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Chopard store Cannes

Chopard Jewelry Stolen At Cannes

Chopard store Cannes

On Friday afternoon, news broke that official Cannes sponsor Chopard had been rocked by a robbery — $1,4 million worth of Chopard jewels were stolen from a hotel.

The robbery took place on friday in the hotel room of an American woman employee of Swiss bijoutier Chopard as she was out for the evening, police said. A strongbox containing jewels was ripped out of the wardrobe and carried off, they said.

Chopard said the jewels weren’t part of the collection to be worn by actresses at the festival, and that the value of the stolen pieces was “far lower than those in the figures circulating in the media.”

The heist occurred before 5:00 am (0300 GMT) at the Novotel hotel, which is located about 15 minutes from the festival venue, police said.

Chopard is one of the official sponsors of the festival, and one of its stores, complete with its own red carpet, lies on the palm-fringed beachfront, just opposite the venue.

The jeweller redesigned the Palme d’Or trophy and each year lends out jewellery to stars for their walk up the red-carpeted steps at the Palais des Festivals.

The photo-calls are hugely valuable to makers of gowns and jewellery, providing media exposure around the world.

An official linked to the festival said the top award, the Golden Palm, was safe.

The Palme d’Or features 118 grammes (four ounces) of yellow gold, with a value of more than 20,000 euros ($26,000), set in a base of rock crystal.

The Palme dOr by Chopard

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Lollobrigida’s jewels sell for nearly $5 million

pearl earrings

A pair of pearl earrings belonging to actress Gina Lollobrigida sold for an auction record of $2.39 million at Sotheby’s Geneva Tuesday as the veteran Italian star auctioned off some dazzling jewellery.

The lot, the highlight of the auction, went under the hammer for more than twice the pre-sale estimate, and in doing so broke the previous record for pearl earrings set by a pair from the jewel box of fellow screen siren Elizabeth Taylor in 2011.

Lollobrigida, a popular movie star in the 1950s and ’60s, was selling off a collection created by Italian jewellers Bulgari, with some of the auction proceeds going to help stem cell research.

Lollobrigida, 85, said she was “very happy that the jewels would help a good cause.

“Selling my jewels to help raise awareness of stem cell therapy, which can cure so many illnesses, seems to me a wonderful use to which to put them,” she said.

Sotheby’s said the entire collection sold for a total of just under $5 million.

Gina Lollobrigida

Pomellato bracelets

Kering (PPR) Acquires Jewellery Brand Pomellato

Pomellato Jewellery

French luxury and sports brand group Kering – formerly known as PPR – said it bought Italian jeweler Pomellato for an undisclosed amount.

The company’s success is based on the personality and style of its creations with a blend of colors, stones and shapes as well as their fine Italian craftsmanship.

The Pomellato group is a profitable and growing Italian business with two brands, Pomellato and Dodo. The first positioned within the fine jewelry segment and the latter within the accessible jewelry segment.

Its distribution network includes 86 mono-brand stores (45 Pomellato, 41 Dodo) as well as approximately 600 independent points of sale around the world.

There is plenty of room for growth for this company and Kering said its expertise and resources in real estate, distribution, media and brand management will help in that area.

PPR did not say how much it paid for Pomellato, which had 2012 revenue of 146 million euros ($190 million), but a banking source told Reuters last month the deal would value the business at around 350 million, or 15 times core profit.

The acquisition comes following Kering’s recent re-branding and name change, and is the firm’s first investment since welcoming Christopher Kane into its stable of brands in January.

Within PPR/Kering, Pomellato will complement its other jewelry brands: high-end Boucheron, based on Paris’ Place Vendome, and Qeelin, a midprice Chinese jeweler PPR bought last year.

Ronaldo Jacob and Co

Cristiano Ronaldo is the new face of Jacob & Co.

Cristiano Ronaldo for Jacob and Co

After Nike and Armani, Cristiano Ronaldo is now going to be the face of the very luxurious jewelry and watch brand Jacob & Co.

The Portuguese footballer has the ideal look to represent luxurious brands. And for once, he doesn’t have to show off his six-pack to highlight the product.

Cristiano Ronaldo Jacob and Co

As Ronaldo explained, the collaboration made sense: “As a collector of the world’s finest watches, it’s obvious [to me] how much passion Jacob & Co. has for quality.”

American brand Jacob & Co has uploaded a behind-the-scenes video of the campaign which shows the footballer in casual wear (a leather jacket and sweater) and more formal attire (a black tuxedo).

Ronaldo for Jacob and Co

Ronaldo also unveiled a first image on his Facebook page in which he is wearing a Jacob & Co’s Ghost watch that caught his eye on set: “I fell in love with the new Ghost watch. It’s a perfect fit for my lifestyle as I’m constantly traveling internationally.”

Mila Kunis for Gemfields

Mila Kunis Named Ambassador Of Emerald Company

Mila Kunis for Gemfields

Mila Kunis, star of “Black Swan” and “Ted,” has signed a new deal as global brand ambassador for precious stone specialist Gemfields.

As the company’s new brand ambassador, the Hollywood actress has added her face to Gemfields’s latest advertising campaign, photographed by Italian fashion legend Mario Sorrenti and styled by Anastasia Barbieri.

In her new ad campaign, Mila sports one-of-a-kind emerald and ruby accessories created in partnership with Fabergé, which was acquired by Gemfields last year.

Kunis recently toured Gemfields’ Zambian mine, Kagem, which produces approximately 20 percent of the world’s emeralds. “Mila has blown me away with her energy, enthusiasm and dedication,” said Gemfields CEO Ian Harebottle.

London-based Gemfields is the world’s leading colored gemstone producer, but this is the first time the company has hired a brand ambassador. The adverts are set to run around the world in publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Bazaar and W.

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China last emperor jewellery gets first Taiwan show

China last emperor pocket watch

Priceless jewellery belonging to China’s last emperor Puyi and his wife Wanrong on loan from China are on display in Taiwan for the first time.

The National Palace Museum in Taipei is showcasing 70 pieces of the imperial couple’s jewellery as part of a special exhibition titled “Royal Style” that runs till September.
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Louis Vuitton jewellery store Place Vendome

Louis Vuitton opens jewelry store in Paris

Louis Vuitton jewellery store Place Vendome

LVMH has opened a Louis Vuitton jewelry store on Paris’ Place Vendome, in an effort to expand the brand’s image within in the global luxury jewelry market.

“The store and the workshop are an important step, a foundational decision, indicating that we look ahead with optimism,” said Hamdi Chatti, Director of the group’s jewelry and watches divisions, as quoted by Reuters.
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Atelier Versace Jewellery

Versace launching jewelry line

Atelier Versace Jewellery

Versace will launch a new Atelier Jewelry collection on day one of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, with the label’s creative director Donatella Versace citing each piece a “work of art.”

The unveiling will take place July 1, when the Italian house makes its return to the couture catwalk with a runway presentation at the Ritz Paris.
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