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.
De Beers has created a special exhibition called “The Art of Diamond Jewelry” in the setting of world famous department store, Isetan, in Tokyo.
Running through July 21st, the exhibit in the city’s Shinjuku shopping district incorporates photography and multimedia, including a first of its kind 3D film about diamonds that is shown on a custom screen and requires no 3D glasses.
The film was created by Holition, a company that markets a 3D virtual reality application allowing customers to “try on” luxury goods such as watches.
Tina Barrat of Tina Barrat bijoux-couture, is a French-born, Hong Kong based designer. Her brand was launched in 1999 to international acclaim.
The brand is called “bijoux-couture” since her jewelry is comprised of original components and her jewels are incorporated together with fabrics, ribbons, lace, feathers, and other materials.
Tina is currently using a combination of feathers and natural components (such as mother-of-pearl) and the “couture” aspect remains very important to her work.
The Cartier and America exhibition covers the history of the House of Cartier from its early period as the â€œking of jewelers and jeweler to kingsâ€ during the Belle Epoque through to the 1960s and 1970s, when Cartier supplied celebrities with jewels and luxury accessories.
French luxury goods firm Hermes has announced that it will be launching a collection of fine jewelry with accessories designer Pierre Hardy.
The 14 piece collection of “haute bijouterie” was inspired by the shape of a horse’s hoof to keep with the fashion house’s equestrian roots.
Prices range from $23,675 for a pair of rose gold and black jade earrings to $880,000 for a diamond necklace.
A company run by Hong Kong‘s best-known entertainment mogul has paid a record 108 million US dollars for a shop in one of the busiest districts.
The sale of the 1,212 square foot outlet comes as the city’s government tries to contain soaring property costs due to fears they are getting out of control.
The price works out to about $90,000 per square foot, making it the city’s most expensive retail space, the South China Morning Post reported.
The philosophy of Francesca Furzi, Italian jewelry designer, is to gather the essence of eternity and to express it in every one of her creations.
Each jewel is influenced by a journey incorporating the art of sculpture, the concreteness of the technicalharmony of vehicle shapes, the world of fashion, but also by history and other sketch, the cultures.
A versatile style, a balancing point between tradition and innovation, for objects destined to leave their mark for the lifetime of a woman and who is beside her.
An exclusive collection that is limited to a series of numbered pieces. It is the expression of a thought wherein the jewel is a completion, if not necessary, but surely significant to being a woman.
Dutch Design house, Oooms has created this set of ultra-luxury, 14 karat gold-plated staples, packaged in a velvet jewelery style case.
Intended primarily as a form of jewelry, these luxury pieces can be applied to clothing (or just about anything) with the help of your average stapler.
24 pieces of these goldplated staples will cost you 140 euro ($210). Make sure not to waste it!
Celebrity couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee unveiled their bridal jewellery collection: Starbliss, Romantique and Love Lace.
Designed by Wong, the three collections sponsored by Celestial by Goldheart are worth an estimated S$2.5million (US$1.8 million).
A highlight of Starbliss is a 60-carat diamond necklace where each diamond is supposed to represent the different milestones of the couple’s courtship.
After two years of planning, Fabergé , the brand famous for its ornately jeweled eggs, has presented its first jewelry collection in 92 years.
The collection uses hundreds or thousands of tiny gems on each piece to create mosaic effects on rings, brooches, earrings and necklaces.
The collection was designed by Parisian artist-jeweler Frederic Zaavy in collaboration with Faberge Creative Director Katharina Flohr.
Inspired by rare wildflowers only found in the South African wilderness, the iconic Wildflowers Collection encapsulates dancing flowers growing in nature.
The collection consists of necklaces, bracelets, pendants, earrings and rings all featuring the wildflower design.
Coco Chanel was really intrigued by the Russian spirit in 1920’s and Karl Lagerfeld used this fact as inspiration for the Pre-Fall 2009 Chanel Collection!
The accessories for this years fall collections are exquisite! With tons of bold necklaces, huge handmade head pieces, unique shoes and beautiful rings.
The jewelry line features Russian icons such as Matriochka dolls, red stars and items inspired by Imperial Russia.
The Bulgari Serpenti Collection is Bulgariâ€™s latest jewelry collection and takes its inspiration from snakes.
Bracelets and rings are unruffled of a series of scrupulously crafted components that replicate the scales of a snake.
The collection is made of yellow and white gold with scales made of onyx, pink coral, mother-of-pearl, lavender jade or encrusted with diamonds.
Italian-Mexican fine jewelry designer Victor Sabido Basteris has updated the classic friendship bracelet using eco-friendly, recycled silver filigree thread.
The inspiration for the collection stems from the beauty and vivid colors seen on the murals within the Mayan temples of Mexico.
The collection also uses gold, gemstones, wood, crystal, leather, and mother-of-pearl in a wide palette of colors to make dramatic one of a kind neckpieces.