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Bulgari’s New Digital Ambassador: Jasmine Sanders

Jasmine Sanders for Bulgari by Michael Avedon

Bulgari appoints the Instagram star of diverse heritage as their new face for the digital scene (Photographs courtesy of Bulgari)

Bulgari understands what this age is about: diversity and interconnectedness. Just look at their new Digital Ambassador: Instagram star and eminent model Jasmine Sanders (@golden_barbie) of diverse heritage, with 2.1 million followers on the social media platform.

Jasmine Sanders for Bulgari by Michael Avedon

Jasmine’s affinity with Bulgari lies in her favour towards Italian design. “Bulgari is more than a brand. It represents pure Italian luxury that’s larger than life”, Jasmine says. As a fresh face for Bulgari; her connectedness on social media speaks of Bulgari’s desire to be more than just a luxury brand, but to also participate in and respond to the interconnectedness of modern life.

Jasmine Sanders for Bulgari by Michael Avedon

Michael Avedon’s shoot of Jasmine in the Big Apple as she dons the new line of Bulgari jewellery is not the typical high fashion shoot; it marries elegance with approachability. Jasmine’s charm shines through and her look complements the vibrancy of New York City while lending the city a personal charm.

Tanaka Goes for Gold on Japan’s Children’s Day

Jewelry store Tanaka, located in Ginza, is celebrating Children’s Day in style this year with a sale of samurai helmets ornamented in gold and silver, worth tens of thousands of dollars each. The festival occurs May 5, and the sale went on ahead of time last week.

Children’s Day was originally a celebration exclusively for boys and fathers, and was called Boy’s Day in the past. This was in contrast to another festival called Girls’ Day, that occurs March 3. During this period of celebration (for Children’s Day), displaying items signifying vitality and strength is common, including carp-shaped flags and traditional samurai helmets. For Girls’ Day, also called Doll’s Day, ornately crafted dolls are displayed instead.

The Tanaka Kikinzoku Group, in charge of the Tanaka store, have celebrated the festival with such glitz before. In 2013 they designed gold samurai helmets with Disney Mickey Mouse logos. This year’s collection has designs modeled off helmets actually worn by famous warriors in the past (one example being the legendary shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu). They often had original helmet designs for self-identification, with traits like deer antlers or crescent moons.

According to the store, each helmet is made with up to 430 grams (15 ounces) of gold, worth as much as six million yen ($53,700), and are suited as an investment asset besides being beautifully crafted objects.

This story was written in-house, referencing wire stories. The image is courtesy of the AFP.

Blue Moon Diamond

$55 million Blue Moon diamond headed to auction

Blue Moon Diamond

A blue diamond weighing 12.03 carats could sell for a record $55 million when it goes up for auction in November, Sotheby’s said Thursday.

The Blue Moon diamond, discovered in South Africa in January last year, will be exhibited in Hong Kong, London and New York before its likely purchase at auction in Geneva on November 11.

“The Blue Moon diamond is a simply sensational stone of perfect colour and purity,” David Bennett, who heads Sotheby’s international jewellery division, said in a statement.

He added that the immense hype which followed the stone’s discovery “has now been proven to have been totally justified.”

The Gemological Institute of America previously declared the Blue Moon to be “internally flawless”.

Categorised as a fancy vivid blue diamond, the Blue Moon is the largest cushion-shaped stone in that category to ever appear at auction.

Sotheby’s put its estimated sale price between $35-$55 million which, at the higher end, would mark a record for any diamond sale.

In November 2010, a 24.78 carats pink diamond — known as the Graff Pink — sold in Geneva for just over $46 million.

The record sale for a blue diamond so far came in November last year, when a 9.75 carats fetched $32.6 million at an auction in New York.

Blue Moon blue Diamond

malaikaraiss star wars

Malaika Raiss Launches Star Wars Jewelry Collection

malaikaraiss star wars

The Berlin-based womenswear designer has been given permission to produce a “Star Wars” themed collection for her label, Malaikaraiss.

Lucasfilm ltd, owned by Disney, has agreed to give Raiss a license to produce a special line of jewelry that will launch with the release of the movie “Star Wars: the Force Awakens.” Part fashion jewelry, part fine jewelry, the collection will feature characters and familiar images from the film. Prices will range from under 100 dollars to nearly 700, with pieces made from 18-karat gold, rose gold and occasional diamonds.

So far, two pieces have been revealed on the brand’s Facebook page: Imperial Shuttle earrings and a Darth Vader pendant. The launch is planned for October, with the collection in stores for Christmas.

Secrets and Lights

Secrets & Lights – A Mythical Journey by Piaget

Secrets and Lights

The Swiss jewelry brand has presented a new collection of jewels and watches called Secrets & Lights – A Mythical Journey by .

