The Cannes Film Festival is just around the corner, and to celebrate its 15th year as the event’s official sponsor, luxury jewelry house Chopard has made sure its Red Carpet Collection 2012 is one to remember, with designs ranging from classic old Hollywood to extravagant and colorful creations.
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.
The Fondation Cartier, the contemporary art museum of the luxury jewelry house, will present its latest expo, Cartier, Jeweler of the Arts, in Paris beginning April 3.
The exhibition brings together four artworks made by artists including David Lynch and Takeshi Kitano using precious and semi-precious stones no longer deemed suitable for the brand’s jewelry. Preview images of what they came up with here.
As high-end European labels increasingly aim to benefit from China’s growing luxury market, Shanghai has become a popular destination for maisons to host exhibitions documenting their legacy, with Van Cleef & Arpels the latest brand to announce a retrospective exhibition.
For Valentine’s Day, Fabergé introduces the Oeuf Cadeau, a polished 18 ct rose gold egg, tied with an exuberant ribbon of diamonds and fastened with a bow.
Measuring all of 22mm in height this keepsake pendant is also available in white and yellow gold with the message of I love you, Jet t’aime and Ti amo engraved on it.
All Fabergé collections are available through the Fabergé transactional website or in stores in London, Geneva and Hong Kong.
French luxury brand Louis Vuitton will open a boutique and jewellery studio on Paris’ Place Vendome this spring and is preparing its first perfume.
“In April we will have our own jewellery workshop and in May will will open our boutique in the same building,” the label’s head Yves Carcelle said.
The project, unveiled in an area of Paris synonymous with luxury, will allow Louis Vuitton to “rejoin the exclusive club of the few jewellers who have their own workshops on the Place” and make the coveted adornments in situ, he said.
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.
A Japanese department store is offering anyone with a quarter of a million dollars a lucky dip bag stuffed with expensive jewellery to ring in the New Year.
One lucky customer prepared to hand over a numerically significant 20.12 million yen ($259,000) can celebrate the turn of the year with a fistful of precious baubles.
The “fukubukuro” (lucky bag) — a feature of the New Year in Japan, one of the country’s most important holidays — will go on sale on January 2.
Cartier released its Winter Tale video a few weeks ago. One version is found on YouTube and the other at www.cartier.wintertale.com.
The video shows the famous Cartier leopard running, walking and leaping through an icy terrain while products from the jeweler’s holiday collection emerge from under snow or in bubbles and are simply resting against the landscape.
In the YouTube version, consumers can click on the links that appear in the video to search for the “her,” “him” and “all” products.
A huge pearl once worn by European royalty and last owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for a record $11.84 million at a blockbuster auction in New York on Tuesday.
“La Peregrina,” depicted in art works over the centuries and coveted by kings and queens, was bought for Taylor by her actor husband Richard Burton in 1969.
The pear-shaped white pearl was a highlight of Christie’s sale of the legendary jewelry and fashion collections amassed by Taylor, the “Crown Jewels of Hollywood.”
Fabergé has unveiled its first advertising campaign shot by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino and creative-directed by Fabergé’s Katharina Flohr.
Rising Russian-Lithuanian model Bee Gee appears in the ads, wearing resplendent pieces from the Les Fabuleuses de Fabergé and Les Saisons Russes collections.
“The campaign captures the intense and emotive glamour and story-telling that characterizes all contemporary Fabergé creations,” says the company in a release.
Italian model Bianca Balti stars in the Fall/Winter 2011 Dolce & Gabbana jewelry advertisements lensed by Giampaolo Sgura.
The images capture Bianca getting ready in lingerie inspired looks and crafted jewerly featuring tri-color gold, rubies, sapphires and pearls.
Accessory aficionadoes can now master the art of jewelry-making thanks to an innovative move by iconic French brand Van Cleef & Arpels.
The Paris-based company will make history in February 2012 by opening its first jewelry school, where students from across the globe can gain unique insight into the world of creating world-class adornments.
Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1896 and the brand considers sharing its wealth of knowledge with connoisseurs and professionals alike to be a duty.
Anndra Neen has scooped the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize thanks to a unique and luxurious collection.
The jewelry and accessories brand, founded in 2009 by sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, picked up the award on Saturday, October 29 during a glitzy ceremony at Los Angeles’s Beverly Hills Hotel.
The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize aims to promote rising design talent, with this year’s victor Anndra Neen receiving $40,000.
Italian fashion house Prada is readying its first jewelry collection for the holiday season. It will be priced from from $448.
Pieces,including necklaces, cuffs, earrings, bracelets and brooches in everything from patent to crocodile leather, will be going on sale in November.
See the designs on French actress Léa Seydoux in Prada’s latest resort collection video below.
Italian luxury goods maker Salvatore Ferragamo has launched its first jewellery collection in collaboration with Bulgari.
Ferragamo, which listed in Milan in June a week after Prada debuted in Hong Kong, said it hoped its new collection would help meet demand from fast-growing Asia.
“I think this collection will be successful, especially among Chinese clients”, Chief Executive Michele Norsa told Reuters at the presentation during Milan fashion week.
Christie’s has revealed the main lots of the jewelry collection of Oscar-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor to be auctioned in New York this December.
Select highlights from the 269-piece collection went on an eight-city tour including London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong, beginning in Moscow.
VIP guests from around the world came together in Monaco on September 8th to celebrate the launch of the Montblanc “Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco”.
Montblanc pays tribute to Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco and her artistic legacy with their new collection.
The Montblanc “Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco” is consisting of three one-of-a-kind fine jewellery sets, timepieces and writing instruments.
Christy Turlington is back for the third consecutive season as face of Louis Vuitton High Jewelry — here’s a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot of the F/W ads.
Turlington, who like her fellow “original supermodels” still stars in campaigns on a regular basis, can currently also be seen in Maybelline’s beauty ads.