVS2 to VS1 in clarity.
For 2012, Ralph Lauren presents two new interpretations in its Slim Classique collection, featuring the luxuriously embellished cases.
The first model places a single row of brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, set off by a glossy black frame that emphasizes the rectilinear form of the watch.
On the second watch, two rows of diamonds make the bezel sparkle. Diamonds have also been set into the lugs, and a single rosecut diamond adorns the crown.
A 110-carat yellow jewel called the Sun Drop Diamond, thought the biggest of its kind in the world, sold for a record 10 million francs ($10.9 million) at auction in Geneva.
The gem was discovered in South Africa in 2010 and wowed visitors to London’s Natural History Museum where it was displayed earlier this year.
“It’s an absolute record for a yellow diamond,” Sotheby’s David Bennett told journalists after the sale. “It is a spectacular, unique stone.”
This Tag Heuer Link Smartphone has a white lizard leather cover with 1007 diamonds, totaling 2.53 carats, placed around a stainless steel body.
974 brilliant cut diamonds adorn the front housing, sides, back cover and crown. A white mother-of-pearl plate on the back is graced with a further 33 diamonds.
Finest white lizard skin and mirror-polished 316L stainless steel reinforce the dazzling clarity of these stones.
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot has created a $5 million diamond-encrusted ladies’ watch and plans to unveil it next year, Bloomberg reports.
The watch contains as many as 300 carats of polished diamonds, and is more expensive by $2 million than the Big Bang diamond watch model sold this year.
“Women are buying more than men, women are buying more often than men and women are very influential over men, so you have three good reasons to work on this population,” Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Biver said in an interview.
Astronomers think they have recently found a star that was transformed and condensed into a planet made of solid diamond.
The team was able to detect the “diamond planet” with the 64m radio telescope in Parkes, Australia, and found out that it orbits an unusual star known as a pulsar.
The scientists’ measurements indicate that the planet has slightly more mass than Jupiter, but is 20 times as dense.
Camael Diamonds has just released a special edition iPad ornamented with 1kg of 18 carat gold and 300 carat flawless diamonds.
Priced at $1.2 million, it is the world’s most expensive iPad. It is also adorned with black diamonds on the home button and the Apple logo on its rear.
Stuart Hughes has designed the world’s most expensive liquor, with a content invented by Antica Distilleria Russo from Italy.
A national drink of Italy, Limoncello is made by infusion in alcohol of peels of lemons from the stunning famous Amalfi Coast.
The bottle itself houses at the neck 3 single cut flawless diamonds totalling 13 cts. The body contains one of the world’s rarest diamonds which is sized 18.5 cts.