The house’s artisans found inspiration for the ornamental pieces from sites along the Silk Road, deeply influenced by the rich colors and history of Venice and Samarkand.

Both of these emblematic cities were chosen by Piaget for their “cultural wealth” as well as their “fascinating way of life”.

The Silk Road allowed Piaget’s craftsmen and artists to draw from “a remarkable territory of expression”. The collection is comprised of 93 elaborate jewelry pieces and 38 watchmaking creations.

An ode to Venice and Samarkand

The bright and dazzling collection of “The Secrets of Venice” was brought to life by feather masters, enamellers and engravers.

Patterns and shades inspired by the Orient define “The Lights of Samarkand” collection that accentuates the rarest of gems.

“The Secrets of Venice” line pays tribute to the Clock Tower, the Bridge of Sighs and the lion in an assortment of cuffs, rings, earrings and necklaces. White gold, feathers, emeralds, enamel, red spinel gemstones, diamonds, pink gold and rubies adorn the pieces of the series.

Cascading or asymmetrical neck pieces take center stage in “The Lights of Samarkand” collection. Rings, bracelets and drop earrings are decorated with turquoise pearls, Colombian emeralds, sapphires from Sri Lanka, Mozambique rubies and diamonds.

Discover all 131 striking pieces of the new collection in Piaget boutiques. Prices upon request.

Dior launches Rose des Vents fine jewellery [VIDEO]

Dior has created four short videos to mark the launch of its new Rose des Vents jewelry line.

The whimsical animations are based on the drawings of the contemporary French jewelry designer Victoire De Castellane in which she imagines encounters with the house’s founder, Christian Dior.

The eight-point Rose des Vents medallion is showcased in each film and each cardinal point represents one of the stones used in the collection.

In one movie, de Castellane spins the Rose des Vents to find herself in the next frame with Dior in the midst of prepping for a party at the Dior headquarters on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne. The music turns on and lapis lazuli medallions flit around the room like a disco ball.

The Rose des Vents line will go on sale on May 11 in France, May 18 in Europe and June 3 in the rest of the world.

The line features four bracelets, four necklaces and one long necklace, priced from 1,350 euros to 8,000 euros.

Buccellati Madison Avenue

Buccellati unveils jewels inspired by Monet and Bonnard

Buccellati Madison Avenue

Jewelry house Buccellati is unveiling a series of unique pieces inspired by the artistic masterpieces of Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Winslow Homer, Mikhail Larionov and Odilon Redon.

Buccellat Madison Avenue flagship store

“The Art collection” reimagines five of the best-known paintings in the world in jewelry form. The collection will be exhibited at the brand’s new flagship space in New York, which opened its doors on March 12.

Buccellati ring inspired by Mikhail Larionov

The Milanese house, which was founded in 1919, combines the aesthetics of Italian Renaissance design and modern design approaches at the core of its work. Wanting to create a collection relating to the most famous masters of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements, the company’s first female designer, Lucrezia Buccellati, designed the new pieces alongside her tenured father Andrea over a period of eight months.

Buccellati bracelet

The family business’s new five-storey flagship townhouse boutique on Madison Avenue will contain a high jewelry lounge and a private Family Vault of vintage offerings.

Buccellati Earrings inspired by Claude Monet

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Coco Crush by Chanel

The French luxury brand has introduced Coco Crush, a jewelry collection inspired by the diamond quilted pattern seen in its handbags, among other accessories. The new line will be available from the end of April.

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One of Chanel’s signature motifs, diamond quilting is an integral part of the brand’s heritage. Seen most famously on the brand’s popular handbags and clutches, the pattern has also appeared on Chanel shoes and other accessories, as well as in haute couture and ready-to-wear items such as jackets. There is even a Chanel watch collection reprising the style.

Chanel Coco Crush collection

Now Chanel is celebrating the motif once again with its Coco Crush jewelry collection. The generously sized items in this line offer an entirely new take on the diamond quilted pattern, which is delicately engraved in gold for an elegant and understated effect.

The collection includes rings and a cuff bracelet available in white or yellow 18K gold. The rings are available in small, medium or large versions.

Chanel Coco Crush bracelet

The Coco Crush jewelry line by Chanel will go on sale at the end of April.

Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection

Bulgari celebrates love with latest jewelry collection

Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection

The Italian jewelry maker has presented the Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection, which is dedicated to the theme of love.

Naturally the heart — “cuore” in Italian — is the key motif in this new jewelry line. Not just an enduring symbol of love, the heart is also one of the emblems of the city of Rome, where Bulgari is based.

The collection includes four items — two heart pendant necklaces, a three-strand necklace and a ring — all made of rose gold.

Worn on a rose gold chain, the first pendant has pavé diamonds and stands out for its unique moving parts, which enable the user to wear it four different ways. The rose gold pendant may be turned to show or hide the pavé diamonds or the “Bvlgari-Bvlgari” engraving.

