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.
Harry Winston Diamond Corp, the Canadian mining group which owns the jewelers, has this week announced plans to build a flagship store in Shanghai.
And it will be hard to miss, boasting a 12-meter high façade a company spokesman says will be like a “billboard to the world, a billboard to the Chinese people.”
The 460-square-meter flagship store — to be opened “before January” next year — will be supplemented by a salon inside the lobby of the Peninsula Shanghai hotel.
Swiss luxury jewelry and watch brand Piaget has tapped Actress Jessica Alba to be an ambassador for its new Possession jewelry collection.
Alba features in six ads for Piaget’s Possession line, which were styled by Brad Goreski and shot by Patrick Demarchelier before being released on Facebook.
The star says that she likes the “chic and simple” design of the jewelry as well as the idea of layering the gold, silver, and rose gold pieces on top of each other.
The star is on a roll: following gigs for Gucci’s kids range, Gillette, and L’Oréal, the entertainer and owner of her own fashion brand is starring in new TOUS Jewelry ads.
Using chopsticks, umbrellas, and fans as props, Jennifer Lopez was shot by star photographer Ellen von Unwerth for the Spanish brand’s oriental-inspired campaign.
The visuals echo the spring/summer collection that consists of Indian rubies and mother-of-pearl arranged in lotus flower shapes.
Italian jeweler Damiani have released in collaboration with Maserati a unique collection of accessories to complement Maserati’s cars.
The Circle collection, first of a series of product lines created by Damiani for Maserati, proposes a range of accessories in silver entirely dedicated to men.
Cufflinks, key-rings and necklaces are characterised by an elegant design playing with the circular shape and with the Maserati Trident logo engraved on the front.
A Chinese jewelry collector has created a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” with 100,000 carats of jewelry.
He has spent the last five years working on this one-of-a-kind jewelry painting and the last 30 years collecting all the necessary raw gem stones.
This bedazzled replica of the Mona Lisa is currently on display in a shopping mall in Shenyang City, China.
French luxury group LVMH has agreed to buy Rome-based jeweler Bulgari SpA in a cash-and-shares deal worth euro4.3 billion ($6 billion).
The deal will see Bulgari’s founding family become the second largest family shareholders in LVMH behind that of Chief Executive Bernard Arnault.
LVMH also announced a tender offer of 12.25 euros per share to acquire the remaining shares of Bulgari, a 61 percent premium over where they were trading before the announcement.
The Mad Men star models Vivienne Westwood‘s “Get a Life” Palladium jewelry collection in new visuals released March 2.
Hendricks, who has previously starred in raincoat label London Fog’s ads, said of the collection: “I love that there are dramatic pieces such as the crown and the heart necklace as well as more simple pieces such as the acorn earrings.”
“As Palladium is a naturally white metal, the pieces really sparkle under the lights and I cannot wait to wear them on the red carpet!”
The venerable Italian fine jewelry house Bulgari is commemorating its 125th anniversary with a huge exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris.
The exhibition will retrace the main chapters in Bulgari’s history and the evolution of the esthetic that made the brand a driving force of the “Italian school,” from the opening of the first shop on Via Sistina in 1884 through the modern day.
This fascinating saga is illustrated by more than 600 masterpieces of jewelry, watch- and clockmaking, and the decorative arts, including some one hundred exclusive pieces that will be on public display for the first time.
US jeweller Tiffany & Co is aiming to make a major push into China as it seeks to tap a growing appetite for luxury goods among the country’s new wealthy.
“China will rapidly become the place where we will have the greatest number of new stores,” Tiffany chairman Michael J. Kowalski said on Tuesday.
The firm, showcased in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, plans to open 25 to 30 outlets across the country over the next three years.
During its current fiscal year, which ends in January, the company will inaugurate 14 stores around the world, four of them in China, it added.
An exceptinally rare pink stone is set to break the record for being the world’s most expensive diamond ever.
The pink stone is estimated to be worth $27-38 million when it goes under the hammer on November 16 at Sothebyâ€™s in Geneva
It is classified as ‘fancy intense pink’ – the most perfect pink colour – by the Gemological Institute of America, and is set between shield-shaped diamond shoulders on a silver ring.
The most expensive Barbie in the world, with jewels designed by Australia’s Stefano Caturi, has been sold at Christie’s in New York for $302,500.
Mattel commissioned Canturi to create the finger-wide neckpiece and tiny matching ring to promote its new Barbie collection.
The jewellery set features a necklace made from three carats of white diamonds set around a one carat, square emerald-cut pink diamond.
Jeweller Stefano Canturi also designed the doll’s black strapless party dress, peep-toe stilettos and tumbling blonde hair.
A rare, two-stone ring set a new record price per carat for a blue diamond at auction when it sold for $15.7 million to an Asian collector.
The ring features a 9.87 carat colorless triangular-shaped diamond paired with a triangular 10.95 carat “Fancy Vivid” blue diamond, the largest such blue diamond of this cut ever offered at auction.
The jewel had been bought in Rome in 1972 for $1 million, which is the equivalent of about $5 million today, Christie’s auction house said.
Sotheby’s says it is auctioning about 3 million pounds worth of jewelry once owned by Wallis Simpson, the American socialite who became Duchess of Windsor.
Britain’s King Edward VIII, who renounced his claim to the British throne in 1936 to marry the divorcee, showered her with gifts of jewellery throughout their courtship and marriage.
The pieces on sale include a Cartier heart-shaped emerald, ruby and diamond brooch (above) commissioned in 1957 to mark their 20th wedding anniversary.