The second pendant is in rose gold with white mother-of-pearl. A three-strand necklace in rose gold and white mother-of-pearl rounds out the collection, along with a rose gold ring with pavé diamonds on one side.

The items in the Bvlgari-Bvlgari Cuore collection range in price from €1,900 (around $2,150) to €6,500 (around $7,360).

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Chanel Cosmique collection rings

Chanel takes its jewelry into the cosmos

Chanel Cosmique collection rings

The luxury brand has presented Cosmique, its latest fine jewelry collection, which combines white gold and diamonds with high-tech ceramic.

A few months ago, Chanel introduced a collection inspired by comets, including pieces with evocative names like “Nuit de Diamants” (Night of Diamonds), “Voie Lactée” (Milky Way) and “Étoile Filante” (Shooting Star).

Now, with its Cosmique line, the French brand returns yet again to one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite themes — the night sky — with a new take on a motif she created in 1932.

The pieces in this latest collection have a distinctly modern and minimalist style, with high-tech ceramic as the primary material.

The collection consists mainly of rings and pendant necklaces, in which diamond-studded comets and stars, outlined in 18K white gold, are set in white or black high-tech ceramic.

Ye Mingzi Flower of Life Jewelry Collection

An Atelier Swarovski hair jewelry line with Ye Mingzi

Ye Mingzi Flower of Life Jewelry Collection

Twice a year since 2007, Atelier Swarovski collaborates with emerging and established designers on a one-off jewelry collection, to celebrate the fashion week season.

This time,  launches its first collection of hair accessories, in collaboration with Chinese designer Ye Mingzi.

It comprises three exclusive headpieces, two hair pins (with a gold-plated and a crystal version), and a tiara decorated with pearls and crystals.

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Ye Mingzi

Like the rest of the Ye Mingzi collection, which comprises necklaces, rings and bracelets, these hair accessories feature an antique geometric motif.

These head pieces are available on atelierswarovski.com, and in some Swarovski boutiques and distributors.

The hair pins cost €80 and €96 (crystal or gold versions) and tiaras €280.

Marine Vacth for Chaumet

Marine Vacth poses for Chaumet

Marine Vacth for Chaumet

French model turned actress Marine Vacth stars in the latest campaign for luxury jewelry brand CHAUMET.

Vacth garnered attention at the Cannes film festival last year for her role as a teenage prostitute in François Ozon’s “Jeune et jolie.”

The 22-year-old French actress and model first broke through to mainstream success in François Ozon’s “Jeune et Jolie.”

Now she’s been shot by fashion legend Mario Sorrenti for a new campaign by luxury jeweler and watchmaker Chaumet. The emerging star follows fellow thespian Sophie Marceau as the latest face of the brand.

Sophie Marceau Promotes Chaumet In Seoul

Vacth appears twice in the same image, playing a double role where she appears to embrace herself in a romantic cinch. It’s designed to play on the idea of the Parisian woman’s dual-sided identity, both “elegant and rebellious.”

The new pairing also reinforces the company’s link with the world of cinema, including its support of the annual French César movie awards.

Dutch fashion designer Rolf Snoeren (R) and Viktor Horsing (C) stand next to models presenting their creations during the Viktor&Rolf Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection show, on July 3, 2013 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Viktor & Rolf team up with Swarovski

Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf have created two new jewelry collections for Austrian brand Swarovski, entitled ‘Velvet Rock’ and ‘Frozen Crystal’.

Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsing

Unveiled during their show last week in Paris, ‘Velvet Rock’ does exactly what it says on the tin – features Swarovski’s famous stones coated with flock.

It’s something of a first, a textural experimentation playing with sparkling crystal and velvet which is also a nod to Viktor & Rolf’s new Paris flagship (which is covered in gray felt).

Viktor & Rolf’s new Paris flagship

The line features earrings, cuffs, chokers and rings which were apparently inspired by the style of American indie singer Joan As Police Woman.

“You will need a sense of humor and irony” to wear it Horsting told WWD.

viktor rolf Atelier swarovski

Versace Greca Red Rubies ring

Versace celebrates Valentine’s Day with rubies

Versace has revealed a fun and pretty new limited edition jewelry collection in tones of pink, red and gold just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Versace Greca Red Rubies ring

The “Greca Red Rubies” line was inspired by one of Versace’s famed motifs, the iconic Greek key symbol, which has been given a contemporary twist.

Versace Greca Red Rubies earrings

The four-piece collection includes a pendant, earrings, a bracelet and a ring all featuring curved forms, with a yellow gold setting and bright red rubies.

Versace Greca Red Rubies pendant

The Greca Red Rubies collection is priced from €2,200 up to €6,000.

Versace Greca Red Rubies bracelet

Lion Baroque bracelet

Les Perles de Chanel collection

During haute couture fashion week, Chanel is presenting its latest collection of “haute joaillerie” (high jewelry). Titled “Les Perles de Chanel,” the fine jewelry line emphasizes the elegance and femininity of pearls by surrounding them with diamonds, sapphires and amethysts.

It was a given that pearls would be in the spotlight in the fashion and jewelry world this season, so it’s no surprise that Chanel has devoted its latest haute joaillerie collection to the gems of the sea, which were so dear to its founder.

The image of Mademoiselle Chanel is inseparable from pearls. Wearing them in earrings, chokers, short necklaces or row upon row of long strands, she only took them off to sleep,” explains the brand.

Lion Baroque bracelet

An imaginary world

In this exceptional collection, Chanel pairs pearls with some of the brand’s other signature themes, such as camellias, majestic lions (the main theme of the brand’s previous haute joaillerie collection), and even constellations.

A rainbow of different types of cultured pearls can be found, in varying sizes, shapes and colors. Exquisite oyster pearls from the South Seas, Tahiti and Japan are found alongside a few freshwater mussel pearls.

And of course, the pearls come in a wide array of colors — gold, black, pink, grey and white — blending in perfectly with white and yellow gold, diamonds, tourmalines, aquamarines and amethysts.

Rosee de Camelia bracelet

Extraordinary necklaces

Among the signature pieces in the Les Perles de Chanel collection is the “Perles de Jour” necklace: a strand of South Sea pearls graced by 8kt of diamonds. This “Day Pearls” necklace is also available in a “Night Pearls” version (“Perles de Nuit”), with Tahitian grey pearls.

Another exceptional necklace, the “Printemps de Camélia” (“Camellia Spring”) features pearls in several colors, accented with camellia shapes with diamond inlay and a sapphire core, whose colors echo those of the pearls.

The “Lion Baroque” necklace, reprising one of Chanel’s longtime symbols, alternates white, grey and gold pearls in three strands, which come together in a lion’s head with intricate sapphire inlay.

Rings, bracelets, earrings and brooches round out the Les Perles de Chanel collection.

Perles de Nuit necklace

Hendricks Hannah Martin

Hendrick’s Gin X Hannah Martin flask

Hendrick’s Gin and fine jewellery designer Hannah Martin have created a luxury limited-edition hip flask that will be available exclusively at Harrods this Christmas.

Hendricks Hannah Martin

This luxurious item is presented in a handmade leather travelling bag with a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin and a bespoke silk and cashmere scarf from Scottish tailors Walker Slater.

Combining the contemporary with the traditional, each limited edition glass vessel is individually hand-blown and diamond-embossed by artisans in Norfolk, and then encased in green leather.

Before declining in popularity in the late 20th Century, hip flasks were a fashionable accoutrement of the upper classes, who used them to create, carry and share spirituous concoctions when they were out and about in town and country.

Just 50 hip flasks and accoutrements (£795) are available to buy from Harrods from November.

Saint Laurent diamond bracelet

Saint Laurent unveils diamond jewelry line

Saint Laurent diamond bracelet

Hedi Slimane is launching a new line of stunning diamond jewelry for the Parisian luxury house.

Titled ‘Saint Laurent Diamond,’ Slimane’s latest jewelry collection features stunning modernist designs in gold, set with brilliant-cut diamond paving.

The hand-crafted jewelry line, which features rings and bracelets for men and women, follows “the tradition and savoir-faire spirit of Parisian joaillerie,” says the brand.

Customers have the choice of 18K gold or 18K white gold set with diamonds and according to Saint Laurent the collection will be “permanent and evolving.”

tribal necklace

Cartier’s luxury Odyssey

Cartier Zebra bracelet

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.

Cartier brown tourmaline and obsidian bracelet

A diamond, brown tourmaline and obsidian bracelet from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection

Cartier Chinese-style dragon bracelet

L’Odyssée de Cartier Chinese-style dragon bracelet with a Zen garden engraved rubellite stone

Cartier African-inspired ring

L’Odyssée de Cartier African ring with a brown tourmaline stone

Cartier diamond and platinum bracelet

A diamond and platinum bracelet from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection

Cartier drop earrings in obsidian

L’Odyssée de Cartier drop earrings in obsidian

Cartier tribal necklace

A ‘tribal’ necklace from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection

Cartier Tutti Frutti sapphire necklace

A ‘Tutti Frutti’ sapphire necklace from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection

Cartier Zebra bracelet

A Zebra bracelet from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection featuring stripes of onyx, diamonds and a garnet edge

Cartier African ring brown tourmaline stone

A ring in white gold, set with a 33.42ct brown tourmaline, obsidian and diamonds from the L’Odyssée de Cartier collection